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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Hi im new to this and im looking for advice and for people to tell me about their experience in the below subject.
I have degenerative disc problems and have now seen a doctor who wants to fuse a couple of my discs together.I am in so much pain due to a motorbike accident last year that i am at my wits end to be honest.Is there anyone out there that is reading this that has had this done?Whats it like ?would you say yes go a head and have it done?Has it improved ya life?Are you in any pain?Lots of questions really.But just want find out from people who have had the operation.Many Thanks for reading this and have a great weekend.


  • What areas are they considering fusion? My neck fusion surgery I forget I had sometimes, but lumbar took a long time to recover from and I have residual pain and difficulty walking. Some of us are better and some of us are not. We all heal differntly. I am definitely better having had the surgeries, but will never be back to normal. I have a "new" normal now that I have gradually come to accept.

    Looking forward to your future posts. You've come to a great place for support.

    Best to you,

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have come to the right place to get lots of information on your procdure and personal experience from those that have gone through the process. check out the "Back and Neck" surgery forum for more input. :D good luck with your pain issues. Jenny :)
  • you get a second opinion. I am 3 1/2 week post op of a 2 level 360 fusion- the recovery is hard but I already show signs of fusing so that is good news. Everyone is different- its isn't a quick fix and nothing is a guarantee so research and make sure what is right for YOU! You are the one dealing with the pain right now. Do you have family support? What meds are you on and what levels are they wanting to fuse. are you seeing a neurosurgeon?? Ortho???

    Good luck~

  • Hi thanks for the reply so far,it is my L4/L5 disc that is no good they are planning to do fusion and pin both sides with two pins.I have tried the facat joint injections as they thought that might help but no joy there.We have worked out that i would be taking 7300 tablets ayear if i continue what i have been doing for the last 10months and still in pain.Tablets include Tramdol,paracetamol,naproxen,Dihydrocodine,Dicoflex,
    ibruprofen, obv not all at the same time, but whatever is not currently causing the worst side effects :-s, even on the average 20 tablets a day the pain is often unbearable and causes pain tears, I hate to think what it would be like without pain control meds!
    I know alot of people just say oh you will be ok but im just worried things will go wrong or the pain will be worse.What sort of recovery time is there?I know everyone is different but some idea would be nice and will i be able to do my gardening again?
    Regards Kay
  • What specifically are your symptoms? Have you gotten another opinion from one or more spinal specialists? Is there any option other than fusion...perhaps a less invasive surgical procedure?

    Fusion is a BiG surgery and the recovery is long. It comes with no guarantees, and that is important to understand before you have surgery. No one is returned to the condition they once were prior to the onset of injury or pain. You may come close, but there is no way to predict the outcome.

    That being said, the majority of people who needed a fusion, are usually glad they had the surgery.

    Regarding the return to activities such as gardening, if you want to protect your fusion and try to insure that you won't develop adjacent disc problems, you will have to make some modifications. I see no reason why you can't garden, but you will have to be smart about it. Some people resume riding motorcycles. I personally wouldn't...but these are personal decisions we all are faced with post fusion.

    Good luck with your decision.

  • Specifically my symptoms are lower back pain every day,i have trouble doing simple jobs some days but alot of the time i am in alot of pain and discomfort.I can not find a place comfortable to sit or rest for long as it becomes unbearable.I also have stiff shoulders and neck some days and that makes moving hard.When i have these days that i have both pains then i call them crying days.I have degenerative discs,afew of my discs dont look too good but L4/L5 are the worst.L4/L5 are sequestrated front and back.
    With reference to the spinal specialist i have been to see 3 people with this and had two mri scans and from both i can see alot of difference between the scans as in getting worse.
    If you are aware of any other option then please tell me.
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