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edited 09/13/2015 - 7:58 AM in New Member Introductions

I first want to thank whomever created this source of information and inspiration, since my injury i have been browsing this website on what seems to be a daily ordeal looking for others that have had similar instances/issues/situations.

So with that said, my introduction:

My injury started back in 2012 with a pretty epic fall that ended up leaving me in sever pain in my lower back, with the final word that i had instability in my SI Joint, an L5/S1 disk that ended up torn, herniated, and bulging. This lead to crippling LBP and radiating numbness and pain down my left leg. Thanks to this website and my PCM, I immediately refused the idea of surgery and started the Physical Therapy/Pain Management route. From 2012 to 2013 I was on a 3x Week Physical Therapy, all sorts of medicine cocktails from Tramadol to Norco to Neuortin and just about anything else one would get prescribed for LBP. Throughout this time I also went through 4 L5/S1 (left) and SI Injections ( i would have to look for the specific injection types) with no relief until the final injection which was EFSI Catheter Injection to the L5/S1. This provided me with a bout 12 months give or take of my pain being reduced to that i could manage with OTC Pain Medicine.

Fast forward to 2014 and all the previous symptoms showed their nasty head and it felt like over night i went from minor aches and pain to being slammed in the lower back with a sledge hammer. I went through another 6 months of PT and another round of L5/S1 with absolutely no relief. After the year of 2014 being a blur due to my PCM trying to manage my pain with prescriptions and physical therapy and a failed attempt of injections i began the long process of finding a surgeon. I started with the neurosurgeon route but after a 2 failed referrals i looked at an orthopedic spine surgeon. After the nightmare of insurance/referrals i finally got my surgery approved for 17 Aug 2015. (3.5 years later)

The surgery was a fusion of the L5/S1 with the hardware staying in place and a bone graft from my hip. The procedure itself went amazing, I was under for just short of 2 hours and woke up with great news and 0 complications. I spent 4 days in the hospital and went home on with some pain pills and a back brace. 2 weeks later my bone graft sight had become infected and I was re-admitted to the hospital for next day surgery so they could clean out the infection. After another week in the hospital i was released with a PICC line to take daily antibiotics. After a couple complications with the PICC Line i am on my way to recovery and have my first follow up with my Surgeon later this month (1 month Post - OP).

Throughout this entire process, especially lately, i have used this form as a great reference for information and want to thank everyone who has opened up and shared their experience. Since I am going to be laid up for the next few months, I figure i will step out from the shadows of lurking and start contributing. Maybe I will be able to provide answers as you all have for me.


(Please ignore the horrible spelling and grammar, trying to type on pain medicine isn't the easiest)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Its good to see you here
    Contributing is good
    Some one,some,day will,need your hard waened experience,to get through their trials.

    Keep your spirits up and keep on the healing path,it sad you had a relaps,but good that it. Was taken care of!
    Be well and,we"ll see you in the,forums!
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