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wow what a joy not..

vgearshiftervvgearshifter Posts: 107
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Wow I am so happy that I did have the surgery on my back. The laminectomy on L5 and discectomy on L5-S1 has been great so far. I know it is early still as it was only done on July 13th but I would gladly do it again. Immediately I felt better with my nerve pain and numbness. I honestly can't believe how much relief that I got from the surgery. The little bit of problems I am having still I can live with now. I was so scared before surgery because I was only given a 50/50 chance for it to help. As soon as I was in my hospital room I could tell the difference with the nerves. Yes I had pain at the site but I could feel my feet/legs completely. Wish my doctor had referred me to the neurosurgeon in the first place and not the idiot spine doctor in the beginning of May. I am going to ask for a copy of my report when I go back in three weeks. I was told that he found lots of calcium build up but that could have been from my gout. I know that was there is an injury that my gout will attack the new injury site right away. So hopefully that is why there was so much build up. I will find out though maybe on the report. Anyways, to all out there never give up on yourself because if I had I wouldn't have had my surgery done now.



  • so good to hear of a successful outcome. you were brave to proceed with only a 50 50 shot of being success. now you can look forward to some pain free days. enjoy
  • Great to here of your success!!!!!!!!!!

    Chat with you soon.
  • So great to hear you are doing so well!!!! You were given such a run around for too long.

  • I'm so glad to hear such wonderful news. I too am seeing a NeuroSurgeon in October and hope he can help me also. Going to 2 Orthos was no help to me either. I hope you heal completely. 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
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Nice to hear things went well for you Candy. I am so pleased for you.

    Tc Liz

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi, Candy.

    How wonderful that you're doing so well! I wish you an uneventful and complete recovery in no time.

  • Congratulations on such an amazing difference. It's what we all hope for when we have surgery and you're one of the lucky ones ( probably all that positive thinking and our good wishes).

    Just remember to follow docs orders no matter how good you feel. You have a lot of healing to do. Keep up the great progress!

  • No never did get the emails sent to the hospital. Couldn't even find out where they were when I was in the hospital. I was waiting to see them all.

    I will try and remember to not over do it. It is hard to do but the muscle spasms do remind me that I am only 2 weeks post op.

    Thank you all for the well wishes and good thoughts. I hope that it keeps getting better everyday.

  • I'm scheduled for surgery on August 20th and want to hear success stories please..I'm so nervous..But have been dealing with horrible spasms since November. been through spinal decompression. 4 lumbar facet joint injections many many meds.Physical therapist said he could not help me but I'm needing to hear successs tories because I just keep reading horrible things I've got L-4 L-5 rubbing together causing nerves to compress and have shooting pains Can anyone motivate me to have this surgery?
  • I had a spinal fusion (ALIF) at L5/S1 on June 10th. Like you, the vertebrae were rubbing together. The disc was all but gone. The Orthopedic surgeon separated the two and inserted a 'cage' with cadavar bone & BMP. He then stabilized it with a plate and 4 screws. He was able to obtain a secure fit, and I've had no problems from the surgery. I was in the hospital two days and have been relatively pain free since. My only problem with the surgery is boredom. No bending, lifting, twisting for the time being. I also have osteoarthritis that will continue to flare up on days, but nothing to do with the surgery. It's fusing nicely. At first I was petrified. But now, if the doctor said that he needed to repeat the same surgery in another place I wouldn't hesitate. I expected it to be much worse, and was pleasantly surprised, as I am one that is squeemish (sp) at drawing blood. That is my experience, and I know that I'm lucky. I contribute the ease of recovery to the fact that the incision was made in my abdomen, rather than in my back. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you will keep us posted. Feel free to PM me if I can be of any help.

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