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Advice - 2 laminectomies/discetomies and facing a fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Just curious if anyone has gone through my somewhat unique situation.

I'm 34 and had my first back surgery in 2001 when I was 27. It was a laminectomy discectomy on L5/S1. Seemed to work ok but 4 months after surgery I fell down an entire flight of stairs while holding my 3 month-old daughter.

Went back in for another laminectomy discectomy... again on L5/S1.

Now I've been working hard on building core muscles but I have intense pain in my lower back. No pain in my legs or loss of feeling/numbness but terrible pain. I played tennis this morning and now I'm in so much pain I can't sit down or stand for more than 10 minutes at a time.

I'm going to see my surgeon this week but he has told me in the last few months that I'm not eligible for a disc replacement and that if I can't handle the pain, I would need a fusion.

Has anyone been through a similar experience as me? laminectomy discectomy followed by a fusion on the same disc? What was your final outcome? Can I expect back pain the rest of my life? I'm still fairly young and want to stay active. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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