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Extending my lumbar fusion

last year I had l3-s1 fused. I have been having trouble with sciatica pain, and numbness from waist down along with horrible back pain. Had a MRI 3 weeks ago along with an EMG. MRI showed I have 2 severely herniated discs with moderate stenosis and the EMG showed nerve damage. Scheduled to have surgery on May 10th. Can anyone tell me what to expect? I'm only 42 and I'm freaking out a bit. Thanks! 


  • Hi courtlyn.  I had seven vertebrae fused about a year ad a half ago.  I just turned 70.  I'm back on my mountain bike and motorcycle, so from an age perspective I imagine your prospects are excellent.  Of course, you need a good surgeon... 
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,372
    hello courtlyn

    welcome to spine health. i apologize for the delay, we have been having system issues but they are been worked on.
    i also had spine surgery l2-l6 and i was 60. but i was very strict with my recovery. the surgery is one thing, you will be asleep, the recovery is all up to you.

    please join may surgery buddies. there you will find other members that are having surgery too, advice and a lot of support. just go in, introduce yourself and i'll see you there. i am also sending you a link for spine-health's library of articles. i really think you would benefit from reading this. also, please click on the welcome link below for more useful information as well as the system tutorial.

    welcome to spine health

    all new members should take the system tutorial 

    please keep us posted and hope to see in may buddies.

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