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Getting ready for the fusion

LisaRachelLLisaRachel Posts: 286
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there,
I'm new to this group and welcome any support. I fell off a cliff while on vacation in France. Had a burst fracture of my L2 and a pilon fracture to my right ankle. That was in Sept 08. I've had 7 surgeries since. I had rods and screws put in right after my accident and a year later had the hardware removed due to pain. I've had ongoing pain been getting worse over the last 6 months. Had a CT done a month ago and my spine surgeon said I have no facet joints and my spine is not stable. We decided to do a fusion from L1toL3 with hardware thats in Nov. I'm so scared for this surgery! I live alone but have great friends and family for support.My ankle is doing great :) since they have taken the hardware out. I recently got a job at a doctor's office part-time which helps with my depression, they have been very supportive with my limitations.

It's so wonderful to read all your stories and to know that I'm not alone in my suffering and fear.

Any support would be great,

Thanks

Lisa
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  • May I be the first to welcome you to Spine health.

    Sorry to hear about your situation but as you'll soon find out on here-You are not alone.

    As it's an American site the majority of posts and therefore people tend to post later in the day cos of the time difference.
    I assume you're in the UK given the time of your post and you'll find there are a few of us lurking and going through similar problems so don't feel isolated.
    This site has a wealth of information and videos etc and a diverse number of posters with varying diagnosis'.
    There is also a 'chat' facility on here but again with the time difference it's touch and go to see if anyone's about.

    Anyway,good luck and keep on posting.

    Regards,
    Scott in Gloucester,UK
  • Scott,

    I'm actually in Canada so I have the same time zone as the States has.

    Thanks for your reply, It's an amazing site!

    Lisa
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  • In a good way (support/understanding), but sadly, you have a 'twin' on here for some of your issues. HappyHBmom also had a burst fracture of the L2, and is about to undergo surgery to hopefully correct it. You and she should hopefully connect soon. Sorry your going through all this. *HUGZ*

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Yep. I haven't had previous surgeries (and my "cliff" was a furry gray beast who just had a bad day- namely my horse Smokey!) and functioned at about 50% for about 2 years, so they declined to do surgery. But over the last year I have had a lot of issues (my latest MRI report is up somewhere, my lumbar spine is deteriorating).

    How are you doing? Any neuro deficits? How much height did you lose and how much retropulsion did you have? I lost 90% height (!) but only 9mm retropulsed into the canal so I guess that's why I'm still walking.

    SO excited to find a doppelganger, I can't tell you!

    I'm waiting waiting waiting for this great surgeon who is experienced with this surgery. Probably won't have surgery until Nov. or December. When is yours? What have they told you as far as recovery?

    My surgeon said he will go in from the back and the side and suggested 6-9 months recovery, but I haven't had the main Q and A with him yet. I'll also be having a 360 degree fusion, as I assume you would be too.

    Babble babble babble. I also found one woman on another site who is going through the same for her L1. We should form a little club :)

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. congratulations on your part time job!! that is so great!! please have a look around and make yourself at home. stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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  • For neurological at that level, please add me to your little club. Sadly the L1/2/3 is rare, so hard to find answers on pain/numb/weak etc. Most everyone else has back of the leg issues. :) I feel 'bassackwards' so many times!!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Avi, we need a "bassackwards" forum? LOL!

    Lisa, my facet joints are still there, just very arthritic from the stress.

    Do you know when your surgery is? I don't remember if I asked that.
  • happyHBmom said:
    Avi, we need a "bassackwards" forum? LOL!
    Hehheehehe!! I hear ya woman! I do think we do, as L2/3 is the rarer form of issues... :) *HUG* Count me in!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda,Hb

    Wuy is L2 so rare do think? I like the "bassackwards" LOL.

    I went to my PM yesterday to ask for something different then the morphine. It is way too constipating!! I see stars with every BM these days. I'm hoping to go back to perks but my family doc is not comfortable with it. I'm so frustrated with this whole pain stuff!!!

    My surgery is Nov 24th. It has been 5 days with out my cigs. I went on the stop smoking forum and read all the dangers of smoking and fusions. My biggest worry is weight gain but I can control that with healthy eating and having some good BM's!! lol..

    Did you guys wear a brace after your surgery??

  • Hi Lisa,

    Welcome to the Spine-Health support forum. It's a great resource for information and support. :)

    It's perfectly natural to be apprehensive about back surgery. It's a serious decision to have major surgery on your spine.

    I'm post-op just one week today from PLIF L4-S1 and am happy to say that the overall pain has not been anywhere near what I'd expected. I'd built this surgery up to be mega-scary and fully expected to wake up in the recovery room screaming in pain. Well, that didn't happen and my pain has been quite manageable. Not a walk in the park, by any means, but quite tolerable. I have a husband who works so, like you, I'm home alone all day. That is also very manageable for me. In fact, I took over the dishwashing, laundry and cleaning of the floors two days after coming home. Before anybody scolds me, before my surgery I asked my surgeon about limitations on activities after surgery and he said I could do pretty much anything I felt like doing. My bones did turn out to be soft and thus I came home in a rigid clamshell brace with orders to be very careful about twisting, but I'm still feeling good enough to do light chores around home. My hubby is a wonderful man who would be happy to do them and certainly doesn't expect anything from me, but it makes me feel good to contribute to the household again. I don't feel a need for pampering although if you can rally your family/friends to come in and help you out, you'd probably be better off. I've always been a pretty independent character who does things differently than most people. <):) <br />
    Keep talking and sharing your concerns. Let the S-H family give you some moral support as you face this major surgery.
    Linda

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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