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My name is Erika I am 32 years old. In August 2008 I had a microdiscectomy in L4-5 & L5-S1. I had been in pain for about 3 years prior to surgery & recovery took about 6 months. I went back to work (new job) and in May of this year re-injured myself catching a patient. Due to my history & the ugly MRI my OS decided to do the double level fusion @ L-4 to S-1. I am absolutely petrified. I work in the medical field (I work in the ER but I spent several months working for a hospital that does primarily ortho surgeries) & know enough to really scare myself. First of all the recovery times I have read are anywhere between 3 months to 6 months on the post op sheet I was given but I haven't found much to back that up & the times are much longer everywhere else. Second I am only 32. I have 2 kids (age 11 & 8) but we are wicked busy with football and cheer and school stuff--I'm afraid I am going to miss out on my life. Third- why are they going in through my abdomen for the first part of the surgery?? I understand the concept but incisions front and back scare me. Basically my cool & collected self is now one major hot mess. I haven't looked around forums much yet and I am sure all of my questions can be answered elsewhere but...
Anyway I look forward to hearing what y'all have to say!