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Hello all, im new and enjoying the forums, i dont feel alone anymore

Mods, if this is in the wrong forum, accept my apology and relocate

Im a 55yr old male, five years ago i had about 60%of my L45 disc removed, it blew into canal, pain was off the charts.
Surgeon went in through back.
Great result once i healed.
But i never fused.

Fast forward three yrs, hit run auto accident, i was tboned on drivers side, messed up L2-5.
On various meds for pain, etc etc
Surgeon wants to cage it, fuse it, L45 and 12 pedicle screws, im scared spitless.

I feel that once i make the JUMP to hardware, no turning back, and i might need more than one procedure, pain is constant, losing strength and reflex left leg.

I would like to hear from which of you have decided the no surgery route, and the surgical route.

I know if i lose bowel or bladder the surgical choice is made.

It took my close to a year to come back from the first surgery to my new level of NORMALCY.

Thanks for listening.
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  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 02/22/2014 - 4:01 PM
    As you probably know, each case is unique and you'll hear lots of different stories, decisions and outcomes. But the one constant is that you'll find tons of support here, and hopefully we can all learn from each other. My route was the instrumented fusion and so far, I haven't had any regrets. Knock on wood. But there are also many people here who've used less invasive treatments and even alternative therapies.

    Wishing you the best!
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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