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Wife, mother of 2, educator, facing fusion and replacement

199511995 Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:57 AM in New Member Introductions
So thankful the surgeon promoted the use of this site!

I'm looking for information, tips, suggestions, etc, from fellow members who have been through similar experiences!

I really do not know the reason for my first injury! My husband and I were laying tile in our bathroom and when I went to get up and take a break, I wasn't able to get up! my husband carried me to the bed screaming!

We went to the e.r. and they said I had 2 herniations and would need surgery! :-0

I had absolutely zero history of any spine issues. I was athletic all throughout school, and was actually preparing for a 1/2 marathon at the time if my injury!

After a long wait we got an appt to have a microdiscectomy at L4/L5 and L5/S1. That was surgery #1 3/2007. Walked out of surgery in excellent shape, did pt, did Awesome. On our way home from vacation in 7/2008 I suffered with severe pain in my neck, across left shoulder, behind left shoulder blade, down to left elbow, again no warning signs! 3/2009 Surgeon performed fusion at c5/6 and c6/7. recovery was tough , but overall a big success! Then in 9/09 when I went to stand from the chair I knew immediately I had reinjured the same lumbar levels. So lumbar surgery #2 microdiscectomy at l/4/5 and l5/s1 in 7/2010. Again! Recovered and felt awesome.....until the rush to start the school year for 2011-12! I was pushing around desks and computer equipment for 2 days and on the third morning, I was afraid I'd pushed it too far! Yep! Another problem at l4/5 and l5/s1. As the health of L3/4 is in question due to degeneration. Dr wants to do what's in my best interest but he has to wait for insurance companie's approval! Drs preference is replacing disc at L4/L5 and fusion at L5/S1. He says that will help extend the life of the level just above (L3/4). :S Can Someone who has been through a similiar situation offer som advice please? ...oh yeah, while I was walking, as a part of the pt for my back, my 1 yr old puppy (golden retriever) ran up from behind me and took both legs right out from under me. Got an MRI, asked surgeon what to do and he said, he'd look, but it would only further delay my back surgery ( which I don't want to delay). Thanks for any help!
2007 and 2010 L4-S1 Microdiscectomies; helped for a total of 3 years between the 2 of them.
08/2011....pain returned.
10/03/2012....back reconstruction L3-S1...large titanium "seperators" were put at each level with synthetic bone graft material.


  • Wanted to give you a big welcome to spine health. Glad that your surgeon recommended coming here. It has been the best for myself as I go through my journey.

    I also had a discectomy/lami at L4-S1, only once though. It was unsuccessful and now they are recommending fusion or possible ADR(although I don't think I am a candidate for ADR)

    There are other members on here who have had ADR, and hopefully they will pop in here, as well as some who have had it with a fusion.

    Do you already have a date for your surgery?Did you receive multiple opinions regarding surgery from a fellowship trained orthopedic or neurosurgeon? You have been through alot in the last few years. Hope that you have a great recovery, solid fusion and that this will be your last spinal surgery.

    >:D< Karen
    >: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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