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AJayAAJay Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all! My name is AJay and I am a 27 year old female who has been struggling with back issues for the last 5 years. I have DDD and 2 years ago I had 2 discectomies. Here I am now looking at a spinal fusion surgery. I am struggling with my decision. The pain is certainly affecting my every day life. I have 3 children 6, 4 and 2. Taking care of them all day while my husband is at work has become nearly impossible. I found this forum while doing my research on spinal fusion surgery and whether this is the best decision for me. I am so young and I know that the fusion will put more stress on my other discs and muscles and will more than likely end up in more surgeries in the future. I have taken steroids and done physical therapy with no relief. I am hoping to find all of the information I need to make the best decision for me and my family. =)


  • Hi and welcome. You probably might have an option of fusion or artificial disc replacement usualy,

    If surgery cant be avoided being young might be an advantage for either surgery fusion or artificial disc replacement,

    If you done everything to try to preserve the disc but they cant save it then surgery might be your only option, You realy have to weigh your options if you can manage with what you have now vs surgery long recovery and posibly good outcome and never look back,

    From what my dr told me after fusion another disc going out is realy not something that hapens to that many people as some might believe,

    Depends how good the rest of the spine discs are and most cases many never need another surgery unless they way over do it posibly and blow another disc,

    It can hapen but not that often, I know many who was fused years ago and back to work with no serious issues but they all use careful body mechanics to prevent further damage,

    Good luck on what ever you decide to do,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I'm in the same boat, although i'm 39 now. 2 young kids at home, and already through 3 back surgeries. I had 2 microdisectomies on l5-s1 in the last 2 years. Plus a 2 level cervical fusion. Unfortunately, l5-s1 keeps reherniating, and i'm never pain free. My current surgeon figures i'll have to do something before the year is out. I'm going to get another opinion this week actually. But i worry that i do the fusion, and i'll be back in for the next one a couple years from now. My l4-5 has DDD, has a tear and is bulging, but so far hasn't fully herniated. I just know, if i do this fusion, its going to go. And i really don't want this to be the 1st in a long line of fusion surgeries. i'm too young for it. but then again i said that before the 1st of my 3. it's never ending and a very scary prospect. but by the same token, i am so tired of being in pain all the time.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • My name is Candy and I have had a anterior cervical discectomy with fusion. When I had mine I could barely function. Immediately after the procedure I felt less pain and could return home with a restriction list for awhile but I followed it and when all was fused my life was better. I was told by my NS that not everyone is the same and that your lifestyle has alot to do with ur speed of healing and fusing. I too have small children well not that small anymore they are now 11 and 9. I have had some pain issues about 3 years after fusion that I am goin thru right now but they are being dealt with. I honestly say you need to trust ur surgeon and have faith in his work. You also need to b able to do what he tells you after the procedure it will help you fuse and heal. We (the ppl who come on here) have all been thru something maybe not the same you have been thru for some and some you will find have been thru similar to you. Feel free to ask away if someone on here can help I am sure you will get a reply to your ?. Also coming into our chat rooms can help you talk to ppl as well. You just have to check to see if anyone is in or not. Hope this helps and again WELCOME.
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