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lower back pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello -

I am a 60 year old male, verry athletic in my younger days. Over last 20 years have had 4 lumbar disectomies/laminectomies starting @ L-5 - S-1, up thru L2-3. I guess they call it DDD AND Failed Back-Surgery syndrome. I now suffer with constant back pain under the belt and upper buttoks, but, thankfully, little or no sciatica. I have no loss of strength and no substantial nerve loss....BUT the lower back pain is unrelenting. I cannot stand and/or walk very far. I went to Mayo Clinic, Rochester and after exhaustive testing & consultation, they want to do a four level fusion, using ( state-of-the-art?) 3 incisions: lower abdomen, side & back.
I'd like to hear from ANYONE who has had a 4 level fusion with my type of symptoms.

Fred Schultz


  • I wish that I had an answer for you but I have not had even a 1 level fusion yet and am trying my best to keep it that way. You may want to check out the surgery section as you will find lots of folks there that have had fusion surgery. Good luck!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i do not have your surgical experiences but we do share pain. ~X( please be sure you do your homework, read up all you can, check out all the videos, and listen to the many experiences of others. :? good luck and keep us informed. :D Jenny :)
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