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L5-S1 Fusion / pedicle screws

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:W Wow , I think I have found some support here! Had Lumbar Laminectomy/ discectomy L5-S1 8/29/07 and have never healed. Still having horrible leg pain and numbness.Have L5-S1 fusion scheduled for Oct. 27th . Not soon enough but after reading some of these stories I am now a little skepticle. Never in a hospital till 57 and had 30yrs perfect attendance at work. Now I feel like a broke down mule begging for relief. I think I have been very humbled by these stories. Thanks for having me!


  • Hello Retired (me too),

    Welcome to Spine Health. Everybody here has similar problems than you, so you are in good company. I am sorry that your discectomy surgery did not work, let's hope the fusion will do the job. Sometimes you have to use the big gun to achieve the best results. I had my three-level fusion in May and I am very pleased with the results. The pre-surgery symptoms are gone, and even some others that I attributed to getting old, like stiffness in the morning, are things of the past. The recovery may take some time but it is worth it.

    Good luck with your surgery! Hope all will go well!

  • I am recovering well on the multi-level lumbar fusion also. Hope everything works well for you too. Remeber, walk, walk, walk..... you will hear from everybody

    Best of wishes,
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  • :H Thanks Kin for the reply I appreciate the support. I worked as a machinist on concrete for almost 40 yrs and just retired in June. Haven't had much fun with this pain though. I wish the op was Today.I will keping your thoughts on my mind . It has been a rough year so I am anxious to get started on recovery after fusion.

    RB in Indiana

    Lumbar Laminectomy/discectomy L5-S1
  • Thanks for your reply. Wow! you have a remarkable surgery record and I am so glad you are doing well. I don't quite stack up but pain is pain. The unfortunate thing is that before the first surgery I walked every where. I have always been a walker and after the op I can barely walk to the mailbox 50ft away. It is like being stabbed in the left calf muscle.I am so anxious to walk. Thanks a bunch for the advice. that is why I joined this forum tho get advice from the pro's. My son is an Rx so I have an inside advice to the meds.
    Take care and good luck with your recovery! And thanks for your service to the USA!
    RB in Indiana
  • i will pray for a full recovery god be with you and your family
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  • Good luck and fast healing in your surgery RB! Where in Indiana do you live? I'm in Northwest In. Real near Lake Michigan.
  • Thanks for the luck! I am extreme SE Indiana.
  • Thank you for your prayers. I will take all I can get!
  • RB, Sorry you are having so much pain. I had 2 level fusion and laminectimy in June and am feeling much better than pre surgery. I am still healing, but most of pre surgery pain was gone in recovery room. I wish you the best on your upcoming surgery. Seeking
  • Pretty sweet you got 57 years without needing surgery! I got 21, not counting my csection at 16. My body does not feel 22, though. Lol. I feel a lot older, for sure. I know what you mean about the stabbing pain. Sucks! My fusion is in October, too! You'll have to keep me updated. Let me know how it goes for you :) Wish you only the best!
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