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Wait, don't get surgery!

JunebugJJunebug Posts: 71
It was just luck that I cancelled my surgery. For a whole year, my leg hurt, sometimes so badly I could barely walk. You guys can empathize, I am sure! I have stenosis and spondylolisthesis. I was scheduled to have an L4/L5 fusion. I was waiting to see a surgeon for a second opinion

Two months later, before my appointment with the second surgeon, the pain went away! I couldn't believe it. I thought the pain in my leg was permanent.

The second surgeon said if my leg didn't hurt anymore there was no need to do the surgery. My back still hurts, but my leg pain is gone. It's been four months since my leg stopped hurting. I am so happy I cancelled the surgery. Can you imagine, I would have had to recover from surgery that turned out to be unnecessary?

So my advice to you, is wait it out, if you can.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It always good to hear a success story!

    I'm so glad things worked out so well for you!
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  • Will resolve on its own, given enough time. Surgery should only occur if the nerve roots , or cord in the canal is compressed enough that there is risk of permanent injury, or there is instability ,or other structural problems.
    I'm glad that you didn't undergo surgery that may not have been necessary. Too often people undergo surgery, thinking that it is going to cure their pain, only to wind up with more problems than they started with and more permanent pain.

  • JunebugJJunebug Posts: 71
    edited 06/27/2015 - 5:00 PM
    I do have what the physical therapist calls "instability", because of the spondylolisthesis. But I'm working on that with exercises. I'm glad I went for a second opinion. This guy was amazing. That's so rare in my experience. I'm sure you all have been through doctors too. I think I am finally learning how to research and find just the right surgeon. He is pretty confident that I can beat this thing with exercise.

    The problem I had before, was exercise was excruciating when I had sciatica. Exercise just made it worse.

    I'm glad I can finally exercise. It's tough to find exercises that don't hurt my back. I've been able to go back to Zumba after two years off. I just have to modify the stuff I can't do. Sometimes just moving to the music.

    Anyway, I am really feeling upbeat and positive about this. Fingers crossed that exercise will beat this thing permanently.
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