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Low back surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am due to have spinal fusion on L3,4,5,S1 (plus partial on L2 as it is unstable. From my research, this is very very extreme. This all started 2 yrs. ago w/2 ruptured discs, then discovering degenerative disease in MRIs. Have been on hydrocodone 10/60 6 a day and soma and this controls pain, I can function. I do not want this surgery. Is there anyone out there who has had this much of an extreme fusion done? And what about post op? And the future? Please help. I can go through it, but I could end up worse, right? I'm a single mom w/3 girls...and terrified.


  • Annie here is a >:D< from me to you.

    Honestly, I don't know what to expect but I understand your pain and concern. I am having a Laminectomy w/ fusion on the L4/L5 with screws on 12/19. From reading the blogs the first 2 weeks are the most challenging. I would encourage reading as many blogs on recovery as you can. It's great education and can help calm the jitters :SS . Not knowing what to expect can be a pain but each person is different so the healing is different. I hope this helps!!

    The way I get through my pre-op days is telling myself the end result can't be any worse than the years of pain I've endured....now whether this is going to be true or not is the question :?
  • Once you find more information on your particular surgery maybe you'll feel more at ease. Have you had a second opinion? That may help. Are you seeing a pain management Dr. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I had a fusion at L3/L4 and L4/L5. My nerve issues have been resolved (are better than they were before the surgery.) I am now 12 mos out of surgery and am working full-time, and most of my friends say they would never know that I had back problems. Don't get me wrong, I still have my bad days, but I jsut wanted to reach out and let you know that there are positive outcomes of fusions. With that said, I think it would be good to get a second opinion!
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