Hi everyone! I am new to these forums, but not the forum world
I am 28 years old and a mother of my twin girls, Zoey and Kayla. I an a stay at home mom and a wife to my best friend, Scott.
(I am always posting from my BlackBerry so if my paragraphs
Look off, I'm sure that's why
At 26 I became pregnant with my twins.
It was a very complicated pregnancy.
I went into labor early at 23 weeks but fortunately, they
Were able to stop my labor and save my girls lives. UNFORTUNATELY,
I was put on mandatory strict bedrest until I finally delivered by C-Section
At 34 weeks. I was SO HUGE during my pregnancy.
The reason for that piece of background info is because it was believed that "was the straw that
Broke the camels back" ME BEING THE CAMEL!
After my pregnancy, very slowly, my back started acting up. I attributed it to my body
Healing from bed rest as EVERYTHING was sore going from laying around for 3 months - to
Now hauling two babies around everywhere, carseats and all. My knees, elbows, calfs, thighs, back,
And just EVERYTHING hurt. But I was so busy with sick newborn twins, that I didn't notice much of anything
Specefic, so I just kept on truck'n!! HAD TO! I was convinced I would lose my baby weight in 6 months tops!
Well that didn't happen, and as the girls got more independany, my discomfort from my bed rest symptoms eased up....
Everything except my back, I started to notice around late 2007ish my days were starting to revolve around my back.
I then started taking OTC medications until eventually that wasn't cutting it. I went one weekend to an urgent care because
I woke up one morning and I could barely function. I went to an urgent care and got a shot in the butt * pointless * and some muscle relaxers *pountless*
This was the beginning. Found a local back doctor.
As it turned out my first choice was a chain of the best surgeons, pain management, PTherapist and more. Don't get me wrong, over the course of the next two
Years I got 5 opinions!
And I did the chiropractor route.
It was a long two years of them saying back surgery and me sticking with anything conservative plus boat loads of narcotics.
Along with them telling me back surgery I also heard "youre SO young for your back to look this way"
To the point!
I have severe DDD. My L4-L5-S1 had tears and bulges. So I had a motion issue. He considered taking L3 out but decided to give it a chance. I have scoliosis. Arthritis in my whole back. A degenarated tail bone (there's a word?) a vertabrae out of line about a half inch. Bone spurs. My right leg is about 1/2 inch shorter! Flat feet. I think that's most!
Anyways, I can get them to tell me this is not good at all for a 28 year old, but there are questions I get very very vague answers on. This is where I hope YOU GUYS can help with your experience and opinions!
I had a double ALIF @ L4 L5 S1 almost L3 because of the degenaration.
I'm 6 weeks post op, doing pretty good I think.
All pain seems to be surgery pain.
Had bone growth stimulator. No Graft. No harness.
Are my chances high for a 2nd surgery?
Will I ever be able to pick up my girls?
Can I have more kids?
Can I have a tummy tuck?
I'm interested in law enforcement (police officer), possible or un-safe?
What are the permanent restrictions, if any?
Does the maximum sitting time always stay around an hour? Same with car rides?
Is your fused segment stronger like a broken bone when healed, weaker, or the same?
Rollercoasters with my kids?
Or do I need to treat my fusion like a baby (gently).
I know walking is a must, health, weight....all that stuff.
But how much will this change my life?
ANYONE "STILL" ON PAIN MEDS? IS THAT SOMETHING I SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR IN CASE?
I think you all get my "general concerns" I HOPE!
Feel free to add any of your knowledge! I'm a sponge and can never know enough!
I'm also very active and don't prefer limitations, BUT I will if that's what it takes to be pain free!
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY TYPOS!