Hi - I am scheduled for a 3 level lumbar fusion - L2 through L5. I just had a thoracic MRI which incicates lots of problems in my thoracic spine as well - 4 herniated discs and bulges, with 2 of the abutting the spinal cord.
I had planned the surgery to relieve huge pain, and to hopefully get off of the ridiculous pain meds I've taken for 10 years - but now wonder if the fusion is going to be worth the risk - given the problems elsewhere.
I'm a rider. I've been given tons of assurances that I'll still be able to ride and jump, without any limitations, and if I fall, it shouldn't negatively affect the fusion.
Any ideas? Any people that ride horses that have had modified fusions? I'd love some input.
Jackie - my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org