I just wanted to introduce myself but first wanted to say I've been reading this group long before I had my surgeries
and you all are great!
I'm 52 and work with Special Ed kids from grades k-3. When I stopped being unable to sit or get up off the floor with my students, I started the long process of physical therapy, cortisone shots and only by chance did one of my problems show up on an hip x-ray, because the pain was localized to that area.
After all the x-rays and MRIs I was diagnoses as having
spinal stenosis along with a lower collapsed lumbar area. I believe they are L2-L5. No one really knows why that happened but the pain in my right hip was being caused by the stenosis.
On Dec.3, 2010 I underwent a laminectomy and received hardware and 8 screws to straighten my lower spine.
I had a tough time in surgery, taking 4 hours and my dura was knicked so I had to spend 5 long days in the hospital.
4 weeks later, one of the screws came out so I went back in for a hardware revision. This time I was out the next day.
To date I'm extremely happy with the surgeries and what they've done for me.
I'm up to 30-40 minutes on the treadmill at second speed
and have been working part-time this past month and scheduled to go back full time in April.
I've already noted that I'm not the only one around here with the occasional sharp, burning butt pain so that helps a lot!