Hi my name is Kristy, but I go by Krispy online. I'm 37 y.o. RN, and have been suffering with an L5-S1 herniation for about 3 years now (but first occured due to a wreck in 1998.) In December 2010, I had an MRI that showed a 9mm extrusion at L5-S1, a bulge at L4-L5 with an "annular tear" and a slight bulge of L3-L4. I was relieved to know WHY my back was hurting so bad, but also realized that surgery would end up being the only solution, which made me nervous. Sitting down causes the most discomfort, so I stand...A LOT. I'm currently on month 3 of PT and I take Tramadol ER for pain relief and Neurontin/Gabapentin for nerve pain on the left side, but only when I need it (isn't always.)
My neurosurgeon has recommended an ALIF & after extensive conversation with his PA, I realize this is probably the best way to go for me. I will probably have a discogram first to make sure they get all the right stuff the first time around. I hope & pray that I don't end up being a chronic back pain/surgery patient. I think I'm most afraid of that. I'm also a Type 2 Diabetic and as most people know, we have a decreased tendency for prompt healing, so that has me a bit concerned. I'm wondering how many diabetics there are here that have had this type of surgery and how things went post-op. I know it's different for everybody, but I like to read about the good & the bad. I also want to know how soon after an ALIF should I expect to be up trying to walk around (in-hospital.) I was under the impression that I wouldn't be allowed to get up for quite some time, but after reading things here on the forum, I realize I'm probably wrong in my thinking, and glad. I already have issues with constipation, so I guess I'm going to attempt to get a handle on that as best as possible before going through surgery.
Thanks for having this forum for us!