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MellowManMMellowMan Posts: 1
edited 12/08/2015 - 2:13 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just joined and I have read some really great posts. Here's what I am dealing with.
I've been dealing with my problem for years. When I first hurt my back, I was told it was a back strain in 1976 while I was in the Air Force and I have been dealing with back problems to the present. Well, things finally came to a stand still when I went to work one morning and I could barely walk. I came home and called my doctor. This all took place in Feb 2015. I went in to see my doctor and was told I may have hurt myself lifting something heavy. Well, my job does require me to wear a lot of equipment. After a couple of days without getting better, I went back to see my doctor who ordered x-rays and I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and was referred to physical therapy. After a month of physical therapy, my therapist noticed I did not get any better and sent a letter to my doctor and recommended I have an MRI. Well, after my MRI I was diagnosed with a bulging disc and I had L5-S1 surgery on 08/28/2015. I went in to see the doctor that performed my surgery a month later and was told everything is looking good and to start physical therapy as soon as I felt better. I started physical therapy 2 weeks later and it's not going well. I am still experiencing pain especially in the morning when I wake up and I have to stay in bed until I feel better. I can not sit for longer than 45 minutes or walk for extended periods. I still take my meds when needed. My employer insurance company is telling me that the recovery time for my surgery is 84 days. I keep telling them I wish that was true. I will be 61 years old next month and I don't feel myself getting any better. The doctor that performed my surgery told me things could get worse as I get older and I may need another surgery too. So, I am going to hang in there with my physical therapy and wish for the best. My main goal is to get better to at least do some of the things I did before my back surgery and to try to figure out what type of quality of life I will have if my condition don't get any better than it is now. Well, I am at 3 months and counting. I wish everyone the very best with dealing with their condition and Stay Strong.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 732
    What kind of surgery did you have..?? Discectomy or Fusion..? or something else?
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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