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sharyn51ssharyn51 Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions

Haven't been to this Forum in a long while, (since 2004-05)
Laminectomy 2004, L-4-5 fusion with decompression a bunch of rods and screws (etc). Now its 2010 and I am 9 months dealing with low back pain, repeat MRI shows severe stenosis at the L-3-4, spondylosis, nerve root entrapment, bony growth, scar tissue, etc.
Scheduled for another fusion at the level above original site. Have had epidurals, caudals, sacral injections, take Ultraset and Vicodin. I am still working F/T, come home and collapse in bed by 7:30pm.

I know that I have to get myself emotionally ready to do this AGAIN, I feel so angry and fed up. I try to keep telling myself that I had a great result from my last surgery and 4 years of NO pain and perhaps that will happen again, but no guarantees.

Last surgery was anterior/posterior appraoch and the recovery was tough, now they want to do lateral/posterior. Anyone out there have this approach for surgery? Any advice appreciated.

Sharyn51 Age 58


  • Hi Sharyn. Welcome back. Too bad it couldn't be for a visit instead of this reason.

    Did they say what caused the new problems?

    I am getting posterior fusion in November but can't tell you much.

    Wishing you luck.


  • hi and welcome back to the forum! :H we are still here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. sorry you are back for pain reasons.. i do hope you feel better soon and get some relief. good luck and drop in anytime! Jenny :)
  • Hi Sharyn, My name is Julie and I am 8 weeks post-op from a posterior Lumbar Interbody fusion Had L4 & L5 removed, 6 screws,rods. Did u have L4,L5 removed from 1st fusion? I thought once I did this there would not be a need for another. I was told that disc above would take on more load though. I joined this site a couple weeks ago, and it has been a godsend, amazingly nice people who r compassionate. I am sorry that you have to have another fusion, best wishes for a successful surgery.. I only learned AFTER my posterior approach to my surgery that anterior or combination even existed. My sciatica R leg pain is 90% gone, which was relentless pre-op, so I am grateful about that. Still early I suppose in my recovery, hope my back is as pain free as yours was. Is this new pain in a new area,or does your back pain also include area u were operated on? Hopefully this website will diffuse some of your frustration and anger.. I know it helped me immensely and I learned so much (and continue to) from other members.
    Sending Healing thoughts your way ~ Julie
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