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L4-5 S1 Anterior and Posterior Fusion whats next???

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, Everyone I thought I would Intrduce myself I kinda Jumped on in earlier with Questions Im just happy Ive found this website. I just had a L4-5 S1 anterior and posterior fusion about 6 weeks ago ,and I feel that so far it has made my pain worse especialy post op that was pure HELL, ive never felt that way ever before ,and hope no one ever has 2 either. Im 36 yrs old worked construction my whole life made a good living at it I thought but now doctors say I can never lift heavy objects agian, basically not do anything that Ive done before for a living. Hsurgeon told me to file for disability to get the ball rolling on that before my surgery so I did and denied. has anyone had to deal with this Issue lately or ever??. kinda freaked out. not being able to work ,and the pain isnt getting any better then my doctor siad that I might have to be on pain meds forever?. Its like overload lately u kno what i mean??. Im just so thankful that my wife ,and son are understanding of whats happening. Its just this whole disability thing I dont understand?. so if anyone been through this please shout loudly. lol. thanks


  • SSI disabilty is hard to get,do you have a lawyer?it took me three years and 3 denials before i got approved....
  • yeah I just found out my claim was denied today so yes i called a lawyer for my appeal so hopefully?. I just dont understand why I gt denied if everyone like my doctors are saying that I cant do what I did for a living before, and thats all i did my whole life. then being on the narcotics aint going help me with my career either ,but the meds do help with the pain. without id be screwed.lol I guess ill just dust of that PHD Ive put away and quit slumming all these years and make some real money.

    Anterior lumbarinterbody fusion at L4-L5 and L5S1,Posterior spinal fusion with Instrumentation and pedicle screw fixation from L4-S1
  • Don't get discouraged. Most everyone gets denied the first time. The fact that you have all of these docs behind you will certainly help you. You may also get denied the second time but usually when your case goes in front of a judge it gets approved. The problem is depending how things are in your area it will most likely take 2 - 3 years. Please see the insurance section and take a look at the website that I have posted there. It will be very helpful to you. Sorry to hear that you are in this big boat with the rest of us but wish you luck. Please keep us posted on your progress and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. having insurance issues is alot to take on after surgery. i am glad your recovery is going well and you are finding the forum a comfort. good luck and i will see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Going through any kind of spine problem/injury requires so many changes, many of them long term at best and quite often permanent. Surgery takes time to recover from and different people recover at different rates so there really is no guarantee of how long it will take you to be "better".

    Even with your doctor's opinions that you will not be able to return to work, it is not uncommon for Social Security to automatically reject any disability application before you have been off work for at least one year. A lot of times they don't even review the medical information, they just see that you have only been disabled for a few months and reject it. Your application for benefits goes through a couple of different "tests" before it ever reaches a claims specialist. If it doesn't pass those "tests" the claim is never even looked at by someone who cares about the medical issues. It should help to have an attorney taking care of everything. If nothing else, it eliminates the frustration of having to deal with Social Security on your own.

    It can all feel overwhelming at times. Just keep in mind that we are all here for you and we understand what you are going through. Give yourself time to heal and adjust, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It takes its toll on all aspects of our being.

    Take care of yourself.
  • Thanks for your Response to my concern about Social security its really messed up how the run that agency, it seems like the people who need it cant get it ,or it takes forever, but others who are kida ify u kno? they get approved?. Im just discouraged u know Hopefully things will get better ,I just got to focuse on the positive things. anyways I noticed that one of your pain meds was methadone. How is methadone helping u with ur pain is it really effective for the pain??. they have me on Oxycodone 30mg 4x daily ,hydromorphone 6mg every 3 hour when needed. It helps a little but not allthe time. so im seeing if i could switch maybe if methadone helps more.
  • Welcome! I, too, am new here, and have found everyone on this board to be so helpful & nice. I don't know a ton about disability, but here is what I can tell you..My dad had several heart attacks, open heart, etc. and was close to 60. His docs told him the same thing that yours said. He filed for disability and, just like you, was immediately denied. He followed the advice of a friend & got an attorney. It seems like it took awhile, but the attorney was able to get approval the very next time. I know it is a double edged sword-no money, etc. But everyone told him that if he tried to do it himself, it would take forever.
    It sucks that you have to hire legal help jus to deal w/ the government, but......
    I share your concern about the pain meds-scary isn't it?
    Good luck, take it easy & do what your doctor says. It's really tempting to blow off their advice.
  • I am from Australia and I have had an artificial disc replacement at l4 and an Anterior Cage and fusion at L5/S1
    failed , then a Posterior Interbody Fusion , poles and srews at L5/S1. I really simpathise with you all , your Government is so hard on you . Nearly every story is like my own , Injured from working very hard for your country . It is in humane to try and throw you on the scrap heap . Fight to the end and know in your heart you deserve so so much . Regarding Methadone and Oxyconton . I am not a fan of Methadone and I reckon Oxyconton is the best but some time it needs to be combined with a fast release medication as well to really work . I was taking a samall amout of Oxynorm as well as a higher dose of Oxyconton as prescribed. I also have Norspan Patches on my Body that a Chronic Pain Physician Prescribed . I change them once a week and the drug is called Beutranorphine . A combination of these three drugs plus 2mg. of Vaium for muscle spasm Plus Nortriptelene , once before bed to settle Nerve pain worked extremely efficiently but I was sure pretty hung over for a while the next day . It's really hard and we can all just try to help each other and Pray .
  • I am a 38 year old male that is about to have surgery in January. I am going to have the same surgery as you had spinalfusiondisaster36. I have spoken to others that have already had the surgery that you had and said that it has caused more or equal pain as what they were previously in. I am scared to have it but I know I have to. I have degenerative disc disease and it seems there is no way around it.

    I too have applied for disability and of course have been denied. I was not too shocked about it but finances are getting tight and I have a wife and son to think of. I am also trying to get my military disability if I get that at least there will be some income and from what I understand if I am already receiving disability from the Marine Corp. then it is not as hard to get my Social Security Disability.

    The hardest thing to deal with is I have two other children from a previous marriage and I live in Missouri. The state of Missouri has no patience or compassion for men. Because I am in a situation where I cannot work and pay my support the state of Missouri can charge me with a felony and put me in prison. All of this has caused a great deal of stress. The worst of it is I only have a year and a half left in college to get my teaching degree. If I get charged with a felony I can forget about being a teacher and everything that I have worked for. All because of my back. I will not even get started on the depression I am sure that everyone has gone through that. I guess I just needed to vent. So if anyone has any advice it is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  • I had a spinal fusion done on s1 and L5 last october and today I just found out that I may need another surgery .(the first surgery did not work) I filed for disabilty in feb 2008 and was denied the fisrt time ..I am in the process of my appeal and just had a court hearing . The judge had told me that they need a letter from my doctor saying that I am disabled. (which I had 3 dotors fill out recently) My neuroligist pain doctor, neurosurgion, and my family doctor. Now hopefully I will now be approved for my disabilty . YOU REALLY NEED TO HAVE A LAWYER !! I let him do all the work and I have been moving foward with my case since . I have talked with other people and they where not approved until they hired a lawyer . I also feel it's social security hoping people give up and go back to work. It's a long process and can take sometimes up to 5 years !! I am not aloud to lift anything period !! I can not sit straight up in a chair for more than 2 hours a day ...or walk or stand more than 15 minutes !! I am in pain all day ...and personally I am soo tired of taking pain medication on a daily basis ...It's now 3 30 am and I am wide awake in pain laying on a heating pad in bed on my laptop. I know what you are going through ...dont give up and follow through with a lawyer ..I wish you the best of luck !!!
  • I had Surgery in October 2008 , It was a spinal Fusion done on L5 and s1 of my disc. The CT scan is showing that it is not all the way fused and now the surgeon is telling me I may required Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion ...He explained that they would now take bone from my hip area and put some medication on the area they are fusing...I was wondering if anyone else has had this type of problem and opted for the second Surgery. The First Surgery was hell...I was is so much pain after ...and spent almost 4 months in bed. I had PT for almost 6 months after and really feel no relief. I am debating now if I should do another surgery ...I am also in the process of appealing my disability ...I just had two Neurologist fill out forms saying that I am disabled . I am hoping once those are submitted to the judge I will be approved . I also have a lawyer who is wonderful and has been working on my case !! Please if anyone has any advice about this surgery ...good or bad ..I will take it !! Thanks so much !!!
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