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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi. My name is LorrieGrace and I have lower back pain. I was told yesterday that I am a candidate for spinal fusion surgery and right now I am scared to death. Scared of the surgery and scared of being in pain the rest of my life. Any advice? Please! Thanks.


  • I will be glad to give you advice but just remember that I have no medical training and this is all just my personal experience and opinion.

    Fusion surgery is a very big step to take. It should only be considered after all conservative measures have been tried and failed. What type of conservative treatments have you tried? What is the diagnosis with your back? Are you risking permanent nerve damage?

    If fusion is your only choice than I highly recommend getting at least 2 opinions from 2 different spinal specialists.

    Surgery holds no guarantees and can even make pain worse.

    Please take a look at the surgery section as you will find many there that have had fusions.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • Hi J.J., Thanks for writing. I don't have a computer at home so I use mine at work when I don't have any clients.

    I have been in pain mgmt for about 5 years. I went to a chiorpractor(ms). I have caudal shots in my spine but I am afraid that after awhile that there may be some type of damage done to my spine due to putting injections into the spinal fluid.

    I am going to fast and pray and not rush into anything. I have to go back the 11th for more xrays and another MRI.

    I'll keep you posted. If you don't hear from me regularly, it is due to the computer situation. LorrieGrace
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I've had a 3-lvl cervical fusion and am scheduled for a lumbar fusion in early January. The decision to have a fusion surgery is a big one, as JJ said, but for me, I just can't live with the pain any more and have exhausted all conservative treatments.

    One thing that's very important is to have complete faith and 100% confidence in your surgeon. I would suggest finding a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, it can be either an ortho or neuro, but a surgeon that specializes and only works on spines.

    Good luck to you and keep us posted. We have a great bunch of members who are knowledgeable, caring and supportive. And there's a ton of spine info on the main site, as well.

    Take care,
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please be sure and get a second opinion. :? surgery should always be the last resort. look around the forum. check out the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for some info on your procedure. :D also look through the video catalog and info from the many doctors... :D good luck to you and keep us informed. :D Jenny :)
  • LorrieGrace said:
    Hi. My name is LorrieGrace and I have lower back pain. I was told yesterday that I am a candidate for spinal fusion surgery and right now I am scared to death. Scared of the surgery and scared of being in pain the rest of my life. Any advice? Please! Thanks.
    Hi Lorrie,

    I have lower back pain from a head-on collision wreck that I was on July 15, 2003. I went through 21 weeks of physical and rehabilitation therapy. At the end of the therapy my doctor and therapist told me to continue the back exercises for a minimum of 2 years and if I did, the pain would most likely go away or stay very low at a manageable level. Well, I did continue the exercises (maybe not for 2 years exactly). They were right. I have very minimal pain until I go over my weight lifting limits. Then I have problems. One thing my doctor told me, was to NEVER submit to back surgery. He said, only about 5% of back surgery has any reasonable success. He added, Of that 5% that has success; almost all of the back conditions return or are worse within 5 years.

    Do yourself and your family a service and get 2 more opinions from doctors than have no conflict of interest.

    Having to deal with pain for a lifetime is really going to be a challenge with many life adjustments.
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