I was waking up from my first surgery in the hospital, finding out I had to stay four more days and have a second surgery. I'm happy to say that, although I found that to be a nightmare, everything has turned out well and I am fused, fairly comfortable all the time, and just a bit stiff. I don't miss the excruciating pain and the inability to walk. I have my life back and I'm a happy girl.
For those of you who are just beginning the journey, I wish you accurate diagnoses, skilled surgeons, and talented physical therapists. There is hope at the end of the tunnel.
3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.