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fusion?help more than leg pain?

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  • I had a fusion for grade 2 spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra) which was causing severe stenosis on L4/L5.

    I had lower back pain, pain in buttocks and shooting pain down both legs (sciatica).

    I was told by one doctor that the surgery would only deal with my leg pain, not my back pain. If I had had to choose, it was the leg pain that I would have chosen to get rid of. So I had surgery.

    My surgeon had said that he felt that I would also get some relief from the back pain.

    Back, buttock and leg pain are all ever so much better. :D I still get pain if I stand for very long or go shopping, but I am much better than before surgery.

    Hope that this helps. :-)

  • You are very early...You should get alot better. I am 4 months out and still getting better..Hang in there!
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  • Thank you all for your comments.

    Robin, it is inspiring for me to hear that you are now doing so well, and that the majority of your pain was in your back. May you continue to feel better :D . I live in Canada. My first opinion definately says fusion is the way to go for me, second opinion was the one that only seemed concerned about my leg. I think that I would be too afraid to go to a chiropractor, but was tossing around an osteopath for my coccyx pain. I think I will deal with my lumbar first( with surgeon) and hope that it will also clear up pain in my tailbone.

    Annie, please hang in there. You are very early out from surgery, and from what I hear, it takes at least 6 months to a year to know how helpful a fusion is. Sending healing vibes your way >:D<

    Jelly, very helpful to hear your experience. Nice to hear that you got the bonus of decreased pain in back and buttocks as well as your leg. So happy for you that you are glad that you had it done and feel so much better than before surgery :D

    I get my results tomorrow from my latest MRI, :SS and will go from there

    >:D< to all!
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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