I have been lurking around this site for some time after my 1st fusion surgery on Dec. 2008. So many of the postings and comments have helped me so much. Though I have made comments, I didn't have a reason to add a new post, though now here I am.
My surgery in Dec 08 was with a NS, PLIF, (history details below); he continued to tell me I was fusing based on the xrays, though I have not been able to perform my job or sit more than 10 minutes in a chair without muscle spasms and burning pain in my lower back. By midday I am pretty much always horizontal. I am still walking, though the Drs don't sugest too much at this time since my harware is not stable and 2 discs are bone on bone.
In seeking a 2nd opinion, my new Dr., an OS, spine specialist, that I feel confident with and came highly recommended by my internist of 16 years. He will be doing a 360 to remove and replace old hardware, replace and repair discs that should have been done the first time. It is a much bigger surgery I am aware.
I am rambling on as I need some support from those that have had to repeat surgeries and are now living their lives again! I was so anxious to get this surgery behind me so I can start on the road to recovery, though now I am really getting nervous that I will never be able to live a normal life.
Before my 1st surgery, I was VERY active, working out 6-7 days a week, cardio, etc. and no weight issues. I want my life back!!
Thanks and best wishes to all my spiney friends!