I have been reading the information on this forum for awhile and now that I'm heading for my second operation next week I thought I would join, It looks like I'm going to be down for a good while, I'm getting a fusion and laminectomy from L2 to S1. This will be my second OP the first was a decompression and fusion on L4/5 it's called a ILIF and it didn't help very much at all.
They have also put me on a fairly new med, Exalgo it is a time released narcotic that has really changed my life good and bad the good is pain is somewhat tolerable except for the spikes, the bad is it took me over a week until I felt I could drive a car again and I'm still in a daze most times. I can still take Oxycodone as needed as well. And can't wait for the day I can stop them all!!!
Anyhow don't want to bore you with all the fun details, but maybe I can help a little with what I have gone through and I know that you and all these previous discussions can help me in my journey forward.
Thank you very much.
Severe central stenosis L2,3,4,5 Multilevel degenerative disc disease/osteoarthritis.Surgery #1 Decompression,Fusion L4,L5.#2 Laminectomy with hardware L2-S1#3 Ant. fusion at L5-S1. Current pain meds, Exalgo,Oxycodone,Gabapentin.