Hey everyone! I am new to the forum but I have been reading a lot of posts. I am scheduled for a three level fusion (L3-S1) on Jan 7th and the anxiety is really setting in!!! I am trying to find others who have had a multi level fusion to see what I am in for. I am so lucky to have found you all, there has been so much good information here but I am still freaking a little.
my background, I am a 39 yr old female with 3 girls all under 7 yr . I injured my back at work in 2006. I spent the last 6 years in chronic pain. I had a discectomy/laminectomy back in 2007 where they found a piece of bone had been cutting into my nerve column for over a year ( thats a whole other story on how terrible workmans comp is).
After 4 years into my pain management ordeal, my pain management dr out in my retirment papers. I was a police officer and a I fought so hard to stay on the job but they couldnt make me well enough to keep wearing the gunbelt and being able to perform all my duties. I had numerous epidurals, facet injections, nerve burns, pt, everything but the kitchen sink! I had a less invasive surgery on L5-S1 in April which at least stopped all the tingeling in my feet but didnt help the pain. After two years retired I moved my family to Arizona hoping the milder weather would help.
Here in AZ I got a new NS and after a discectomy (which hurt like hell and Infailed) and wearing a full brace for 5 weeks, decided i needed the three level fusion. This was my second to last option. After the fusion, if it fails, would be a spinal cord stimulator. I am excited and scared. I am keeping hopeful that stabalizing my spine will take a good portion of my pain away. I live on 10mg of percocet 3x a day but I am getting very tolerant to it and I want to be able to come off the pain meds. My biggest fear is not making it through the surgery. (My dad died at 42 during open heart surgery) so that has me so freaked out since I am 39. I know I can handle it as long as I make it through the surgery. I know this fear is irrational but I cant help it.
So that was the cliff note version. I hope to give and receive support thru all of this. Thanks for reading and look forward to chatting!!