Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

Positive Experience - 1 Month Post Fusion/Decompression

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I thought it would be good to post another positive experience, so here goes: For a year and a half, I had terrible leg pain just walking or standing. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis (slipped disk at L4-L5), bulging disk, spinal stenosis and bone spur...all of this at the L4-L5 level. I tried injections, PT, resting, etc. and nothing worked. Finally, decided I was too young (47) to live with the pain and didn't want to be taking a cocktail of pain killers the rest of my life. I had a PLIF on June 24th. Other than a rough 2 days in the hospital after the surgery due to what they called a narcotic induced headache, I bounced back nicely within a week...and ALL of the leg pain and numbness was gone! All I had to deal with was the surgery pain. In 2 weeks, I was pretty much off the pain meds and walking the required 2 miles. I've been walking 2 miles every day since and it's a miracle to me to walk without the pain. To me, the hardest part of this whole experience has been restlessness I feel not being able to do anything but read, watch tv, get on the computer, etc. My body feels like it wants to do so much more, even with the back brace on, but I have to be patient. Sometimes I get the restless leg syndrome at night and can't sleep. I think PT will help with that, which I hope to start next week. Anyway, a reputable surgeon, a supportive family, and a positive attitude during recovery are all key to a successful outcome in my opinion. I'm sure it helped that I was in good physical condition prior to the surgery as well. I'll try to give a 2 month update when the time comes. Best wishes to all that have an upcoming fusion. Hang in there and remember - POSITIVE THINKING!


Sign In or Register to comment.