I've had both a lumbar fusion (L5-S1)in 2006 and a cervical fusion (c5-c6)in 2009. Before the surgeries I did all my research, had good doctors (after having as many as 4 second(?) opinions), exercised all non-surgical options that were presented to me, made sure I was as healthy and fit as I could be but neither surgery turned out as expected and it appears more is inevitable. The funny part about this is I'm not against surgery. I know at least a dozen people ranging from 30 - 60 who have either had lumbar or cervical fusions without any lasting problems. I just don't happen to be one of them :<
Like some people here I've ended up with chronic pain, new health problems, depression, losing my job, giving up hobbies, can't drive and the list goes on.... I'm hoping to share my experiences with others and get advice, insight, and sometimes a rationalized perspective on my spine related issues.
I've currently been kicked to the curb by the ortho surgeon (at least that's how it appears to me) BUT I have an excellent primary care doctor and a very kind, caring, understanding and most importantly EDUCATED pain management doctor. Both take me seriously when I tell them something is wrong.
I'm a mother of 3 who has been married to a wonderful and compassionate man for 25 years. My children range from ages 17-27. They are helpful and supportive and would do absolutely anything to help me with my back and pain issues. I thank God at least once a day for my family.
Well, there it is. That about sums it up!! I'll be posting when I can and hope to talk to you very soon.