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Solid Fusion!!!

MLT01MMLT01 Posts: 172
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone,

I went for my 6 month checkup and was told today the revision I had on October 29th is totally FUSED!!! < I was so relieved it worked the 2nd time around!I'm guessing it worked so fast because they left what ever boned grew from the last surgery..

On the other hand the Dr thinks I may have another CSF leak in the brain or lumbar but really thinks the brain for the fact the incision on the brain from previous shunt surgery is so tender with a stiff neck. The headaches are BACK as of 2 months ago. Totally frustrated! The day after my first fusion in 09" the headaches were completely gone and 2 months ago I had this strange feeling and BAM that night on the couch with a headache ever since...I know I should be estatic with the fusion and I am but so nervous about the brain...Sometimes I think I rather have gotton bad news about the fusion than dealing with a possible brain leak or brain infection. If I get a brain infection this would be the 6th time..


spondylolisthesis at L4-5; stenosis,
Lumbar surgeries 1999 L4-L5
Lumbar staph infection 1999-2000"
Meningitis x5 in 1999-2001
Brain shunt 2000"
Brain shunt removed 20001"
ALIF/PLIF fusion 8/5/09
Failed fusion and Failed Hardware
PLIF Fusion scheduled for 10/29/10


  • Hi Maria, Congrats on fusing! That is wonderful news, especially since this is your second time around. Thankfully this is one less thing to worry about.

    Sorry to here about your headaches and possible leak. You have been through so much with having 5 previous infections.

    You are in my thoughts and I will be sending good vibes today that the doctor's figure this out and get you some much needed relief.

    gentle >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Congrats on the fusion woman!!! That is great news for sure. :)

    As for a CSF leak. Hopefully they can find out really soon if that is the case, and address it. Seeing you had Meningitis 5 times is scary. I've been tested for it twice - but negative, never had it. Fingers crossed you have answers soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Good news about your fusion.

    So sorry that you may have another CSF leak in your brain and I hope it's not another infection.

    Hope your doctor can help you very soon.



    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Thank you Ladies for your response...I am very happy that I'm fused this time around..I still get very sore at times but I know that is normal...

    I go next week for the MRI's for the brain and lumbar..Still dealing with a pressure vibrating headache..So toady is going to be a couch and movie day! I hope all goes well for each of you! What would we do without our Spiney Friends???!! :)

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