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24 year old male-18 months post Lumbar fusion-ongoing pain

Footballfan4FFootballfan4 Posts: 1
edited 01/05/2016 - 11:11 PM in Lower Back Pain
i had a spinal fusion 18 months ago and I am worse off then I was before. I was originally injured playingbcollege football and squatting too heavy. They called the problem retrolisthesis
I had a discectomy.. Didn't work out.
Now I have had a spinal fusion from a dr who is considered one the best surgeons in the world.
I work a very busy and stressful job. Constantly sitting as well. I am crippled by this pain. I don't want to take pain killers. I am weary of dr.s now. Looking back it felt like more of a sales pitch then a solution.

I am mostly scared that the rest of my life will be just pain. Does anyone have experience fusing the L5-s1 level and living pain free after 2,5,10+ years?

I stretch and do light lifting. I was a d1 college athlete I'm aware of proper form and core excercises... My flexibility isn't great but never has been.

Any legitimate experience/advice appreciated.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I messed up my S1-L5 when I was 24. Now 41. I hate to say it but after 18 months, this is as good as it gets. Back fusion is always the absolute last resort(when you tired everything and simply can not move). I have been trying for the last 17 years do everything possible not to have surgery. Actually canceled twice knowing the outcome. It's basically %50-%50. Some get better after fusion, some stay the same, many get worse. I had too many people around me doing spine surgery (runs in the family) and to be honest, I can't think of any that are 100% pain free.

    Any corrective surgery at this point would most likely cause you more pain. And there is this thing called domino effect. The L4 and L3 will eventually fail next. I don't know what your spine doctor told you to expect but 100% pain free long time recover from lower spine fusion is extremely rare. You have to learn how to live with bad back. No more impact sports (cycling, swimming, hiking are Ok). I was a body builder and all that upper body bulk was killing me once I blew my disk. Now I walk like a cat, no sudden movements, no lifting, no twisting, but try to bike as much as possible to stay lean. It took me 10 years to loose 50lbs of upper muscle bulk but kept my legs strong (was always super lean as I use to compete on stage).

    But it does get better. You simply get use to the pain, no matter how bad it is. Our bodies can cope with just about anything. There are many other things you can try. Maybe the pain is from the level above. You can try injections or nerve burning or stims or pain pump, or, or, or

    I hate to write such a negative post but if you expect to be pain free to the rest of your life, you will be disappointed.
    I design your spine
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