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My name is cheryl and I am new to this forum. I am 43 years old, married and have two children. I had a thoracic four level fusion six months ago. I had a tumor on the inside of my spine growing into my chest. The tumor turned out to be benign and I am thankful for that. They were able to get to it by a posterior incision only so I did not need a chest tube or anything. I had to go to St. Louis for the procedure. That was an 8 hour drive for us. Had a bad time with the intraveinous narcotics. They had to take my pain pump away and that was not a good experience. I am doing okay now. I am still taking perocet once a day in order to work. I also take flexeril twice a day. I still have alot of pain. I am working six hour days now. That is all I can handle. I am encouraged by many of the stories on this forum. It is comforting to know their are others going through this. I am sure I will learn so much from this forum