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L5/S1 fusion worries

I am having an MRI today to see how badly my L5-S1 disc is ruptured. It was herniated on a previous MRI from this year, but it was to small to fuse. I have two fusions this year. I am fused from L3-L5. I read on many different sites about the L5-S1 fusion hurting worse. I am really worried about this if I have to be fused in this area. Any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.


  • Hey Jennifer,

    I was fused from L4-S1 in Sept 2010. Regardless of the issues I currently have now I will say that, while I was uncomfortable & in pain, it wasn't the worst pain I've experienced. My doc was super good about pain meds & listening to me to meet my needs. I don't know long term since I'm fighting radicular issues with my nerves but I do have friends both on this site and off who fused at the same level and are fine now. Just advocate for yourself & make sure you can talk to your doc about pain management.

    **hugs** Erika
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