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January 2018 Surgery Buddies

Post here if you are having surgery in January.

Sandra
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  • Hi, I'm having surgery in January, I think. Jan 3rd is the date. Still having second thoughts. Its not by choice. My choice would be pt, and correct pm. I can deal with the pain with pain medicine. But im thinking God is not wanting me down that path. Because I CANNOT find a DR in Florida that will give me what I used to get in Va for pain. The opiate crisis has pushed me into having this surgery. So may it be a blessing! 

    I will come over to the November boards to see how people are doing :) Everyone seems very strong, and we must be, we've been dealing with pain 24/7 for years! We got this surgery whipped! :)

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,419

    Alissabt

    Welcome to January Surgery Buddies!!
    Sorry for the absence, I've had the flu and it wiped me out for 5 days. Are you making your way around the forum better? lol
    Would love to have you in Nov. and Dec. buddies, you can learn a lot from what others are going through.
    And, I'll see you there.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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  • Happy Thanksgiving, gosh hope you're feeling better! Did you get a flu shot? Sometimes that flu can really bite you in the butt bad!

    I'm working on the boards. Still trying to figure out if I post something, and don't come back for a few days, how can I find it easily.

    Telling ya I'm freaking out over this surgery! I don't want it! But with opiate issue nationwide, i have no other choice! I can take 4 perocets a day and do pt and work just fine! Yes they probably will need to keep increasing it! But at least the chances of becoming paralyzed isn't one of the side effects!

    Honestly feel the govt is forcing me to get on disability and have surgery! Instead of giving me what I prefer! And what i KNOW what works for me! Such a shame! I read an article the other day, this guy had bladder problems and surgery for years! Dr just stopped his meds! Just like that! This guy wrote a suicide note, he couldn't take the pain anymore and shot himself! Some people are being cut off just like that! Anyways sorry just venting, because with pain pills I can do almost anything! But here in FL I'll spend years trying to find a quack clinic!

    Hope you're feeling better, Sunday im quitting smoking lol


  • sdm58sdm58 Posts: 4
    edited 11/24/2017 - 5:33 PM

    I will probably be having surgery in January too. I just put my story in the scoliosis forum under the the one that says, I'm a 74 year old man. I'm the 5th post, although I'm not sure it posted.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,419

    alissa
    At the right top of the page you will My Stuff. Click on My Discussions or My Comments. You can also bookmark pages. Next to your name, top right, there is a star, wheel and a square. Click on the star for bookmarks. When you need it go to My Stuff, Bookmarks.
    Before you have surgery, have a discussion with your surgeon about pain control after surgery, both at home and in the hospital. Have it put in your chart. Sunday is the big day!! Good luck and you can do it.

    sdm58
    I could find where you posted. Did you post under this username or another? jeffrfts also posted as a 74 yr. old having scoliosis surgery.



    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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  • Looking for a surgery buddy 

    Hi, I am 59 yrs old. I just went for a second opinion for my back. The first doctor told me that I have a 35 degree curve in my spine and I have Flatback. He told me I could either have rods put in my back from S1 to T10 or a shorter version. Apparently around T8,9,10 my spine is not curved. The problem is that it could curve in the future.  I didn't like this doctors bedside manner. The second doctor said he agreed with the first doctor except for one thing. He would only do the longer surgery. His reasoning is that if I have the short version first and then later have to have the longer version it will be a lot harder. Also to fix my Flatback it would be more difficult to do it correctly doing only the short version. I really liked this doctor. I am getting one more opinion at [edit]  this coming Thursday and then I have to make a decision. I'm scared I am not going to be able to bend over ever again. I'm tired of crying and feeling useless. My husband says. We can see the ligh at the end of the tunnel. To me it feels like it is just starting. All the complications I read about make me nervous. I've already been on my butt for six months. The only other spinal surgery I've had is a C567 fusion 12 yrs ago. Last month my neck started bothering me so I ask my reg doctor if she could order a MRI of my neck. (I ask her because it takes about 2 months to get a MRI at the neurosurgeon) My insurance turned the MRI down so we had to settle for a X-ray. Unfortunately the X-ray showed that the screws in my neck are loose. Boy, was that a funny joke for my family. At least we still have our humor. Thank you everyone.


  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,419

    sdm58
    I apologize for the mix up, I read that wrong.
    Please let us know when you have a surgery date and you will go on the calendar.
    That's the problem with reading what other people are going through, you only hear the bad. But there are a lot of success stories.
    A good place to start is October Surgery Buddies. These members have already had surgery so you can read of their recoveries.
    Keep us updated and take care.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
  • One of the two doctors that I got an opinion from said he would do my surgery in two parts. A side incision for part of my spine on one day and the next day an incision thru my back the next. I was wondering if anyone had had this kind of surgery and how was the initial recovery.

  • My PLIF, L5 S1 fusion is scheduled for January 8.  Yes, I am getting more nervous by the day.  Best of luck to everyone else who is scheduled.  Here are some facts about my condition.

    -
    54 year old male in great shape diagnosed with pars defect,
    spondylolisthesis grade 2, L5 S1 with instability, and bilateral severe
    foraminal stenosis

    - very mild back pain sporadically for
    about 15 years, but severe low back pain and moderate buttock and leg
    pain started about 2.5 years ago

    - treatments/medications with
    pain management specialist -  2 radio frequency ablations - 1st one
    lasted about 6 mos with 75% relief and the 2d one only lasted 2 months
    with about 50% relief, 2 facet joint injections, and 2 epidurals for
    left leg pain

      -- physical therapy did not help at all

      -- gabapentin and tramadol in the past and now on Norco 7.5/325 (1-2 per day)

    I saw an orthopedic spine surgeon and he said "your back is a mess" and he wanted to do an ALIF surgery for L5 S1 fusion.

    I saw a neurosurgeon and he said I could wait until things got worse or
    elect to have surgery now.  He said things would only get worse with
    time and the surgery would then be more difficult. He recommended a PLIF approach since I have a pars defect.


  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,419

    BmanForever

    Welcome to January Surgery Buddies, glad you found your way over here. We only have a few here for now but it will fill up later.
    I try to give everyone the pre and post op list of things to have.on hand before and after surgery. Below is the link.

    Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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