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More FUSIONS and scared!

I am 35 and am going into my 4 spinal fusion. I had my lower spine fused from L5 to T10 for scoliosis. The surgery seemed fine until I was 28 and then I started getting stabbing pains in my lower back and legs. I got X-rays and my rod had broken at T10 and L3 and was collapsing my lower back.
I ended up being bedridden and unable to walk for 6 months before I found a surgeon who would touch me. Nobody would do the surgery and told me sorry that was it. I would have died.
Luckily I met this amazing Dr who did my surgery. And I am 3 years out and am still in pretty severe pain and need a walker sometimes. I can't stand for more then 10 minutes but I feel blessed I am walking at all. Well I just found out my Cervical C3,C5 and C6 and herniated,spinal stenosis,Kyphosis and nerve damage. He said I Would be paralyzed if I didn't do the fusion and to fuse from C3-C7 and then in 5 years fuse the rest of my spine!

That sounds awful and I am upset about this. Was this caused by the surgery I had when I was 15 or did I do something wrong to ruin my body and make my spine fall apart. IDK its been really hard being 35 and using a walker and being on disability. Whats hard to is I was a very successful Broker and miss working so much. But I can't sit or stand. I read on WIkapedia that spine fusion people are referred as " SOinal Cripples" and I just was hoping some of you had a happy ending with these surgeries. My neck doesn't even hurt that bad but he said its a mess. So I am scared. Please comfort with your experience.


  • Hi Annabeller
    I'm sorry that your having serious spine problems at such a young age
    15 months ago in October 2014 I had a 5 level posterior cervical laminectomy fusion with rods & screws
    I'm 56 and have 3 grandsons
    My pain is a constant 4 and when I exercise or do activities my pain doubles
    I take tramadol & tylenol daily
    I was evaluated as moderately disabled
    Since the operation my mobility is better
    I walk one mile , do streches,push-ups and elecpitcal for ten minutes every day
    I went back to work after 8 months
    I golf, roller skate , and snow ski with my grandsons but my limit is two hours and these activities cause my pain to double
    I then have to rest with a heating pad
    I'm slowly getting better
    You seem like a strong young woman who's been thru a lot
    I would think that your neck surgery will be much easier than your previous back surgeries

    Good luck & Godbless

  • Thank you so much for sharing. 8 months before you could go to work! Thats insane. So its a pretty big recovery also. I went to the Dr to schedule the surgery for Feb. 23rd and He is doing a Anterior and posterior on C3-C7 and he said he is being very aggressive to ensure that it fuses since I have had so many problems with them. So I Will be in the hospital about 6 days he said. But thank you. You bring me alot of comfort knowing all the activities you still do. I still think after 4 years since my last surgery that I will be able to go back to who I used to be. But Im thinking that boat has sailed.
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