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L5 S1 Fusion

Jerry TJJerry T Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been dealing with lower back pain for about 26 years now. I had an auto wreck in high school.
I have been in and out of physical theraby, chiropractor, yoga, massage therpy and acupuncture and lastly epidural shots with limited results for nerve pain. The last trip to the doctor, he sent me to a surgeon. I have been to two and both have said the same. L5 S1 fusion. My disc is basically gone. It just seems like my muscles are at war. I am in constant muscle tension. Is that normal for this injury? Are the muscles that way because of the lack of a disc and support? I have spasms and nerve pain in my leg, numb foot. Nothing I do seems to give me relief.
I will be having a myelogram in Oct/11 to determine the best course and give the Dr a better map of the problem. Then in Nov/11 surgery. So what can I expect, length in hospital etc. Just very apprehensive about the whole process.
Any advice is appreciated, Thanks


  • Welcome to Spine-health. There is a whole section on this topic "Recovering from Surgery" under the "All Pain Forums". Your at the right place - this is a great site to answer those questions,plenty of advice, and help you prepare etc. (Its OK, your new, its tough to navigate around here sometimes).
    This is a great introduction about yourself- might want to ask a moderator to move it to "New Member Introduction".
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am glad you have been to atleast two surgeons. that is always a good idea when dealing with surgery!! i am sorry you are facing surgery, but this may be your chance to become pain free!! drop by the "Back and Neck Surgery" forum for more input!! good luck to you and i hope your surgery is a complete success!!! stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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