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Just found out I am having a spinal fusion done and have some questions
I am not new to this website but i havent written here in a while.. I just wanted some information and thought i would post and see what kinds of responses i got.. so here it goes..lol have to have a smile every now and then.. so i had a discogram about 3 weeks ago and it doesnt matter what anyone tells you about it, as in how much it is going to hurt or vice a versa, you never really know how you are going to react until it actually happens to you.. I read many posts on here about it before i had it done and really freaked myself out before hand. though when i got in there i only had one disc that hurt when they injected it, in which immediately after they gave me a shot of fentynal and the pain subsided.. so needless to say it wasnt near as bad as i thought it was going to be.. but dont get me wrong it is no picnic in the park and the pain lasted for almost 2 weeks after the procedure and i could hardly move.. I finally saw the doctor that did the discogram for me this past Monday and he told me that the pain i have been experiencing all along was duplicated when i did the discogram. In which i was glad to hear that because at least now i know where the pain is coming from. The disc that is affected is L5-S1 and was told that it is pretty much blown and a spinal fusion will more then likely fix my problem. Though i already knew that. That is the reason i had that procedure done was to make sure what they were thinking was correct and it is... I am very nervous to say the least. I go see my regular back doctor this Tuesday and will hopefully find out when i am having the surgery done. I have been doing so many tests for the last year and now i am finally here...I have a few questions that maybe some of you guys can answer or at least give me some advice on.. In July of 2008 i was diagnosed with RSD in my left leg from a knee surgery that went wrong. Basically instead of healing my body attacked itself during the healing process and that was what i was left with.. Along with i lost most of my ROM in that leg as well.. I also have an atrophyed quad muscle in my thigh on that same leg in which leaves me with no strength and i have been in and out of PT for over 2 years now and no one has gotten anywhere with it because i cant work past the pain which is very intense and nothing that i have ever felt before. I am on 300mg of Lyrica a day along with a pain killer that i take 5 times a day and so far still no change.. i had to give the short version of that back story because i have a question will this spinal fusion surgery affect any of that? i know when i had the discogram done my leg flared up terribly for almost 2 weeks.. I am wondering if my recovery process will be a little longer being i have this? And what do you have to do prior to having the surgery to prepare? as in pre op stuff..Just any info in general about the whole thing would be greatly appreciated as in i really dont know anything and have never had to deal with any problems related to my back until now... Thank you very much for reading this and i am so sorry it is so long but wanted to make sure everyone had all the info needed to be able to help give me some advice.. thanks in advance...