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Spinal Fusion of 9 levels

edited 06/21/2015 - 9:07 AM in New Member Introductions
My name is Cindy, and I am 57 years old - live in and had surgery done in the Pacific Northwest, specifically a Spinal Decompression/Fusion Surgery S1 - T9 with Kyphosis Stabilization, using 2 pins bridging each SI Joint, performed on 1-8-2015. I am just past 6 months post-op, and am still experiencing as much or more pain than pre-surgery...it has been difficult to find others who have had more than 2 or 3 levels involved, much less 9...
My surgeon had anticipated a surgery lasting 8 - 9 hours; my surgery lasted a full 13 hours. and involved 4 units of blood, with another 2 units over the following 24 to 48 hours.
I need to be able to compare my experience with others - I find myself feeling isolated and my fears trying to take over my thoughts and feelings. The possibility that this surgery (my 4th, all due to DD&JD) was for nothing - i.e. finding myself no better off than before surgery, is too depressing to entertain for long.


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