I am new here, site looks great.
I am scheduled for a l4-l5 l5-s1 spinal fusion on 8/31/09.
I have constant low back pain with primarily left leg pain numbness tingling. Pain/tingling never stops sometimes i cannot get out of bed or walk. I still work, secretary, but have to wiggle or get up often due to the leg symptoms.Cannot stand or walk for more than 15-20 minutes without severe pain in back and legs(mostly right)
my ct myelogram showed:
Bilateral pars defect l4 and l5
anterolisthesis at l4-l5 and l5-s1
disc bulge/psuedobulge at l5-s1 lightly contacts the s1 nerve root sleeve left>right
Bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at l5-s1
Bilateral facet arthropathy and adjacent subarticular cystic changes at l3-l4 and l4-l5.
My understanding is that the fusion will "fix" the L4 thru S1 problems,but what about the facets and cyst at the l3-l4.
Is it possible to safely have a triple level fusion?
What is the difference in post op mobility from 1-2 or 3 level fusions.
Has anyone had multi level fusion and how long/ severe was your recovery.
I am 45 years old with and active 4 year old boy at home. Looking form "normalcy" again, you know playing on the floor, walking through the zoo etc.
Thoracic findings were:
Multilevel degenerative spondylosis.
Schmorls node at the t7-t8 with a 2 mm left posterior lateral disc- osteophyte at t7-t8. this mildly effaces the ventral thecal sac without spinal canal stenosis.
Left posterolateral disc protrusion at t11-t12 without spinal canal stenosis.
I find very little info on thoracic spine issues, any info or experiences will be appreciated. Doc seems to think these findings are normal wear and tear. I often have arm pain and a feeling like a band is being tightened around my chest/back. Have made several trips to the ER thinking it was my heart, but the heart is great ... woo hoo
I look forward to responses.
Thanks in advance.