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Newbie and a little bit scared...

musicaltwigletmmusicaltwiglet Posts: 2
edited 02/12/2015 - 1:49 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
Hi everyone. I'm 42 and have finally been diagnosed with the following.. grade 1 spondylolithesis with L4 pars defect. I also have sacrolisation of L5 as well as a disc bulge with right paracentral protusion indenting.. Sounds grim, I know!

I've been told that the best course of action is both spinal fusion and decompression, which quite frankly, scares the life out of me. I'm fine with the operation part of it all, but it's the recovery that is getting to me just a little.

Has anyone else had a similar experience, or does anyone have any words of wisdom that may calm my increasing nerves.




  • shortfuse5691sshortfuse5691 Posts: 407
    edited 02/15/2015 - 6:38 AM
    All surgeries will make anyone nervous, I've had plenty and each one scares me. Spinal fusions recovery are long but each day gets better apposed to each day gradually getting worse in yout current state. Take each day one at a time and listen to your body and doctor.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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