Hello everyone! I'm a 37 year old female and just had spinal fusion surgery (L4-5) two weeks ago!! I've had a pretty good outcome so far and hope it continues!! I was in a car accident about 3 yrs ago, had wicked back pain right after, MRI was done and the discs at L4-5 were buldging. Did some therapy (both regular and water--water was most helpful I found) and got through it with some pain meds and a muscle relaxer..I was good to go until last year and the pain started getting worse, having lots of numbness in my right leg..which turned to pain and problems walking. Went the pain management route (injections, meds, TENS unit) and my first pain dr was wonderful, but then my family and I moved back to my home state so I had to start the process over! My last pain management dr was horrible!! He did a facet injection on my right side and when he got to the last spot it went wrong and my leg was a mess as was my back...was supposed to go back for the left side and I cancelled it, but I went in to see him just to discuss what happened and what my alternatives were. He totally blew me off and was a jerk!! It was horrible!! All he could suggest was going to an ortho spine surgeon and left it at that! So I went, had another MRI done and xray and the discs had herniated at this point, had a severe case of degenerative disc disease and serious nerve issues on the right! He suggested at this point the fusion may be my best option and also referred me to another spine surgeon to get another opinion if I wanted it! I did and he agreed that would be my best bet! So I had the surgery two weeks ago and I feel a lot better!! The nerve on my right was torn up so my surgeon inserted a rod instead of the typical screws..left side has the screws! My leg felt better immediately after surgery and I'm able to walk again!! The pain in my back seems to be much better as well!! I obviously still have the surgical pain, but I don't feel the old disc pain..so I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out!!
I see my surgeon tomorrow for my first post op so I'm curious as to how he thinks I've progressed!!
I'm glad I found this place!! Seems to be a ton of knowledge and a great resource!!