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Surgery in 3 1/2 weeks!

Hi. I am 32 years old and am about to have a multi-level fusion (L3-L4 and L4-L5) ALIF & PLIF. I have experienced issues with my back since I was 18 years old. I have had multiple injections as well as nerve denervation. I have been in physical therapy for almost 6 years now. None of this has worked. I am very excited and optimistic about this surgery. I am hoping that this forum can be informative but also serve as a place to get support. My biggest struggle throughout all of these years has been the fact that people cannot relate. Some days I am totally normal (quite strong I might add) and others I cannot roll over in bed. I am not concerned about the physical toll this will take as I have built up quite the tolerance for pain. I am much more concerned about the emotional journey.


  • Good luck to you with your surgery.

    One thing I realized is that, no matter how well-prepared you think you are, you never know exactly how you are going to feel. I have always been a "tough chick", nothing ever kept me down. I flew through a discectomy and other minor surgeries. But this fusion threw me for a serious loop, and only now, and about 18 months, have I started to get back to "normal". So think good thoughts, and prepare yourself. And come here often for all the support you need!
  • I wouldn't advise to go throu internet and forums to search information like that. Most of the people that are here have problems after surgery and that is why they are here :)
    If you have recovered fully after surgery you dont bother to write about it- you just live your life :)
    You are gonna do fine!
  • Spiny_MaloneSSpiny_Malone Posts: 225
    edited 08/26/2014 - 3:15 PM
    The info is great (on this spine - health forum) . Wish I had those tips going into hospital. Ah well! All the best for a strong recovery!
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