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chickensgirl76cchickensgirl76 Posts: 33
edited 11/02/2015 - 8:30 AM in New Member Introductions
So I am new here and have a few questions in regards to surgery. I am 39yrs lead a very active life until I had a major accident in 2012 and have been in chronic pain since then. I have 8 MRIs, and have taken every pain pill and muscle relaxers along with lots more, P/T, TENS therapy, steroid injections etc etc etc. So I had been seeing a neurologist for right side numbness (right side only) foot, leg, arms, waist, face and neck. It comes and goes and I was told there is nothing wrong with my back. I didn't fell comfortable with this and got a second opinion to find out I have L1/2 bulging disk, L3/4 bulging disk, L4/5 bulging disk & bone spurs, L5/S1 bulging disk, bone spurs, spondylolysis, sever foraminal narrowing, Grade 1 spondylolisthesis. I have been told a need a fusion at my L5/S1. I have a scheduled appointment for Nov 5 in Tucson to see a surgeon. My question is:

How long did you all wait to have surgery done? A week, a month, the next day.
Should I push the idea of wanting surgery to my doctor??

Any advise or opinion would be very welcomed

I am the point where I cannot take the pain any more, I can barely walk around, do anything, sit or stand very long and im lucky if I get an hours sleep of a night time. I have read multiple books about back surgery and feel I am ready for this.


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  • Hi ,You ask how long you should wait for surgery. I am not medically qualified but I too had grade 1 spondylolysis I had had 40 years of on and off back pain. In the past 3 years it was all the time and I had difficulty walking. The longer you leave it to have this operation the more you risk permanent nerve damage. I feel I was very lucky with my surgeon as I have no pain at all now despite having my back broken, screws and rods inserted and a disc removed. He found my back hadn't formed properly in the first place. MRI's don't show everything so it was more complicated than expected. Good Luck
  • Hi Jill55, thanks for the response. I too am in daily pain, can hardly walk, cant sit, cant stand for very long. How was you recover after having surgery? Did you have a spinal fusion? Sorry for the questions but I feel as if I am ready be gone with this pain and be able to have an active life again
  • Hi, yes I had my fusion on April 28th this year I turned 60 in September and was not fit due to the restrictions placed on me by my back pain. I was off opiates within 3 weeks and then took over the counter pain meds . The names are different as I am in UK. Down to 200mg gabapentin a day as you have to taper it I was on 2700 mg a day. I have weakness in my legs and my balance is very bad. I have been referred back to neurology as my consultant feels he has sorted out my back. I do walk with a cane and despite my problems I can walk very much further and do much more than before my op. I was able to get myself snacks etc within a week. I did sleep a lot afterwards but I did have 5 hours of surgery. I have been as active as possible but resting after each job. Please bare in mind I am a lot older than you and I probably have something else going on which causes me fatigue. I wish I had been listened to years ago regarding my back and I could have had the operation earlier and had a better quality of life. Go for it!
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