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I have some questions for people that have had a spinal fusion. I have a bilateral fracture on my pars of my L5 from Afghanistan in 2015. I am currently serving as a green beret at 7th Special Forces Group. I brought this to the attention of one of my doctors after the deployment because of back instability and pain as well as I couldn't feel a few toes. He told me it was normal after a trip like that and indirectly shut the door on me about the issue. 3 years later and 3 deployments later I still have had terrible pain and went to a physical therapist that ordered X rays. Found I had the bilateral fracture of my pars at L5 and that I chipped my L4 vertebrae pretty substantially. I no longer I have any reflexes in my right leg as well. The Spine Surgeon told me that my best bet is a Spinal Fusion due to the fact I have been active and doing PT for 3 years and NSAIDS have done nothing to help. I have tried a back brace and cupping, needling you name it to no avail. I am seeing the Neurosurgeon for a possible ALIF of L5-S1, and maybe addressing my chipped L4 as well. I have seen about 50/50 people staying in or getting out of the Army with this. I am only 33 years old, however Special Forces requires a lot of stress on my back between the weight load, rucking, and parachuting constantly. I want to be able to have a life with my kids after the military and I am leaning on medically retiring after the procedure. Anyone have any insight on this? Many people have said that stayed in that the problems got worse and had wished they got out instead of trying to tough it out. The surgery seems inevitable because I can no longer sleep and I am constantly in pain. I refuse to take an opioids as I know that I will need them after surgery and I want to avoid using them unless absolutely necessary. I appreciate anyone that offers some insight to this situation
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