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19 yr old Broken L2 fusion?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've been on here b4 but my account was lost. I'm 19 had a compression fracture on my L2 9 months ago. I'm still in alot of pain and the pain meds really don't help much. I take naproxen and advil together. If im sitting for over 30 minutes my back is in alot of pain. Should i do surgery? My surgery would be a 1 level fusion from L1-L2. Would the pain go away? How long b4 i recover? Will i recover?


  • Hi Jake,

    I am not a doctor just a spine patient, but from my own experiences and from what I have been reading here or elsewhere I have the feeling that at the age of 19, you would probably recover quite well from a 1-level fusion. Heck, I am 71 and I have been recovering extremely well from my 3-level fusion, and I think you have some advantages over me. But as far as to have a surgery or not, that is up to your doctor's recommendations and on your own research.

    I can only talk for myself, but my pain went completely away after surgery, but then again I mostly experienced leg (sciatic) pain, and that responds better to surgery than actual back pain.

    The general recommendation is to consider surgery when you have explored all other alternatives.

    Good luck to you and keep reading the postings, you may come across things that help you in your decision.

    Kin :) :P ;)
  • I think we've spoken before on the old site?

    This is never an easy decision. You need to carefully weigh up how much you pain is affecting your life, whether or not it's likely to get better or worse, and ask yourself if you can continue to live with the pain as it is now. If you feel like it's affecting you so much, then you need to take whatever steps you can to make it better. I too am facing a similar decision, whether or not to have further surgery now that my last one has failed on me. My pain is so bad that I feel I have no choice other than to go for it. It's almost easy for me because my life is so badly affected by the pain, it must be much more difficult if you are managing to get by.

    Make sure you get at least 2 opinions about what is your best surgical option if you do decide to go for it. Good luck and keep us informed! Spicey
  • Yes i was on the old website. I can't live the rest of my life with this pain thats for sure. I can't make it another yr with the pain im in. Thanks for the advice
  • Jake- I remember you from the other website also. If your pain is that bad and you really can't live with it anymore then I will say do what you have to do. If I were you I would at least look into the ADR only because of your age. I would really hate for you do be in this same exact situation in a couple of years. You do have to know that in a couple of years you just might probably will be in this same situation and pain. Maybe by that time some great medical advancements will have been invented.

    I really hope you get some kind of pain relief. Have you tried any kind of pain management yet?

  • What do you mean by pain managment. The only thing that stops my pain is laying down. I have some pain meds i take but they don't work that good. I don't want to take any real strong meds b/c they make me feel like crap and tired all the time. If i sit for a long period of time and then get up i can feel the bone on bone kind of feel which is one kind of pain i have. The other one is a long deep pain. Its not severe just a drawn out pain. Almost like a deep muscle pain or something.
  • Hi Jake,
    I doubt that any surgeon would want to do a fusion of a 19yr old unless you had exhausted all other possibilities. eg there are injections, blocks, PT, accupuncture all sorts of things to try first.
    So what is actually causing the pain? Is it stenosis?, DDD?, maybe you just need decompression (laminectomy).

    You need to have some serious films taken then see a specalist who can decide on the best course of action.
    Just remember though if you go to a surgeon then he will be thinking surgery as that is what he does. If you can go to a rehab specalist they may be a bit more open to other treatments available.

    Blessings Sara
  • Jake-I am going to try and explain this the best I can. Pain Management is where a specialist most likely a Dr. provides you care, shots, meds, different procedures, where is soley working on your pain caused by your back problems. For instance- My first experience with pain management I got a series of two epidural shots. Epidural shots is where your pain management Dr gives you an epidural with coritcode steriods. It is similar to an epidural a pregnant women gets to block the pain when she is giving birth but it has different meds in it and is given in the area of the spine where you are having your problems. This medicine decrease the inflammation. It also numbs the area. If your nerves are being irritated or have been damaged this sometimes take the pain away. It didn't work for me due to the fact that I don't have nerve problems. I do have some friends where it works miricles for. One of my friends has three herniated disc in his thoracic and can go for two years without problems or pain after he gets his epidurals.
    Another pain management procedure are trigger point injections. Trigger point injections are shots that have numbing meds in them. They are put in your muscles that are giving you really bad muscle spasms. This med helps relax the muscles and decrease the pain. I've heard the best results from these. There are a lot of different meds out there that can help the nerve pain and the muscle spasms.

    There are so many different pain management procedures out there. I've learned you get several opinions. What one Dr's knowledge of the problems can save you a lot of pain and misery. You have to start researching how you can control your pain and muscles. Muscle spasms can get to bad they can herniate your disc or cause the problem to become worse. You are going to have to teach yourself how to do thing right (lifting, stretching, ect..).

    You need a new MRI because what you had a year ago isn't valid now. My opinion is to go to new Drs. and find yourself a good pain management Dr. One with experience and never go to someone who just wants to do surgery on you. With my experience of being 28 yrs old when all this happened is that the Drs who suggested surger the first visit only wanted my insurance money. Due to my age surgery was the last option for me. I have greatly gotten better with the right medication and Drs. It has been a year but time does heal. I am not a hundred percent but boy do I feel better.


    I have three bulges in my neck. One large one and two small ones.
  • Jake- You can always go to the pain management section of this forum. You can ask almost anything about pain management procedures and you'll get an answer. There a lot of people here that have been through a lot and have the experience and knowledge to help you. My experience is that I had to find the right doctors to get the right help.

    I hope you find your answers to your pain. Just remember everyone here is to help you and only want the best for you. Don't ever feel afraid to ask any questions because most likely someone here has been through it. Keep up your spirits up and keep on searching for your answers. There is hope you just need to exhaust every option you have before surgery. You need to find a Dr that is going to care enough to get you where you need to be. If it is surgery so be it but know that you've done everything before you reach that decision. You are so young and have a great deal of living in front of you. Your goal is to look back on this time in your life not live it for the rest of your life and if you do have to live it for the rest of your life it should be with as little pain as possible. That is your goal is to get better or to have as little pain as possible. You can do it. You are just going to have to be mature about the situation and learn as much about your problem.

    Best Wishes on seeking your answers,
  • Hey Jake,
    I too am one of the younger ones here. I just turned 20 last week and have already been through a spinal fusion. Just wanted to wish you luck with everything and to let you know I know exactly how you feel.

    Best wishes,
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