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Surgery next week

RhondabRRhondab Posts: 6
edited 04/02/2015 - 7:40 PM in Surgery Buddies
Hi. I'm scheduled for Lumbar Fusion (PLIF ) next week L4, 5 and S1. Getting anxiety about upcoming surgery, recovery. I want my life back! Was always very active and athletic. Last 2 yrs been living hell and has really changed my lifestyle. Used to travel, have so many interests even did Triathlon. Have had 6 MRI'S and 2 EMGS and shows 3 Herniated Discs, Severe Spinal Stenosis , slipped discs and the burning, shooting rods of fire and lightening down my legs I've finally decided to do this. My feet feel like they are being stung by a thousand bees... I need to write a song ! Have exhausted all conservative treatment. PT, Pain Management, Injections , had a Neuro spinal Stimulator implanted (failed) tried Acupuncture , deep tissue and trigger points massages, meditation, yoga therapy and the Power of Prayer! I'm looking for any Positive messages. Insight or whatever anyone has to share . I believe in focusing on being positive, but I have never been so depressed as I have these last few years. Thank-you everyone and best of luck on your own journeys.... as I do feel we are all on a journey with this !


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  • hi. it sounds like you've done your research and should be confident knowing that you've made a good decision. i hope that your surgery is successful in getting you back to an active lifestyle! I had a spinal fusion 15 years ago. It was tough, but after 3 weeks I started to feel better and was able to stop taking pain meds. Think of your recovery as a temporary challenge to overcome. Spend your time looking forward to when you will be able to race again and be active again instead of thinking about the surgery. GOOD LUCK!
  • Hi Rhondab...I just joined this site and came across your post. My heart went out to you! I see your surgery was in April and you wrote your comment a week before. I could feel your anxiety!! I'm scheduled for surgery in early October and I'm frightened to death!! Everyday I'm second guessing my decision! I'm having a laminectomy (L4/L5) but without fusion. How did your surgery go and how has the recovery been. I know you had a few more issues than I apparently have but I'd really appreciate it if you could share your experiences with me. My pain level was severe when all this started about 9 months ago. It's slightly milder now (probably because of all the yoga, stretching, ab strengthening, and stationary bike riding) but it is still bad enough to be impacting my quality of life. All the things I loved to do are on hold. Like you, I just want my life back!! I'd be anxious to hear about your experiences. Thanks, Fransieanne
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