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angela_talley03aangela_talley03 Posts: 110
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in New Member Introductions
Hey Everyone,

My name is Angela and I'm a 24 years old mother of two. I am so glad that I found this site after days of looking for a place to go to talk to people in the same situation as me. I found out on March 12, 2009 that I will have to have a anterior/posterior lumbar spinal fusion on April 1, 2009... I am extremely scared, but I am trying to be hopeful more than anything else... I am a very care free person who NEVER stresses about anything but that has seemed to changed the past few days.. I am having a hard time keeping my mind off the surgery and the pain afterwards... My family is being VERY supportive and I am so grateful for them.. I know I will have tons of help afterwards and I am trying to keep telling myself that it's not going to be easy but I will get through this with the help of everyone... I haven't had my pre-op appointment yet so I'm still waiting to have a few questions answered that I didn't even think of until after I left the Dr... But if anyone has been through this could you please tell me about your story... Mainly the recovery... The pain... I am having my surgery in Houston and am blessed to have one of the best spinal Dr.'s working on me, so I'm hoping this aren't too bad... See I said I'm being hopeful... Ha ha ha.. Can't wait to get to know everyone... Thank you all in advance.. And good luck with everything that you are going through that brought you here... Have a great day..



  • HI AND WELCOME TO THE FORUM! WE ARE HERE TO OFFER YOU SUPPORT AND ASNWER WHAT QUESTIONS WE CAN. i see you are facing surgery soon! please check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for more inout. good luck as you seek pain relief! please keep us informed! i am sure others will be by to put in a word as well!!we are here for you! Jenny
  • Hi Angela. I am also having surgery. In fact, I am having mine March 31st. I am so scared. Sometimes when I read the sites posted on the internet...it makes me want to call my surgeon and say NO WAY!! I am having a PLIF L5-S1 with Laminectomy. I keep going back and forth. I am so worried about the recovery and the pain and how will it be controlled and will it be successful? I was a pretty active person and now I have been dealing with low back pain for quite a few years! I do medical transcription for a living and have not worked for the last few months due to low back pain. This is a great site. I like the positive feedback. I am not sure if this is the way to reply to you but I don't see anywhere that is says respond to post??? Just wanted to let you know that I know how you feel.
  • Welcome to the both of you. There is a wealth of information here to absorb. You will also find many caring and supportive members who are in very like situations or have already gone through surgery. The can give you some tips that may make it easier on you. Being scared of surgery is a natural process and somedays just over whelming to think about. It is great that you have a strong family support system to help you at this difficult time. You also have all the members here on the forum to help as well. So if you need a laugh or some cheering up, need to vent or some advice we are all here. Here is a link to some questions that may help you as well. http://www.spine-health.com/blog/sleep-and-insomnia/38-questions-ask-your-surgeon-having-back-surgery

    Good luck, keep us posted on how you do and welcome to spine-health.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846

    For a Spine-Health Site introduction, Click on :

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    If you have any questions, feel free to contact (PM) any one of the Moderators here Priestess , Bruce , Paulgla, DiLauro

    The Spine-Health Web site offers so much more than these Member Forums.
    Check the various tabs at the top of the Spine-Health page and you will find so much that is offered here.

    Please remember that all information you receive from members on this forum is NOT
    formal medical advise. You should always consult with your doctors.

    To get back to the Forums, you can always click on Forum Home

    Please feel free to contact me at rdilauro@gmail.com or send me a message
    You will find out that many other members have had the same type of surgery that you are being faced with. Sometimes it really doesnt matter what the surgery is, but that it is a spinal surgery. It could be lumber, cervical or thoracic, with or without hardware, fusion, using your own bone grafts, using artificial, etc. Bottom line, any time surgery is being performed on the spine it is no cake walk.
    The best you can do as a patient is do all the research on your specific type of surgery to the point you become an expert. Spine-Health goes into details about the different surgeries, some even have videos. But I believe that besides reading posts here from other members, look at what is available. Just browse them Treatment tab on the main site. From there just view what is appropriate.
    Recovery time for different spinal surgical procedures will vary. But there are some common threads.

    1- Adhere to ALL restrictions and limitations that your doctor gives you.
    2- Do NOT overdo anything, even if you are feeling good, do not push
    3- When something doesnt feel right, or you have some new or strange pains, do not be afraid to contact your doctor.
    That is part of their total job, to look after the patient not only before surgery, during surgery but after surgery.

    You will see just by reading many posts here that spinal surgery while it can be scary is something that you can get your hands around. Besides the many medical articles that are offered here, there is a fantastic informal support system that can help you through the darkest of times.

    Good luck, You will be fine
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I just wanted to say thank you to everyone... I am so glad that I found this group.. It's nice to know that you aren't going through something alone... I know my family will be here for me, but it's dirrerent.. You guys have been through the pain and surgery and know exactly how I am feeling... So once again thank you for the support...

    24 years old
    16 days until my 360 Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • I know how scared you must be and you are very young to be going through all of this. Do be thankful for your supportive family as I have seen many here that do not have that support. Please check out post op must haves in the back surgery section as you will find your recovery much easier if you are prepared. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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