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l5-s1 fusion excellent decision

mikkammikka Posts: 1
edited 06/08/2015 - 5:04 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Im hereby fulfilling a promise I gave myself before my surgery, which is to tip the balance of real world stories at least a little bit towards the realistic situation. I remain convinced that for good logical reasons one can get a vastly skewed negative picture of the success rate/life after back surgery in general and lumbar fusion specifically. I believe this is simply because if things work, you don't bother writing about it and you just enjoy getting your life back.

But what you end up with, if you look for pre-surgery info and assurance is a horrifyingly unjust selection of people who got no relief or they are worse. Having known bad pain and disappointment, I can only wish them strong willpower, optimism, luck and not losing hope so they will eventually get better.

But if you are like me, reading up before your surgery and are just getting more and more scared, know that there are a lot of successes as well and that advice like "never let anyone with a knife near your spine" is just bs, though born out of understandable desperation.

I wont give you any specific advice, its all on the net already, ill just point out this: read up, prepare psychologically, get 2,3,4 opinions, choose your surgeon and hospital well, pay up if you can afford it, have a fighting attitude, arrange for practical help once you return home and ask for the support of family and friends. How? Look it up.

My story: herniated dics l5-s1 pressing on right sciatic nerve, months of pain in 2012, manageable, nothing for 3 years, Feb 2015 first attack, 1 month of excruciating pain, getting slightly better (able to walk for 20 mins) , middle of April second attack, pain from hell, morphine and stronger stuff, sleeping for 4 days in a sitting position. 30 April 2015 - 2 hour surgery, 3 days in hospital, pain in leg gone immediately, wound pain acceptable, no morphine used, Day 4 walking with crutches, 200 metres. Walking every day, increasing slightly, moving extra carefully. Toilet no problem. Week 2 end of tramadol, walking 1 kilometer, Week 3 - end of paracetamol, medication free, walking 2-3 km per day. Week 4-5 getting better by the day, nearing week 6 can walk at an almost normal pace, for as much as i like within what is actually necessary to live a normal day. Wound pain almost gone, things to lift feel easier, can do gentle twisting from hip to hip on a single bed, no more log rolling necessary. Stiffness that took more than a minute to go away after lying down almost non-existent. Tiny moments of the leg falling asleep gently. First check-up today, all fine.

42 years male, overweight but not in an entirely bad shape, non-smoker

Will update when I have news-worthy stuff to share.
Will try to answer questions, pls be patient.




  • Hi yes I agree totally. I tried to post here positive comments about my fusion which I had on April 28 th this year. But I got next to no response so I gave up. I just pop in every now and again to the site. I thought maybe its because i am a Brit?
    I am 6 weeks out from 5 hour fusion where my back was first broken then fused. I am actually taller as my back didn't grow properly in the first place. Off all meds at 4 weeks making steady progress. I have been incapacitated for so long that i have no reflexes and my muscles all need stretching. Good Luck to you.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 06/08/2015 - 11:31 PM
    It is always good to hear of success stories and thank you for sharing yours, sharing your experience.

    I believe you are probably right about people with success with their spinal issues, and or with their spinal surgeries , do go on with their lives being more back to normal and pain free and I'm assuming with a lot of gratitude towards their doctors and or surgeons.

    I , myself, have never been a candidate for surgery. But I've become more stable through my pain management doctor and limiting activities and that's success for me!

    Much of what I needed from this site, is how to cope with what has become my new normal.
    It was like going through the stages of grief, for me.

    This site has been encouraging, and so informative. Not the least of with members and their support, but, also, the vast info found here through articles and videos. I have always viewed SH as giving out hope .

    When you read about someone mentioning "never let a knife near your spine" , I don't think it's from desperation as much as their experiences with previous surgery and many times multiple surgeries and or the experiences of people they know.
    Everyone is so individual with their spine issue, their body's response to treatments, medications and or surgeries.

    Everyone's experiences are different . As you mentioned, strong will power, in your list of luck, etc....and not losing hope so they will eventually get better,..
    Having will power and hope are not the only requirements "so they will eventually feel better" as in returning to previous life without pain and lifted restrictions, so can continue with lifting, twisting, etc...

    To me it sounds a little like blaming the person in pain, for their response of still having their chronic pain.

    Although my body , my life, may be becoming increasingly limited, I still continue to feel better everyday!
    My attitude better everyday. My gratitude for docs, friends, support system.

    Again, thanks for sharing your success story and I wish you the best on your continued recovery!
    And thank you for listening to my success story. :)

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