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Two years ago today

lstellerllsteller Posts: 1,428
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was waking up from my first surgery in the hospital, finding out I had to stay four more days and have a second surgery. I'm happy to say that, although I found that to be a nightmare, everything has turned out well and I am fused, fairly comfortable all the time, and just a bit stiff. I don't miss the excruciating pain and the inability to walk. I have my life back and I'm a happy girl.

For those of you who are just beginning the journey, I wish you accurate diagnoses, skilled surgeons, and talented physical therapists. There is hope at the end of the tunnel.

3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.


  • I am glad that you are doing ok.I am so happy for you . for me after 3 surgerys 2 fusion and a hardware removal i am still waiting for that light at the end at the tunel.
  • You always give me hope...thank you!!! Happy anniversary!!

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  • Linda,

    So good - NO great to hear you are doing so well. Prayers and thoughts that continues woman!!! :) Always good to hear great news!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • So good to hear about sucess gives us hope. Really nice that you are still posting on this site as I am sure your experiences are of great value to others.

    Thank you for that! :D
  • This is so great to hear.

    I am happy that your nightmare is over and may you continue on with lots of walking, less pain and a smiling face.

    Thank you for staying with us, as your story is truly inspirational to others.

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  • Thanks for being here and encouraging others after your surgery went so well. Very happy for you that you're doing so well. A very positive success story. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Very cool...I'm so glad to hear you are a happy girl. It's also good to know that patience, time, also play a factor.

    I pray your health and happiness continues and that others soon find themselves posting similar successes.

  • I pray for your continued success. It is so happy to hear a success story!

  • thats really good news you had a sucessfull fusion, good to hear positive outcomes

    keep well
  • I still come back here to visit because I received such good help and support while I was going through the pain and the surgery. I was so aware that there weren't a lot of success stories and it really did frighten me. I think it's important to come back and share my success and give support to not only those I came to know during that time, but also to those who are new to the site. Fusion surgery isn't for everyone, and it is not an easy road by any means. I think it was a full 18 months after the surgery that I was still wondering if I had done the right thing. I've had about six good months now and am really beginning to enjoy my life again. For those of you who are still suffering, I hope you can find someone who can help you in your struggles. I refused to be swept under a rug. I was told my condition was helpless and that I was not a candidate for surgery. I ended up going to a teaching/research hospital where they (thankfully) saw things a bit differently. I'm glad I didn't give up when others did.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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