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Introducing myself - just had PLIF L3 - L5 surgery

WendyNZWWendyNZ Posts: 1
edited 12/10/2014 - 11:25 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new here and am 9 days post-PLIF surgery, L3-L5.

I came to this surgery as a progression in my journey living with a type of inflammatory arthritis for 20 years. I am 49 and have had a hip replacement in 2006 followed by revision surgery of that in 2010 (had a bad metal-on-metal replacement that caused pain and irritation). I've also had 3 surgeries for arthritis in my toes. My neck will likely need fusion surgery in the future.

My arthritis symptoms are controlled with methotrexate (a chemo drug in low dose) and daily anti-inflammatory drugs, however secondary osteoarthritis continues to pop up all over the place. The last 4 years I've had lumbar pain and the last 2 years I've been taking slow-release tramadol 24/7 to function. Two disks were bone on bone and also I was starting to curve sideways. I lost 3 cms in height too. I have got back 1.5 cms of my lost height from the surgery and I am walking straighter. My back feels stronger!

So early days, plenty of naps and still need oral morphine (irregularly) for pain relief. It's great to be on the other side though.

Wendy in NZ


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