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Hello everyone. As you can see I'm new to this forum. I did put a post up but I should have introduced my self first sorry about that. Well here we go. I'm a 37 year old male who always had some sort of back discomfort just like anyone else my age would have. Growing up I was always very active in sports and outdoor activities. My work involves a lot of manual labor. So getting to the point in early July I was at work when I lifted about a hundred pound box bent over and I twisted to move it. I immediately felt an excruciating pain I n my lower back. soon after the pain radiated down my leg and into the bottom of my heal. I knew I had done something so I took it easy for a few days. Eventually the pain became too much and I went to the doctor. Over a course of several weeks and test it was determined that I have DDD, disk herniation in L5, an annual tear and bulge in L4 and little to no disc left in S1. I went through the whole process of spinal injections, PT, chiropractic, and massage. Nothing has helped. I do want to mention the doctors have prescribes oxy, gabapentin, and, zanaflex. It helps take the edge off but the amount of discomfort I'm still in is just miserable. So the end is here and my surgeon thinks surgery is my best option at this point. He wants to perform an ALIF L4-S1 with posterior screws. After hearing the details you bet I got a second opinion. Turns out the second doctor recommended the exact same surgery. I feel very confident with the first doctor and I have also talked to another patient of his which was very comforting. We are hoping for a surgery by the end of February or march. (not soon enough!!)
Thank you for letting me become a member and I look forward to talking with you!!
alif l4-s1


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/31/2014 - 5:23 AM
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  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 02/03/2014 - 2:58 PM
    I'm sorry to read that you are facing surgery, but I strongly encourage you to make sure to read the forums on surgery, pre and post op tips, and the surgery recovery forums. The best advice that I can give you is to make a list of questions you might have about surgery, and to talk to your surgeon about the recovery times, and restrictions post op. Make sure to follow his restrictions to the letter, otherwise, you could put your surgery outcome at risk by jumping back into things too early.
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