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Dr. recommending spinal fusion 3 years after laminectomy :(

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I'll start by introducing myself since this is my first time on your board. I'm Starr, 34 y/o female. I was diagnosed with scoli when I was 13. It was very painful. When I got the dx (military drs) I was told that I would not grow anymore so they didn't brace me. I have an "S" curve. Initially, it was a 28 degree curve. At age 16, after a lot of back pain, mother took me back to dr. Tests and x-rays showed not only scoli, but osteopenia. I was advised at that time to have a fusion w/ Harrington rod, but I declined (I was graduating in a few months). Was told my spine would continue to degenerate if I didn't have it. I stuck to my guns and dealt w/ pain.
In the last 18 years I have had two children (bedrest during both pregnancies due to back pain) ages 14 and 10. Due to my scoli I also have a tilted pelvis so that makes me high risk pregnancy as well.

3 years ago I went into the dr. with sever back pain. After MRI, I was told I needed laminectomy & discectomy due to herniation at L5/S1. I was pain free after surgery for the first time since I was 13. It lasted for 3 years. I went back to the dr. two weeks ago with my pain returning. I am now back on pain meds for the first time in 3 years. Dr. says I need to have a fusion. Going in for an MRI in 2 days, to see how bad my back is now. My pain this time around hasn't been like the pain I have become used to over all these years. I have back pain in my lumbar area sitting, standing etc...but my main concern is that I now have pain in both hips. I normally sleep on my sides due to my back, but over the last few months I haven't been able too. I spend the majority of my nite flipping and flopping due to the pain in my hips. I'm thinking bursitis, but my internal med dr thinks its related to the back pain. I also have pain in my neck and thoracic area. The pain is just different than what I am used to all these years.
Has anyone had success with fusion? I will know more of how many vertebraes we are looking at fusing once I have the MRI. Has anyone had a fusion a few years after laminectomy?

Any help would be great. Oh yeah 3 years ago during last xrays and MRI I was told that my scoli had gone from 28 to 33 degree curve. Not sure where we are now.



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • I feel your pain! I know exactly what you mean about flipping and flopping. My doctor said it was hip bursitis caused by my back issues. Cortisone injections helped immensely.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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