for those who are thinking about having a fusion or having another one-
I had my first fusion almost 10 years ago on on L4-5. Three years later the L3 blew out from the stress of the first one. They did a laminectomy which of course did not work so they did another fusion. Guess what i had an x-ray on my spine and the disc above the l-3 is now unstable and they are thinking about doing another fusion. watch out because it becomes an unending saga with a fusion. there is a good possibility that the discs above the fusion will become unstable and blow out so you might have to have another. now i have to think what will i do. i will not have another fusion unless i drool, stoop, can't walk and the pain is so severe that i can't function at all. unless all of the above happens i will not have more fusions
so watch out if you need a fusion
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.