Hi all.. I have had lower back issues for some time. They have increasingly gotten worse. I am a police officer, and wear a gun belt every day with a LOT of gear. Tomorrow will be my last day for quite a while. I am also a cancer patient, battling leukemia. I have had previous laminectomy of the L5/S1.. that is now shot. I have L4/L5 herniated disc, and bulging discs in the L5/S1 and L3/L4. A benign tumor on the L1, and advancing disc disease. I am scheduled for ALIF and PLIF (at the same time) on Jan. 27, 2012. They will take bone from my hip for grafting.
So.. it's T minus 8 till surgery day.. Very nervous.
Good luck to everyone here, and I appreciate ALL of the information you can give.