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Need a friend post-op 13 vert fusion w/discectomy, & Laminectomy

First surgery was to correct scoliosis in 2004. 12 vertebrae fusion 4 screws /rods.
Started feeling some odd grinding down by where the screws are in the lumbar region. Went to the doc and found out the fusion didn't take by the screws at the bottom which caused all the screws to completely back out. Then my disk completely deteriorated & caused my vertebra to sit on top of eachother a while. (I hardly felt any pain from this and I dunno why....)
So 4 weeks ago I found a great surgeon and we fixed it.
-Sawed off about 2 inches off my old rods,
-removed the 4 screws
-spread apart my vertebra and gutted my disc completely.
-built a new mesh disc and injected bone.
-added a rubber spacer
-attached new rods to the old & fused a vertebra lower.
- added 6 super long screws

I couldn't take any pain meds cause I react to all opioids. :-(
Anyone had anything like this happen?
12 vertabrae fusion 2004 w/ rods for scoliosis. July 30, 2015 Discectomy & Laminectomy w/ mesh built disc & spacer, fusion one level down, new rods & new screws. Allergic to opioids. No medication except Valium & Tylenol.


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