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Surgery Success

Hello all! I just had my 360 lumbar fusion(both anterior and posterior) on l5s1due to DDD and herniation. My primary complaint was horrible stiffness during sleep and upon waking. I have 5 kids under 12 to get ready for school each day, and myself since I am a teacher. I was beginning to get depressed without ever sleeping and dreading getting up each day. I did physical therapy, which didn't help and I began taking extended release Tramadol, which helped some. I decided to give the surgery a try. I know it has only been 3 weeks since my surgery, but so far it's a HUGE success. I have no stiffness and pain sleeping or waking. I am off all pain meds. I did have increased sciatica after the surgery, but that seems to be improving each day. I feel really good, and I am back to most my routines. I still get help with things that would involve bending over, but everything else is good. Oh, I also notice I get fatigued quicker than usual upon doin laundry, cooking dinner, or other routines, but I hear that is normal also and should get better each day. I just wanted to post my story to give hope to those who may need it.


  • I always love to hear a positive successful surgery story. Mine is coming up in two weeks. I'm having a PILF L3 - L5. Hope you continue with the positive progress reports. That's a lot of little ones counting on you,
  • Yayyyyy congrats ! I had my surgery done on the 17th . I hope mine can be a success like yours. I had T1-S2 fused. 2 rods 22 screws. I get random stabbing pains in my right shoulder blade. It overlapped my spine when i moved certain ways before I had surgery so maybe that is why. I cannot live with it much longer so I hope it ends soon. Sadly I am still on percocet and valium ): I am glad you are having such good luck and i hope it continues.
    17 years old :) 2 rods. 22 screws . t1-s2. fusion. butttttt im happy :)
    surgery on 12/17/2014
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