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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all,
I'm a 35 year old man, and have loved reading this site, but this time, decided to join.

- I had an L4-L5 Laminectomy and Discectomy in 10/2002 and was out of work 4 weeks. Returned to light duty (30'ish hours per week) for about 2 weeks, and by the 6th week I was working full time.

- I had L5-S1 fusion and discectomy in 1/2006, and was out of work 3 weeks. Returned light duty, and worked from home about half the week, and did about 20 hours in the office.

- I had L4-L5 microdiscectomy in 6/2006 and was out of work for 2 weeks. I returned too soon...period.

- I had L4-L5 XLIF with fusion in 4/2008, fulldiscectomy, cages, PMB, pedicle screws, rods and laminectomy. I returned to work after 10 weeks and 2 days.

- I had L3-L4 XLIF with removal of instrumentation from previous XLIF, and re-installation of full instrumentation from L3-S1. Surgery was 7 hours. All the standard, fun instrumentation, and they even let me keep the old stuff. I anticipate being out of work 3-4 months. Oh yeah...that surgery was 4 days ago (12/30/08).

So...I'm 4 days out, and doing quite well. Thank goodness for the Fentanyl patch.

Mike Tausig
Los Gatos, CA



  • Hello there Mike-Welcome to S~H :H

    Wow! You sound as if you are doing quite nicely there! I have not resorted to spine surgery yet,and don't plan on it if I can help it,though I have had plenty of other operations.Most extensive were the 7 on my feet.But dang-you've been through it huh?

    That's why I keep going the conservative route..I'm afraid if I have even one surgery on my neck that it will be a domino effect.

    Is this going to be your last one..or too soon to tell? Of course it's too soon to tell.You're young to have been through so much trauma.Glad you joined!
  • Thanks Miss Robin! My hope is that this will be the last one, at least for a while. After all, I no longer have discs at L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1. I had a discography recently (btw, the most painful thing I've ever done), and L2-3 is healthy.

    Now it's time to heal!!!

    What a great forum. I wish I had found it during my other surgeries. Folks who ACTUALLY understand what back pain REALLY means.

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :) we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. it is great that you have decided to join us. =D> i look forward to reading your posts. i am from Southern Cal myself. we have the sunny weather down here! =)) it is just fantastic to read that you are doing so well after your surgery. please keep us informed. good luck as you continue on your recovery! <:P Jenny :)
  • Hi Mike, welcome to SH! This really is a great site for information and support, and it helps kill post-op boredom as well ;) Wow, you have really been through it, I can't even imagine. I hope this is your last for sure. Now is time for healing and patience, as I am sure you are well aware. Just wanted to say hi from another Californian. Good-luck with your recovery and see ya round SH. >:D< Cali-Sue
  • You certainly have had your share of surgery! I wish you luck that this will be the last. I have had an endoscopic microD but that is as far as I am willing to go for the same reasons as Robin, no guarantees that it will work and fear the domino effect. Good luck in your recovery and please keep us posted.
  • Thanks for the kind comments folks. I'm 7 days out, and all the hospital meds have officially left the body. NOW....I hurt. But hey...pain is only weakness leaving the body, right?
  • Er...um......uhhhhh,no.Pain is my body asking for relief.Kudos to you if you can handle living in pain,but I don't see it as a weakness taking my meds for pain relief.No sir.

    Are you no longer taking anything at all for the pain at 7 days out?I thought you were utilizing the fentanyl patch?

    Wow-I can't imaging that,but hey,good for you if you can manage it :)))
  • I hope you have a speedy and pain free recovery. Did the pain go when you had your decompression and laminectomy? Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Robin said:
    Er...um......uhhhhh,no.Pain is my body asking for relief.Kudos to you if you can handle living in pain,but I don't see it as a weakness taking my meds for pain relief.No sir.

    Are you no longer taking anything at all for the pain at 7 days out?I thought you were utilizing the fentanyl patch?

    Wow-I can't imaging that,but hey,good for you if you can manage it :)))
    Hohohhohoo....noooooo. Don't get me wrong. #1...I'm still really doped up, though feeling well. Walked around the block today. 75mcg Fentanyl patch and 40+mg of Percocet. The "pain and weakness thing" is something I try to convince myself of when the pain gets so bad it's making me cry. After 5 spinal surgeries, I've been through enough pain, I've taken to many different alternative means of battling it with mental approaches. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself when typing!
  • by "hospital meds" I didn't mean all meds. During most major surgeries there are interbody analgesics given, especially during anything with nerve complication. These drugs often stay in the system for a few days. They kinda fool you; lettin' ya believe you feel better than you really do, but once they where off, the actual pain (i.e. incision, muscular and nerve) starts to heat up.
  • Oh...ok.I see now what you were doing...pain...weakness...leaving your body...I see.I get it. :)))

    Yeah,we have all kind of ways to try to convince ourselves that we are ok,that we are beating this pain.I imagine after 5 spinal surgeries you can become quite skillful at it at times.See-those were the times when I wished I were one of those people that lie so much that they actually believe their own lies ;)
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