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March 2016 Surgical Buddies

Thread to talk about your upcoming surgery
Ron DiLauro,  Spine-Health


  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    I am finally on the schedule for a microdiscetomy L3-4 my second one in 2 1/2 years. I reherniated my same disc most likely doing yoga with a personal trainer this time. I initially herniated shoveling snow and it took 5 months to finally see a extruded fragment lodged in my L 4 nerve root. This time I immediately knew because the same horrible leg pain returned down the front of my leg. I am very nervous about this surgery as I have the complicated factor of having Factor Five Leiden , a clotting disorder that caused me to develop DVTS in my leg one week after my first surgery. I am at a higher risk for developing blood clots and although I now only take a baby aspirin daily I will need to be on a thinner post surgery. I am working with a hematologist and an orthopedic spine surgeon as my original surgeon a neurosurgeon did not want me to take anticoagulants until 5 days post surgery. My date is March 15th. Looking forward to connecting with anyone scheduled for March. 
  • Danny80DDanny80 Ann ArborPosts: 28
    Hi Liz, 

    Looks like I will be joining you in March for surgery. I will be undergoing a 2-layer fusion from my L4 - S1. Its been 4 years since I have had my laminectomy on my L5 - S1, as it turns out now the disc is gone and it is pretty much bone on bone...hasn't been much fun. My L4 - L5 is in really bad shape as well. Since seems like the past month has gotten worse for me and I am pretty much out of options. Have gone through PT for the past 4 years with little success. Pain Management hasn't fruited my success either. I am not thrilled with my options, but at 35, I really don't want to continue down the path of taking more and more meds to try to dull the pain without much success. 

    I wish you the best and I am looking forward to hearing more.
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  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    Hello Danny,
    I totally agree about long term pain meds. We need to feel better and I sure hope your surgery and my surgery will accomplish that. When is your date? I look forward to hearing more and hope it's only great news!
    thanks for replying!
  • Danny80DDanny80 Ann ArborPosts: 28
    Oh, totally forgot to put that it. My date is 3/22. For me, it is the constant roller coaster for the pain and impact it had on my sleep. The icing on the cake for my decision was not being able to play with my 5 year old as much as I should and wanted to. 
  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    I love being outside and was an avid runner until this started 2 1/2 years ago all from shoveling snow! My youngest is graduating from high school in May and going off to college. I want to be able to enjoy those celebrations and help her. I just want to be able to walk! I hope this surgery will get me there. Playing with your children and participating in their activities is SO important!
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  • Danny80DDanny80 Ann ArborPosts: 28
    I completely agree. I feel that I have missed out on a lot with my 5 year old. The big question for me is how I messed my back up. It all began about 4 years ago. I woke up from a dead-sleep on Thanksgiving with the worse back pain I ever had. Ended up taking me about 30 minutes to get out of bed. So looking forward to not have the pain and to be able to cut back on the medication. I am not a fan of the drugged up zombie look.
  • Hey Folks - Looks like 3/22 is a busy time for Spine Surgeons. I'm slated to go in for a lower lumbar laminectomy. About me - 46 yo male - formerly pretty fit and athletic. Had what was initially a herniated disc that  later revealed pretty pronounced spinal stenosis. My chief concern is numbness and tingling running down my leg after walking or being upright (on my feet) for an extended amount of time. I've been able to manage much of my pain w/o major pain meds - but need to get back to a more active and healthy lifestyle - mentally & physically. Not any easy choice - but the right one for me  - having been down the road of PT, yoga, steroid injections. I'd like to pair up with someone like me who is focused on a great surgical outcome and a smart and gradual recovery - with the intent of returning to a healthy and active lifestyle -- whatever that looks like post-spine surgery.
  • Hello all im having surgery on March 25th L5S1. I cant wait to get my life back it has been a bad 2 years of being in pain. I put on so much weight because any walking or standing puts me in so much pain in my lower back and my right buttox. The weight just makes it worse and i realize that and it sucks!! It really all started with me in 2009 when i hurt myself at work i went on WC because of my knees i have had 6 knee surgerys and there still not right at all. I believe its my knees that started all my back problems never had issue's before. Good luck everyone with your up coming surgerys!! Ok rant over
    Denise walsh
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  • Danny80DDanny80 Ann ArborPosts: 28
    @ Neeciejean3 - Couldn't agree with you more about getting our lives back. It seems like over the past week, I have been getting less and less sleep. Been averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night, noncontinuous and this is really wearing thin. I wish  you the best of luck and I am sure that we all will come out better on the other side!
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