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jade10025jjade10025 Posts: 42
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I am a 26 year old female who just had back fusion of the sacrum L5 ans L4 vertebrae. I had a grade 2, borderline grade 3 spondilolithesis of the L5 with severe spinal stenosis. I am fairly active, and my career is massage therapy, so surgery was not really my ideal option. I also am a surgery as a absolute last resort kinda person, as I have seen too many patients who have permanent issues from a back surgery that most likely could have been prevented with various conservative treatments. Ive also seen the results of botched surgery's. I am forever grateful that I found a good surgeon who did a near perfect surgery. It took forever, but i am healing good and spine looks nounal now in the x rays, minus the screws and rods, lol. I'm 4 weeks in recovery. right at the awful part where i cant stand to be lazy anymore, but cant physically do much either. Its especially frustrating since i live close to Seattle, and right now we finally started summer. It will be gone by September, and there is no hike, swim, or camping trip i can enjoy this summer. then the 9 to 10 months of overcast, darkness, and rain will return. I can lie with that, though. I am staying with my parents though and they have really helped me out, especially with taking care of my kittens who are quite high maintenance. They need lots of attention. Very needing little things, in a sweet way.

Anyway, sorry, that's quite a long introduction. I can ramble on forever if i don't watch myself.


  • Hi jade10025. I'm relatively new to posting also. This site has been invaluable and a wealth of information. The people here are so helpful, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I've spent hours going through the topics and content as there is not much else I can do either-beside walk, walk, walk.

    Hope to see you around the board and wish you a speedy recovery.
  • Hi Jade and welcome to the site...I have had several fusions etc and found this site to be very helpful.

    I hope your recovery is on track and that your pain has improved.

    Take care
  • I hope you heal completely from your surgery. Still take it easy and walk and rest daily and not overdo your physical activity. Take care. Charry
    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
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have come to the right place to do your rambling! LOL!!! so you are an animal person... they can be such a comfort when we are in pain! i have a dog which i just love so much! :X all the best for a successful recovery! follow all your doctor's orders! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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