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My name is Dottie. I just recently had a 7-hour lumbar fusion (through the front and back) at L-3/4. I had surgery previously (on two occasions) at L4/5, L/5/S1. The first one was the real kicker because the doctor put 4 screws through the bone and told me it wasn't a problem. I was ignored for 2 years. It was labeled as a FBSS, which i totally disagree. My diagnosis includes spondylosis, lumbar/sacral radiculopathy, lumbar post-lami syndrome, & cervical radiculopathy. I've been through the mill to say the least. I'm about 7 weeks post-op this time around and the nerves are starting to "wake up." Seems like I'm doing better this time then I have in the past, but it's too early to tell. I'm anxious to learn from you folks that have been through as much (and more) than I have.


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    Hi Dottie,
    Wow, you sure have been through the wringer so far in your spine journey, but hopefully this time. as you get further out from your surgery , you will continue to see improvement and it will allow you to get back to living your life once this surgery recovery is complete. Best wishes to you,
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 07/26/2013 - 8:27 AM

    Welcome to Spine Health.
    Let's hope that this time you will have a sucessful surgery that will lead to much reduced pain and being able to get back to enjoying life.

    Do take it easy and follow the surgeon's rules.
    There are lots of us here who have been through spinal surgery recovery and we understand how long it can seem and how tough it can be, especially in those early weeks.

    Take care,
  • I appreciate the warm welcomes and the wise advice. I look forward to learning from my new friends. It's nice to know that I don't have to live in this nightmare alone. Thanks~~~~~~
  • I had ALIF L4L5S1 FRONT and back surgery in March.It was a long recovery, but im doing much better now.I started pt a mth ago and im getting stronger every day.Im hoping to go back to work cleaning houses in sept.Good luck and think positive. Kathy
    Kathy B
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