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New here! Just had my fusion.

Jillreneeable34JJillreneeable34 Posts: 69
edited 06/22/2013 - 6:15 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all ! 37 yr old teacher here dealing with chronic back pain and radiating leg pain. I can't recall any trigger event, but I know my back went "out" when my daughter was a baby and she's nearly 9. I've been a healthy weight & athletic my whole life & have done as well as I could since the back pain set in,but it's been limiting and I always "pay for it" for days after. In the past two years, it's gotten bad enough that it hurts daily and every daily function is affected. I finally sought out other options . I had done PT and injections to no avail. Then I sawy orthopedic surgeon and he recommended fusion of my L4/L5 (as MRI showed virtually no disk left, vertebrae slippage & likely nerve impingement). His suggestion was a 180/ALIF & PLIF approach. This seemed very invasive to me so I researched top fusion doctors in the nation & came up with my neurosurgeon Dr. in Green Bay, WI. This was closest to me. We decided on a minimally invasive PLIF. 2 small incisions, no muscle cutting and back to "normal" (mostly) in6-8 wks of course the time for the graft to fully heal remains 6-12 months, but I'm on 10 days post op and am doing well. I still have some incisional pain, some nerve pain and lots of itching..but otherwise am better that I expected. Anyway looking to share stories and advice!
37-HS Science Teacher, Mother of 2 (8 and 11)
L4/L5 Disc compression with spondylosis and severe arthritis in both discs
PLIF on 6/11/13 (minimally invasive technique)


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others whom have had the minimally invasive approach. I know there are some older threads that deal specifically with this approach when it was first available. I am glad to see you are doing well. Be sure to follow all of your doctors advice as that will aid in your recovery. One thing I can recommend to you is to walk, when you think you have walked enough walk some more. If you don't have a walking program look on the net, there are many out there. ONe of the favorites is 10,000 steps. As to having the nerve pain still it might take sometime to heal the nerve, as nerves heal very slow.

    Once again welcome to spine-health. If I can be of any assistance to you, don't hesitate to pm me. Take care and look forward to your sharing, as you move through your recovery. If your bored we do have a chat that you can find members in most times of the day.
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