Not me Gwennie posted "Just thought I'd pop in and give you a little update on my situation. I am almost three weeks out from my surgery (June 1st)...can't believe how fast time goes by. I have been very pleased with the whole process, from beginning to now...I went to a new (to me) hospital that I had been a bit apprehensive about, and it turned out to be wonderful. Things just kind of lined up that day, and people who kept saying to me "things work out for the best" turned out to be very smart!! My surgeon ended up only having two cases that day...it was the day after a long holiday weekend and no one wanted to book surgery...so that worked in my favor. He could spend as long as needed, with no other time pressures. We had some surprises once he got in there. Turned out the L3-4 segment was very damaged...the joints were basically destroyed; there were lots of bony overgrowths and osteophytes growing in and around the nerves and there was no structural integrity...and, surprisingly, none of this showed up on 3 different MRIs. He went in thinking the L5-S1 segment was going to be the problem.
Anyway, he fixed me up and recovery is going very well. I cannot begin to tell you how much better things are than they were after my first fusion -- I don't have nearly the pain (can't figure out why). For now all I am allowed to do is walk and rest. He had to remove so much bone at L3-4 that I am currently being held together by the screws and my back brace...so I need to be very careful until he sees signs of fusion...so till I see the doc in a month, absolutely no exercise other than walking...and nothing else -- no light cooking, chores, stretching. I'm feeling quite well and am not on any strong pain pills, so it is a bit boring. I have energy but no place to put it. But I am able to walk comfortably and further than I could at any point in the past three years! Yippee."
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN