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I live in St. Louis, Missouri with my husband. We have two grown children.
I am facing a second spinal fusion (L1&2) after L3,4&5 were done in 2007. In 2005 a tumor was found on my spine and removed (benign) and in 1987 I had a slipped disc which had to come out because it was found on my side. Whew! I am now 66 and in a lot of back pain. The surgeon I saw (head of the department) read my MRI and said the disc above the fusion is totally worn down, but wants another surgeon in his group to "attend" to it. My appointment is Wednesday, the 25th.
I wanted to join a forum where others are feeling back pain and see how they try to manage it. Steroid shots stopped working, and my insurance company said any more would be dangerous to my health. I lost hair after the last 2 surgeries - it has grown back but I don't look forward to that. If there is something I can do without getting on the spinal fusion merry-go-round, I'd love to hear it!
Thanks for listening to my saga!