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Fusion/discectomy concerns

I am a 35 year old mom of 2. I was hurt at work 3 years ago. I have herniated discs l4-s1 and bulging at l3 with an anular tear. After a lengthy battle I may be having surgery soon. An ALIF L4-L5, L5-S1,posterior spinal fusion at L4-S1 with I/A, and lumbar discectomy L4-5 L5-S1. I am really getting scared. Wondering if its really worth it. I know recovery is not going to be a picnic, but I am hoping the end result is feeling better than I do now. That's what I am clinging to. It has to get better. Thanks for listening!!!
injury 12/29/09. L2 henamgioma L3-S1 desiccation protrusion narrowing, L5-S1 nerve rood displaces, L4-5 annular tear DDD L5-S1. surgery 4/24/12


  • 33 yo mom of 2 here...and I'm not sure what "I/A" is, but I probably have it...lol. It sounds like the surgeon has a plan, are you just thinking it over for now? If you are able to "think it over" then you might not be ready yet... and that's a good thing! I'd certainly try all the conservative treatments first, and I'd get a second opinion for certain before going through the surgery.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I'm just overwhelmed.. and I have a to week wait to find out if the surgery is really approved. I have been through all types of conservative treatments in the past 3 years. imjections, therapy, work conditioning, chiropractor, rest etc. I have been to 3 spine surgeon who all said I would need the surgery if non-surgical options did not help. The pain is not getting any better. I'm just miserable. It's all just scary because I am at the surgery point and I know the recovery road may be rough. I am holding on to hopes that this will make things better than what they are now. I know I will never get back to what things were before my injury.
    injury 12/29/09. L2 henamgioma L3-S1 desiccation protrusion narrowing, L5-S1 nerve rood displaces, L4-5 annular tear DDD L5-S1. surgery 4/24/12
  • Hello! I am a 30 year old full time working mother of 2. I had a multi level fusion (L4/L5, L5/S1) in December. I had the same concerns as you, as prior to the surgery, as miserable as I was my motto was the world isn't going to stop because my back was messed up. But I was also to the point where I couldn't mentally deal with the pain and after trying therapy, injections, etc... and the pain not getting better, my thought was, if I didn't get it fixed now, it could come down to an emergency situation and that would drive me crazy. I am (as I'm sure you are, being a mother) very organized, control freak and the thought of surgery and a long recovery made me nuts. I had to let that control go for a little bit and ended up doing the surgery in December and if I had to do it all over again, I would! I am much happier and even though it has taken a while, I thought it would be worse than what it was. I felt better (pain wise) immediatley. I was tired of not being able to to enjoy my kids because of pain, that's why I did it. Everyone is different, it is a big descion. My thought was at the point I was at, it wasn't going to fix itself, and I knew I didn't want to live in pain anymore, so I was willing to give it a chance and so far I'm happy with my descion. I wish you well and feel free to message me if you have any questions or just need to vent!! Good luck to you!
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