I was wondering if anyone out there has had an eight level fusion, and would mind sharing their tips for their new life style?
On February 28, 2013, I had my sixth (and will be final-I can't do this anymore) spine fusion. I was fused from C3 down to T3, posterior approach. I have pedicle screws, rods and clamps down the back of my spine, along with a titanium cage, peek cage, and other assorted screws and clamps down the front.
This surgery was by far the hardest; and the recovery has been the toughest.
I was wondering if anyone would mind sharing with me their tips for how they endured this extensive of a fusion. I've had two level, three level, four level and five level fusions done in the past, but at eight, this one is a whole new ball game. Thankfully, I am finally out of the brace, which I wore just over three months 24/7. I'm going to start physical therapy tomorrow-primarily from a pain management standpoint. However, the pain medications just aren't cutting it anymore. I imagine part of the problem is that I've just been on too many of them for too long; but most days I'm just on my heating pad crying, hardly anything can touch the pain (and I have an EXTREMELY high pain tolerance).
This surgery was medically necessary; I really had no other choice. I went to six neurosurgeons prior to surgery, and all had the same opinion, although with slightly different instrumentation. I was warned this would be extremely painful (it was), that I would probably lose what little range of motion I had pre-sixth surgery (I have); and that the surgery was NOT to get rid of the pain (it hasn't), but was necessary as I had had vertebrae fracture again, within previous surgical sites.
I just want to get back to LIVING, rather than just trying to survive. I know I'll never regain the lifestyle I once had (and I am grateful that I did); but I've got to find some way to cope with the pain. I want to be a partner (as much as possible) to my amazing husband, and not just a burden.