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L3-L-5 decompression instrumentation fusion

KathieKKathie Posts: 1
edited 09/02/2014 - 2:55 AM in Chronic Pain

I have been in severe unrelenting pain for over three years. I have had every kind of treatment imaginable (i.e. injections, decompression therapy, physical therapy, etc.) I am finally at the point I have to have surgery. I just can't go on like this. The narcotics only give me minimal relief. I hate to think surgery is the only answer left but this is where I am. After three MRI's the surgeon at EDITED took a regular xray with me leaning forward and bending backwards. This is what really showed the severity of my condition (scoliosis, disc degeneration, arthritis) and the need for a fusion vs. a minimally invasive TLIF. I am scared. I don't want to think there is a chance the pain could be made worse. It is almost unbearable now. But what else can I do? I have to do something because my life has been on hold for three long years. I am 57 years of age and feel like I am 90. Everything I do on any physical level is with so much pain. I know I will have a morphine pump and was told I should be home in a few days. He told me my pain would be reduced by 90%!! That sounds wonderful to me! I would appreciate any feedback from others that have had this kind of surgery.
Thank you.

Post edited to remove medical facility name. Naming of specific physicians or practices, or medical facilities is not permitted on Spine Health.
Kathie Chipouras
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