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March 12th, 2008 | by admin |

 

Back Surgery

When Do You Need Back Surgery?

Most of us are familiar with back pain of some kind. You bend over to pick something up or twist the wrong way, and the pain hits you like a baseball bat. Even though it hurts a lot, however, you usually get better in a few days by resting, using a heating pad or ice packs and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Sometimes your back pain doesn’t go away, though. It may have been getting worse for a long time, and you’re tired of suffering with it. You’ve probably tried a lot of things besides home treatment, like prescription medications, steroid injections and physical therapy, and you’re still not getting relief.



Physicians are reluctant to suggest back surgery unless it’s really necessary and nothing else helps. Any kind of surgery has risks associated with it; some risks associated with back surgery are:

· General surgical risks, such as reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, lung problems and blood clots.
· Problems with the surgery itself, like poor healing of bone grafts.
· Problems due to spinal nerve damage, like weakness and paralysis, urinary or fecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
· Poor surgical results. Back surgery doesn’t always relieve the pain, and some people even get “failed back surgery syndrome” with persistent pain.
· Problems due to scar tissue formation. As time goes by, scar tissue shrinks, and it can cause pressure on the spinal nerves and your back pain can come back.

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There are some newer “minimally invasive” procedures using endoscopes. The surgeon inserts a small endoscope through a tiny incision. Using a microscopic camera, she can directly visualize the damage and repair it through the endoscope. Instead of cutting the muscles, she pushes them aside, which means there is less scarring after surgery. This is an exciting development because endoscopic surgery can be as effective as open back surgery, there are fewer complications, you’re in the hospital for a shorter time, and you recover faster.

With all of that said, however, there are times when you really do need back surgery. Your doctor may recommend it if:
· You’ve had back pain for six months or longer that is not getting better with other treatments.
· You have weakness in your arms or legs, trouble grasping things or numbness/tingling in your legs and feet.
· You have lost bladder or bowel control
· You have spinal instability.
· You have spinal deformity.

When you can’t manage the pain or when you’re having functional problems because the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves are being impaired—that’s when you need back surgery.


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About the Author: David Betz is a consultant doing work for Laser Spine Surgery http://www.laserspineinstitute.com

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This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Seek the guidance of a licensed physician if you need medical advice.

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  1. 657 Responses to “Back Surgery”

  2. By SHANNON CROSBY

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    I HAVE S1/L5 FUSION DECOMP/2002 NOW NEED C-SPINE 2 THRU7
    FUSIONAND DECOMP (NOW) FEW MO’S NEED LUMBAR 3456. I HAVE LOSS OF GRIP ON THINGS. TERRIBLE PAIN IN ARMS,LEGS,HANDS,NECK
    OCT 7TH 2005 TOOK A FALL FROM HIGH BENCH. WORK COMP SENDS ME TO IME. HE SAYS I’M PERFECTLY FINE. I HAVE HAD EVERY TEST KNOWN. I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE THIN DIME SINCE MY FALL TO DATE.

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  3. By Russell Wilson on Mar 13, 2008

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    L5 degenrative changes At L5S1moderateL5stenosismild disk narrowing at L5S1 indentsthecial sac. L4L5 bulge with superimposedsmall broad based protrusion indents thecial sac. Mild facet arthoritis,spinal stenosis,spuring. Disc protrusion narrowsthe left lateral recess with mass effect exerted on the region of S1 nerve root.Talkin about decompresion combined with spine stabalazation? Your opion?   More Back Pain articles here

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  4. By carmella on Mar 14, 2008

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    Hi, had a cervical infusion c5-c6, but ct says” but c6-c7. I had a ct done 3/18/08, it said that the superior aspect of graft on C7 indicates a lack of incorporation. i am still in pain could you please tell me what that means. I am dropping small items and feel tired all the time.  

  5. By Aaron Carter on Mar 18, 2008

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    HI
    I had L4-L5 fused on 3/6/08. When I woke I had no use of my left leg. I still do can not walk or lift my leg without assistance and I can not manage my pain. I am sleeping 2-3 hours a night due to the massive leg pain. My doctor says to that I will get feeilng sometime in the next year. Is there anything I can do?  

  6. By shannon huhn on Mar 20, 2008

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    hi my spouse is goingto have cervical disk surgery .

  7. By Mary on Mar 21, 2008

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    getting ready for cervical stenosis surgery in my neck…what should I expect for recoup and pain level??? I am very nervous  

  8. By Louis Ferrari

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    any body had this surgery HOW DID GO?

  9. By Shelley Watson on Mar 24, 2008

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    Hello,

    I had a front and back spinal fusion on 8-29-07. I am still in a great deal of pain following my surgery. I take norcos for my pain. The norcos allow me to do daily activities. However, w/o pain med. i cannot funcion. The pain is different and worse than before my surgery. It is a buring pain, which going out thru my arms. The fusion was at three levels, I believe L1 thru L4. A gerdiver bone was used to fuse my spine. Is this normal to have pain this long and pronounced, following the surgery.

    My treating doctor is not a specialist, doesnt seem to know alot about the surgery.
    (I only see the surgeon about every three months, to determine status of fusin. Will not see until the end of April. Therefore, I feel that i have to argue or explain myself to my teating doctor. I am not a drug addict, and sincrely am using the meds. for pain.) Please let me know what others are experiencing related to this type of surgery. I wish I never had the surgery, it has been an ongoing struggle to deal with the pain, and the issues realted to treating the pain. Pain is worse now than b/4 surgery. Pain is different, now is a burning pain. Thx

    Shelley

  10. By mike cicaroni on Mar 24, 2008

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    My problem is my spine has spurs that are fusion to esach other, causing considerable stiffness. I’m doing therapy(stretching) for it. Is there anything else that can be done. I’m 57 years old. I still get around well,just have a hard time bending to pick things up or tie my shoes.  More Back Pain articles here

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  11. By Evelyn Mack on Mar 24, 2008

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    I just had a recent surgery on my lower back (laminectomy/discectomy) I am having really bad coldness on the left side of my back down my left hip. I do have sensation in the leg but it aches from my left arm down to the top of my foot. Please help someone is there anything going wrong. My surgery date was 7 Mar 2008.  

  12. By danielle

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    my dad was a doctor. evelyn mack sounds like a pinched nerve probably a sciatic nerve. I would try to stretch or swim when you can before you damage your nerve too much.otherwise try hot heating pads and swimming

  13. By danielle

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    it also could be a clot from surgery. do not want to make you nervous but it should be looked at. because they can travel to brain n heart. have it looked at. all they have to do is inject saline in your system to dissolve it. dont try that at home.

  14. By danielle

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    SHELLY my step brother has to have the same surgery. you should feel lucky he knows people that cant use there arms or turn there head anymore. yours is probably just the deep healing and stiffness that will go away

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  15. By ann marie on Mar 26, 2008

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    my husband has spinal stenosis, bulging discs, and many other things. One dr says to leave it alone as he has no pain – he is going to physical therapy for 5 months now. He walks from side to side – another dr recommended a laminectomy. Will he ever walk straight again?

  16. By angi on Mar 27, 2008

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    I am getting ready to have a lumbar laminectomy on Monday on l4/l5. I am exremely nevrous and don’t know what to expect upon recovering. If anyone has had this done please give me some insight.

  17. By Gary Zurheide on Mar 29, 2008

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    I had surgery for a bleeding aorta. The surgeon went thru the back muscles. How long does it take the back muscles to repair themselves?

  18. By Michelle Boyd on Mar 30, 2008

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    Hi, I am scheduled for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion this Wed 4/2/08. Has any one had this surgery before. It’s my L5. Please let me know your outcome. I am nervous but have much Faith in both God and my doctor.

  19. By Sharon Neely on Apr 1, 2008

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    Comment directed to Michelle Boyd: I had the same surgery Jan. 9, 2008. It was very successful. My surgery took 10-1/2 hours due to the horrific condition of my spine. I still am recovering, but I went from pain beyond description, praying for God to take me to heaven, to being able to manage the pain quite well. Still on meds, but able to stand, bend, walk fast and straight, etc. I’m smiling and everyone comments. To God be the glory, great things He can do. I’ll be praying.

  20. By David Harding on Apr 2, 2008

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    My comment is actually a question. What is involved with the following proceedure lumbar right L1-2 minimally invasive for aminotomy and decompression? Thank you!

  21. By SHERI on Apr 3, 2008

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    10 YEARS AGO HUSBAND HAD A HERNIATED DISK SURGERY THEN A YEAR LATER HAD A FUSION OF L4 AND 5 .. THINGS WERE GOING GOOD IN 05 THEY DID SOME TESTING AND SAID HE HAD A SOLID FUSION. HE NOW WAS LIFTING AT WORK AND HURT IT AGAIN AND THEY CANT SEEM TO FIND THE PROBLEM WITH ANY TEST. MRI, CT, EXRAYS AND NERVE BLOCK. NOTHING SEEMS TO SHOW POSITIVE WHAT IS GOING ON DR SAYS HE IS ALMOST POSITIVE THAT THE FUSION HAS BROKEN BUT NOTHING IS CONCLUSIVE. ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO TELL OTHER THEN GOING IN WITH SURGERY AND FIXING IT THEN.

  22. By george moa on Apr 3, 2008

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    need opinion on spinal surgery on degenerated L5 disk.
    my doctor told me NEED TO REPLACE the L5 DISK AND INSERT PLATE BETWEEN
    TWO VERTEBRAS AN HINGES. BUT THEN HE LOOK AT ME AND SAID IS UP TO ME.
    TO DO THE SURGERY,

  23. By Dick Frost on Apr 5, 2008

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    Is back 2life good after you had spinal fusion on lower back? I also have arthritus of the spine is it effective with this?

  24. By kevin on Apr 6, 2008

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    I am trying to get comments from people that have had corpectomy surgery and fusion on their cervical spine,due to stenosis and herniated disk.Most of these comments i read here are incomplete and hard to make sense of.

  25. By Daryle Geyer on Apr 6, 2008

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    I had spinal fusion with bolts, screws and rods at L3-4 on 1/24/08 and am still recuperating, but can run on a treadmill for an hour and even played tennis a little today. Healing from this surgery can take 6 mo. to one year, but one must work at exercise. Sitting is my most difficult thing to do. I can bend better, but am careful and haven’t taken any meds since the third week. I was also leery about the surgery, but read a lot and knew others who had it and have did well.

  26. By Deborah on Apr 7, 2008

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    To Sheri:

    I work for four neurosurgeons. Sounds like your husband needs a discogram or a myelogram. If he has had prior fusion he probably had at least one of these performed before. Discogram is where (dye) is injected into each disc space. If the area is bad, the patient has pain and rates his pain at each level. CT Scan is then done afterwards to look at the spaces. Another alternative is a myelogram. This is where the physician does a lumbar puncture, injects contrast and the CT Scan is performed. This can show if anything is impinging the nerves and can likely tell where his pain is coming from. If these tests are negative, it is possible the pain is not coming from his back. Is his neurosurgeon sure he is fused from his last surgery? Sometimes there can be a fibrous fusion that looks like a fusion on CT. Have you gotten a second opinion? Being a workmen’s comp case I understand how hard it is to get some things approved. See if they will approve a second opinion. Good Luck!

  27. By elizabeth on Apr 8, 2008

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    hi im having a spianl fusion on my L3-4 and L4-5. and rods are to be used. i wanted to know do you lose a great deal of movement having rods placed in ur back. i was told you can lose up to 20 percent.

  28. By R Thesier on Apr 8, 2008

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    I went to a seminar in Lakeland and it was well presented and informative. I have weakness in my lower back and right leg and am not able to walk because of this. I also lose my balance over this. I use a wheeled walker as it is much faster than a quad cane. can you help me with this condition? I fell in 2002 and broke my leg. They put a steel rod the length of the thigh bone. I also have a pacemaker and am on cumiden for the heart valve.

  29. By Ismael A. on Apr 8, 2008

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    Dear Shelley Watson

    I read your post and it was as if i wrote it. I didnt have as much work done, just L5-S1. Front to back. The problem was that my fusion never took and my treating doctor knew nothing about neurosurgery. Even though he ordered 2 MRI’s, he relied on the reports from the facilities conducting the tests. I hate perscription drugs and dont take near as much as he prescribes. I now have another fusion coming up in 2 weeks but the doctor will not do another back to front. He has to do a much more complex surgery since I have been walking around for 2 years in excruciating pain at times with a back everyone thought was fused! My first surgeon was Srinath Samudrala who actually has a link on this page. He is the head of neurosurgery at USC. Great surgeon but think I will go to the doc who figured out the problem after 2 years.

  30. By Cheryl H on Apr 8, 2008

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    I had my 4th spinal surgery nov 2007. Took out my previous hardward (lumbar only), fused my back S1-T9 and put in new hardware thru entire back. Pain is still a hugh issue accross my shoulders. I am tired of taking the Percocetts and Oxy, as it doesn’t seem to help. I know that being on narcotics too long causes liver damage. I just want the pain to be better. Any Suggestions out there?? I have a history of scolosis and am 41 y/o. My surgeon was great though as I have no paralysis and would recommend him to anyone.
    Also to Shelley, I had an anterior/postior fusion in 1999. It takes right at a year for the compressed nerves to go back to their normal size. So I hope you will be feeling better. Just take care of your back so that you don’t have to have any more surgeries as I have done.

  31. By Alysun on Apr 9, 2008

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    I am 34yrs old and have struggled with chronic pain since Dec 1991 when I felt the sciatic nerve down both my legs but predominately down my left. I have always been athletic and I am not over weight. I have resorted to every type of treatment possible to attempt to function. I have had some other health issue which resorted to surgeries in the early 90′s not connected to my spine. I have had 3 rhizotomy’s and the last one didn’t work at all. I think the doctor missed completely. I have been to 6 different pain clinics 7 different times in two different states and absolutely hate all medicines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I relate to Cheryl with tired of taking percocet and oxy. They make your bowels messed up and I Thank the Lord everyday that I haven’t and don’t have a problem with those or any medications as so many people do. My pain has been worse shooting down my left leg 24/7 since April 05 and the last rhizotomy was May 05. That summer I looked into surgery with orthopedic and neurosurgeons. I had some test done. Some doctors say do surgery and some say don’t. When I was in so much pain I don’t think very good and I have promised myself I would never do anything major when I am not in my clear mind. But now it’s 3yrs later and my quality of life is as low as it can go……….. I am so isolated because I don’t have the energy to act like I feel well. People think I am pissed but I am gritting my teeth to deal with the pain. I don’t want to snap at people because the pain take everyhing out of me. I am wondering if I should look into surgery again. It’s my L5-S1 but I didn’t feel from all the doctors that they were positive of where the pain was coming from. They use degenerative, bulging, herniated, facets etc. and mild scolosis just to name a few. I feel like I am older than my 90yr old grandpa. But when I am only 34 and when I clean up, I can look pretty good to hide my pain as I want to feel good and live an active life as sport and being outside and serving other brought me joy. I have never been married, don’t have children (choose not to), do to me struggling on and off with my health and medical bills I live with my mom. I went back to school a few years ago and worked hard to figure out to work for myself so I could work when I felt well. Because if I worked for someone I would let them down and it was too stressful. I am uninsurable but have insurance which I pay $429 a month. the insurance will pay for meds /surgery but not someone to help me get my strength back since the nerve shoots down and tightens up my muscle so bad that even with all of my dance and sports training I need help to stretch it out. I just pray and know in my heart their has to be something better than medicine. I am just very nervous about surgery. I just feel my life is passing me by. I am thankful that I can still walk but I don’t go out much. It’s a lot of work. So if anyone can relate or have any idea when quality of life is so low you have to take a leap of faith to do surgery I would greatly appreciate. As I am extremely isolated. I am bless as I do have a relationship with God and know he will guide me to the right people or show me what I need to do to give me some relief. God Bless to all who are suffering with Pain.

  32. By Terry R Ward Sr. on Apr 9, 2008

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    I am having fusion to my L5-S1, a little scared to have it done, but need the pain to STOP. My legs and back are making me feel ill, very weak , spasms all day, when will it stop. I seen on TV a new device called TFAS will see if i can get that device implanted, insteadof the metal rods and screws, If any one would give me some courage.

  33. By mary cohen on Apr 10, 2008

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    In 2003 i had two back to back surgery’s, first one lasted 8 hours and next due to not
    able to feel anything. six weeks after the 2nd i fell and needed surgery again. I lost my husband less than a year later, saying things got real scary and another women! Anyways coming up in 2008 i”m having anoghter surgery on my back, should I ?

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    My daughter will have a discogram tomorrow, is that to find where which discs need
    to be operated on.She became addicted to oxy, had to be detoxed. Is this procedure
    similar to a myelogram> My hubby had a cervical lami, yrs ago, and I have fibro,arthritis
    degenerative disc disease,I have injections, think L5-S1 Shirley 4-l0-08

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  35. By Lori on Apr 10, 2008

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    My mom is 75 and is still working full time, she fell last night & they say she broke her L1. I’m wanting to get her transferred to Baylor Plano for surgery. They say because of her age the Dr. here in our small town doesnt’ recommend too much. I’m completely lost & don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

  36. By Melissa B on Apr 14, 2008

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    My Husband had neck surgery 07/02/07. He received bone for his surgery from a bone bank. Since the surgery he has not been the same person. We have been together 16 years and have always gotten along very well. Now, he hardly wants to spend time with me, we don’t have sex anymore, he spends most of his time with his friends and has no problem leaving me sitting at home. I have heard some awful stories regarding any kind of post op donor surgery. Is there someone we should talk to or something we should do? Please help.

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    had L4 AND L5 fuse on the 2 of this month . home now just stay in hosp – 5 days . constantely tired but i needed the surgery .going to dr today suppose to have the 18 staples in back taken out if all going allright

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    Hi, My name is Jennifer I got hurt at work as well in 6/07. went to the dr’s one stated it was up to me to have surgery, herniated disc L5-L1 scheduled for surgery May 6th.
    I’m a little nervous. I am trusting God and I know he will see me through it. I really just wanted to know how long will it take before I can return to office work as an account receivable. I wanted to know how is the recovery and how long before I can do normal activities. God Bless everyone and keep the faith God is able if you just believe and trust him. READ THE BIBLE AND IT WILL GIVE YOU COMFORT! LOVE TO ALL!

  39. By eddie ortiz on Apr 14, 2008

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    I am having the L2,L3 spinal fusion surgery. Can anyone comment what the surgery and recovery was like?

  40. By Tay on Apr 15, 2008

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    I just had an l4 l5 lumbar microdisectomy. It has been almost 3 weeks since my surgery. I’m now starting 2 have pain in my leg again and in my siotic nerve. I lifted my son b4 I was supossed 2. Anyone know if this pain has set me back or ruined anything or what? Any info will help.

  41. By kimarie lane on Apr 16, 2008

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    i go in to meet the surgion after months of tests and pain. now i read that the surgery seems of little help,the treatments did nothing,i was told i have a degenerative disease,so what do i do ? i stay home afraid to go out much the pain i fear comming off unfrendly. and it is L5 and 3 up they are so popular of discs to go bad.. thank you for your letters thou not what i whanted to hear the guidance is what i need. thanks much

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    Very informative site. I am looking for surgeons in the Albany, NY area who do endoscopic lumbar foraminotomy surgery.

    Thank You,

    Peter

  43. By matt on Apr 19, 2008

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    Considering having a microdiscectomy in late may on L4 L5. I am scared about lingering leg pain, tingling and back pain staying around. Anyone now also about cost as i have lousy insurance?

  44. By Richard Gardner on Apr 20, 2008

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    I am fixing to have Lumbar Disc Replacement in L5, I am very nervous about surgery. I have nery even been in the Hospital before. Has anyone ever had this before. Wondering how long surgery usualy last, what type of rehab, and how long recovery takes. I have always been very active, but the pain in my lower back has been there for about two years and finally couldn’t take it anymore. I’v been working through the pain but getting worse and effecting my job. I went through alot of injections, alot of pain meds. All of which didn’t relieve the any. If anyone can give some advice it would be greatly appreciated.

  45. By RAchel Mandeville

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    I’m scheduled for decompression surgery for spinal stenosis and I am a little concerned.. I’m 68 yrs. old do I have to worry about being able to walk normally after this? I have chronic pain and had all the alternatives. My doctor told me I was a prime candidate for surgery Wish me luck.
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  46. By Jan on Apr 21, 2008

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    Hi, my name is Jan, I am 49 yrs old. My surgery was Dec 3,07. consisted of… L2down to S1, 10 pins and screws 2 rods (ea over a foot long) a bone fusion and bone graph from a cadiver bone. Before this surgery I went thru severe pain for 3years (trying everything under the sun thru my reg doctor until finally was sent to a nuerosurgeon) The problem was a deformed spinal canal (causing the canal to get narrower and almost causing the 2 sides to fall into the other,also 2 buldging disc and 1 herniated disc. So pretty much rebuilding my lower lumbar . I tried to go back to work after 3 months ( I stand for about 10 hrs) Pain was unbearale (not in the same place but different place) Nerosurgeon pulled me off of work after a month in a half, so I could start the pyshical therapy part of it ( my job would not work with the doctor when i went back due to i needed to stand then sit about every hour)I have pain in my hips now, dr says it is due to the rods being so long it threw my whole posture off kilter, so i am back on the pain meds again. therapy is suppose to last 6 wks. Any body out there at this stage of the game??????

  47. By Cindy on Apr 22, 2008

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    Hi I just had a epidural steriod injection for sciatic nerve pain. It was so very painful, I’m praying it works. I have a protruding disc in L4/L5 and a degenerative disc. I feel I’m falling apart at 45. If the pain comes back as bad does that probably mean I will need back surgery in the future? I’ve been through brain surgery, it was a slow recovery, but I believe my leg pain is more sever.

    God Bless You All, I feel your pain

    Cindy/Tennessee

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    hi im 32 years old and some days i feel like i am 50. i have been having serious headaches for almost a year. i have been told that i have 3 protruding disc and also right shoulder pain. i am during physical therapy now and have been off work for a month now, all my doctors say my job is wearing my body out, i am a nursing assistat for over 10 years now. i am now thinking about surgery but not sure maybe someone can give me some advice. thanks tara/ maryland

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    I am 31 years old and herniated my L3, L4, L5, S1 discs at working cleaning out a file room. I had a lot of lower left back pain and couldn’t feel my left leg most of the time since my injury of August 2007. In January 2008 I had a microdischectomy. BEWARE: A microdischectomy DOES NOT take care of back pain, only leg pain. I stayed home from work for two months attempting to recover from surgery. The week after my surgery I went to my local hospital emerceny room because I was in so much pain. They injected me with something to help me sleep (I hadn’t slept in 3 days) and sent me home. I decided it was time to go back to work AND change doctors. I found a wonderful doctor (Bartlet, IL) who sent me for two more MRI’s and an x-ray. MAKE SURE YOU GET X-RAYS! My discs are still herniated and sitting on my sciatica, there is degenerative disc disease setting in and my dumb back STILL hurts. It’s been 6 weeks of physical therapy and doctors appointments. I’m moody, irritated, I don’t want to be social like I usually am, I always complain about my back and I’m seeing a counselor to deal with my year long depression I’m having. The only thing that seems to help is my traveling “TENS” pack. It’s a smaller version of the stim machine that give off little electrodes and relax your muscles in physical therapy. My worker’s comp covered it, but they sell them on E-BAY for $50.00 or so. Along with my Vicodin that I’m proably addicted to and the TENS pack, I get by. However, spinal fusion has been talked about and made a mistake of looking up the surgery online. Blah! Don’t look if you’re having it. I’ll probably end up having it because I do want to have children and my spine would not be strong enough to carry the baby 9months, I want to feel like a 31 y/o and NOT a 75 y/o. For goodness sakes, my grandmother is turning 89 this year and rides motorcycles in the desert with my aunt and uncle. Come on! I welcome any advice or thoughts.
    It is good to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. However, be proactive in your medical care. Ask questions…LOTS of questions. If you don’t understand a procedure or medical terminonolgy ask again or a nurse or ask for your doctors notes so that you can study it or look it up online. Be PROACTIVE! It’s YOUR body.

    Good luck to all of you. If I decide to get the spinal fusion, I’ll write again and let you know how it goes.

  50. By Ciaran Mulligan on Apr 26, 2008

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    I had L4,5 +S1 spinal fusion due to a grade 2 spondylothesis . It was the biggest mistake of my life and would love to hear from anyone who had a fusion reversal and if it is possible @ all . Doctors should not be allowed to perform these surgeries . Too many negatives . Please respone . Kieran @ 914 906 6386, Thank you

  51. By Lisa

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    I had a spinal fusion on my lower back and i try to do some walking and on my right thigh i get really bad burning sensation which runs up my leg i ask the doctor about this but he said it’s something i have to wait it’s to soon to tell since my sergery was on 3-28-08 any body having this same problems and this doctor is one that say’s hello and good bye we tryed to ask questions and it looked like he was in a hurry. Thank You

  52. By Wendy

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    I had L4/L5 up to S2 spinal fusion (spondylolisthesis) at the end of January ’08. I went into it with all the best information, pre-op procedures, and most importantly, the best back surgeon and nerosurgeon in my area. I have had therapy (land) and will be having pool therapy next month. Despite all of that, I still can’t stand up straight or walk without the help of a walker. I try to use a cane instead of the walker, but it’s not as effective and I can’t go but a few feet before I have to sit down. I know it’s only 3 months out, but I feel like I’ll never be able to stand up straight and walk on my own again.
    I know my concerns are minor compared to some of the comments I have read, but I feel better just being able to share this with all of you! I will say I have no regrets due to the horrible quality of life I had before.
    Thanks for “listening”.

  53. By Ciaran Mulligan on Apr 28, 2008

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    Still trying to get in contact with anyone or a doctor who can reverse a L$,L5,S1 fusion and reactivate these joints .Please help , Thank youy Kieran @914 906 6386

  54. By Penny on Apr 29, 2008

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    I had laminectomy/discectomy in 1991. I was 19 and active in dance and sports. No specific injury occured but after a year of pain and shuffling between doctors, I found out that I had a large disc herniation at L5S1. I was in for surgery in 3 days because I could not walk. I was pain free for nearly 8 years and then it reherniated. I was scheduled for a 2 level fusion in 2001 when a WISE co-worker advised me to wait and told me “Fusions do not solve LOW back problems!” I went for one more opinion and a very good neurosurgeon also bluntly stated the same thing. “Fusions will not solve LOW back problems. Wait it out and in time your body will fuse on its own.” I suffered through for two more debilitating years and with time and a procedure called Prolo Therapy my discs fused and I was almost pain free. I had a baby boy in 2006 even though I was told it would be very painful. No problems at all. Now, if someone asks me if they should have low back surgery I say no, not if you are seeking long term relief. I think it is good only as a short term solution. Now, in 2006 I was rear ended and that caused cervical herniations at 3 levels. I had cervical fusion surgery this past March and I would say it was a success and a TOTALLY different experience. I did surgery because of the risk of paralysis with a two year old child and because of pain. Amazing DR. and amazing results. I am very pleased. Short rehab, minimal pain, and beginning to get my life back. There is hope in all of the despair! I hope you all have some relief soon.

  55. By Amy on Apr 30, 2008

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    Im getting back surgery for my severe scoliosis. I was wondering how long it takes to recover and what the steps are to recovering.I am 14 years old and I am exetremely nervous so what are your comments about this and any helpful imformation you please reply back as soon as possible.

  56. By Anthony

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    I have been dealing with lower back L4-L5 S1 back pain, spasms, numbness in legs and feet. I was recently hospitalized because of the pain and numbness. I am so tired of all the tests MRI’s, CT scans, bone scans, lab work. I have had every conservative tx for 15 years. I am told that I also have spinal stenosis. The hard part is dealing with HMO waiting for referrals. I recently was referred to spine specialist and than was told they could see me in two months. I have had similiar situation with my left shoulder when I had to wait months before I had my necessary surgery. You become very frustrated dealing with all the red tape. The ironic thing is I am trained couselor with an extensive background in rehab and pain management. It is totally different when you are the patient. I have always treated my patients the way that I would want to be treated. I am a workalcoholic and currently going stir crazy being off work. You have to be very proactive as a patient and you have the right to ask questions. You need to be an informed consumer. I have 3 beautiful children and lovely wife. I want to be active in their lives. The pain medications can make you very moody. I don’t want back surgery but if I need it I will get it done. I try to tell myself everyday I will not let pain get the best of me. I will fight this pain. I work with cancer patients on a daily basis and you should see some of my patients. You would never know they have cancer. Enjoy every day. Sincerely, Anthony

  57. By RAchel Mandeville

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    What is the difference between fusion and decompression?

  58. By Robert on May 4, 2008

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    Hi I had back surgery 6 years ago, woke up from surgery feeling great all pain gone for 5 years. Then I reinjuried myself and had back surgery again (lower back) I don’t know all the details, no pins or hardware yet. Just bulging herneated disks. This second surgery I woke up with terrible leg pain, still have the pain after 1 year, starting to do blocks on my back now. If i been or twist at all I have alot of pain. Most of my pain goes away at night so I can at least sleep. I really am unable to do much of anything, really taking toll on my wife and kids. I am going to start going back to DR’s this week to do more MRI’s, cats, and xrays. I am 49 and have to keep trying to get better. May have to do fusion….Really don’t know what to do, praying God will help me find answers.

  59. By Stan R. on May 6, 2008

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    Was injured in March 07. Didn’t determine my problem until Sept.07. Had lumbar surgery for herniated disc in Sept.07. Did well after surgery for several months; then pain came back with a vengeance. After surgery took physical therapy for 6 mos. Pain so bad girlfriend asked doctor to do another MRI. Showed scar tissue formed around S1 nerve root. Now doctor suggesting lumbar fusion with hardware after doing Discogram. Before back injury was a perfectly healthy 50 yr. old male on no meds. with no health problems. Now in constant pain. Anyone experienced anything like this? Would love input.

  60. By Michael on May 10, 2008

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    I see a lot of you are having back surgery/back fusions to take place soon. My advice is DON’T DO IT! I had a laminectomy in ’85 after about 9 months of conservitive treatment. It left me worse, but if I could get off of my feet, it was tolerable. Finally after 8 years of working on concrete all day and my job required a lot of bending and twisting. In ’93 I had a fusion with rods and screws at L5-S1, and now the next 2 disk levels above the fusion are bad because when you have a fusion, now the disk above it, take all the strain. I wish this “minimally invasive” surgery was available when I had my first surgery. Now, I take Avinza (time release morphine) and fentayl just to get by. I have been to all the back surgeons in this small town, and none will touch me. I would like to get the rods and screws out to see if that would help. The last nuerosurgeon I saw 4 years ago, said that I have spinal stenosis also, and that I hurt now, and I’ll hurt until the day I die. They can’t take a decent CT scan or MRI with all the metal in my back. I’m lucky my MD wii prescribe pain meds, as if he didn’t, my whole day would be spent in bed. For those having anything done, other then the minimally invasive, I would take a hard look at your life, and do you have anything you can do to relieve the pain? I was hoping back surgery would make me better, but it didn’t. My job was physically demanding. If you’re in the same predicimate, can you find lighter work? Several guys I worked with have ended up in the same shape. If you have traditional and fusion back surgeries scheduled, all I can say is good luck.If you come out better, you are one of the lucky ones.

    I see someone asking if a fusion can be reversed. No, I don’t think so. I’ve never heard of a reversal.

    Best of luck, Mike

  61. By Richard Vickers on May 11, 2008

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    I have been told that I need back surgery to remove burrs at L4 and fusion at L5. I am looking for information regarding insertion of baloon??? or other device in area of L4 & L5 to aliviate back pain and numbness of my right leg. Comments anyone?

  62. By nancy conklin on May 12, 2008

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    I need sugary they say but every one I talk to says don’t have it nothing gets better only worse they want to do lumber spine fusion insert spine fixation de apply spine prosth device and a spine bone autogrart if you have any comments please write me soon

  63. By Bonnie Moxley on May 12, 2008

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    I have a wide base bulging disc and stenosis. Has anyone experienced laser back surgery instead of open back surgery?

  64. By Penny on May 14, 2008

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    I agree 100% with Michael’s comment. Lumbar fusion does not fix low back problems. In fact any surgery only adds more. I know in desparation we do those things hoping for some quality of our old lives but it is never permanaent relief. I’m sitting at work today and can barely get up from my chair. I am so sorry for your pain and misery. I pray it goes away. No one knows of this suffering unless it happens to them. I have to say I have suffered for 17 years and every time my back “went out” and I was in bed for a week and screaming with every slight movement my mother would say to me-”Maybe you should lose five pounds, maybe your depressed, maybe you should get out of bed or take a walk and it will get better. It crushed me every time. She ruptued a disc earlier this year and apologized to me. I’m sorry it happened to her but finally some compassion and understanding. Have you looked at Prolo?

  65. By Beth on May 15, 2008

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    I’ve been reading these posts and can relate to every one of you. I’ve had 7 spine surgeries in the past 5 years and am facing another one June 27 2008. I have had some really bad surgeons but the one I have now is wonderful. He’s had to redo two previous surgeries because of failed fusions in the thoracic and lumbar spine. Now I have two hernaited discs and two huge (his description) bone spurs in my cervical spine. I’m scheduled for a cervical discectomy with fusion at two levels (C5/6 & C6/7). I live with constant pain. I’ve been going to a pain clinic for about four years and have been on Oxycontin and Percocet all that time. But I have to take the pain meds in order to live some kind of a normal life. I’m stubborn and refuse to quit work although some days it’s a major achievement just to get out of bed. Pain is my constant companion; whether walking, sitting or standing. I have a desk job so I’m not required to be on my feet, couldn’t do that! I have severe nerve damage from the first disk that herniated in my thoracic spine because it compressed my spinal cord. I have very little feeling in the right side of my body, problems with bowel/bladder function, weakness and muscle atrophy and walk with a crutch. Now the screws that were put in my thoracic spine are working their way out of my back and cause a lot of pain. Another surgery in the future to remove them if the bones have fused. So far, I haven’t had much luck in that department. This is long but I just wanted to jump in and say that I feel your pain! Feel free to email me if you’d like. I’ve had just about every kind of spine surgery in the book and may be able to offer some help. Meantime, hang in and remember that you are not alone. There are many of us who know exactly how you feel.

  66. By Wynoka Casteel on May 15, 2008

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    I got hurt on the the job and I had a lumbar fusion done on my L5 & S1 with the left nerve compressing on my leg. I had a tingling pain in leg all the time along with lower back pain for six months before I had surgey on Jan 8, 2008. I still have some trouble sitting, bending , staanding, sleeping, lying on my back, the problems are still there, but alll in all I guess I can say that I feel ok with med. Considering the horrfic pain I did have. I have not returned to work yet. It’s been 4 months since I had the sugery. Has anyone been determine to be disable to receive disability benefits on a Lumbar Fusion L5 & S1 region.

  67. By Lane on May 16, 2008

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    I had L5 and S1 fused (spondyloisthesis) it took a year to the date of my surgery, for the pain to go away. But it did. I put the surgery off for 3 years. The 1st 2 months after surgery I prayed EVERY waking minute for death, the pain was so bad. SO for those of you looking at having this done – find the BEST neurosurgon NOT an ortho doctor, that has alot to do with the outcome of the surgeries. Well, I hope this is some light in your tunnel – not all back surgeries turn out horrible, they actually do work.

  68. By Connie B

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    Hi, My name is Connie and I am 56 yrs old. I have had a cervical disk herniation at c5-c6 since 2001 and had to quit my job because of neck, shoulder, and headache pain. I did office work and could no longer hold out my arm to type, or hold my head in any stationary position to look at screen, also answering phone using shoulder to hold phone while typing really topped off the pain. I dont know how I got a herniated disk, I just know as these years have gone by, my pain has gotten worse. I have tried cervical traction at home, physical therapy 4 years in a row, just went thru 4 sets of epidural injections in my spine and none of these have helped. I do get some relief from pain med. Norco as long as I take it at least 3 times a day. I cannot get a good night sleep because it feels like my neck is about to break into so I go from bed to sofa/recliner and back to bed. I take Ambien CR to keep me asleep but it doesnt. It just want to make me eat when I wake up and have gained 10 pounds. I am in pain, and it makes irratible, grouchy and depressed because I cannot stant to life the rest of my life like this. so my doctor is doing surgery on the 5th of June. He is doing Anterior Cervical diskectomy and Fusion with instrumentation and bone Graft. Possible Cervical Corpectomy (I dont know what that is) an Autograph or Allograft Bone Graft (I dont know what that is either. I want the surgery because I want rid of the pain and have some normalsy back to my life, but after reading all the risks, it scares me so bad. I am a Christian and I know God is a healer, but in this case he is using the doctor to do it. I trust God and my doctor. But the thought of losing my voice completely or even permanent hoarseness scares me more than the others. I love to sing in church. Just maybe God will give the the perfect voice out of this. Does any one know the meaning of the procedure part I put in perentheses. Does any one have some encouraging words to calm me. maybe success stories. They are appreciated.

  69. By Dennis Jennings on May 17, 2008

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    I was told by surgeon that I should have a Lumbar fusion torelive my pain. I am afraid,really afraid. I have read up on it sometimes about how it does not work and that I will always have some back pain. If that is the case, I think I’m not going to do it. I’ve tried physical therapy, pills, streching exercises and lumbar epidural shots. None have worked.

  70. By Dennis Jennings on May 17, 2008

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    I was advused to have lumbar epinal fusion done. I think I’ not going to do it. Why?, because I’m afraid,really afraid. This might sound crazy but I’ve had dreams in which I could not use my legs. Not just one, many. in some dreams I try to run and cannot. I try to go up stairs and have to pull my left leg up. In one dream I my legs were “stuck” together like a mermaid. I believe my dreams are telling me not to have the surgery. In addition to the dreams I have read where i”ll will always have pain. I think I’ll just learn to live with the pain.

  71. By Beth on May 19, 2008

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    This is for Dennis – Fear is a natural thing; we’re all afraid of the unknown. I’ve been terrified before every back surgery I’ve had (seven so far and another one scheduled for June 27 2008). However, the hope of some pain relief has led me to keep trying. Trust in your doctor is very important, as is faith in God. I’ve had three operations on my lumbar spine with the last one a complete fusion (L2/S1). I wish I could tell you that the pain has stopped but that would be a lie. In my case the vertebrae were collapsing on top of each other so I had no choice. That was done in 2006 and the bones still have not fused. The hardware is all that’s holding me together. All I can say is that I feel your pain and your fear. Research on the internet is a good way to learn about procedures and conditions. Talk to your doctor, talk to other people who’ve been through the surgery. These things will help you to make an informed decision. God bless and best of luck! Beth

  72. By Candy on May 24, 2008

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    I had a c5-c6 diskectomy w/fusion, titanium plate and screws on 3/07 (bone graft site was terribly painful when I awoke from surgery, couldn’t move even my big toe) and almost immediately after, I started having lower back pain, MRI shows degenerative disk disease, spondylosis, facet joint degeneration, and 2 bulging or herniated disks at l4-s1. I have had injections to stop pain for 7 months now(temp. relief for only a week or so). I thought that u weren’t supposed to have more than 3 in a 6 mos period but I am trying everything to not have surgery again.. As of the beginning of May I have started having neck pain again, with numbness and shooting pain in my left arm, neck, and shoulder (same symptoms I had previously before the fusion), I am so scared that my fusion has failed!!! I am going in for a piriformis injection on May 29 to see if it will relax the muscle to give some relief, but am scheduled to have another MRI on cervical and lumbar to see if there is a change from the one I had a year ago, as well as, to see if my cerv. fusion has failed or another disk is bulging now. The best pain relief I have is a oxycodone, soma and my stim. unit. I am sick of the meds and often try not to take them, but have found out quickly that if I don’t take them I can’t get the pain under control. If you don’t have a portable stim,or tens unit I suggest you get one!! It stops the pain long enough for me to take care of daily things that have to get done. I even sleep with mine on!! I will pray for you . Take care, best of luck and God Bless!!!—Candy/Texas

  73. By Katherine to Amy on May 24, 2008

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    TO AMY: WHEN I WAS 13 I GOT MAJOR SPINAL FUSION FOR SCHOLIOSIS, AT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN SAN DIEGO. IT WAS MOST LIKELY ONE OF THE MOST LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD SO FAR. JUST LIKE YOU, I WAS EXTREMELY NERVOUS BUT THE DAY OF MY OPERATION I LED MY DOCTORS AND SURGEON TEAM INTO THE ROOM. IT TOOK ME 2 DAYS TO STAND UP OUT OF BED, ALTHOUGH I WAS VERY STIFF. SHORTLY AFTER I WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLS. I WAS BACK IN SCHOOL WITHIN A MONTH, AND BACK TO MY NORMAL ROUTINE. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE SURGERY BECAUSE NOW I STAND TALL AT 5 FOOT 11 INCHES AND NEVER HUNCH OVER. I STAND TALL AND PROUD AND IT FEELS AMAZING. MY RODS ARE 12 INCHES LONG, BUT I AM CAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING I POSSIBLY WANT. THE ONLY TROUBLE I’VE HAD WITH THE FLEXIBILITY IS LACING MY SHOE, WHEN ITS DOWN ON THE FLOOR. I SIT IN A CHAIR AND CROSS MY ANCLE ON TOP OF MY KNEE, WITH A COMPLETLY STRAIGHT POSTURE. ENJOY THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN, AND GOOD LUCK. FEEL FREE TO KEEP ME POSTED ON YOUR RECOVERY. – KATHERINE

  74. By michelle on May 25, 2008

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    Fell on slippery surface.After years of “treatments”had discectomy&fusion of c5,c6,c7.Just passeed two year aniversary of date of surgery.Symtoms that seemed to be better after recovering from surgery have now stared back up again.not a day goes by without some level of pain.Stll so far not as severe as pre-op.But if anyone out there is concidering surgery in order to be medication free,don’t have the surgery..you will likely always have to take something for pain weekly if not daily.

  75. By ANITA on May 25, 2008

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    Hi I too had spinal fusion on l5-S1 in March of this year. I dont know right now what the final outcome is going to be. I am taking water therapy. But I admit that my pain is not in the same place its mostly just from the surgery itself, however not even severe enough for me to need a tylenol. I would certainly inform anyone who is thinking about this surgery to have a very good and caring doctor. It really does make a difference than just having some one who just wants to cut you open.

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    TO SHELLEY and those this pertains to…Husband injured on the job in 1998…lower back and bilateral hernias. After attempting usual back treatments (meds, epidural, IDET, discogram, etc.) posterior spinal fusion completed 2000…followed by anterior cage fusion 2002. Pain remained the same. Oxycontin 20mg (lowest dose) was his life safer for a long, long time. If anyone should go this route, always keep communication open with doctor. DO NOT have them increase dosage when tolerance is built up, instead alternate with another comparable drug. My husband was a long time heroin user and with this being an opiate, he craved it to the extent he was using an 80mg every hour…yes, every hour. He eventually completed an excellerated opiate detox program in 2003 and has been opiate-free ever since. He did, however, have a spinal stimulator embedded in his back. For pain, he takes Ultram and Soma, which seem to help him. He’s finally beyond the abuse of his meds and able to deal with his life as it is now…far from what it once was. He used to hunt and fish…not so much anymore. He can’t drive a stick, but he has a Harley. Do your research on all meds. Opiates especially are decieving. You can have a pain level of 3-4…but after prolonged use of opiates and the way they take over, that 3-4 pain level will register with you as an 8-9. The oxys DO work…it’s amazing. Just be careful.

  77. By kim on May 27, 2008

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    just had l5-s1 fusion with decompression and buldging disk removal…..can’t tell if worked. alot ofn post op pain…afraid to move. can’t sleep, sit, walk, stand, get up very good….any hope out there? wearing corsett, using walker, etc.
    looking for ideas…

  78. By Teri on May 27, 2008

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    I’m going in for anterior survical decompression fusion, c5-c7, surgery and I’m scared. After reading some of these entries, whoa, am I doing the right thing. The Service Procedure Description… Arthrodesis, anterior interbody technique, including minimal descectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression); cervical below C2. They are going in through my neck. Can anyone comment on this or make me feel better about having this done and hopes to get rid of the nonstop pain in my arm? I have 2 numbing, tingly, fingers. My wrist hurts, and my entire amr continually feels pain. Anyone out there who can reassure me in any way?

  79. By Jeffrey H. Peteuil on May 28, 2008

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    I’ve had l5 fusion and both hips replaced. I am 53 and in decent shape. My lower legs and feet are swelling, not real bad, but bad enough to make me concerned. My doctor tells me this is often normal after surgery and may have to deal with it the rest of my life. True?

  80. By jen on Jun 2, 2008

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    Hi! Here’s my experiences. In Aug ’94, I was working as a personal care attendant. The job involved alot of lifting. I herniated/ruptured my disc between L5 and S1. I never knew what pain was until I experienced that. I had sciatica, and I dealt with the pain for six months until I finally decided I couldn’t deal with it anymore. Other than mid back pain upon awakening, the surgery was a success. The recovery period went very smoothly. I didn’t need to take any pain pills. In ’99, I hurt my back again. This time it was the thoracic spine. MRI’s show I have six herniated discs. In 2002, I started experiencing low back pain especially while trying to sleep at night. A later MRI showed I had reherniated the disc I had surgery on. Since then, I have refused to have a surgery. I am on oxycontin to deal with the pain. However, I wonder if I had never had that first surgery, if my back would be in such a mess now. At the time, I had the surgery, the doctors wouldn’t treat the pain and no one discussed alternative treatments. Any stories out there like mine? If so, how’s it going for you?

  81. By dora on Jun 2, 2008

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    thank you to all for your comments and taking time out to help others. My husband has a herniated disc. We made an appointment to see a neurosergeon upon seeing the dr who spent about 5 minutes with us he said immediately that surgery was the only way, he was not very considerate he was a little arrogant, i asked what exactly was a herniated disc, he explained to me “have you ever seen a jelly donut? well take one of those and smash it with your fist, see the jelly squish out that is a herniated disc. we left his office feeling a little a lot concerned about surgery especially by someone with such an arrogant attitude.
    friends have recommended laser surgery—my husband is so hard headed they told him to take it easy, he has gone on walks lasting hours and has done small odds and end jobs around the house i tell him to hire some one but he doesn’t listen, . that mri and dr visit occurred back in 4/1/08 he immediately went to a woman who supposedly does massages and she took him from a pain level of 7 to a two, that was great but like i said he didn’t listen and now after small remodel jobs around the house and garden he is back to pain level of 7 or 8 , i am concerned , i am going to look into that laser surgery any advice welcome.
    dora

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    I was injured at work on sept 1st,2006. i am now looking at disc replacement. we have tried nerve block as well as epideral shots nothing is working. i am waiting to see if comp approves this . has anyone had disc replacement? L5-S1. also have a pinched nerve with numbness and tingling down the right leg. with 2 to 3 toes going numb. i would really like some input here?
    thanks
    Debora

  83. By Tammie on Jun 5, 2008

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    I HERNIATED MY L4/L5 IN 2000 AND WAITED UNTIL THEY APPROVED THE CHARITE’ DISC BY DEPUY A JOHNSON & JOHNSON COMPANY. BY THIS TIME I COULD NOT STAND THE PAIN ANY LONGER DUE TO THE DISC RUPTURING AND NOW I HAD A L4/L5/S1 TEAR. AFTER THREE OPINIONS I WENT TO THE SOUTHEASTERN SPINE INSTITUTE IN MT. PLEASANT, S.C. AND BEGAN TO SEE THE WONDERFUL PHYSICIANS AND STAFF THERE. I WENT THROUGH EVERY TEST THAT WAS AVAILABLE BEFORE I MADE MY FINAL DECISION TO HAVE THE ANTERIOR DISC REPLACEMENT. KEEPING IN MIND I AM 33 YEARS OLD , MOTHER OF TWO BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS ONE (!4) AND A STEP-DAUGHTER (10), WIFE, ONLY CHILD OF DIVORCED PARENTS, AND WORKED HARD TO GET WHERE I AM TODAY AS A NURSE, MEDIC, FIREFIGHTER, CPhT, BUSINESS OWNER, AND THE LIST GOES ON VOLUNTEER SOFTBALL COACH, ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A VOLUNTEER WITH FIRE/RESCUE. I HAD THE SURGERY ON JUNE 16, 2006 AND AS OF THIS DATE JUNE 5, 2008 I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RETURN BACK TO WORK AT ALL. MY ENTIRE LIFESTYLE HAS CHANGED. I HAVE WENT FROM BEING VERY ACTIVE TO SMASHING BEHIND. I HAD MY SURGERY AT EAST COOPER IN MT. PLEASANT, S.C. I HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE STATE AND EVEN SEEN A PHYSICIAN FROM DUKE AND WAS TOLD IF I HAD SURGERY THAT IT WOULD BE MAJOR AND I MAY NEVER WALK AGAIN. I CAN WALK NOW BUT, I FALL SEVERAL TIMES IN A DAY WITHOUT WARNING DUE TO NERVE DAMAGE AND PLACEMENT OF THE DISC. THE PHYSICIAN THAT I SAW AT MUSC AND DUKE TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE RODS UP MY ENTIRE LUMBAR INTO THE THORACIC AND SACRAL AND IT WOULD BE A MAJOR SURGERY AND FOR ME TO FLIP A COIN THAT IT WAS A 50/50 AND A VERY GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT I WOULD BE IN A MOBILE WHEELCHAIR. I CAN’T FEL MY LEGS AFTER THE SURGERY EITHER WHAT I CAN FEEL IS THE NUMBNESS , TINGLING, STABBING, BURNING,AND I COULD KEEP GOING ALL THE WAY TO MY FEET. ALSO, WHEN I RECENTLY HAD A NEW MRI I HAVE A BULGING C5/C6. WISH ME LUCK AND KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS AND I WILL DO THE SAME! IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD THIS TYPE DISC REPLACEMENT AND HAVE OR ARE HAVING COMPLICATIONS PLEASE RESPOND TO ME. IN USA TODAY THEY ARE POSSIBLY GOING TO RECALL THIS DISC.

  84. By DIANE H on Jun 5, 2008

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    After reading so many that have had back surgeries, many not doing so well. I to, just had a spinal fusion on L4/L5. It has been not quite 6 weeks, I have been doing very well, very little pain, take very little pain meds. I truly give God the glory for all of this. I know there certainly were a lot of prayers being said for me. I also had a back surgery for a herniated disc in 1989. Pretty good to last 19 years. Had same Dr. this time, a Neurosurgeon and a Specialist Orthopaedic Dr. do the surgery this time. I know without a doubt that the Good Lord helped them and me thru it. Just trust in God and have faith in Him and your physicians, you will get thru it. I feel so blessed that mine has turned out well. Yes it is a scary surgery to go thru, but with God’s help and guidance, it will work. Just do what He and the Dr’s tell you to do. You could damage all that has been done if not.

  85. By Penny on Jun 6, 2008

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    For Teri

    See my earlier posts re: anterior cervical fusion. Had surgery feb 13th this year.
    I’m doing great!! Had low back surgery not so good.

  86. By Debora on Jun 6, 2008

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    for Teri
    you say you had low back surgery? what kind. i am trying to get some input on disc replacement and i am not really getting much response. i am very nervous about the whole thing.

  87. By Debora on Jun 6, 2008

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    oops i think that should have been for penny. sorry teri.

  88. By Ron on Jun 7, 2008

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    I am looking at L-5 S1 fusion, just wondering about how long one needs to be off work after this procedure? I have not seen the surgeon yet. And wondering what limitations one has as far as working or various activities. I am also a volunteer firefighter/EMT and hope I can still do what I’m trained for. Thanks.

  89. By Mark on Jun 7, 2008

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    I had a plate and cage installed on my C-5 and C-6 in May 2007. The plate was installed crooked (at least 15 up to 35 degrees). Since the surgery I have more pain, dizziness, weakness, I hear a whining sound in my head (sometimes so loud it wakes me up from sleep), I am unable to stand for very long without having to lay down. I had a large spur removed from the right side of C-5 & C-6 several months ago and it did not help. There is a small spur on the left side of C-5-C-6 still. Since these symptoms started right after surgery-could the crooked plate be causing problems?

  90. By Penny on Jun 9, 2008

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    For Debora
    I am only going on my personal experience and what my doctors have told me. I have an earlier post (April 29th) that details my experience. I had a laminectomy/discectomy at L5/S1 at 19 (17 years ago). Pain started in my feet and moved up my legs and finally to my low back in about 6 months. I was a dancer/athlete never had any type of injury. Finally, I could not walk, work or go to school. I had surgery within a week of being diagnosed with a large disc herniation. I recovered fully in about 3 months. Fusion was not recommended because of my age and disc replacement was not available then. I was great and returned to full activity for about 7 or 8 years. The disc reherniated, the pain was worse and my back would “go out” often leaving me on the floor for hours unable to move. I scheduled a fusion surgery but backed out at the last minute on the advice of a wise friend and an honest Neurosurgeon. For about three years I suffereed through the pain. I was a candidate at UVA when the artificial disc first came out but I never did it. I attribute my healing to my incredible Dr. in FL. He did Prolo- therapy and in two years time my back fused on its own. In fact, I flew home from VA 4-6 times in two years to see him. I still have some occassional back pain from stenosis, scar tissue, and spurs but totally free of leg pain. I had a cervical fusion as a result of a car accident last summer. My surgeon told me that artificial disc replacement was only effective in the cervical area and at only one level not multiple. I mentioned to him that I was on the list for the artificial disc for the low back when I lived in VA and he said the results have been dismal on the low back. As for fusion, I have never met anyone with a successful low back fusion. They still suffer or are in worse pain. I was told specifically by that Neurosurgeon (who was like my 5th opinion by the way) that fusions will not fix low back problems long term. In fact, they will only cause more weakness at the levels above and below and cause new problems as a result. I don’t know if you are aware or not but your body will fuse on its own in time. If you can bare it, it may be worth waiting. Read the posts you’ll see. I know how desparate it feels but I would explore all options not just pt and pain meds. Look up prolo. It saved my life, my marriage, my job everything. I pray for your relief and for your pain to go away. By the way, I am a working mom and feel great with a few limitations. Only take an occassional pain med. Never had anything like they are prescribing today. There is hope. I’m not blaming Dr’s here either. I think they are just as desparate to end our pain as we are.

  91. By Harold Offield

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    My husband is going to have back surgery soon & I’d like to know more about what to expect. Thank you , barbara offield

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  92. By Orlando on Jun 10, 2008

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    I had back surgery on jan. 17 08 on l5 s1 had herniated disk, after sergury still with pain in lower back and leg . Dr. recomended me to recomended me to a pain medecine Dr. she prescribe me nabumetone for my back and lyrica for my leg and three injection of caudal epidural steroid every two weeks , after every couple of day of the injection had to go to E.R. with a lot of pain then usual, call my Dr. gave me and appt. he to me to cancel the third one, my Dr. saw my MRI and said sergery whent well, and said my problem could be know with my nerve goin to my right leg, still to see more Doctors for my pain. still my faith and trust is my LORD and SAVIOR.
    GOD BLESS YOU. John 3:16

  93. By debora on Jun 10, 2008

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    for Penny
    thank you very much for your input. i am a working mom to but my kids are all grown up a son 25 today and a daughter 23. i was only out of work for 2 weeks total after my injury. i am trying to work full time and am doing so but by the end of the day i am really aching. i am not on any pain meds because they all seem to mess with my system in one way or another. i go back to my orthopedic next week and we will see what he has to say. i will be going for a second opinion for sure. i haven’t heard much good with this doctor and back surgery. i just wish i could be at around 80% to 85%. i just wanna be able to go to work and function like i did before all this.
    thanks
    Debora

  94. By Pat Howe on Jun 11, 2008

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    I to had spinal fusion surgery on my L4/L5 discs 4 years ago. I actually had three surgeries in that year because the fusion did not take the first 2 times and the screws came out of the rod and my spine and had to be replaced. Now it has been 4 years later and I just had my fourth surgery for the same problem with the rod and screws detaching themselves from the spine on 01/23/08. Now the pain I am having is worse than before I had the original surgery. I get sharp pains that run from my left hip down to my toes and I can’t walk or sit for long periods of time. House work is a real chore to get through I have a hard time walking up and down the stairs. The Dr did exrays and a ct scan and said everything is in place so basically I have to live with the pain that there is nothing more he can do. I am a 40 year old woman with 2 children and a husband I need answers. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know
    Thanks Pat

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    To all the people that have comments on this site. Check out Laser spine Unstitute in Tampa Florida. That is what I am going to do . It sounds like the answer to alot of our problems.

  96. By john taylor on Jun 15, 2008

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    hello, I just turned 39 years old, I’ve had 2 back surgeries, on 11/2004 discectomy on L5/S1, the second 12/2008 discectomy on L4/L5. The first was wonderful, i’m a welder by trade, and after the 2004 surgery I was able to return to work full time and regular duties, lifting, bending, climbing, etc. That injury was an on job injury, then in December 2008, I again injured my back on the job. After going to the emergency room, where they done an MRI, I was placed in the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for ruptured disc. This time it wasn’t so perfect. I’ve still got pain and stiffness in my lower back, and right leg has been asleep since 12/27 2008. My surgen tells me that the only choice now is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion. He says he want have to go into the back only through the stomach, also says no rods, just a plastic divice replacing the disc, and 4 screws holding it in, Although the releases had to give permission to open up the back and install rods if needed. I’ve been told that this is going to happen, that I can put it off, untill this disc reruptures, it’s already started bulging, at which time this is the only option to fix the problem. He also said that i’d probably have around a 20% disability after the surgery. Basically i could do anything I can now only without pain, I’m really scarred about this, i’ve read so many posts, where it didn’t go good, and people where worse that pre surgery. I’m able to funtion for the most part, just painfully. Workers comp has decided to controvert my claim, as soon as the doctor said I needed this other surgery. I’ve been out of work since 12/27/2008, and had no income since 3/14/2008. I’m fighting work comp, but for now, I feel like my wife and others around me are pushing to go ahead and get the surgery. I think they’re as tired of me hurting, and not wanting to do things as I am, and are willing to try anything for the chance to get back to normal. I know i’m rambling, but it helps to just let it out. What are the real chances of sucess? Can it really stop the pain, and let me get back to normal? Will I ever be normal again? What are the chances of impotence? So many things going through my head, i’m still waiting on my medical insurance to decide if it’s going to pay for surgery. I don’t know what to do.

  97. By Manny on Jun 16, 2008

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    I had spinal fusion of L-5/S-1 (DDD) on April 19th, 2007 and from what I’ve read, I am not alone on the post pain & numbness. My pain in no where near where it was prior to my surgery, However, now not only do I have to keep dealing with some pain and numbness, but I also have to suffer with a slight dizziness/fogginess/light headedness. I have been off heavy medication since the 2nd day after my surgery. I occassionally take vicodin to ease the pain, but hate that I have to take it. I have often wondered if the lightheadedness I feel is a side affect of being under anesthesia for 8 hrs. My surgeon and neurologist say it’s not, however, a friend said that his dr. said it was a possibility. Has anyone experienced this? Knowing what I know now, and going through what I have gone through post surgery, I often wonder if it is worth it.

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    For Debora

    Good luck. Please contact me if you have any questions. I know what you are going through and it is not easy!

  99. By C.C on Jun 16, 2008

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    I HAVE DEGENERATING SPONDY LOTHEISIS I’M NOT SURE HOW TO SPELL IT, BUT IS IS VERY PAINFUL! AND I HAVE HAD BACK PAIN FOR MANY YEARS NOW! AND GETTING WORSE. I AM AFRAID TO HAVE ANY SURGERY. I ALSO FELL AND HIT MY BACK IN THE MIDDLE BACK AREA AND HAD SIATICA FOR 6 MONTHS AND WAS ON ALL TYPES OF PAIN MEDS FOR IT AND ON CRUTCHES FOR 3 MONTHS AND A CANE FOR 2 MONTHS. I HAVE BEEN IN A LOT OF PAIN W/STIFFNESS AND LOTS OF PAIN?? DOES THE SURGERY MAKE IT ANY BETTER AND WHAT TYPE OF SURGERY IS BEST FOR THIS TYPE OF PROBLEM?? HELP!! C.C

  100. By debora on Jun 17, 2008

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    i go to my orthopedic tomorrow to see what my next step is. we haven’t heard anything from comp yet but i think they are waiting for the docs official report. now i am also trying to quit smoking. i am on the patch day 2. doing ok so far i did have 1 this morning between patch changings. the urge is very strong now and then but its goes away fast. everyone tells me your body heels better after surgery and the smoking is bad for your bones anyway. i already knew that i just had to convince myself that its time.

  101. By debora on Jun 18, 2008

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    ok went to orthopedic today. now he is saying fusion for L5-S1. they will fax the referal to comp and we wait for comp to answer. till then i am at a stand still.

  102. By John on Jun 18, 2008

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    I had transverse lumbar interbody fusion on 12-11-07. I ruptured L5S1 about 5.5 years ago when I slipped and fell hard on ice. My big problem is sitting down. The pain from sitting is not from the area I had the surgery but from the middle back muscles compensating for the ijury area. I was hoping for feedback to see if anyone else has experienced the same problem with sitting and how the problem was resolved. I use a TENS unit to get me through my work days, where I am mostly sitting. Again, I do not like sitting, that is the biggest problem. I just feel so alone in this, especially because the pain I feel while sitting is no where near the part of the back that has the actual fusion.

  103. By John

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    by the way I am 29 years old and I was a 3 sport athlete all through HS and college and never got injurd. Bd lucj life changes in a second again sitting is very deistressing for me.

  104. By Billie

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    I;m to have l4 &l5 fusion July 7. All my pain is in butt bone on right side.(some lower back off & on) discs shot. I’m very active for my age and am concerned about quality of life after surgery. Epidurals, therapy, pain pills. Pain is fairly tolerable but neurosurgon says now or in near furture, will have to be done. I’m debating with myself. To do or not to do. This site kinda scares me, such negative reactions. Confuses me even more. HELP

  105. By Todd R. on Jun 23, 2008

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    In August of 07′, I had L2-S1 discectomy surgery, with hardware placement of a titanium cage and 2 pedicle screws at each level. The surgery left me to be an impartial paraplegic due to complications. Found out today that there is still spinal fluid collecting at base of the spine, need to revisit the neurosurgeon… Just BE CAREFUL on choosing who performs the surgery, and get 2nd opinions, before you do anything surgical.

  106. By melissa

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    I am 22 Years old and 2 years ago I had a microdisectomy on the L5 S1. I had severe pain in my lower back and pain radiating down both of my legs into my feet. It was after I woke up one morning after being unable to walk and being told that it was just sciatica that my primary care physican told me to take a CT then an MRI. It came back that every level in the Lumbar spine was degenerative, I had spinal canal stenosis, spurs, fragments, L5 S1 was severely hurniated, and every other level in the lumbar was bulging. I was having loss of bladder control which was one of the main reasons they decided to operate (because I was so young). The surgery was ok. The recovery was hard and painful. After about 3 weeks I was walking pretty normally, however, 2 years later I still can not run, my legs are very week, I still have extreme pain, am on pain killers all the time, and am unhappy. The surgery saved me from losing bladder control so I am lucky in that sense. However, my suggestion would be to get multiple opinions. Cleveland Clinic has an amazing spine institute and I wish I would have gone to them sooner. They are located all over the country and have the most up to date procedures and really review your case with you. Their pain management specialists are also very helpful. I was becoming addicted to my pain killers and i hated how they always made me feel fuzzy. They were able to switch me to a non narcotic pain killer, and suggest other forms of treatment. They said i will have to have more surgeries over time, but for the time being they have been helpful. But seriously, be VERY CAREFUL with your doctors…. PLEASSEEE visit cleveland clinics website as well.

  107. By Frances H Johnson

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    I am having Posterial Lumber Interbody Fusion done soon. I can’t seem to find any real info on this procedure. Dr said that bony vert will be removed from my back, these will be crushed and pulverized and some medical super glue mixed with it and reformed and put in cages. Why can’t I find more info on this newer procedure?.

  108. By Kat on Jul 3, 2008

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    I was injured 5/04. I ruptured my L5-S1 and crushed both sciatic nerves. 9/04 I had a Laminectomy/Discectomy. The surgery gave some relief, but was left with alot of pain and weakness. The pain and weakness have worstened over the last couple years and the dr is now looking at wanting to do an anterior fusion. The ONLY relief I have had over the years has been through my pain specialist with RFA’s and steroid injections, which unfortunately do not last for long. I am tired of the pain and lack of activities I am able to do. I have always been a very active person and a single mother to 2 boys. The simplest tasks, laundry, dishes, vacuuming, etc….will put me in bed for a day or 2. I do not want to go through surgery again, but have come to the conclusion that if it gives me just a lil relief it will be worth it. I am tired of all the drugs they have me on and to make things worse, the one med that gave me the most relief (morphine) I cannot take due to it causing migraines. Catch 22 there.

  109. By Linda

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    WOW I am totally amazed by everyone’s comments. I had L4-L5 lamenectomy/dysectomy in June 07. Very successful surgery, sciatic pain in left leg gone. Went to IME in October 07 for law suit and he reinjured my lower back. I have had the worst pain in my legs since the IME visit. My neurosurgeon has given me every test that he can think of and he just discovered that there is scar tissue pressing on the the spinal canal. I DO NOT take any pain meds for my condition. At my doctors suggestion I swim daily at a local gym and I walk in a store with a grocery cart. I use the cart for the support. I am still not were I would like to be at this time. But I have complete faith in my doctor. I have always been a very active person and would like to be able to return to a portion of that activity. All hope is not lost. I have seen several specialists about my condition and they all concur that the type of surgery that I had done could take 1 to 3 years for a complete recovery. So I have learned to be very patient and pray a lot. Good luck to all!

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  111. By Mary on Jul 7, 2008

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    Aug. 2006 I had L4 and L5 fusion, because of back pain, numbness/tingling in both legs, sharp pain going down legs, hard to stand for any period of time for almost 1 1/2 years. One month later had to go back for back surgery again to remove infection that was a Q-tip length deep in my back in the scar area,(was an infected stitch) Seemed to do great for couple of months, afterward. Back pain is mostly gone, but the rest of the symptoms returned, and now major back stiffness, makes it hard to move sometimes. (Even surgeon said more stiffness than normal) Have taken different meds. to try to relieve symtomps. Live with daily pain and numbness/tingling. Sounds like several others have the same thing going on. Last time they did the nerve ending test. They know there is a problem but can not pin point the problem. Soooo….. Trusting God, in His time, to finish the healing. Good Luck to all!

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  112. By KATHY CRAWFORD on Jul 15, 2008

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    IN APRIL 2004 I WAS IN A CAR ACCIENDT THAT PARAZLIED ME FROM THE WASTE DOWN. DEC. I HAD A SPINAL FUSION DONE ON L4L5. I HAD NUMBNESS IN BOTH LEGS, AFTER THE SURGARY I DID REALLY GOOD MY DOCTOR SAID I MIGHT HAVE TO GO ANOTHER ROUND. JUST RECENTLY I HAVE BEEN FEELING REALLY BAD MY LEGS ARE SO NUMB AND MY BACK REALLY HURTS AND IT IS EVEN MAKE ME WALK LIKE AN OLDER PERSON I AM ONLY 37. I WAS LOOKING ON ONE WEB SITE THAT SHOWED SPINAL FUSIONS AND I THINK MINE SLIPTED AGAIN BUT I AM REALLY SCARED IF I HAVE TO GO BACK IN. MY KIDS ARE OLDER AND I THINK THEY WILL UNDERSTAND I GUESS IT IS FOR THE BEST TO CALL MY SURGAN AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH HIM BEFORE IT GETS ANY WORSE. I KNOW WHAT EVERYONE IS GOING THROUGH STAY STRONG AND YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYS.

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  114. By Brenda on Jul 20, 2008

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    My husaband has a syrinx (fluid sac in the spine) just wondering if anybody out their has had surgery for this problem they say they have to go in and place a tube in to drain the fluid off if any one out their has please let me know.

  115. By vicky on Jul 21, 2008

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    i have a prelapsed disk .. im 27 and the pain is horrible and i keep gettin pins and needdles in my hands leg and foot left side..i thought that was bad enough but now i have bladder weakness and bowel immmm soooooooo fed uppp !!!!!!!!!! bk at work today after 3 weeks off only problem is the pain killers are to srong for me to hav at work as i sleep on them and go all dozy .. wot else can i do for it …

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    I am having a lumbar facet injection to burn the nerve, L5S1, radio frequency.

    I have not seen any comments on this type of procedure. Let me know if you know of anyone. I have had 3 back surgeries, lots of epidural procedures, just so I could work, and raise my beautiful children.

    Thanks and I will also keep these stories in my prayers. No one can understand just how painful these problems are. Look forward to hearing from someone who may have had this type of procedure. Love to all and stay strong, and remember to pray and stay in God’s word every day. God Bless

  117. By Darlene on Jul 23, 2008

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    I had surgery on L5 and fusion on C4-6. After 2.5 month recovery I went back to nursing at the hospital. No pain. I drink a natural juice of 19 fruits twice daily. It is very high in antioxidants which are known to reduce inflammation. It also gives your body the required nutrients it needs to mend itself. I

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    In May of this year I had surgery on the L3-4, and L4-5 discs. I am feeling better and the pain of my sciatic nerve down my right leg seems to be gone. The problem I am having now is low back stiffness and pain and constipation. I was never constipated before the surgery and I feel if I could get this problem under control, everthing would be ok. Is is common to develop constipation from lumbar surgery?

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    Hi. I am a what used to be a healthy 26 year old. In 2 days I am going in for my 4th fusion of L4, L5 S1 in a year and a half. I had no injury to cause this problem and it gradually got worse. I had every procedure done under the sun befor I had surgery #1. My first syrgery the dr put a cag in that came out while I was still in the hospital. This has never happened to my dr before. 2 weeks later I realized there was still a problem and my dr gave me motrin 800 and told me to come back in 8 weeks. I went back 8 weeks later and the cage came out again. So here comes surgery #3.He removed the cage grafted cadaver bone and more rods and screws. Ayear and 3 months later I am still on vicodin and going in for #4 in 2 days. My dr said the reason my bone did not graft was because I am an occsional smoker. I only smoke if I go out with friends maybe once a month. Just wondering if anyone elses dr told them thats why their surgery failed. deffinitly wish I would have never had surgery in the first place because now I’ve had to quit my job and sign up for disability because I was told I may never be right. At 26 almost 27 married with 2 kids, forever is a long time!!!

  120. By julie on Jul 30, 2008

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    hi i had l-4 ,l-5 fusion in june of 2006.the pain on right leg is gone but i have alot of lower back stiffness.and cant really cross my right leg i think im still have problems with scatic nerve.and have alot immflamation.
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  121. By Rachelle on Aug 4, 2008

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    I had a spinal fusion of L4,L5 to S1 in Sept.07 I am on dissability from work. I am in more pain now then before. I am having pain down my right leg and I feel that my leg is getting heaver. My worker comp peopole are so slow I need to have an epideral cuz PT didn’t help me I just want to get back to a regular life. I am only36 years old and would love to get on my bike again. Anyone have any ideas?????? I am also developing a Bursa on my right hip. I feel like an old lady. I don’t even use pain pills anymore due to I am used to the pain. I only need somthing to help me sleep like the others out there who can only get a few hours sleep. I would never had done this if I knwe it would be like this.

  122. By Allan

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    I had surgery on Oct. 10th, 2006. I had a titanium plate with 2 roda and 6 screws covering a total of 5 discs. @ had to be replaced with cadaver bone. 3 days after the initial surgery, I had to be taken back into the operating room to have the incision totally redone. I left the hospital 8 days after the surgery on a Wednesday, by Friday I was back in the Doctors office due to an infection setting into the incision. Since that time, I have poor balance, it takes me 2 hours or more to be able to function in the mornings. I have constant pain in my lower back and hips. And lately I have been having pain above where the plate was installed. I continued working up until June of 2008 when I could no longer take the pain of sitting for the shift I was working. Standing for periods of time past 30 minutes cause the lower back to tighten so bad that it gets hard to breathe. The reason I had the surgery was for the pain that went down my legs, but since the surgery, it was like opening Pandora’s Box. Now the whole lower back and pelvic region is giving me problems.

  123. By steven on Aug 6, 2008

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    I was told by my dr today that i need an laminectomy as my right leg hitches, buckles and collapes at times. He wants to do this as soon as Aug 20th, please let me know if someone has had the same problems with their leg and did the surgery help. thank you

  124. By steven on Aug 6, 2008

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    After much prayer and deliberation and talking over with friends who have back surgeries , i have decided NOT to have the laminectomy done. I can still walk without a cane and if i walk slowly its not much problem.

  125. By steven on Aug 6, 2008

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    i have made the decison not to have the surgery s

  126. By Lou on Aug 6, 2008

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    Had anterior back fusion of L3/4, 4/5, 5/S1 in the last part of April 2008. Recently I have fallen down 3 times quite unexpectedly. Twice was from my bed and the last time, this morning I fell and hit my head on my dresser hard. I fell with quite a force,
    Now have aches and pains that I didn’t have before. I was in a car accident to begin with and that is why I have back pain now which I never had before. Question is should I be worried about my falling?

  127. By ryan hill on Aug 7, 2008

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    i have a few questions for anyone who can help. ive been told that i have a series of bone spurs up and woind my c vertebraes that will have to be operated on in order for me to keep the feeling in my hands and legs. its supoposedly calcifications that are growing from an accident that occured 17 years ago. the bone spurs are going into my spinal cord and cutting off feeling from the neck down. if anyone has informatyion on what kind oif surgey i would have to go for and how long the recovery time would be please send me an email at bass500500@yahoo.com

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  128. By catherine crouch on Aug 7, 2008

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    I had back surgery in December of 2007. Fusion of L10, L11 and L12. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to build my back and flank muscles? I was not able to move for about 2 months so I have muscles that are not in shape. Thanks for any help,

  129. By Belva Barbalace on Aug 12, 2008

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    I sent a letter a few weeks ago to inquire about lazer spine surgery. I received a email saing that I wanted some to contact me. I did receive a email saying someone would contact me in three days I have heard nothing. I would like to up the date to the end of Oct instead of Nov. Thamks Belva (Bel) Barbalace.

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    i have had a lot of back pain for several years now it has really gotten bad and i am feeling burning in my extremities esp, my toes. my back is stiff most of the time and i am in constant pain. i had a back dr in cali but i have moved and need to find a good dr in st, louis mo. any suggestions??? the pain is getting to be unbearable! help!! c/c ps. does anyone else out there here have these symptoms and what do you think it could be from??

  131. By sherri on Aug 21, 2008

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    hi.. i just had L5-S1 fusion.. and laminectomy. with the vert. mixed with cement around my cage. I have 4 screws.
    The pain is much better… I mostly have problems at nite..sleeping..as my incision is still healing.This is my 8th week (june 24,08)I had some drainage into the 5th week or so… and I am still scabbing over. The dr. says in 6 weeks I will start P.T., but in the meantime went to massage therapist tonite..and that seemed to make things a little better. I still have some foot pain..and some tingling in the left leg, but was told all of this is normal during the healing process…. and yes it can take up to 1 year before things are 100%.
    I work in a factory, and have been off work for 19 months..waiting for this surgery to give me back my life. I am fairly confident that things are going to be ok!!!!

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  132. By Don on Aug 24, 2008

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    Hello All
    I had the surgery a month ago. 4 days into recovery I started to leak some fluid. The fluid was clear in color. I lost about 20 cups in 2 days before I went back to the doc. The next day I was in emergency surgery for spainal fluid lost. Now 10 days after my 2nd surgery the doc released me with one last follow up in 6 weeks. One of the signs was headaces, I still have them. Im not leaking outside the body because its healed and sealed. Im afarid it might still be leaking inside me, what can I do , what should I do??

  133. By Robin

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    Hi, my friend Mark has a non-cancer tumor on his spinal cord and by other organs that effect his eating and going to the bathroom habits. He is scheduled for surgery at the U of M next month. They have told him it may or may not help. Also that he may or may not need a bathroom bag the reat of his life. They admitt that they have so little case studies on this surgery and outcome that they cant even give him any percentages. Does anyone any info? Do you know any one who has had this surgery or who hasn’t and how it turned out? What should we ask the doctor to get answers? Lost in minnesota.

  134. By Robin

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    to cc, those are the same syptoms Mark had, he has a tumor at the bottom of his spine. Go to the doctor!

  135. By shelly

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    Hello all
    My name is shelly and I have had a complete fusion of the l-5 with the titanium cage a cadaver protiens, I just have to say yes the pain was cut in half after the surgery but the pain remains today going deep in my lower back and hips, I really dont believe that this pain will ever go away I have had botox injections and SI injections that make life a little more managable but I believe that for all of us that have had any kind of surgery on the spine we will always have to find our own way of minimizing the pain I cant be on meds forever that will never work and i will end up in rehab for these pain killers!!!!!
    At least I know I am not alone in this hell that has taken control of my life my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you as I continue to pray they will come up with something that will really help.

  136. By John K on Aug 25, 2008

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    I just had an L-4, L-5 Microdiscectomy/and widening of nerve canal in same area on Wednesday, August 13th. I am completely relieved of the horrific leg pain (right leg) but the weakness is still there. I am/was a VERY active/athletic 39 year old, and did alot of explsive weight training/sprinting. But after ruptured disc, was laid up for weeks, doing only upper body exercises. I lost 22lbs in a month (muscle/tone), and my right leg was very weak/atrophied. My back feels great, but am sticking to surgeons order of no bending/twisting/lifting over 10 lbs. I walk at least 4-5 miles a day and do elliptical, but have not lifted or stretched yet. I have my 2 week follow up Wednesday. My hands are numb when I wake up in the morning, or after laying down on my back for a while. Has anyone else had this happen? Having had other surgeries for shoulder/knee/bicep, this one scared me the most. I cannot wait to start physical therapy, and get back to training. I have a great smpathy for those suffering with back problems now. I pray that God continues to give me and everyone else recovering from surgery, the strength rehabilitate.

  137. By Heather on Aug 25, 2008

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    I agree… had the same surgery same spot twice. It helped my walking funny but I have had chronic pain for 14 years.

  138. By Heather on Aug 25, 2008

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    Is there any hope for chronic back pain to be gone after undergoing 2 spinal fusions of S1-L5/4 11 years ago. The pain is only getting worse, I can’t sit for long periods of time at all. I’m only 26 years old, but now thanks to those surgeries I have spinal stenosis, arthritus, degenerative disk disease, my SI joints are shot, etc. It just seems never ending. I go thru numerous pain killers which sucks. I’m sure my husband must think i’m an addict, I feel like one. But I just want to funtion in society pain free and if I can’t I don’t want to be here. This has been going on for more than 1/2 my life. And they don’t even know what is causing the pain. I can definately relate to everyone on here with back pain. I just wish we could all find a doctor that could relate to us and know how serious we really are. Good luck everyone.

  139. By Heather on Aug 25, 2008

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    If you have spondylolisthesis and its a grade 2 or higher and your doctor thinks he or she should perform surgery and do a fusion I say don’t do it. At least not yet. Check out Laser Spine Institute first. I wish I was able to. It is Tampa, FL or there new facility is Scottsdale, AZ. I had 2 surgeries over 10 years ago for spondylolisthesis grade 2/3. at S1 – L4. I have had chronic pain ever since. I spent $5500 dollars to go to Tampa, FL to the Laser Spine Institute to see if they could get rid of the pain and needless to say they could NOT. And that’s because I had already had my back fused. Had I not had it fused they probably would of been able to help me. Once your back is fused there is not a lot they can do. They told me over the phone that they could even though I had had 2 fusions however, when I got down there and they say the MRI they said this is a hopeless case. I had surgery at LSI on 07/23/08 and no relief. so don’t waste your time if it’s fused. if it’s not, then definately try it. 5 day recovery compared to 3 month recovery.

  140. By shelly

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    hello everyone I have been reading all of your issues with the spine and I think I realize now that man was never meant to open up the spine regardless of the issues just seems to create more pain, the pain that last a life time not just a few months but it helps to be able to talk here. seems our familys no matter how great their intentions will never understand what we deal with on a daily basis.I tell my children no matter what the cost protect your spine like its made of gold!
    I truely believe that we need to educate our young people on back safety our kids are taking jobs with lower paying companys that do not take the time to educate their staff on lifting safety and expect them to do some of the work or 3 men and they do it just to avoid being fired.
    what you do today will cost you a life time of pain.

  141. By cheryl olmos on Aug 26, 2008

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    Hi my name is cheryl and I read what you had done. I to am going to have that done with me in oct of 2008. Can you tell me what to exspect from it all? I hope your doing well and feeling better then before! Please write back! My e-mail is bot341@yahoo.com

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  142. By james_e_gold on Aug 28, 2008

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    Shelly,

  143. By james_e_gold on Aug 28, 2008

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    Shelly,
    Number 1 is get a specialist who understands PAIN. 2 you are not an addict.I had to take pain medication for 15 years.Once the pain stopped so did the pills.
    Good Luck
    James

  144. By Joan on Aug 30, 2008

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    I had L1 to SI fused,it takes time and sometimes is frustrating because you want to
    do things and can’t. I have total flexability
    in all my limbs, I have some pain but slight
    medication takes care of it. I am in physical
    therapy and am getting better all the time. My
    core muscles are weak, otherwise I think I will
    be better in time. I am 71 years old. I try to
    take care of myself in other ways. Such as
    vitamins and exersize, as the Doctor prescribes,water exercise helps a lot.

  145. By Joan on Aug 30, 2008

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    First find a good Doctor, research his history,
    be your own advocate. Educate your self before
    you submit to any surgery.Fortunately mine went
    fine, but it was just dumb luck because the pain Doctor referred me to the right Doctor.

  146. By Joan on Aug 30, 2008

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    I think at your age you need to go to a University or to Mayo Clinic type of hospital,
    where they have newer procedures and can maybe
    help you better.

  147. By Joan on Aug 30, 2008

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    Dear Tim, try taking a stool softner for your
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    your back problems.

  148. By Tonya on Sep 3, 2008

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    Hello everyone,I am 50 years old and had spinal stenoises last year and they did surgery on me and all he, my doctor did was put my disk back into place and covered me back up. I felt good and very young again and had my bladder and bowels functioning normal again and plus I was pain free from severe pain down both of my legs. This surgery was done last november and i was brand new until the last two months and now I am having the same problem, except now I am having a problem holding myself up, I must lay down a lot cause I can’t hold myself up any more for more then 20 minutes. My doctor did a cat scan and right after that test they wanted to do a MRI which I just got done today. I wish I knew what is going on. I am 5’1 and weigh 147 pounds.

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    I am a 66 year old woman who has had spinal stemosis and peripheriphal neuropathy for the past several years. After trying medication and physical therapy with no lasting releif of the pain I had lumbar laminectomy with fusion surgery 7 days ago. After the surgery I noticed releif of the pain down the back of my legs. I had some numbnexx in my right thigh but it seems to be getting better every day. MY doctor thinks it was caused bt my laying on a nerve for the 4 hours during surgery. I came home from the hospital after 3 days and am now recuperating at home. The pain from my surgery is managable and getting easier every day. I’m sure will be much better once I have the staples removed from the incision. I would advise you to have someone help you at home for the first several days. I’m planning to start physical therapy next week and plan to return to work in about a month.

    Keep in touch and let me know how you make out.

  150. By Tanya on Sep 6, 2008

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    I had discectomy at L5/S1. About 2 days after being discharged from the hospital, the incision started to leak spinal fluid. My doctor said that it was caused by an “incidental tear” in the lining of my spinal cord. I had second operation to fix it, and it started leaking again. Has anyone else had this problem? I tried to read all the posts on this site, but the leaking spinal fluid causes horrible headaches and I can’t read for too long.
    My doc says this is common and happens all the time. I’m not buying that!

  151. By stacy on Sep 9, 2008

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    for all of you that suffer from failed back surgeries, chronic unrelenting pain , do some reserach on spinal root nerve stimulation.

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  152. By stacy on Sep 9, 2008

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    for those of you who are suffering from constipation try using miralax , no taste, no cramping. yeha!!!!

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    for those of you in the georgia area , theres a spine clinic in Atlanta . Theres a spine surgeon , Dr. John Heller use to be anyway, Emory Spine Clinic.
    Those of you who may need a orthopedic Theres a Dr. Peter Mehann at emory , use to be anyway. Dr. Alan Lippitt at what use to be Georgia Baptist Hospital.
    Thers a neurosurgeon in Gainesville , Ga,
    Dr. Nabil muhhana
    I have had all of them in my short 30 years. I may not like some of there personalities but there all good surgeons.

  154. By stacy on Sep 9, 2008

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    heather yes there is help for your SI joints, I’ve been where you are at pretty much the same age. There was a doctor at Georgia Baptist Hospital , in Atalnta , GA. His name is Dr. Alan Lippitt , he pionerred a SI surgery of witch I have had on both SI joints, it has helped , that was 1996 and 1998. I don’t know if he is still there , but there is hope, I has a RT SI fusion , And A lt SI fixation. All the Best to You.

  155. By debora on Sep 10, 2008

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    hey all. i wrote a while back and said that i was looking at back surgey. i have a broad hernation at L5-S1 with a pinched nerve. well i went for a 2nd opinion and that orthopedic told me to try and stay away from surgery if i can. not that i won’t have to have surgery some day but for now i am waiting for approval on a procedure called Percutaneous Disc Nucleoplasty. they go into the disc with a small tube and extract a small amount of the disc material in the middle and then the herniated portion can go back in where it should be. i have done a lot of research online about this procedure and things look real good with this. they have had like 80% success so i am more then willing to try it if it saves me from back surgery.

  156. By Robin on Sep 17, 2008

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    I have a question, getting ready to have discectomy, any idea of how long recovery time is?

  157. By Ruben on Sep 20, 2008

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    Hi, I am 42 yrs old and 9 years dealing w / pain but on my last visit to the basketball gym I get hurt and my pain get worse could not walk for a month. After visit the Doc. recuperation has ben satisfactory but I can not do any thing at work or home only 5 minutes of movement the pain will came back and it its very painfull, after an MRI Dr found herniated discs 2 ea and sugest surgery.
    any one have experience on laser surgery as alternative of open back surgery?
    Please reply.

  158. By Ricardo on Sep 26, 2008

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    I’m haveing similar surgery wanted to know if you had side effects such as bowell or kidney, bladder or sexual disfunctions.

  159. By Rachel on Sep 27, 2008

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    HI me too im scar4ed.Im having back surgery too.Im having a Spinal Fusion, and I dont know what will happen.God will help us tho.Peace.

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    hellothis is for shelly, i have had a 2 level spinal fusion 2006 my pain is like no other,i have 3 diseases in my spin and this isnt the last of my so called fun, i feel for you and wish these doctors could get with it when it comes to the pain you really have after, cause i never had to take pain meds just to get out of bed, now they say my hard ware is loosing?
    tired of the false hope and head games they play.
    janine

  161. By Jennifer on Sep 28, 2008

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    Hi Joan,

    I was so relieved to read your post after so many horror stories. I have been dealing with back pain for close to 20 years. I hurt my back working in a grocery store when I was 17. I did all types of physical therapy and epidural shots, well 2 kids and 10 years later, I finally had to have a partial discectomy. Pieces of the disc between the L5 S1 had started to break away and were lying on my spinal cord. The surgery went well and recovery within 3 months. I felt really good. Well it has been almost 10 years since that surgery and at the begining of this year I started to have low back pain. Well everyone who has ever had back pain, knows that after so long, you learn to just tolerate it, that is until it gets to the point that you can’t. I broke down and went to the doctor once the pain started radiating into my legs- burning, stabbing, numbing pain. Now 7 months later after 3 months of physical therapy, medication (which made me completely sick to my stomach- I can not take any type of anti-inflamitory meds)and 2 lubar epidural injections, and a second opinion, I am having anterior/posterior lumbar spinal fusion this Friday Oct. 1. The doc. is in through the front of the stomach and remove the remainder of the disc and then going to put a cage, which is filled with bone metamorphic protein (which is suppose to graft the bones together) and then he will go around into the back and put rods and screws in. I have been having extreme anxiety over this. I will be turning 37 this Nov. and just feel too young to be having this problem. I have a 10 & 12 year old and can’t imagine not be able to do things with them, but the pain now has almost made me physically and mentally exhausted. I pray that the surgery is a sucess and that God’s will shine his grace and mercy on me and my family.

    Thanks for your post.
    Jennifer

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    HOPE!! Post L5-S2 spinal fusion. In 2002 I was a 30 year old female who suffered from spondilolathesis. My L5 had broken which allowed it to slide forward and pinch off my spinal cord. I had months of pain and meds. From April to December I was not sure day to day what would happen. I saw a Doctor in Wichita Kansas @ Kansas Orthopedics. He said surgery was needed. December of 2002 I under went a 6+ hr surgery. My family was informed that my walking was almost not an option. My L5 had been wearing down the left bundle nerve branch. There was truly almost nothing left. My surgery was to only be 4 hrs. They took super care of me during my surgery. I woke up the next morning to my doctor who presented as if nothing was wrong. He ran his normal reaction texts and to his suprise, I had total feeling and movement in both legs. I was fitted with my body brace and followed my restrictions, therapy as well as doctors orders. I was released and had an amazing run. Horseback riding, motorcycle riding, rodeos, swing dancing, you name it, I did it! In April of 2008 I slipped at work. Mind you I was unstoppable. I instantly lost feeling in my right leg and hip arrea. I KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED. I had re-injured my back. Went to the local doctor and was referred back to Dr. Lew. I returned with smiles. They took amazing care of me. I have been diagnosed with a L5-S1 NON UNION & SI joint injury. I am awaiting surgery in less than 20 days. No I am not scared or affraid. I had NO PAIN, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. I could not even tell when the weather was going to change. The number 1 question I was asked when someone found out I had back surgery. Be open and ask all questions. YOU ARE PART OF YOUR OWN SURGERY TEAM. Keep up today on news and ask everything. Be prepaired for the work of healing. I know that I will come out of this with better odds than what they are giving me. Make sure you research your doctors education and surgical experiences. ASK them what problems they see come back. This will tell you what you can ask about in your second opions.
    Good luck to you all! I’ll Walk & So will you….Until then, Keeping the couch tied down!

  163. By JJ on Oct 6, 2008

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    Hey Ron, I just had Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5/s1 in Aug. Don’t plan on getting on the truck for at least 3 months. I’m sitting here on light duty. Surgery went pretty well. I was pretty sore for a couple of weeks and still having some discomfort. Sounds like I got it pretty good, wish everyone had more success. Dr. Sweeny at the Spine Institute in Sarasota Fl. did mine.

  164. By Adela Delgado

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    i want to have surgery on my ears and i jst wangt to know how much will it be.

  165. By Marilyn Larrance on Oct 7, 2008

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    I am scheuled to have lumber spinal fusion surgery for three discs up. The neurosurgeon feels that it will help. I have one leg numb from the knee down all the way to my foot and and other leg is starting to get numb. I can’t walk very far without alot of pain and weakness. I can’t stand for long periods of time. I do ok if I have a shopping cart to hang on to. I am on pain pills 6 times a day and am having problems sleeping for more than 5 or so hours. After reading all your comments I am wondering if the fusion will help or if I will be worse off after the surgery. I have a doctor that I like and feel confidence in. He is supposed to be the best around. Don’t know if this fusion is the right thing to do. Would like any comments.

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    im haveing an infuion done i need info cause im scared

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    face it hes having afair

  168. By debbie on Oct 7, 2008

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    I am having the spinal fusion surgery. Can anyone comment what the surgery and recovery was like?

  169. By nick on Oct 8, 2008

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    hi everyone…

    im a 22 year old male.. i hurt my back.. belive its a l5-s1 heriation. im curently going to a pain management doctor. ive had PT on on oxycontin and percocett, and ive had 3 epidurals this year. now my doctor says theres nothing else she can do, and im going in for a conseltation with a spinal surgeon. im not sure what hes going to say. im in alot of pain and have been for over a year…what surgury if any would be the best? or should i just learn to deal?…

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    I had anterior-posterior spinal fusion at L5-S1 in April 05. I have a cage and screws in my spine. I had the surgery not only because of back pain but horrible leg pain. My surgeon warned me that my back was not going to be completely healed but that the leg pain would be gone. I take 1 Vicodin 7.5 two times a day and I can function but I have to choose when to have the worst pain throughout the day. About 6 months ago, I started having leg pain. My doctor put me on anti-inflammatory meds (numerous kinds) to try to treat this, but nothing has helped and it has actually become unbearable in the last couple weeks. I saw my doctor last Tuesday to have my IUD out and she ordered an MRI for my back. I am waiting for authorization. I called the office the next day because I can barely get through the day and no one will call me back. I called 3 days in a row to speak to the doctor and nothing. Finally I got in touch with the nurse and she said my doc said to go to the ER if I am in that much pain. I felt like she was being flip at first, then I thought maybe she hoped they would do the MRI on an emergent basis. I am now stuck with a ER co pay and they put me on Prenisone and Percoset 5/325? which seems like the same strength as the Vicodin. So I am finally getting the MRi tomorrow, but I feel like I have been getting shabby care because I am in pain..

  171. By Anita C. on Oct 10, 2008

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    Hi Shelley, I had surgery in 1995 because of having herniated disks at L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1. The doctor removed the herniation at L3/L4 and removed the disks and fused L4 thru S1 and used Rogo Rods to stabilize the area until the fusion took. Unfortunately, about 4 days after surgery, it became apparent that I had developed an infection at the site of surgery. When I got home, my legs went through the same pattern of pain as yours did. One day, maybe for about 4 hours, my right legs would have the most excrutating pain that I could have ever imagined. Then all of a sudden my right legs pain would let up some and my left leg would do as the right had just done. Well, long story short, the doctor, I suppose, did not want me to know what was going on (for fear of a lawsuit), so he had me going to a pain specialist friend of his and at about 1 year and 10 months (the statue of limitations on a medical malpractice in GA is 2 years), the pain specialist released me and told me to find another pain specialist (I had still not gotten my Social Security Disability and was having a terrible time paying the extremely high bills).

    After finding another doctor to manage my pain, within about 1 hour, while he was still reading the reports, he advised me that I had what was known as Chronic Adhesive Arachnoiditis and that it was irreversable. What he told me was that because of the infection, the body attempting to defend the area,set up scar tissue and my nerves inside my spinal cord were wrapped in it and they were glued to the inside of my spinal cord. Since scar tissue is not even by no means, several of the nerves were pinched off, causing chronic intractable pain. I had a spinal cord neurostimulator implanted to divert the pain signal from reaching the brain. This finally, along with Morphine Sulfate IR 30 mgs 3xdaily, Percocet 10/325 3xdaily and a slew of other meds, diverted around 40% of the pain and the meds helped, some, with the rest of the pain.

    Just when you think it is safe to try to lead a normal life, here we go again! About 1 1/2 years ago I began to have horrible pain, like I had had prior to herniating my disks. I had already known that I had degenerative disk disease, but things had gone fairly well for 8 years. Well, what had happened is that 2 of my disks L2/L3 and L3/L4 had become so thin that the nerve roots on both sides of the spinal cord were entrapped and pinched off by the vertebrae (at 2 levels).

    Consequently, I just had another surgery on July 16th. I feel much better this time around than last, however I still have pain in my lower back and down my right leg to my ankle that is horrible.

    If you have the reports from the MRI’s or CT’s that you have taken in the time after your surgery, check it and see if it mentions Arachnoiditis. If it does, that basically equates to permanent nerve damage.

    If you would like to contact me, should you have any questions, or just want a empathetic ear, you can reach me at acolletta3155@comcast.net

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  172. By Dan Crocker

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    I had a laminectomy/discectomy @ L4/L5 & L5/S1 four years ago and have been pain free since. I truly believe that the success or failure of this surgery is 95% due to choice of surgeon. If you consider your neurosurgeon top notch, than I think your pain is in good hands! I now have a severe bulge @ L3 and in need of a trip to Germany for the latest in disc replacement. Once you have been diagnosed with severe DDD, I don’t think it ever ends; you just continue to do whatever is necessary to maintain a quality of life ! Keep an upper lip !!

  173. By JoLynn on Oct 13, 2008

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    Hello everyone my name is JoLynn Im a RN who ruptured cervical dis c5/c6 3yrs ago. was advised by nuro surgeon i had to have surgery had laminectomy with fusion and bone graft rupture was large protruding into spinal cord i could not turn my neck from side to side or lift my left arm over my head. Was told if i ever wanted to work as a nurse again i had to have surgery i did not researh alot about it before surgery was told by surgeon i would return to work 6 to 8 weeks post op i was out 6 months and only went back to work because i was fixing to lose my health insurance i worked at a hopital did not stay long unable to do job due to the burning pain in left shoulder and continued neck pain went through it all just as i have read so many do cervical spine epiderals injections in to the left shoulder i feel like a drug addict i refuse to take anything stronger than lorcet because i can take that and soma by the way a very good muscle relaxer the only that works for me but i dont take these as needed which is the way they are ordered i usually take it more than the four times a day it is ordered for making me run out before time for refills then i suffer so bad with that shoulder i was told by a md for pain management that i had post laminectomy syndrome which is scar tissue formed on the nerve endings six months post op i am 39 years old and refuse to let this beat me or affect me being able to do the job that i love i now am in home health alot less stressful that standing on my feet for 12 hours a day. my only concern is that taking meds as i do i wont have a liver after a few years but no way can i work without the med at all when i run out which has been alot lately with no refills called in on time by medical dr changing md this week i also read of course after my surgery that the risk for rupturing disc above and below fusion site is very great within ten years post op due to pressure placed on those disc does anyone know if this is true and if anyone has any advise for pain management that i can use and work other than lorect please tell me i am so tired of taking meds but more than that i am tired of hurting most doctors no matter what they say to your face think you are drug seeking and not hurting like u say. i was taught in nursing school that pain was so undertreated due to that fact and there is no way to assess patients pain level and you are to treat the pain as patient describes. i was an er nurse for years and had nothing stronger than tylenol pm in my medicine cabinet when someone came in to the er complaining of chronic back pain and started off saying dont give me this this and this i need whatever pt requested i thought yes they are drug seeking well now that i am there i realize they were right all i want is not to hurt and be able to continue to do my job that i love so much

  174. By Renee on Oct 14, 2008

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    Eeek! I am 33 and feel like you. I met my doctor today and he told me I’m young. I said yes, too young to feel like an 80 year old woman. I’ve had back pain since I was in 6th grade. I can’t run, hike, ride a bike, roller blade…I can’t bend over the bathroom sink or play on the floor with my nephews without extreme pain. Even yoga hurts. There’s more that i don’t even realize because I’m so used to it. My doctor is recommending an Anterior, posterior lumbar (L4-S1) laminectomy and interbody fusion. He said it will reduce 86% of the pain. Is this what anybody else has had done? The medical jargon used in these comments confuses me. Why are some back surgeries successful and some aren’t? What questions should I ask my doctor? Before this message board I thought scarring would be my biggest concern. Please help! I am at the beginning of my research, but am skeptical of information on the web because so much of it is slanted.

  175. By Renee on Oct 14, 2008

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    Jennifer, this is exactly what I am supposed to have. Please follow up and let me know how it goes. You’re in my thoughts and prayers in the meantime.

    Renee

  176. By John on Oct 20, 2008

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    44 y/o male here (John)
    I had an ALIF – Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion at L5/S1 on Oct. 07, 2008. I knew when I woke up in recovery that it worked because the pain and numbness in my left leg was gone – of course the pain in my stomach was a whole different experience.

    In 2001 I had a micro-discectomy in the same location that was mostly successful but fell have degenerative disc disease and finally the L5/S1 disc herniated. My lower back, left hip and left leg was complete agony.

    I am now at 11 days post op and have recovered enough that I am walking without support (you get a walker at discharge) I go back for a checkup in a few more weeks but so far do not regret the surgery AT ALL.

    My orthopedic surgeon (I live in Atlanta GA) used a Synfix Cage with Bone Morphogenetic Protein (instead of a metal cage with bone grafts)
    the only metal (four screws) is titanium so it will not interfere with future MRI’s

    I have a 6 month restriction for bending or twisting and a 10 lb weight limit until he clears me otherwise.

    I have had a bit of residual numbness in my left thigh and calf and a little pain/tenderness in my lower back that for now we all presume is related to the actual sugical procedure. Obviously, nothing is guarenteed but the odds were in my favor and the pain in my leg was so bad I was basically confined to the bed for the three weeks leading up to my surgery. I didn’t have to much of a choice and no matter how many narctotics I took, the pain was always there. I feel so much better now.

    Would I do this again? YES.
    Worst thing post-op was the abdominal pain
    I have about a 3 inch incision below my navel (nothing a smart one piece can’t hide if you are that concerned about a scar.)

    The abdomen pain was MOSTLY gone after about 4 or 5 days and was (relatively) manageable with percocet.

    Hope this helps.

  177. By june on Oct 20, 2008

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    I Am Having a Spinal Fusin next week someone tell me just how bad it is…I have a bulging disk on a nerve

  178. By cindy on Oct 22, 2008

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    My husband had old steel rods removed on 9/2/08 and from the recovery room felt allot of pressure and distention in his abdomin and his right leg is completely numb from the hip to the toes; after about a 15 minute walk seems to weaken. It continues still getting bigger and harder and actually looks 7 months pregnant; including muscle contractions-it is quite odd but getting worse by the day. He has no control of the stomach muscles and is in such pain, had CT scans and x-rays and nothing shows up. His stomach is hard as a rock and now is affecting his breathing and unable to sit straight up. It almost is as if his his entore abdomin area is pushing itself up under his diaphragm. He has seen Gastro, Neuro, and general surgeon and they can’t come up with anything. His Dr is wanting to have him get an MRI of the brain thinking it could be a brain aneurism – am I scared??? YOU BETCHA! Dr’s are stumped..Can anyone help me here?

  179. By Bob White on Oct 25, 2008

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    How did your L5-S1 fusion go? Are you feeling better?

  180. By robin on Oct 25, 2008

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    i had 3 level surgery and very slow to recover, seems like nothing is meshing back together, hang in there and keep praying, robin

  181. By Eric on Nov 1, 2008

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    I too had spondylolysthesis which was explained to me is a slipped disk due to stress fracturing of the facet bones and resulting misalighnment of the spine. The doctor suggested that this probably occurrred when I was much younger and is now causing a problem. In my case it effected only the L5-S1 Joint and an offset of about 30%. I had the surgery to fuse the back and the pain was gone. This was about a year ago at age 54 in Dec 07. I’m just trying to understand how to effectively exercize these muscles and the core muscles to reduce the nuisance pain experienced periodically down my legs to my toes. While this pain does occur I find that stretching and hugging the knees to my chest are effective in alleviating this problem. Now I am having pains at the surgical site that appear to be involved with the muscles that were pulled apart in the surgical procedure. It appears to me that the nerves are starting to grow back into this areas and result in some cramping due to confused signals. putting warm compress on the areas helps to calm it down. None of the pains I currently have are anywhere near what I had before the surgery.
    The only really annoying thing that has been an issue since the surgery is that sex better be fast because I may get an erection but it just doesn’t last and the medications offered are not very effective. I mean I’m 55 and sex isn’t quite as important as it once was, but I’m not dead. I also have a problem with leakage of urine in that when I get the signal from my bladder I need to head for the restroom right now. I’m hoping that definition of a better set of exercises may help. I can walk miles with no issues, but sitting bothers me also. I can sleep on my left or right side but not flat on my stomach or back.

  182. By tracey on Nov 2, 2008

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    dont do it you will be sorry.

  183. By Karen

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    Hi everyone,

    I had back surgery on August 13,2008. They did a posterior and anterior surgery with fusion at L1 and cages and screws at L4 and L5.
    My question is does anyone out there feel like
    they can feel that there is metal in there back. I t feels weird more than painful, and does it go away in time?

  184. By dan

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    I had surgery c5 c6 c7. Fusion and a titanium plate 4 screws. Before the surgery my stmptoms were pain and numbness in my left arm. After surgery was done about 3 or 4 day later I had zero feeling in my left shoulder. Through my own reasearch I found that the Axillary nerve runs out of c5 and controls this area of the shoulder. With this said it has been almost 2 months since surgery. The doctor gave me some lame reason that it may be how I sleep. I have been sleeping the same way for 43 years and I don’t think that is the cause. I recently had a shoulder MRI becaus when I mentoined I had a rotator tear fro years ago he then said that was the reason. I met with the ortho and he did say I do have a small tear but that would 100% not cause my symptoms. He said it was done during my surgery. this is gettign worse not better and starting to inpact my entire upper torso as well as my legs gettign very weird sensations. Does anyone know if this will go away or is this a permanent issue? Am I foolish to seek an attorney for my problem?

  185. By dan

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    CORRECTION my symptoms are in my right shoulder not the left. Before surgey my right shoulder was fine.

  186. By Keith K on Nov 10, 2008

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    I have had 2 microdiscectomy on same L5 in my lower back. I am still having problems, went to dr today and there are 2 options. Have shots and therepy which didnt help the first time or have a fusion. What do I do im 28 years old.

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  188. By COONCATCHER on Nov 14, 2008

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    I am due to have back surgery on 11/03 of this year. I was injured on the job 01/05 of this year and have been working with different doctors. I have had mri, discogram, ct, lvm, and 2 rounds of steroid shots. The shots did help, but did not last over 3 weeks each time. I have been taking loritab for pain. I continue to have lower back pain, numbness, pins and needles in right leg. The surgeon says that I have a nerve in S1 that is pinched. He says he can go into back and trim off part of bone and will give nerve room to breathe. I am wondering 1.)what type of success this type of surgery has 2.)how long will it be before I can return to work 3.)Will I have any residual problems. Thank you for the input and thank God for today!

  189. By Nancy Glenn on Nov 14, 2008

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    I am scheduled for spinal fusion L5S1 after 17 yrs of pain. I get around good, can out walk most people, tend my garden, etc. but pain is constant and I have 2 vertebra that slide, or so my surgeon says. I will be in a brace for 3 mts after surgery. Am not afraid of the surgery but am afraid I will be worse after surgery. Any suggestions? Have excellent neurosurgeon.

  190. By wanda

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    I am a 49 year old female, had back surgery on 7/7/08 bone graft cages rods and screws. My pain is worse now than before the surgery. My lower back hurts all the time and my hips hurt so bad that I hardly sleep at all. My dr. says the mri looks good so I shouldn’t be in pain. He will not give me anything for this pain. It is horrible 2x what is was before. I wish I know what I could do I just want to be pain free. I have had physical therapy that was painful too. I havent worked since 4/23/08, I would like to go back to work but I can only stand for short periods of time (15 or 20 min)

  191. By John on Nov 17, 2008

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    radiofrequency is a waste- trust me about that

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  192. By inpain on Nov 17, 2008

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    Don’t do it. You will regit for the rest of your life. I have had a fusion, then a redo, took out the rods and screws, and I am in more pain then I was before. The longer, the more pain. DO NOT GET SURGERY UNDER ANY SURCUMSTANCE. Everyone I know has had several surgeries, 1 broke the 1 OF the screws, and nothing can be done for him. No matter how good the Dr, there is a better chance of more pain then less pain. look at all the posts of people having problems!!!!

  193. By kathy on Nov 18, 2008

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    i had a microdiskectomy terrible pain in my leg and lower back after surgery is that normal

  194. By kathy on Nov 18, 2008

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    burning and sharp pain lower back left leg after surgery

  195. By Robin

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    48 years old and need decompression and fusion from L1 to S1… lots of levels. Scared to death and looking for other options. Have DDD and bulges at all levels. Not new, have had trouble for at least 12 years. Any input from multi-level fusion? Also have thoracic scoliosis that could worsen from “straightening” lower back.

  196. By Cheri on Nov 22, 2008

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    I’m 40 yrs old and I have ALOT of pain running down my neck through to my lower back, my right leg goes numb all the way down to my toes when i sit, walk,stand or lay down. It’s like my leg and foot goes to sleep and i can’t feel it except for this servere pain that run down it.I did therapy for 6 month but it didn’t help, I did the heating pads and meds nothing is working. If you have any ideals on what could be going on please let me know.
    Thank You

  197. By Diane McCann on Nov 25, 2008

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    I am very interested in the outcome of your June 08 surgery in the C5-6 region as I am considering the same on or about December 14 of this year. The procedure is referred to as an Anterior Cervical Diskectomy with Fusion and an Illiac Crest Bone Graft.

    I am considering any alternatives and am very reticent to have any spinal surgery, having seen what happened to my father, which was a nightmare. Nevertheless, I want it resolved to regain some normalcy to my life.

    How do you check on the surgeon’s track record?
    You mentioned you had a good one now… Still feel that way? If so, who is he and where is he? Any information would be deeply appreciated.

    Diane
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  198. By Dan R.

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    I am a 34 years old and have just decided to have surgery on a bulging disc of the L5-S1 on Dec 9, 2008. I am curious about recovery time, length of hospital stay, and if I will be required to stay in a rehab facility. I live with my girlfriend who is half my size. I am 6’6″ and 235#. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks

  199. By s.turner

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    how do i find out how much back sergury cost?

  200. By willie on Dec 2, 2008

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    HELLO MY FRIEND I HAVE DONE THE SURGERY BY DOCTOR GLENN TAYLOR IS THE BEST DOCTOR I EVER
    SEE MY BACK WEN’T TO 90% NO LEGS PAIN NO TINGLIN SOMETIME LITTLE BE OF PAIN BUT IS OK
    THE COST OF THE SURGERY WAS OROUND 80,000 DOLLAR

  201. By larry on Dec 7, 2008

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    i fell off roof had burst fracture in l4 and l5 and had surgery if i had a choice they would have never ever touched my back i have had 3 surgerys and i hurt all teh time i dont like pills couse i have 2 baby girls i watch and i like being able to no wat there up too

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    Has anyone heard of or been to the Laser Institue of Tampa? Their program sounds fantastic and seems cost effective. In and out in 5 days. They treat the symptom area and alleviate the pain with minimal intrusion to the body so much quicker recovery. Anyone have any experience with them? If so, your comments and what you had done would be appreciated. Contemplating surgery Jan of ’09 so need a quick response. Thanks.

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    After 2 long years,three cervical spine surgeries 4-5 5-6 6-7 and application of a spinal stimulator I finally have relief after surgeries. Then I found out I had herniation at L2-3 L3-4, and a scoliosis at L1-2 (which is too twisted to repair.I have waited over 2 years and done a ton of paperwork and tried many spine surgeons and pain medicine Drs.
    I am now home in my brace recovering from the lower back surgery.I remain very sore and in pain and have not worked in years. I applied for social security, was turned down the first time, but my appeal was quick and I was approved. At 45 I’ll never do my job again (Standing bent over assisting in surgery.) The income helps me feel less of a useless member of society. My husband has stuck by in everything.I had 25 years in the same occupation and miss it desperately,I highly recommend you find a great lawyer, it’s worth the wait…in the end you ‘ll get approved. I was also fired from 2 jobs due to the fact I couldnt perform all my duties. I get a nice check each month plus medicare part a at no cause and would pay a nominal fee of 90 dollars if I want medicare part b, but my husband has excellent health insurance. The whole process is a pain…I have lost all my quality of life since the past 15 years, I just pray it continues. Good luck!Hope this helped

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    I had my sergry in sept of 2006 now 2008 and I just got worst my legs hurts more I am in pills all the time caues the pain its just so bad I cant feel my left foot any more and my right leg tingles some times when I walk sometimes my legs give out also when its cool I can stand the pain it get so bad that I even cry I think I will ever be the same ever…..

  205. By Stan on Dec 27, 2008

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    I just had my last back surgery L5 S1 reemoved two discs. Woke up from surgery in SCREAMING pain. Each day the pain got better, but five days after the surgery my RIGHT leg from the knee to the toes is numb and my foot is stuck in an “up” position. All my back surgeries were for my left side. My numbness is on my right. Ive seen dr after dr and all of them tell me there is nothing that can be done. I have nerve damage which has been confirmed y numerous tests. WHAT DO I DO?

  206. By steve b on Dec 28, 2008

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    Pardon me please: Did you hear from anyone who had a fusion reversal? Like you, I would like to have mine reversed. I am in more pain now then before L3& L4 fusion w/screws/rods plus I have drop-foot on my left and numbness the length of my left leg. If you would plese send me any infomation about fusion reversal.
    Regards,
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  207. By steve on Dec 28, 2008

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    does anyone have ringing of the ears from any of the drugs they are taking while recovering from fusion surgery?. The first 3 months of recovery, all meds seemed to help some, but around the forth month my ears started to ring and now they ring very loud. I stopped taking different meds at different times to try and find a cause but no-luck yet. Maybe someone out there has a clue.. Of course the Drs. say its the meds and percribe a different drug and I try it but the ringing is still there. Hurting is one thing but constant ringing is a tough one to beat.. any help,, Thanx

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    Hi, Does anyone have ringing of the ears from any of the drugs they are taking while recovering from fusion surgery?. The first 3 months of my recovery, all meds seemed to help some, but around the forth month my ears started to ring and now they ring very loud. I stopped taking different meds at different times to try and find a cause but no-luck yet. Maybe someone out there has a clue.. Of- course the Drs. say its the meds and percribe a different drug and I try it but the ringing is still there. Hurting is one thing but constant ringing is a tough one to beat.. any help,, Thanx

  209. By Teresa on Dec 30, 2008

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    I am 35 yrs old and had a spinal fusion of L4-L5, L5-S1 for spondolythesis done on Dec 1, 2008.I have been having a burning sensation down my legs that is severe at night and anytime I am up for more than an hr at a time. I just finished a round of Steroids that was prescribed because the doctor stated it was the nerves swelling, but it did not help. Is this something that anyone has experienced and if so does it go away or am I doing something wrong? I know it has only been 4 weeks since surgery, but I did not have any pain in my legs prior to surgery so this worries me.

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    Hello???? Has anyone heard of the Laser Spinal Institute in Tampa? With all the pain I’m reading about… why hasn’t anyone tried this minimal invasive procedure?

  211. By Anita on Dec 31, 2008

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    Your Doctor probably said it is up to you because back surgery is an elective surgery. It is not a matter of life or death, although I can imagine that your pain probably feels that way.

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  212. By Angela on Jan 2, 2009

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    Hello. My husband is having Lumbar Fusion surgery next week. He is 29 years old. He hides his pain pretty well. The doctor says he has got to have surgery now or he is going to be paralyzed. I thought this was the kind of surgery you had when it was your last hope not something you just jump on. Anybody have any advice. Is this for real or is this neurosurgeon wanting to make some major dinero. We also have two small children.HELP!!!

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    Angela, if you’re not sure if he really needs it or not you should get a second opinion especially if you think the doctor just wants to do it for the money.

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    WHO EVER ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT THE LAMINECTOMY I WOULD LIKE TO REPLY. I HAD A LAMINECTOMY 8 YRS AGO AND WAS NEARLY 100% PAIN FREE UNTILL INJURING ANOTHER DISC IN MY BACK . IF THE LAMINECTOMY IS DONE BY AN EXPERIENCED SURGON IT CAN BRING A GREAT DEAL OF RELIEFE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I JUST MAKE THE SUGGESTION TO TAKE IT EASY I LIVED A LIFE OF POWERLIFTING DIRT BIKE RIDING AND EVERYTHING PHYSICAL FOR 8 YRS AFTER SURGERY. THE ONLY THING I REGRET IS THAT I DIDNT RESPECT MY BACK MORE AND JUST PARTICIPATE IN HOBBIES THAT WERENT SO STRESSING ON THE LOWER BACK. ERIC

  215. By eric on Jan 3, 2009

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    I HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING DISC REPLACEMT SURGERY IN GERMANY. THE RESULTS ARE MUCH BETTER THAN FUSION WHEN COMPARED IN STUDIES. I WILL MOST LIKELY BE SELLING MY HOME TO PAY FOR SURGERY SINCE IT WAS ONLY APPROVED IN THE “US” A FEW YEARS AGO (BUT HAS BEEN PERFORMED IN GERMANY FOR OVER 20+YEARS!!!) MANY INSURANCE COMPANIES DONT COVER IT. LOOK AT STENUM HOSPITAL ON LINE

  216. By phyllis on Jan 3, 2009

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    I’m 80 years old with degenerative discs. Tried An Epidural that didn’t do anything & scheduled for another one next week. They’re hoping it will do something but I’m not counting on it.
    Taking hydrocodone 7.5 3x per day which helps for a bit but does it affect the liver? I live in S.F. and hoping to see a Dr. Hu. She is supposed to be a leading spine surgeon.I live along and it’s getting quite difficult. Read about the Tampa facility and may try it if nothing local helps.Any suggestions? plsobserver7@aol.com

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  217. By phyllis on Jan 3, 2009

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    Any suggestions for an 80 yr. old female with degenerative discs for 6 months or so? Reading all the discouraging stories from others is depressing. Have tried an Epidural so far…to no effect. Still attempt occasionally to go-and-do with a cane but it’s getting progressively more difficult. Living on Hydrocodone 7, 3 or 4x daily and fearful of liver (or other) damage. Going back to UCSF next week for follow up appointment. Meds cause constipation. Ideas? plsobserver7@aol.com

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  218. By Kelsey on Jan 6, 2009

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    I am 24 years old. I just learned yesterday that my specialist suggests that I have surgery for degenerated and herniated disks at L3, L4, and L5. Plus I have spinal stenosis and arthritis. I know, I have the back of someone at least double if not triple my age. My mother says that I should look at IDD Therapy (www.iddtherapy.com). It seems like it’s along the lines of decompression therapy. Has anyone ever heard of this IDD therapy? Has anyone tried it? I really would like to avoid surgery, but I really am unable to do any activities. I go to work (office job), and come home. And that’s all I can do. I have crippling pain in my hip that radiates down my leg. And horrendous lower back pain. Any other alternatives to surgery for someone at a young age?

  219. By Stan on Jan 6, 2009

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    Kelsey,

    Im a 33 year old male who went through two seperate sessions of IDD treatment. I felt great each day when I finished my treatment, but it oly lasted for a couple hours until the discs compressed again. Most insurance companies won’t cover the treatment. I since have had three back surgeries and on my last surgery my surgeon cut a nerve so now I have lost all feeling from my knee down and my foot is in a locked position. I no longer can drive and can only walk with a walker or cane. Please be very selective on which surgeon you choose if you indeed need surgery. Im like you I am 33 and feel like I am 80 years old. Think positive and I wish you the best of luck.

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  220. By Linda on Jan 10, 2009

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    My third time asking… Has ANYONE heard of the Spinal Laser Institute of Tampa? Any experience? They seem to have a wonderful program and great success rates. I figured someone would have tried them out. With all the pain and bad luck everyone I’ve read about has had, I figured the Spinal Laser Institute would have been on someone’s list to try. I’m thinking of going, but would like to see if anyone else has had good results. They’re program sounds EXCELLENT and worth trying! Up and walking without pain and normal again IN JUST 5 DAYS!

  221. By Paula Humphrey on Jan 17, 2009

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    get in touch with the laser spine institute in Tampa fl. I am currently in contact with them for my back pain. Just type in laser spine institute and it will come up.

  222. By Leslie on Jan 18, 2009

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    I know the feeling I am 31 and just had my second L4-5 surgery. i know how you feel not being able to do stuff and going places from the pain,people dont understand. i am glad i had my secound surgery i feel 100% better no pain down the leg no more meds. It is hard to recovery but well worth it.

  223. By LAMAX on Jan 19, 2009

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    Larry
    I understand what you say about if you knew then what you now now, i had a l4 to l5 fusion with rods and screws back in oct.2008 here it is the middle of jan.2009 i havent been painless since i fell and broke my back.
    To top everything off ive been doing p/t for just over a month now and its killin me i see the dr. agin this week , he doesnt answer my questions or tell me anything ive just found out that per him im fine to work light duty as of dec hell i didnt know that but its a lie id love to trade backs with him..
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  224. By Chardell

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    Hello Teri
    I read your comment on this site and my husband is going through the same symptoms that you have had. Did you do the surgery, and what was the out come?

  225. By Vanessa Jones on Jan 20, 2009

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    I Have Had It Done In May Of 2008 And I Have Just As Much Pain Or More Since The Surgery. Hope You Don’t Experience The Same Pain!! Wish You Much Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!

  226. By Kim on Jan 22, 2009

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    I have had surgery on the L4/L5 in July 2008 in which the disc were fused back. I am still have stiffness and tingling in the legs. With a burning sensation pain associated with the surgery(around cut)

  227. By Dee on Jan 27, 2009

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    (If you do not have health insurance)
    I had L4-L5 bone caged fusion 12/08. Went better than a lot of people here. Pain gone, walking straight, life almost normal. Doing PT. I went to local medical college and applied for charity care through them. So far my hospital, Dr., follow up, home care, and anything in between except for meds is paid for. I have a co pay of $10 for Dr. $40 for surgery, $50 for hospital, and I was there for 10 days. (developed surface infection and had to stay longer and home care).
    That bill so far as passed $80,000.00. Check on Charity Foundations through the hospitals too. They won’t tell you this you have to ask specifically for Charity Foundation Paperwork. Good luck.

  228. By Nanette on Jan 30, 2009

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    Dear Alysum,
    I too have been suffering for a year and a half, my pain was so bad going from my buttocks to my leg and foot, with escruciating pain when I would go to bed, lying on my back is impossible. I am finally going to have surgery because I too, have no life, but , what has helped me is my neurologist, she put me on nerve medicine, called neurontin, it takes alot of the pain away, not a narcotic. I was so bad I couldnt even walk, my gait was so bad, my surgery will done by a neuro-surgeon, I think they are better than spine surgeons, I am scared but I can’t imagine living my life like I am., so I am just praying all goes well, good luck to you, and go see aneurologist. they will do the nerve tests on you and hopefully give you nerve medicine.
    good luck, and god bless,
    Nanette

  229. By John on Feb 1, 2009

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    Dee,
    What procude was done on you, the details. Most people on this site were saying that there pain is worse after the back surgery, but you say you are doing good. What exactly was done to you.
    I am getting information for my dad who is in his late fifties and hesitant about surgery to repair stenosis because he thinks the specialist may leave him worse off. They want to insert some type of plastics or something in 5 of his vertebrea that have degenerated and pinching his spinal nerve due to swelling and degeneration. He has had numbness, tingleing and lose of sensation in his arm and hand. Any comments anyone.

  230. By Terry F on Feb 6, 2009

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    I dont know how to explain this but I had back surgery on L5 S1 now I have just a little tinging in my left. but the worst is that when I do try to work after an hour or so it seems like my bottom half cant suport the top half. I try to lean back to releave the pressure but have to lay flat on the for some relief the meds dont offer no relief. surgery was on 11/24/08.

  231. By Brenda on Feb 7, 2009

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    I am also having pain in butt, hips and right leg. My surgeon says I have problem in L4 & l5 and three pinched nerves. I have done injections, theraphy, chiropratic and the pain is still there. I also had surgery 5 years ago on L3 & L4, I did pretty good until this last year. I am really nervous about having this surgery. I have a great nero surgeon and I do trust him, but I am still scared. Any suggestion.

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  232. By Lacey on Feb 8, 2009

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    I had a Gill laminectomy of L5 and bilateral posterolateral fusion at L4-5-S1 in december of 1998. I WAS ELEVEN! I now experience an extreme amount of pain in my lower back. I have problems with my right leg such as numbness tingling and sharp shooting pain down the entire back of my leg. Every doctor I’ve seen in the last 6 months has no idea what they’re lookin at when they look at my ex rays and MRIs. THERE IS NO FUSION!! A fusion doesn’t just disappear? Does any one see why I think I should look into a lawsuit here?!

  233. By SUZY on Feb 9, 2009

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    I HAD LOWER BACK SURGERY ON 2006,ON L1-L5..EVREYTHING WENT WELL I COULD WALK,BUT CANT DO WHAT I USED TO DO. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM NOW IS THAT IM PREGNANT AND IM AFRAID THAT THERES GONNA BE COMPLICATIONS!IF THEY CANT INSERT THE EPIDURAL WHAT WILL THEY DOO. COULD I HAVE MY BABY ON NATURAL LABOR??

  234. By Lacey on Feb 9, 2009

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    I had a planned c section for my delivery. The doctor said that the labor could cause some damage to my fusion-that isn’t even there-and it went great the epidural went fine and my baby was 7 pounds even, healthy and happy.

  235. By Sue on Feb 12, 2009

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    Hi. I have spondylolistheis in my lower back, S4,S5,S6. I had laminectomies at the same levels in 2001, which left me with severe numbness in both legs and feet. There was no fusion at that time. I just had cervical spine surgery, and in about 6 weeks my neurosurgeon wants to do decompression and fusion with steel rods and screws. He said he would “crank” my spinal column into alignment, but might not be able to fix it 100%.The dislocation of my lower back is so bad (it is shifted out about 50%) that doctors tell me they are amazed I can walk. I can, but only if I take Ultram every 6 hours. I am 67 years old and have a lot of medical issues other than my back. To tell the truth, I am afraid to have this surgery, but also afraid to not have it. I am wondering how long it will take. Guess shold ask the doc that. Your input would be appreciated, especially if you have had this surgery.

  236. By Hunter Lange on Feb 12, 2009

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    I am 19 and I have been dealing with Horrible leg and lower back pain since october of 2007. I was injured in football and no surgeon would do surgery on me. I have shooting leg pain every time i walk in my left leg, and both legs are numb from the below the knee and down. My lumbar portion of my spine is no longer curved but straight. I have been through three doctors and two specialists. I finaly was told by my new doctor that I would need to have neurosurgery before I lose the use of my legs because of increased weakness and pain. I was told that The surgery is only intended to stop me from losing what little use of my legs I have left. The Pain might not be taken away from this is what I was told. I am very nervous about getting this surgery done because of the fact I am so young and will most likely need another. The problem is in my L4/L5. I have spasms all up my back and down my legs. If anyone can help my better understand how the physical therapy will go and the actual odds of me making a full recovery are that would be greatly appreciated.

  237. By Sheri

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    Have you had the surgery yet? I did have fusion on my L5 S1 about 4 years ago. Unfortuneately I had 4 discs in a row that was bad but they only wanted to do the one that was proved to be causing all the pain at the time hoping the others wouldn’t deteriorate but they have. I did have six months of such low pain I was able to exercise, walk to and do things I hadn’t for 10 years. It was great while it lasted. It was a front/back fusion which in my research they said caused less complications. I hope things go well for you. I know exactly how you feel as it started for me in my low 30′s I’m now 45 and feel 90.

  238. By heart4c on Feb 14, 2009

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    i need to have spine fusion surgey on my lower back i think its L4,L5 as well as 2discs n my neck the lower disc is leakin the dr told me and my insurance wont pay 4 the procedure I need answers and HELP

    Im N Pain all the time

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    I have DDD of the spine n 1980 i was n a house fire/ jumped laned on my tailbone n a stoop position jarred all my nerves and whip lash my spine my neck has no curve its straight as a board dr says your neck is suppose to curve c shaped u probably alredy know this im a
    just wantin to get some help on this surgery I hope your husband gets better ill pray 4 u all Thank u 4 readin this comment

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    Hi,
    Lange
    I have Read your problem of Leg Pain. [ I have the same problem but now on recovery path ] It looks it is a disc Slip. when Disc moves out from its position it starts pinching the blood vessels. blood does not flow 100% to the leg. and leg start Paining.
    Before you go for surgery, I think you do HOT – MASSAGE THERAPY. It is a Bed with Hot roller, moving from Neck to feet. You got to lie down on bed for 40 minutes in a day. five times in a week. it may take four months to recover. If you think so you can call 888 – 660 – 5948 or visit web site http://www.migun.com

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  242. By Andrew K on Feb 14, 2009

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    Had an epidural steriod injection in the L5 disc. They had a very hard time getting it in the right spot in the back. Was informed they had stuck the needle in my back 6 different spots trying to obtain the correct spot to place. As a result they had hit my spinal cord causing a leak or spinal fluid. Without realizing it and ignoring complaints of my symptoms they sent me home. Three long days later after dealing with some severe pain i woke up not being able feel or move my right side of the body. Went to emergency room for treatment. After all this it has been down hill since then. I have worse pain in the disc being treated. And i have a serious vision problem resulting in having double vision and having special glasses made to see straight again and having severe muscle spasmns all over my body from waist to base of skull and numbness in both arms and loss of strength in hands. Local doctors are stumped with this situation and dont no what to do. Anyone ever had similar problems or no what is going on with me. Thanks any information would be greatly appreciated.

  243. By Judy on Feb 16, 2009

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    I had this done. First they go in thru the front. Then, four days later thru the back, which I have at least an eight inch scarr. Several months later, I went in to doc. complaining of hip pain. Surgery was scheduled to remove and/or replace hardware. Replaced hardware is what happened. Cut thru existing scarr on back. 20 months from original surgery, they did take out hardware, again cutting thru existing scarr. Outcome: some of the ache is gone from legs. Back is still hurting, stiff, and down legs. Sharp pain on occasion as before original surgury. Sorry I did it…… don’t do it alone.

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    hello,
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  246. By Bobby Craven on Feb 17, 2009

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    What kind of spinal surgery is it that after surgery the patient gains height and how is it done.

  247. By Scott H. on Feb 17, 2009

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    Dear Angi: I had a cervical laminectomy some time back. It is a “minimally invasive” type of surgery. It wasn’t what my doctor thought was the best option, but the neurologist insisted. It didn’t turn out badly, but didn’t rally “solve” the problems either. It did relieve a lot of the pain in my arm ( likely yours is in one or both legs), but it’s probably not going to be a “cure all”. All in all, I’ve been told (by books, etc.) that it’s a first option to fusion, which is a lot more serious. Hope all goes well, Scott (Perry, MI)

  248. By john milam on Feb 17, 2009

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    just had same procedure last wed today 6 days later walked briskly for 2 hrs. incision is sore but feel fortunate to not have numb legs and back pain. so far i am thrilled

  249. By Patricia Hall

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    Ive read all of the posted messages here, and Im even more confused. My neurosurgeon says a decompression surgery will help me, as soon as I get releses from all my other doctors. You see, I dont have a disc left between L4 and L5.
    The disc between L3 and L4 is nearly gone too. It is down to bone on bone. I have been taking Neurotin for over 5 years now. I am a Diabetic, I have a partially clogged artery in my heart, and if there are any other complications, I either have it or will get it.
    I refuse to have my spine fused. Absolutely not. I hurt constantly from my waist down to my toes. I hurt trying to sleep. I can hardly walk or stand for very long any more. I was looking into disc replacement, but now I am even afraid of that. I have the portable teds unit. It helps some. I have had the accupuncture with the electricity, it helped some, but didnt last long between appointments.
    I try not to take pain meds because I dont need addictions on top of everything else. What help is there? Will this decompression surgery lead into having to have a fusion done?
    If it will I dont want to have it done then. Everyone is talking about hurniated discs, but what do you do when there isnt any disc? Anyone else out there have this problem? Anyone out there have any suggestions? Im Lucky, I have made it to 62.

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    Deborah,
    Read your reply to Sherri where you stated that you work for 4 neurosurgeons.
    My wife’s MRI showed a ruptured disc at L4, she had minimal evasive surgery 9/2007. After still having leg and back pain another MRI showed rupture at L5. Second minimal evasion surgery 3/2008, still no relief. Spinal fusion from pelvic, L4, L5 8/2008. Pain, numness and cramping of her right leg has stopped, however, now she has severe pain in her back in the area of the fusions.
    She has been doing water walking, and some short street walking as directed, with no improvement.

    She spends most of the day lying in bed because of the severe discomfort / pain (good estimate is 8 of 10 hours in bed). Wakes up in the morning with pain. She is taking Rx Propoxyphen for pain. New matress, just the high quality matress, it fit in our waterbed frame, no box spring $1400.00

    Her surgeon is one of the top in the country, and with a highly respected brain and spine clinic. She worked at the hospital with them.

    We are ready for 2nd opinion.

    Any comments????
    Thanks Wayne

  251. By Lhen on Feb 24, 2009

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    Hello , my sister in law will have a baby soon. She had a L4-L5 discectomy and laminectomy, is she able to have ceasarian section?

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  252. By angel deleon on Feb 24, 2009

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    hi i got the same problem with you but iam afreid too so i had the appoiment for my surgery but i cancel it don doit jus use ice pads good luck

  253. By Patricia Hall

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    Hi everyone, I saw the neurologist yesterday about the back decompression surgery she wanted to do, and she couldnt give me any positive hope about not later having to have my back fused, she also could not comitt to my not being in pain, or more pain than im already in, so she told me when im ready, and have my health under controll to come back to see her. After thinking it all over, and I know what kind of pain in in right now, but dont know what to expect after surgery, I dont think I will be giving up the farmiliar for the unknown. I want some quality of life, not something worse than I already have.

  254. By Debbie on Feb 27, 2009

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    I have had three discs replaced and spinal fusion from L5 to T7… first surgery was a total mess at a highly reputable hospital…140K. six months later they ahd to totally redo it and extent fusion farther.. 180K…and that didnt work and they wanted to do another surgery but I stopped.. no more! .. I was not deformed appearing before but I am now… and its been 10 years .. my life went to hell in a hand bag…I cant do much of anything.. and sick of pain meds… I cant lay down without pain,, and I toss and turn so much at night I take the sheets off the bed.. never wake feeling rested.. seems like I have waited for 10 yrs to wake and feel normal..I wish I had not done a thing.. I went in originally because my toes would fall asleep…my quality of life is in my eyes horrid.. I look like a freak.. and almost everything I was told never happened.. you dont heal and feel good, you get new pains or different pains…I see pictures of myself before the surgery and I was healthy, now.. I feel terrible and aches all over the place.. and I am not willing to “try” another surgery and “hope” this one works.

  255. By Sue on Mar 7, 2009

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    I had a spinal fusion of L4-5,L5-S1 in April 2002. I had rods and screws put in and a cup of bone was taken from the back of my pelvis to graft arond the rods. I have total mtion, I can bend over completely and touch my toes and can move from side to side. People are under the impression that you are not flexible but you are if it is done correctly. The only spo that stills bothers me to this day is the area in the back of my pelvis where they took the bone for grafting.It takes a while for recovery and the fusion will not complete for abot 1 year.Good luck!

  256. By Brenda Elliott on Mar 7, 2009

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    What are the implications of spinal fluid loss.

  257. By Lautra McBeath on Mar 8, 2009

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    I’ve had my back fusion on L3 L4 and I was able to go back to riding and training horses againg with no problems,Now I guess it started back to bothering meafter 1 year So had a nother fusin by skiping on dic and doin the nex to above,now after 6 months I have a caregiver and and months their are taking about a pain pump.or else to sever the nerves so my brain doesn’t react to the pain. SO WHAT DO I DO NOW

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    Lautra, I had fusion on L4 S1 and am facing another fusion but went through a lot of things before my first fusion and this upcoming one. One of which was the rhyzotomy where they severed the nerves. I was really nervous about it but that is definitely what I recommend trying before trying the pump or anything. The nerves grow back over time the point of it is to give you enough time to interupt you pain signal and bring you some relief it did help me and I really think it’s the least worrisome way to go. The pump was something they discussed with me also and the problems with it is it is a short term fix and can cause infections and other problems. The choice they gave me was the pump or an ANS Impant. I chose the trail implant and it really helped so this fall I had the permanent one put in. It has brought me some relief but not as much as it did intially but that is because I have been putting off having my second fusion for two years now. I have four discs in a row that are bad and they only fused the one four years ago because it was causing the most pain. Anyway I hope this helps.

  259. By stephanie on Mar 11, 2009

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    yes i talked to some on in person who had surgery at the laser spine institute and shes now planting in her garden one month later the surgery is 15,000 up front but she she it was worth all the money she spent she is so very happy and doing so well i even seen the scare its so small look like some one just barley cut her look more like a scratch thats going to heal

  260. By amanda on Mar 11, 2009

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    i had the laminetomy. i lost feeling from it and i am left with a burning pain down my side. it feels like someone draged me on the roa on my side by a car. its terrible and the pain that it was supposed to treat is still there. it deffinitly not worth it.i also had a spinal fusion and it was like a snow ball effect and caused 6 more disks above the fusion to become severly ruptured. it has caused my spine to completely twist and turn into my side. causing every simple thing to be impossible to do . i cant walk, sit, or lie without excruiating pain. it takes me 5 mins. and a lot of tears to turn from one side to another. my meds. barely work for 2 hours.and every morning when i wake up to get my son off to school i am in tears because of ther pain until the medecine starts working. i thought before the surgery that the pain couldnt get any worse. it is 100 time worse and it progresses in a negative way. i am 25 years old and a mother of 2 and i feel like my life is ruined by the pain. if i could go back and never have the sugery i would.

  261. By amanda on Mar 11, 2009

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    i am currently preparing for another surgery to have the disk replacement surgery on the 6 disks that have caused my spine to twist and go into my side. i am extreamly scared that the pain is going to get worse if thats possible.if anyone can share their experience is u have been through a similar situtation or had the disk replacement surgery please comment. i have 1 month to find out what i can

  262. By Amanda Mitchell on Mar 12, 2009

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    Shelly Watson,My name is Amanda.I had a lumbar lacectamey of L2 and L3 and a lumbar dacetamey of L4 and L5 May 23,2008.My doctor only gave me norco for about a month after my surgeory.I had a 8 inch inceision and was in extreme pain for 2 solid weeks.I told him I was still hurting,so he did a x-ray and said I was fine.Now I have noting for pain.He calls in me ultram and that does not help.I would love to talk to you more about this.

  263. By amanda

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    ill keep checking for u to poat comments and i will respond.i dont wanna list my email for the public. it is nice to talk to people and get advice from other that can understand what you are experiencing because they too are dealing with the same issues.when any doctor ever told me that there was nothing wrong i knew there was because of all the pain and not being able to do anything without excrutiating pain and i would push for other tests because through my experience over the past few years i have found that sometime u need a different test to find what is causing the pain. dont give up and keep them on to of things and make them find the problem. if you dont let go and push the doctors they have to look until they find it. a person doesnt have pain for no reason.

  264. By Becky on Mar 28, 2009

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    I had lumbar fusion of L4-L5 in July 08. Surgery cured my pain immediately, but for the past couple of months, I have had irritation from the screws so my doctor wants to remove them. My question to you is how long does it take to recover, I imagine it is not as long at the first surgery, but I am anxious to know. Thank You.

  265. By howard on Mar 28, 2009

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    i had the same story…almost exactly…went through everything you are going through..last september i tried the DRX-9000 machine..had 25 treatments and was out of pain…as soon as i picked up a golf club again, the pain came back worse. eventually since i live in florida and we have one of the “best” spinal clinics here, jackson memorial hospital, i decided to bite the bullet and have the surgery. i ended up having a procedure called XLIF. you can google it and see what it is. if your problem is really at L5/S1 you will not be a candidate for the xlif, rather another type of fusion. i am 3 weeks post surgery and the pain i went into the hospital with is gone. in fact it was gone as soon as the surgery was over. my surgery was at 2 levels L2/3 and L3/4. xlif is only good for lumbar. i wish you well in your search to get out of pain. if i can be of any help, you can contact me at howardorne@yahoo.com

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  266. By howard on Mar 28, 2009

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    i had xlif 3 weeks ago and so far all is good

  267. By howard on Mar 28, 2009

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    i researched lsi and i think its great, but they do not take insurance…fyi

  268. By howard on Mar 28, 2009

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    i just had xlif 3 weeks ago on L2/3 L3/4 and am out of pain..you might be a candidate for this minimal invasive surgery…check it out..

  269. By Rob on Mar 28, 2009

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    I had disc replacement in march of 07 on L5 in feb of 08 I had fusion of L4 L5 S-1 due to the replacement disc not moving Well they said the fusion didnt take and I was experiencing pain down my left side in feb 09 they put in a spinal chord stimulator it helps pain down my legs just not in my back my wife and I are going thru marital problems cause Im in pain all the time and cant do all the things she wants sexually has any one else had this problem and can someone please tell me what can help me I cant stand for any longer than 5 min cant sit for any longer than 10 cant lay on my side or stomache can lay on my back for about a half an hour dont sleep until I pass out or take a lot of pain meds she doesnt understand my pain and I was wondering if any one can tell me what helped them or help me explain better to her what im going thru just thought I would give this a try

  270. By Donna on Mar 28, 2009

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    My mom had a car accident about 2 years ago. The first surgery she had doctors put 2 rods and six screws in. Because of one getting infected they had to go back and remove all hardware. Because of this my mom is in worser pain. She cannot stand up straight, and she is in constant pain. She has about 2 grocery bags full of pain meds. and patches. Now doctors want to do another surgery. At first they were talking about going through her stomach to get to her back. Now they say they can go through her back again, I think to do a spinal infusion. Is this a good choice? What else can she do? Can any please help!!!

  271. By Julie B on Mar 30, 2009

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    Has anyone been to the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, FL? I am looking into going and was hoping to get some insight from anyone who’s gone there.

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  272. By robert g

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    Ijust had neck surgery nov last year last week I had back surgery check dr paul Voughn his in dallas his the best. Good Luck

  273. By Terry F on Apr 9, 2009

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    Has anyone had nerve damage after back surgery. If so how long did it last or am I looking to have back pain for the rest of my life. I had surgery five months ago I feel better but I can only do normal work for an hour or so and my back and left leg hurt alot and my foot goes numb. I tried to explian to my doctor but he wants to release me for normal work. What should I do?

  274. By amanda on Apr 9, 2009

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    if it is that bad and the doctor is not listening, i would go to another doctor. get a seccond opponion. i had that after my fusion. it later was fallowed by my muscles seizing up and that caused my facet joints to swell causing bone pain and nerve pain and more numbness. for over a year we tred to figure out what was going on with my back. i even had my nevers lazered off. so things continued to be bad until he my doctor sent me for a second opponion where that doctor figure all that was wrong with me and apperently it is common after fusions for this to happen. so i would get a seccond opponion before you go back to work. ther is a test they can do to find out if that is whats wrong with you. they give you a few shots in your back not ur spine but into your muscles. if that is what is wrong with you the pain will completely go away for the day. look up facet nerve joints on the internet i believe its on discovery health sit. it will tell you about it there. it might help so you can compare and discuss with your doctor. hopefully your doctor cares enough to listen

  275. By nellieyoung on Apr 11, 2009

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    my dad has sever pain in his lower back and down his leg. The Dr. has been giving him epidural shots, the 1st 3 shots only lasted about 3 weeks. the 4Th isn’t doing much. He has narrowing of the spine, arthritis and his x-ray shows that his back is full of spurs.Is there anything out there that can give my dad a longer relief of pain or is surgery possible. He hasn’t seen a specialist yet, just the family Dr. and a Dr. from the pain control clinic. If my dad don’t soon get something that will relieve the pain ,I know he will seep into a depression. My dad is only 74. The Dr. said his back is done, wear and tear , He worked very hard all his life. Who out there can give us some hope.What is the next step in this situation. I need answers now.
    Thank you to the one that will send me an e-mail….nellieyoung@rogers.com

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  276. By barbara grizzel

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    I had spinal fusion of 3 disc done 2/2008. Fusion went well,healed nicely, no problems until on day I got off the couch and my back popped. The pain took me to the floor. Went to ER and meds given and told to contack my surgeon. My surgeon left town to work somewhere else 2 days after surgery. I wasn’t informed of this until the day he was leaving. He referred to his partner to follow up.
    Now my pain is in lower back hip, legs, and having up 15 Charlie horses a day. The referred dr said I needed PT. Had to go to ER again and upon xray found one of the screws that in my back has broken completely into. Still Dr said it will be ok. I don’t know how much longer I can take this pain. Looking for 2nd opinion but no one wants to touch this now that I’ve had surgery before. Has anyone else had this kind of problem?????

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  278. By Sandra Wert on Apr 15, 2009

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    I had X-Stop back surgery (L4/5) 2 weeks ago. Five days after the surgery I developed terrific pain in my right side/gall bladder region. I am sure it is not gall bladder problem – feels more like a pulled muscle or broken rib. Doctors don’t seem to know what it is and I am suffering greatly. Did anyone else have pain at this location after back surgery? A nurse told me that some disc problems can manifest itself in pain like this, but I don’t know who to see or what to do about it.

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  279. By Gregg Meiners on Apr 16, 2009

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    I have spondylo lethesis Grade 1-2 and have not had much pain during the day, but have had terrible nights as to where I’m not getting much sleep. I may have to stop my job soon as I’m so worn out that I have to keep calling in due to no sleep at night. I’m looking at 2 different surgeries. One is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion L5-S1 with pedical screw fixation, which has part of the surgery from the front and back. The other surgery is posterial lateral interbody fusion which is all done from the back. I would really like more information from anyone who has had this done and which one you would recommend. Please e-mail my nephew with comments to belveruddylan@hotmail.com

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  280. By phyllis on Apr 16, 2009

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    My neurosurgeon told me that XSTOP wouldn’t work for me. He said he can clean out L-2-3-4-5 without fusion. I have another appt. in one month after trying an Epidural for the back. Had 2 Epidurals for the hip which didn’t work. The XSTOP dr. who invented the procedure (Dr. Zuckerman) at St. Mary’s Hospital,in SF. of course, recommends it. AND…Before you pay $18,000 up front at the LSI in Tampa, get more opinions on LSI. Zuckerman denigrated it saying it doesn’t work. If possible also, go to a TEACHING HOSPITAL and see a NEUROSURGEON rather than an ordinary spinal surgeon.

  281. By phyllis on Apr 16, 2009

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    Exactly what is XLIF? Is it surgery? Also, what is Percutaneous DIsc Nucleoplasty? I’m 80, low back pain when I walk…not bad when I sit, and I sleep OK with Ambien. PLSOBSERVER7@aol.com

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  282. By Debbie

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    Hi; I’ve had the L4 and L5 fuson on my back, where they took a piece of bone off my hip and fused it with a piece of metal, like an L shape. I had my surgery on March 23rd and I have been doing some exercises at home and I don’t start my therapy untill May.But I’m in constant pain, my Dr gives me 10mgs of morphine instant relife but there is always pain. I have had my first surgery 8 years ago and it never did a thing, think it made it worse. I’m scared that I’ll never be pain free, I was 45 when I had my first and now I had my second, I don’t think there ever will be pain free of these back fusons. I’m thinking of the morphine pump put in if this does not work for me. Because I can’t live in any more pain, and the Dr’s don’t want to put you on any heavey medication cause you might get addicted to it, well if thats how you have to live pain free then I say go for it.

  283. By Gregg Meiners on Apr 17, 2009

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    If anyone’s out there that can give me more info on the surgery choices i have to make. PLEASE e-mail my nephew with what information you have!!!! I’m desperate and need to make a decision soon !!! Once again my nephew’s e-mail address is dylanbelverud@hotmail.com

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  284. By Kerry E on Apr 21, 2009

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    I had spinal fusion of L-5 S-1 on March 6 2008. Before surgery I could not stand for more than 20 mins. I had pain in my back and both legs to my feet. I was not working and never slept. I was tired all the time. I was only 29 years old. One year later I feel Great! I am a cashier and on my feet 8 hours plus a day and have no pain! I am back to a normal weight and can even go for a RUN!
    I just suggest you see Drs. until you feel 100% about one. I love mine. Surgery is hard and painful. Therepy after surgery is hard and painful. Just study ,research and be prepared.

  285. By Mary K on Apr 21, 2009

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    I had both L3 and L4 fused, and spacers put between the vertebrae. Having gone thru 2 sessions of shots in the spine, it was obvious nothing was going to relieve the pain. The symptoms also included loss of relfexes in both legs, inability to “feel” the floor when I walked, and intense back pain. The surgery was easy, I drove a car 2 weeks later, danced a belly dance seminar 8 wks later! I have no pain and I have full range of movement; an amazing situation. But, following the surgery, I developed severe nerve pain in my left leg. The doc prescribed gabapentin, an anti-convulsant which slows down nerve synapses. I took it for about 2 months following surgery. Today, only 4 months later, I am back to normal, doing heavy yard work, running, etc. My legs are working fine and I have no pain at all. I am 58 yrs old. My surgeon was Dr. Paul Saiz in Las Cruces, NM. My advice is to learn all you can, get in the best shape possible going into the surgery so you don’t have to do physical therapy following surgery. Also, if you are overweight, lose it! Oh yes, I am a bit taller due to the spacers that were placed between the vertebrae. Best of luck to all of you.

  286. By Tara on Apr 24, 2009

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    TERRIFIED…have two small children and having L5-S1 fusion in three weeks. Should I? Anyone had a good experience? Seems like it’s horrible. I have horrific pain centered in my lower back only; NO leg pain. Three years of pain is enough, right? How long before I can pick up my baby? PLEASE, I need good advice

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    Tara, I had that exact fusion (L5 S1) in 2005. I had suffered back pain for 13 years before I finally did it. I had three discs in a row that were bad, either ruptured or bulging. They did tests and found the one causing the most pain and decided to only do it as you lose some mobility with every fusion. My kids were older 12 and 13 so I didn’t have the pick up problem but I was a stay at home mom so the driving, laundry etc. needed to be done for about 8 weeks and I think it was about 6 months before you’re totally cleared. I couldn’t walk most days and my left leg dragged badly. My lower back pain was rarely under a 10 on pain medication. About 2 months after surgery I was walking 3 to 5 miles a day and rarely had pain over a 2!!! It was heaven, unfortunately before the year was out I started having more pain and have gradually gone down hill ever since. The problem was though they fused to a bad disc so that one has now deteriorated so they are saying I need to fuse that one. I am scared based on my opinion but I do think if I only had the one disc that was bad instead of three in a row if I would still be walking and feeling great again. It isn’t good life and it takes away from what you can do with you family when you are having so much pain.
    Do you live near Dallas, TX if you do I could tell you my surgeon I do think he was really good. I had the 360 fusion is that what you will be having.
    Please feel free to email me directly if you would like to talk about anything or just share your stress as I have been there done that and might be doing it again. Best of Luck and please let me hear from you I will be praying for you.

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  288. By Sheri

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    Donna you posted on March 28th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    My mom had a car accident about 2 years ago. The first surgery she had doctors put 2 rods and six screws in. Because of one getting infected they had to go back and remove all hardware. Because of this my mom is in worser pain. She cannot stand up straight, and she is in constant pain. She has about 2 grocery bags full of pain meds. and patches. Now doctors want to do another surgery. At first they were talking about going through her stomach to get to her back. Now they say they can go through her back again, I think to do a spinal infusion. Is this a good choice? What else can she do? Can any please help!!!

    I’m sorry I didn’t see the post before. I have been searching for answers as I’m facing my own surgery. I hope you are still checking this site as my first fusion was what they call a 360. I was afraid of it at first it’s where they go in from the front and finish the fusion in your back. It’s sounds like that is what they are talking about doing on your mom and if it is I think it is a good answer. I did a lot of research and asked around it is less risky because they go in through the front to remove the disk and if I remember right put in whatever it is they are replacing the disc with for me it was a cadaver bone then they flip you and put in the rods and screws. It’s less risky to pull the disc out that way because there is less risk of doing damage to your spine. I recovered well and went from walking with a cane if I could walk at all to walking 3-5 miles a few months later. The problem with me is I have 3 bad discs in a row so the one above has gotten worse but if I have fusion again I wouldn’t do it any other way. If you have any other questions you can email me directly. Best of luck, Sheri

  289. By Jen on Apr 26, 2009

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    I have had to Cspine fusions C4-5 in Sept 07 then C5-6 June 08. I am still in cont. pain and meds are not working. I feel like I am ready to jump out of my skin. my grip is weak not dropping but unable to hold for long time or heavy things. I am looking at having Spinal Cord Stimulation to be done. I have had injection, done PT, Hypnosis Vitamins A/P Cupping…you think of it i have tried it. I do my best to not look like I am in pain, mother of 3 very active boys don’t want to worry them. I move I am ok but when I rest I am in severe pain, I cry myself to sleep, then up with the pain again, lucky to get 2 to 3 hours a nite! the numbness is now in my rt check. My mind seems so cloudy I can’t focus at work or when carriing on conversations. I hate feeling like this! If you have had the SCS procedure done please let me know if it worked for you. let me know the recovery time. I want my life back i am only 41 y/o had can’t see dealing with this for the next 40 years!!! let me know about the SCS, or any other tricks that worked for you.

  290. By Debbie on Apr 27, 2009

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    Sory to say, no it doesn’t work, I’ve been suffering for the last 8 yrs. I’m going for the morpine pump, if that doesn’t work I guess it’s lights out for me, I can’t live like this any longer, my son can’t go though this anymore, and I’m done with this shit.

  291. By Jen on Apr 27, 2009

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    Debbie, I have to keep hoping something will work! did it easy the pain at all? It is now working it’s way in both arms. Debbie you have to keep trying. I can only imagine how you feel I am at my wits end but for my boys i have to keep trying.

  292. By Linda

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    Stephanie and others,

    What type of surgery did your friend have at the Laser Spinal Institute in Tampa? How bad was she before the surgery? My mother is on medicare and contemplating the surgery. It all sounds terrific! As a medicare patient, they said the out of pocket expense, up front is $17,500. This is for the facility fee, all the rest is covered by medicare. Was your friend also on Medicare? Was her out of pocket expense $15,000 or $17,500?
    We’re going over in May to check it out. They will first do a blood work up and nerve study to see if the surgery will work for her. Since she is on medicare, this initial appt is at N/C. Normally this first visit is $480.00 (for those not on medicare)to do a work up and see if the surgery will be effective for her. Anyone else have any input, let me know. Thanks.!

  293. By Shawna R.

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    Dear Shelley W. and Ismael A.

    I am supposed to have a fusion on L5-S1 or possibly fuse my entire spine next month. My doctor wants to put a plate and cage on the anterior side and the posterior also if I wish. He says I am going to need the entire spine fused eventually but I can’t realistically see doing that since I am only in my 30′s. I tried all noninvasive methods but none have worked. I need medication like both of you to function. I am barely able to make it through a 6.5 hour work day on meds and find it difficult to enjoy life being in so much pain everyday for 2.5 years now. I recently went to the Twin City Spine Center in Minneapolis. I live in Michigan and they were not able to find which disk was causing the pain. Dr. Transfeldt of Minneapolis diagnosed the problem after performing a discogram. He recommended a fusion at one or all levels.
    Backtracking, I have rods and fusion for scoliosis down to L3 and then an artificial disk at L4-L5. Does anyone else have a similar medical history? Two doctors have said I should not have had the artificial disk put in at that level with so much fused above. I hope someone else can benefit from knowing what I didn’t. What I’d like to know is what are your experiences with an anterior fusion at L5-S1 or anterior and posterior? Has anyone had their whole back fused? How limited are you when your whole back is fused? I’d also like to hear from anyone who has an artificial disk. Has anyone had artificial disc complications?

    Thanks for your help in advance! It’s nice to know I’m not alone.
    Shawna R.

  294. By Dianne Smith on Apr 30, 2009

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    My 71 year old husband is scheduled to have a “antereior lumbar interbody fusion L4-S1″. This is not due to an injury but degenerative disc disease. He has had 3 years of almost unbelievable pain and we have seen 5 different surgeons. Some say do surgery and some say “no way”. He has seen a pain management doctor for a year+, neuro-stimulator inplaned in his right hip and does receive about 30% relief and takes tramadol and flexirel. His pain is still almost unbearable. Thus the action to have surgery. Has anyone had this particular surgery and what is the outcome? Thanks for helping – this is scary. Our God is the blessed controler of all things and He wants us to have the best info in making a decision within His will.

  295. By Frances Morrison on Apr 30, 2009

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    I have had surgery at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, FL in August 2007. It was the second non-invasive surgery I had (L4-L5). The doctor trimmed the disc on the right. The year before he had trimmed the same disc on the left (he was at another location for the first surgery).

    Now I am having to have L4 VETREBRAE fused to L5. The problem began about 2 1/2 months after having the last surgery. The L4 Vetrebrae began moving (spondylolisthesis). After a year and a half, it is now in the “moderate” stage and a fusion is the only option, as there is little to nothing left of the disc at L4-L5.

    Much of this rests on my shoulders as I did not call LSI weekly (or daily) and insist on speaking with the doctor. Instead, I did call and they got my local doctor to order flex/extension x-rays and when it showed level 1 spondylolisthesis LSI rep told me it was “normal”. I filled out the surveys they sent and continued to tell them I was in pain, there was shifting and popping in my lower back. I assumed that it was normal since that is what the doctor’s nurse told me.

    It also is my fault that because it hurt to do much walking or any other type of exercise that I did not do any and that caused me to gain weight. This only added to my problem.

    I urge anyone going into any back surgery to ask questions of your doctor. Even if it is only “And what COULD happen if I go through the surgery.” Don’t let them get by with “Well, nothing in 100% guaranteed, but we feel this will fix your problem.” Push them to tell you things like the vetrebrae will move if you trim too much of the disc; having a fusion where the doctor has to stretch your spine to remove the disc and insert the apparatus can cause nerve damage in your leg(s) and foot/feet.

    While these may be rare, they are real. AND SEARCH THE INTERNET FOR THINGS SUCH AS THIS! Read as much as you can so you will have some kind of idea what you are facing. Be comfortable with your doctor and go for 2nd or 3rd opinions if you can. Follow up with good physical mechanics, P/T, walking/swimming, or any other low impact activity.

  296. By jen on Apr 30, 2009

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    My fear now is that I am looking at my 3rd surgery and I am sick of being told and thinking i am ok I get a new job and before long I am sick again. pain is back can’t focus i am a mess. I want to file for disablility but have been told horror stories of how hard it is to qualify.

  297. By Sheri

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    Dear Dianne Smith, I also have degenerative disc disease along with bulging and ruptured discs starting with L5 S1. Although I had 3 discs in a row causing problems my husband and I decided to only due fusion on my L5 S1 as the disco gram showed it caused the most pain and the one above that only showed a pain level of about a 2 and the other one didn’t show any pain. Before the fusion I could barely walk and a good day was a pain level of a 7 even on medication. The doctor discussed doing fusion on the two discs but suggested we only do the one which we agreed with because like you are it is a scary decision. So I had a 360 fusion on L5-S1 and it was successful in that my pain level lowered to a 2 and I could walk 3-5 miles a day!!! The problem is less than a year later the disc above that one that had previously showed a pain level of a 2 began deteriorating and I’m facing fusion again. If we would have been thinking and in talking to a new surgeon he said we probably should have done both discs causing pain because the disc that wasn’t causing the pain might not have ever deteriorated more so I could have possibly been pain free forever or at least longer. If you have any question please feel free to email me at texkorte@tx.rr.com

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    . I pray that God will guide you to a great doctor and he will be successful in all that he does for your husband. I know first hand how bad your quality of life can get. Please let me know. God Bless, Sheri

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    I’m going in for surgery in june for dislocation of L/4/5 i’m 45 years old had this cronic problem for about 7 years pain is getting worst do you think the pins and rods will help after healing or will it just be constant pain? would like to jin any studies that are going on to be able to help the back surgery patients all over the world.

  299. By Denise L on May 7, 2009

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    Had the bottom 4 vertabre in my lumbar spine fused last friday. Was having severe pain down my right leg and this was being caused by the sciatic nerve being totally pinced off. Dr recommended doing the bottom 2 also since I had had L2-L3 *( I think) fused in December 2006. Felt great for abount 15 months when in February of 2008 my left leg started up. This is a very invasive surgery – also ended up having a spinal fluid leak and was required to be totally flat for 48 hours in order for the leak for heal itself. Very scray since the hospital I was in and the nurses blew off my severe headache as a lack of caffiene- if the attending doctor hadn’t checked the surgery notes I could possibly have died since getting up etc causes the leak to get worse adn eventually if they hadn’t gotten me flat I would have ended up with massive brain swelling which may have required additional surgery. I have been dealing with leg pain from my lower back for 8 years – this was my fourth surgery – now I have 4 plates and 8 screws in my back – I certainly hope this it the last of this – really tired of the chronic pain. I am doing ok – but now have severe numbness and tingling in my right leg and some paid but it is better. Wish anyone who is facing this my prayers and well wishes – not easy for anyone. I am 54 years old and very active and I hate being slowed down for this stupid healing process.

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    I got hurt at work in June of 2008, an MRI showed 2 disc hernieations at l4-5 and at l5-s1 and had 2 esi’s in August with no improvement of pain or numbness in my legs, so I then had a multilevel microdiscetomy and the numbness in my left leg was gone, my surgeon said my nerves were pinched very bad and he had to remove a large percentage of the discs, my right leg still goes numb at times and the pain in my back is untolerable but my surgeon has released my at maximum medical improvement to the company and the company will not take me back because of my permanent restrictions, as I worked on I-beams and at great heights as a boilermaker, in fear I would get hurt because of my condition. So now I have very bad pain again and nothing to treat it and no money, and the pain is as bad as it was before the surgery, I have tried taking over the counters to try to take the edge off, but with no effects, so can anyone help me with what I should do? feel free to shoot me an email cortxseries@hotmail.com

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  301. By Camille on May 27, 2009

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    I had back surgery on L4 in 1992 and it was the most wonderful thing! I had been in such awful pain that when I awoke in the recovery room, I thought they had taken my legs off because I felt no pain (Drugs will do that kind of thing to you). I am sometimes fatigued in my back, but that is o’k.
    My husband has degenerative disc disease. This spine look like a snake crawling. He has had 3 surgeries on his neck C5-4, C4-3, C2-3.and surgery on L5. Now he is facing surgery on L4. We have a wonderful surgeon, recognized nationally: Dr. Swaid N. Swaid.(The name thing is a long story) He is at Brookwood Hospital in B’ham, AL. My husband has no feeling in his right leg..NONE. He broke his large toe this past weekend and did not feel it. But he has No pain, praise God. I had balls of fire running down my leg. My husband had been an All American in track and field; went to the Olypic Training Camp in 1970, but was beaten out by a fraction of an inch; he coached football, baseball, and basketball throughout his teaching career along with teaching approx. 500 children a day in Physical Ed..I am so thankful he is without the terrible pain. Our son, who is the head athletic trainer for Mississippi State Univ. baseball is the one who noticed the degeneration of muscle tissue in my husband’s legs. I had been with him everyday, but our son came home from FL when he worked with the St. Louis Cardinals and told his Dad he needed to go to a neurologist. I felt like dirt for not noticing it sooner. We are assuming the “beer belly look” is associated with nerve damage, but we are going check that out after the L4 surgery. He cannot stand completely upright, and is extremely weak in his legs, but he is a brave man, and I admire his courage and continual push to do things that he can do.
    Dr. Swaid was suggested to us by a lawyer friend of ours in B’ham. a few days later we read a huge article about him and work he was doing with the other doctors working with Christopher Reeves and his battle to walk again. As I read over many of the comments I thought of each of you and hope you will each find healing.

  302. By Randy G on May 28, 2009

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    I am 57 years old and considering either Laser or disk replacement surgery. I have been going to a chiropractor for 35 years and it has always helped with my situation (degenerative disk L-4, arthritis in lower back and pinched sciatic nerve. I live in pain 24/7 365 days a year. Up until 3 months ago the sciatic was pinched off and on frequently depending on how I screwed it up lifting something but now the nerve has been pinched all day & night for the past 3 months. At times it is so unbearable I can’t dress myself, have just tried to live with the pain mainly because surgery is so expensive, even though I have insurance I would still have to come up with a large sum just to have it done and don’t want to make payments. I feel bad when wife, dogs and myself go anywhere I tend to not help with the dogs only out of fear that something will happen or I feel like my friends think I’m a loafer which I am “NOT”. Sometimes I feel like wife thinks I’m feeding her a line when she asks me to carry a 50lb bag of dog food inside and it truely bothers me. Just wondering out loud if I just live with the pain and the condition I am in until I die how much worse is it going to get or could it lead to paralysis. I feel sorry for anyone that has to go through this type of pain and after reading some of the comments I’m not as bad off as some. Don’t get me wrong it is not a fun thing to live with, I still get around but with a limp and constant back and leg pain, toes numbing or tingling, I still go to work and sometimes have to take off just because the pain is so great but I get through it the best I can. Don’t sleep very well at night because I am only halfway comfortable in a recliner….can’t sleep in a bed anymore. Just thought I’d share with everyone but have had friends that have had spinal fusion performed and it hasen’t worked for them. Not sure if Laser or replacement would be any better. Maybe I’ll just wait until medical costs go down like a gallon of gas and then have it done. Thanks for listening and hope all of you have a great day!!

  303. By Donna Starling on May 31, 2009

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    I left a note with one website so hope I’m not repeating myself, had total lumbar laminectomy in ’89, freed of pain of many years, but had an episode with sciatica almost two years ago and again almost three weeks ago, which has been pretty severe and all I can take is ES Tylenol since I had a valve repalcement four years ago and take coumadin, which is the only med I take…can that bone grow back over the spine again where they removed it? They told me I had a terrible looking back back then and a few years ago at the Houston Clinic. I really don’t want any surgery but some relief…Donna Starling

  304. By Ashley on Jun 8, 2009

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    I had a herniated disk between C5 and C6. I was having nerve damage down my arm b/c of it so they performed surgery. The strength in my arm came back pretty much right after surgery. that was a success. the pain was bad the first couple days, but taking the pain meds properly made it tolerable. I recommend using bone from a bone bank though and not from your hip. Your hip will take longer to heal and be sore well after your neck healed. My only problem is now that the bones never fused back together. I had the surgery Sept 08 and still in pain. My doctor told me i’ll have to have another surgery to correct the problem. I’m going to get a 2nd opinion now. Anyone else have this problem?

  305. By Sean O'Connell on Jun 9, 2009

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    What kind of contrast media/dyes are generally employed for spinal injections and what are some of the complication associated with their use.

  306. By lesa stokes on Jun 11, 2009

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    Hello I had the same surgery and I have problem with my right leg. Can’t walk on it and then pain is now into my knee and noone can figure out what is wrong so I feel for you. My mucle and nerve in right leg was pinched from 2005. Now i have all the problems and wish someone could help me as well. hope you get better as well.

  307. By lesa stokes on Jun 11, 2009

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    Hello I had the L4 L5 done and they did a coral spring in mine and it worked good. Its better than the other stuff they put in. Hopefully you are better. My mucle and nerves in right leg were pinched and now i can’t walk on my leg. so good luck.

  308. By christy on Jun 12, 2009

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    I had back surgery in june 2007 , immediately had numbness in my left leg and foot right after i woke up had some before surgery but to this degree. dr did the usual mri saw scar tissue but did nothing about it told me it would need more time to heal , now this is june 2009 still numb dr told me i have permanent nerve damage nothing else can be done, i live with pain everyday of my life nothing that i can do that does not make the pain worse, this is workmans comp im sure u know how that goes they dont care ur just a number to them! im looking into another nureosurgeon for answers u would think there has to be something out there to help us, good luck and my prayers of with u!

  309. By Sheri

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    HELP! I had a 360 degree spinal fusion that was successful (2005) on my L5-S1 until L5-4 went bad. Now one doctor says do the same fusion it was successful for a while another says to do a posterior only Interbody Fusion whatever that is. Has anyone had an Interbody Fusion with a 2-3 inch incision no down time really? I’m so confused and scared I really need to pick the right fusion. Thanks for any help you can give.

  310. By Richard Hunnicutt on Jun 18, 2009

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    I have been having severe pain in my right theigh for three months. I was sent to a pain clinic at UCLA. To date,I have two Epadurals, one procedure similar to and Epadural and three Radio Frequency Ablations. Nothing has stopped the pain. I am on Oxycodone and Hydromorphone. These drugs have no affect on the pain. I do not lmpw wjat tp dp/ Any suggestions? Richard Hunnicutt

  311. By Richard Hunnicutt on Jun 18, 2009

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    I have been having severe pain in my right theigh for three months. I was sent to a pain clinic at UCLA. To date,I have two Epadurals, one procedure similar to and Epadural and three Radio Frequency Ablations. Nothing has stopped the pain. I am on Oxycodone and Hydromorphone. These drugs have no affect on the pain. I do not what to do? Any suggestions? Richard Hunnicutt

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    Hi, my name is Amanda. I too have suffered from back pain for many years. I am 29 years old and have had problems since I was 13. I went through every treatment imaginable before I resorted to surgery. I suffered from degenerative disc disease and two ruptured disc. I know the feeling of reaching rock bottom. I teach pre-school children and almost quit my job. Getting ready for work in the morning was to difficult and I would cry all the way to work. I prayed every night before I went to bed for a answer and some relief. I also have 3 children of my own to care for and felt like I was cheating them of a mother. I went up to get my oldest daughter in bed one night and she was on her knees in tears praying for me. On June 5th 2008 I had the surgery and had L4,L5, to S1 fused. I am not gonna sugar coat it,it was a very hard surgery to go through, but with the help of God and a amazing family including my church family, I made it through. I told everyone I knew after my surgery that my husband deserved a Husband of the Year award for everything he did and had to go through himself. 3 months after surgery I was doing very well and even went back to work. My pain was not completly gone but was WAY better than before the surgery. I continued to get better for a couple months, as I was on many restrictions from doctor. Did mostly paperwork for 3 months. I was never completly pain free and about 9 months after surgery I started having more and more pain again. Once again I have been going through many treatments and visiting a pain clinic. I TOO HATE TAKING DRUGS, altough I am back to a point where I have no choice. I still think my surgery was a success, just feel I have new problems now. The pain I have now is different than the pain I had before surgery. Mri has shown that Arthritis has already set in and the joint above my fusion is now deteriating which is a risk of having the surgery. I again have reached rock bottom. My doctor has told me to quit my job and that is not something I am willing to do at this point. Through this whole process I have said that I refuse to let my back problem take ownership of me. Although I have consiered quiting my job, my doctor agreed to me taking a leave of absense instead. I start another round of injections this coming week that I hope give me some kind of relief. I guess if I was asked if it I would do it all over again, I would say yes. Once you have reached that point of rock bottom, you pretty much have to take that drastic leap, and with a lot of prayer hope for success. Even though I have hit rock bottom again, I feel that my surgery could have been more successful if it wasnt for my job. I feel that I went back to work entirely to early and the work itself I think causes me problems. I do alot of bending, twisting, and lifting which my doctor has told me can be devistating to a surgery like mine and just your back in general. I hope and pray that whatever decision you decide to make gives you relief. God Bless you and Good Luck!

  314. By Amanda on Jun 21, 2009

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    To Tara, sorry I didnt see your message earlier before you surgery. I had fusion a year ago of L4,L5, to S1. I also have small children. My oldest daughter at the time was 6, and a daughter that was 4, and my son had just turned 3. It was very difficult to care for my children for about two months, espicially my youngest. How this was going to affect my children was my biggest fear before surgery. I had a lot of help from my husband and family. My oldest daughter even took on a lot of household responsibilties like learning how to operate the washer for laundry and the dishwasher. She was a real trooper through the whole thing. Just keep strong through recovery and keep faith. Interested in how you are doing now and how everything went.

  315. By Jeff Harris on Jun 25, 2009

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    Aaron,I had L4-L5 fusion 03/09/09 and I have never felt better. Did an orthopedic or neuro surgeon do your surgery?

  316. By Bryce on Jun 26, 2009

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    I had a Prodisc Replacement L4-L5 just a few weeks ago. Feel dang good. I am surprised you didn’t go this route as a fusion prevents mobility in that area. But at least you only had one level done so you may not feel too stiff.
    Keep on having good luck Aaron!
    bryce

  317. By Bryce on Jun 26, 2009

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    Amanda,
    Hate to hear about your problems.
    Just had a new disc replacement at L4-L5 and it was very successful. I wish they could have or would have done a special double disc replacement for you. But you may not have qualified for it.
    You see the problem with the surgery you got is mobility and your age. You are still young and you have a tendency to work hard and are active. You will now have to reform your mindset that you CAN NOT do the bending, twisting and other things that you were used to. I am being blunt cause I feel you have not been told what a fusion really ends up doing to you. Those bones that used to move in all directions don’t and can’t move in any direction now. They are fused together with no pivots, hinges or anything else, just rods and pins to keep it from moving.
    Sorry to tell you this but you will need to change your life.
    Good news is you can workout in rehab again and find a good PT to help yo get as much mobility as possible. I am sorry you feel so bad cause I know what it is like ot have to make these kind of changes.
    I used to race Mountain Bikes and had to give it up right before I was going to turn semi-pro and at my age that was a tough thing to do.
    Well, I WILL ride again and compete..that is my goal. I may not eventually earn a class upgrade but it will be a major accomplishment to ride and finish a race.
    Good luck and hope you get better.
    Bryce

  318. By Bryce on Jun 26, 2009

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    Richard,
    You need to request a Discagram…MRI and CT’s can miss the ruptured disc. It will probably be L4_l5 disc but they need to check the S1 and the disc’s above L4. Your sciatica sounds like it’s pinched which is probably due to a Deteriorated disc and/or ruptured one.
    To check to see if it’s the sciatic nerve that’s causing your leg pain. Find the pain on your leg and see if you can trace it with your finger by gently to slightly forcefully and you should feel the pain in your hip too.
    If you can trace the pain then it’s your sciatic and you need to tell the doctor to do the discagram.
    Good luck!

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    Bryce,
    Appriciate the advice REALLY! I am slowly trying to change some things in my life. Changing the way you live your life is a very hard concept to grasp and adapt to, thats for sure. Four years ago I was still running 4 and 5 miles a day, playing basketball, and was very big into water sports. Now the only exercise I am able to do is walk on a really good day. Really the hardest part is the difficulty I have taking care of my own children, still have 3 children under age of 7. My kids, espically my youngest wants me to pick him up alot and carry him. I am looking into doing some more thearpy although never felt any sucess from it before. I am willing to try anything again to get better. You are most definatly right when I was not educated enough before the surgery on the range of motion I would loose. Still love my doctor and confident in him, but he felt the motion loss would not be noticable for me. I also thought I would be able to resume all activites that I done before surgery once I was healed. I wish I would have known more about the disc replacement options before hand, my own fault though for not doing enough research. Have recently found out that I now have two herniated disc in neck now also. Already starting to cause problems in left arm. I will most definatly be more educated before I do anything drastic to fix the problem. I hope you continue to get better and more power to you on mountain bike racing. I think that is a great goal to shoot for after having any kind of back surgery. Best of Luck to Ya!!! Thanks again.

  320. By Leigh

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    My Boyfriend has lived with chronic pain over the last ten years I personally have been to 8 doctors with him in the last 2 years they all stated there was nothing to be done until recently they told him he would be a wonderful canidate for the AccuraScope surgery and yet they don’t accept his insurance. This is the problem with health care and insurance companies. They don’t want to spend extra money yet with the depression sucicide attempts they have already spent what the surgery it self would cost.So it would be nice if there was someone would finally understand that NONE of these Folks want to be in pain . Their life is slowly sliping away from them and yet this doctor’s healthcare providers insurances companies they are just numbers .And as their loved one we sit and watch the pain and life sucked out of them .Good LUCK

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    To Carol Ann: I am not sure if anyone has told you, but facet joints grow back and therefore cause the same pain that you were having before the procedure to burn them. I have had this procedure myself.

    Good luck to everyone as I am in the same boat. I was in a car accident in 2004 (age 25) and have hernitated discs L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 as well as C3-C4, C5-C6 and C6-C7. I have been through all treatments that could possible help my condition including discetomy/laminectectomy/forminectomy at L3-L4 but had severe complications and ended up having 5 surgeries on that disc alone in 6 weeks. I was just told that I need anterior and posterior lumbar fusions with rods, pins, the cage on each lumbar disc and the pelvic plate. As well as anterior fusions on the 3 in the neck. I am leaning towards not going through all that especially since I had a unusually hard time with the previous surgeries and I know that fusions are worse/more invasive/less successful. On the other hand, I have been in a tremendous amount of pain for 5 years now, out of work, on 400mg a day of morphine and just want to be out of some pain. I am thinking that it just might be better for me to seek out alternative pain management options like a morphine pump (doesn’t damage your stomach as much as the oral meds) as opposed to correcting the issue and that translating to being pain-free. I also wanted to add: if you are feeling “foggy” or “overly tired” after taking your pain meds, you are on too high of a dose. The goal of pain medication is to relieve pain AND allow you to “function” (to whatever degree you can physically handle). So I encourage those of you who are feeling this way to talk to your doctor and try a different dose and/or kind of medication whether its oxy or morphine or a different brand of morphine like Kadian or generic morphine sulfate. God Bless you all.

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    Oh all the things that come to mind when I continue to read all of your posts….I also have degenerative disk disease, spinal stensosis in addition to the hernitated discs at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 and C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 all onset at the age of 25 in a car accident. I have been out of work since the accident in 2004 and on disability.

    I see a lot of comments on L.S.I. in Tampa, know that this is a surgery center and they ARE going to recommend surgery when being seen for a consult. Read this statement from their website: “Advantages of having your spinal surgeries done at the Laser Spine Institute include no general anesthesia, no hospitalization, minimally invasive surgery… Thanks to 21st century technology and procedures performed by the medical staff at the Laser Spine Institute, there is an excellent and simple alternative to fusions, called a Laminotomy or a Foraminotomy, depending on the area of the spine that is compromised. These minimally invasive endoscopic procedures are able to relieve the patient’s pain and symptoms without fusing the spine.” I had these surgeries at L.S.I and have been told since that you DO NOT have these surgeries without general anesthesia and let me tell you that I SUFFERED while awake since they consistently hit my nerve– which also, I’ve been told, isn’t easy to do. You haven’t experienced pain until you’ve felt that!!! Now I know some people who had success here, but unfortunately I wasn’t one of them.

    To Tanya: A spinal leak is a complication of a discetomy but not something that’s common. I had a spinal leak after my surgery on the L3-L4 twice and had to lay flat (without a pillow) for 5 days, no getting up at all. A spinal leak occurs when the surgeon nics the disc and causes the fluid to leak out. I have been told that this is a very hard thing to do so just like me, you had a poor surgeon as well. You have to have this surgically repaired or you will continue to lose spinal fluid which is very important, not to mention those headaches. Increase your intake of caffeine and eat crackers with it to soak it up. For some reason, caffeine increases your spinal fluid production.

    To Nick: I know what you are feeling. I have been through everything and I understand that there’s a point in time where you are so desperate that you are looking for any options. I would suggest trying to “deal” with the pain but only you can go through the options and until you feel that you’ve been through enough can you make that decision for yourself. I know this next step is real hard but ask yourself how much worse could I be? Could I become bed-ridden, paralyzed? Even though we all dwell on what we can no longer do, focus on what you can still do. Most of us, including myself, are very lucky to still be able to walk.

    To Suzy and Lhen: My ob/gyn told me that when I get pregnant, I will absolutely have to have a C-section or I could risk becoming paralyzed. But a baby can be born in my condition so that’s good news. Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

    To Jen: You should apply for disability. Yes they will say no the first time and you will have to appeal but with a lawyer you usually are approved. I was 27 when I was approved for disability after a 2 year wait. But you are back paid to the date in which you became disabled which is 6 months after your last day at work. Also, the lawyer can only take $5000 max by law.

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    Oh all the things that come to mind when I continue to read all of your posts….I also have degenerative disk disease, spinal stensosis in addition to the hernitated discs at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 and C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 all onset at the age of 25 in a car accident. In addition I’ve been through numerous gastrointestinal issues, depression, anxiety, and a lot more that’s too long to list. I have been out of work since the accident in 2004 and on disability.

    I see a lot of comments on L.S.I. in Tampa, know that this is a surgery center and they ARE going to recommend surgery when being seen for a consult. Read this statement from their website: “Advantages of having your spinal surgeries done at the Laser Spine Institute include no general anesthesia, no hospitalization, minimally invasive surgery… Thanks to 21st century technology and procedures performed by the medical staff at the Laser Spine Institute, there is an excellent and simple alternative to fusions, called a Laminotomy or a Foraminotomy, depending on the area of the spine that is compromised. These minimally invasive endoscopic procedures are able to relieve the patient’s pain and symptoms without fusing the spine.” I had these surgeries at L.S.I and have been told since that you DO NOT have these surgeries without general anesthesia and let me tell you that I SUFFERED while awake since they consistently hit my nerve– which also, I’ve been told, isn’t easy to do. You haven’t experienced pain until you’ve felt that!!! Now I know some people who had success here, but unfortunately I wasn’t one of them.

    To Tanya: A spinal leak is a complication of a discetomy but not something that’s common. I had a spinal leak after my surgery on the L3-L4 twice and had to lay flat (without a pillow) for 5 days, no getting up at all. A spinal leak occurs when the surgeon nics the disc and causes the fluid to leak out. I have been told that this is a very hard thing to do so just like me, you had a poor surgeon as well. You have to have this surgically repaired or you will continue to lose spinal fluid which is very important, not to mention those headaches. Increase your intake of caffeine and eat crackers with it to soak it up. For some reason, caffeine increases your spinal fluid production.

    To Nick: I know what you are feeling. I have been through everything and I understand that there’s a point in time where you are so desperate that you are looking for any options. I would suggest trying to “deal” with the pain but only you can go through the options and until you feel that you’ve been through enough can you make that decision for yourself. I know this next step is real hard but ask yourself how much worse could I be? Could I become bed-ridden, paralyzed? Even though we all dwell on what we can no longer do, focus on what you can still do. Most of us, including myself, are very lucky to still be able to walk.

    To Suzy and Lhen: My ob/gyn told me that when I get pregnant, I will absolutely have to have a C-section or I could risk becoming paralyzed. But a baby can be born in my condition so that’s good news. Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

    To Jen: You should apply for disability. Yes they will say no the first time and you will have to appeal but with a lawyer you usually are approved. I was 27 when I was approved for disability after a 2 year wait. But you are back paid to the date in which you became disabled which is 6 months after your last day at work. Also, the lawyer can only take $5000 max by law.

  324. By TOM on Jul 2, 2009

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    Yes I had fusion L4 L5 not once but twice! Sad but true my first surgery was performed from the front and did not go well. I was still major pain and now numbness to my feet. When I would see my doctor, he would state the pain was in my head! After two months of major pain and discomfort I on x-ray which he discovered that my hardware fell out! Sad but true! I`m victim of workman`s compensation. So it took four additional months to get approval for the new surgery entering from the back, I so excited praying this additional surgery will solve my back issues (pain/numbness). Again sad but true! I have more pain/numbness and my doctor really hates to see now! The doctor claims it takes months (one year or longer).I have searching anywhere/anything for answers, Web MD stated after 3 months if I`m still having pain/numbness issues, it might be hardware problem or I have infection. After discussing these issues he finally suggested after 8/0 months removable of the hardware. At this point in with my pain/numbness I regret having any surgery. I do Narco for the pain but really does not seem to help! Please any suggestions or comments would greatly be appreciated. Yes I pray for all us!
    e-mail:tac_air@yahoo.com

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    I HAD L5-S1 FUSION SURGERY WITH BONE FROM MY HIP AND EVERYTHING SEEMED TO GO GREAT EVEN THOUGH THE PAIN RIGHT AFTER SURGERY WAS HORRIFIC. I WAS IN UK FOR 4 DAYS WITH THE BEST CARE EVER. I WAS OFF WORK AS A HAIRDRESSER FOR 6 1/2 WEEKS AND THEN MADE A STUPID DECISION TO GO BACK I FEEL NOW WAS TOO SOON. I AM NOW HAVING A STINGING FEELING WITH A TIGHT BAND AROUND MY RIGHT FOOT AND STRANGE NUMBNESS AND SENSATION OF SOMETHING TOUCHING MY LEGS AT TIMES BUT NOTHING IS THERE. I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS AT TIMES. I AM TAKING MEDS FOR NERVE DAMAGE AND TAKING ULTRACET FOR PAIN WHEN NEEDED, BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE SUCH FATIGUE AND ALMOST A NAUSIATING FEELING WITH PAIN WHEN I WORK. I ALSO HAVE SOME STIFFNESS AND PAIN IN MY LOW BACK. I HAD A WONDERFUL SURGEON AND WOULD NOT CHANGE THAT, BUT IS THIS PAIN NORMAL OR HAVE I WENT BACK TO WORK TOO SOON AND CAUSED THIS PAIN TO HAPPEN?

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    Bryce, What is a Prodisc replacement. I’m facing fusion again and haven’t heard of this. Can you please share more about it? Thanks, Sheri

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    My story is identical to Shelly’s. After three lower back surgeries 1994, 2005 and 2008. I am experiencing the chronic aching burning pain that I did not have prior to the 2005 surgery. The last neurosurgeon who performed the 2008 sugery finally stated that the pain I am describing is most likely due to nerve damage incurred during the 2005 surgery and that the pain is permanent. The fear of addiction side effects and potential liver damage from vicodin, oxycontin and oxydodone compelled me to ask for an SSRI antidepressent, celexa, that has its own side effects but hopefully less damaging than narcotics. It is managing the pain somewhat. My advice is to avoid any back surgery unless you are facing paralysis or are restricted to a wheelchair. I mourn my once active life and have few remaining interests. To strengthen my back I swim at the local gym and do back exercises a physical therapist has given me. We trust our surgeons and their advice too much and don’t ask the right questions. I also fear all the Xrays and paticularly the CT scans that subject one to radiation that will most likely give you cancer down the road.

  328. By johnnie k on Jul 8, 2009

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    Hello, to all us people with back pain problems. After 3 surgeries, one of which the screws and hardware was put in, 2 years later that was taken out and Grafton was put in. Man-made bone. Now after more years of the pain today I have decided to start the caudal shots in my spine. I have been told that 2 more disc’s are degenerating but going to try and go this route and hopefully not have to have that dreaded 4th surgery. The pain we all live with is rough on everyone and my thoughts go out to everyone.

  329. By doris

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    going in for L4-5 anterior lumbar fusion 7-20-09 for degenerate disease with L4 disc is gone.
    Any suggestions or thoughts of what you had done? I would appreciate it. I have low back pain, not in the leg. I am very afraid?
    Thank you,
    Doris

  330. By Miriam on Jul 13, 2009

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    Hi
    I had a spinal fusion of L3 through S1 three weeks ago. Being old (69) and fat (won’t tell), I developed breathing problems when they took me off the breathing machine, but picked right back up when they put me on oxygen. I was in the hospital 6 days and really doing well, I thought. At home it has not been so good – The pain has been excruciating at times and it has been everything I can do to try to manage it. Getting up and getting down are the hardest things I can do, other than trying to turn over in bed. I felt I should be doing better than that, but when I read these posts, apparently, I’m not. Actually, today, I had a pretty good day.

    By the way, FYI, a spinal leak is NOT when the surgeon nics the herniated disk, it occurs when something nics or tears the coating of the spinal cord itself; thus, a “spinal leak”. In my case the surgeon was attempting to pull of a piece of scar tissue (from my 1980 laminectomy) and a piece of the spinal lining came with it. They had to repair that spot by wrapping something (I know not what) around it, and make me lay flat for 48 hours.
    I have to say that I jumped at the offer of surgery, having become more and more limited each year, getting to the point where I can’t walk to the mailbox and back without horrific pain. 3 years ago an orthopod told me I had arthritis and there was nothing he could do for me. This orthopod said my back is seriously screwed up but he can fix it – not 100%, but at least 80%. I love him!!!!
    Today, I have had a really good day and I expect that I will get more good ones than bad ones.

  331. By Amber on Jul 14, 2009

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    Miriam: Thank you for making that correction. I was unaware that I had written that incorrectly. As most of us know, the spinal fluid is held inside of the dura, which is located around the spinal cord. Hope you are feeling better and continue to update us on your healing.

  332. By darlene on july 15, 2009 on Jul 16, 2009

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    I had a total of two back surgeries. I fell at work off a loading dock. I two different doctors do the surgerie. My first was in2007 and the last was in 2008. I had the l-4 and l-5 and s-1 done with a fushion, also pen, rods, screws, and now spacers, and cages. I am still in severe pain. I have alot of burnibg, tingling, numdness and weekness in my lert leg. I have had every treatment, test, and meds. knowm to men. I just would like to know if there is any thing a person can do from here. I was just tested for nerve damage in my left leg that I had been expericencing for a couple of years. The doctor that done the first surgery said it will take time it was a healing process. Well I am still suffering with the problem. I have just been told today that I now have permanent nerve damage probly from the first surgery in 2007. My whole life experence has been an upseting one. I can not sit or stand for a lon period of time. I can not enev lift or hold my grandbabies. I suffer from depression and I get sick on some of my mes. I am on morphene, anti-deprssions, and now nerve meds., nothing seems to help. Do you have any resources that I may be able to follow up on, or just any suggestions. If so please do not hesitate to send them to me. Thanks for letting me tell you a little of my ordeal. Hope to here from you soon. It feels good to know other people or going through the same thing you are. You sometimes feel you are alone.

  333. By Debbie

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    Darlene,
    I’ve had 1 back surgery and facing another one.The first dr took out 2 of my discs.I was a Hair stylist for 15yrs standing all day long.My first surgery was 2004. Then in 2007 a big truck rear ended me going 50 mph when I was stopped.I’ve had to go through physical therapy for 4 months and traction. I have a disc on my nerve.The pain goes down both legs. The traction helps for a short time then it goes back to the pain.My dr told me if your having nerve pain sleep on your stomach. and the nerves won’t hurt. it works for me. I go back to the spine surgeon on Sept 10.I would go swimming, it won’t put pressure on your back while strengthening it. Do you have a medicine ball to use to stretch your muscle out. it helps me feel better. It might help you too. With back pain it really zaps my energy level. I hope some of what i said helps you, Darlene. Take care, Deb

  334. By larry on Jul 16, 2009

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    My wife Peggy has had fusions with screws and the whole bit. Three surgeries altogether. Recently she had scar tissue and disc material removed. After about five days she started leaking spinal fliud. I took her back to the hospital and this time she had a very small tude incerted in she spinal sac to relieve the presure on the spine where it was leaking. She was flat of her back for six more days. Now that she is home there is no leakage to the out side but a large bulge were the surgery was performed has formed. Has anyone had this to happen to them. We have been back to the Dr. and he says it will go away. Its been two weeks with no results as of yet. Any suggestions will be welcomed. Larry

  335. By ROSALINDA on Jul 17, 2009

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    I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I WAS INJURED ON A LEASED BUS (FROM A CASINO) AND I WAS DENIED ANY OF THE BENEFITS THAT I PAYED INTO AND FIRED FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK AFTER 6 MONTHS…HAD CRUSHED VERTEBRE,BKOKEN NECK..PLUS ..WOKE UP ON OP TABLE DUE TO ANESTHESIA FAILURE DURING THE PLACEMENT OF THE CHEST TUBE IN MY LUNG, HOW DID YOUR SURGERY GO?

  336. By anna

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    HI I JUST HAD L4-S1 FUSSION AND MY LEFT LEG IS ON FIRE. I AM HURTING IN MY BIG TOES I CAN NOT GET ANY SLEEP. I HAVE BEEN KEEPING ICE ON MY BACK AND MY LEG FOR RELIEF. THE DR. SAID TO TRY TO WALK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE? I WAS HOPING TO GET OFF THE MEDICATION NOW I’M ON MORE.

  337. By keren laurent

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    I’m considering a spine stimulator as pain relief for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. (It sounds as though some of you might have the same sharp, burning pains as a result of sugery.) Has anyone had any experience with spine stimulator implants?

  338. By lesa stokes on Jul 23, 2009

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    Hello everyone. Hope all of you are doing ok. I wrote a few weeks ago about my back,. Well toaday i went back to the Dr. and got my meds up graded again and now I take galapanton 3 times a day. I am still haven pains in the right side of back and down the right leg. Dr. says I have server nerve damage and it has to heal on its own but I am so tiered of all the pain that I have when i am sleeping i migh get 1 hour of sleep and then toss and turn all night long. I still can’t walk, I walk with a limp and i crawl alot and walk with a cane if i need it. It is hard for me to do anything and some times it is inbarrasen to be out in puplic. So everyone becareful. If you can walk around otside please do it and keep ice on it. I do use a empii and it hurts but there is nothen else i can do. I still am waiting for my SSDA to kick in but first i have to have a hearing> I have been fighting that for two years. So everyone take care a be well.

  339. By neal on Jul 25, 2009

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    just rolling though comments and please be care full and review your ops I have recently had a X-lif proceedure done on the seventh included was three lowwer levels this has worked quit well so far my mind dulling pain has subsided and movement is returning my first prognosis was six level fusion never to tie shoes again. it took three years of drugs and pain management and with in three weeks I have never felt better meds arent the way finding the right way to go is difficult so hang in there and God bless it alll works out for you ., Neal Detroit

  340. By Dawn Clifford

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    For Michelle,
    Did you have your surgery in April 2008? If so, how did it go. Any problems? I might have to have the same surgery so I was wondering how it went with you?

  341. By Dawn Clifford

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    To Cindy,
    I have the exact same problem you do/did. I tried epideral shots and they took 3 months to work. Of course I am still in pain. Left leg also with numbness. How are you doing? Did you ever get surgery? I might need to. I am 41. I guess after 40 we start falling apart.

  342. By Brandy on Jul 30, 2009

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    Hi, I have a major question and need a serious help, I just had 2 back surgeries, My doctor said now my 3rd need another surgery, a bad one and i am so scared if i get 3rd surgery, will it cause me paraylze? some risks? cuz my dr said it really need surgery and i told him no cuz of that risks.. i need someone who had 3rd surgery done tell me if it is ok to have another 3rd or not thank you so much! i would want to know for sure

  343. By Terry on Aug 1, 2009

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    Brandy: I had my first back surg. in 1999, they fused L4-S2, using spurs in my back as a catalyst. All went well, for 5 yrs, I have now had a total of 6 back surg. and am fused from L2- S2, have begun to have back pain again. Dr said no surg, only meds. I’m 72yrs of age. I have had the epidurals, and also Bionic implant, with batt. installed, and controlled by hand held computer. It has been removed, and screws and rods installed.

  344. By mike on Aug 1, 2009

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    For anyone who has posted a comment on this site and is suffering with disc herniations/bulges, degenerative discs, facet syndrome, stenosis, arthritis or even scoliosis, you have to understand the inherent risk involved with any spinal surgery. Anytime you have a surgical fusion(with or without hardware) or a laminectomy, your surgeon is not treating the problem…only a symptom of your problem. The herniated/degenerated/damaged disc is your problem! Not the bony structures surrounding it. That is why the greatest risk for having a second spinal surgery is HAVING A 1ST SPINAL SURGERY!!! Because the surgeon does not treat the disc, and it CONTINUES TO DEGENERATE!!! The only proven treatment to reducing pressure and rehydrating degenerative/herniated discs is non surgical spinal decompression!!! I have treated numerous people that have gone through the agonizing suffering that many or you have discussed in prior posts…and the simple fact is you DO NOT have to live in pain. There is no reason your back pain should be any different. It is a pain free treatment that only requires 5-8 weeks of your time, and a little effort on your part after treatment following our recommendations. It is drug free, pain free, and the cost is less than 1/15th of surgery. If you would like an information packet or to schedule a free consultation to see if you qualify for this breakthrough type of treatment, please email your contact information to Amarchirocenter@gmail.com

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  345. By Jan Guthrie on Aug 3, 2009

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    Hi, my name is Jan and my daughter Bethany will have back surgery soon. She is 4 years old and has a large cyst within her spinal column. The cyst is between T3 and T11, and appears to be attached to the dura at those two points. She will have a myelogram to determine more about the cyst before surgery. The surgeon says she will be in hospital 4-5 days post-op but recovery should be straight-forward with some physical therapy. Right now Bethany’s symptoms are bladder incontinence, urinary frequency, balance issues, leg pain, falling a few times a day, tingling in her legs and feet/toes. Does anyone have experience with this type surgery and recovery(thoracic laminectomy)? especially with pediatrics? Anything I should expect? Thank you. Jan

  346. By valerie on Aug 7, 2009

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    Hello,I have also the same problem w the L5 and
    S1.But the Dr.don’t think I would benifit from
    it.I hurt my back on May 8 2008,and still taking
    medication for it.But have grone to live w this
    pain since then,because I can’t stand taking
    meds.What is your Dr. name mabey he can help me
    as well.Thank you

  347. By Curt on Aug 10, 2009

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    I had L4, L5, and S1, fusion in May, ’07. I reckon I went to work too early. Smoking too. Been on Percocet 10 and 100mg Fentanyl patch every 48 hrs before surgery and after. got better then got worse. Halo at screws in sacrum. Quit smokin’. Reexplored and refused June, ’09. Put plates on discs in front and replaced hardware in back. Had my 6 wk followup today, Aug 10, ’09. Feel Great!!! Steppin’ off meds now. doin’ good. Been a long time with out pain. Hooray for Dr Ilercil at St Dominics Hosp in Jackson, Ms. Don’t give up folks. Get the right neuro surgeon. Do your DD (Due Diligence). And don’t bend over or do any heavy lifting for at least 6 mos. I am going to be fine. GOD BLESS DR ORHAN ILERCIL!!!

  348. By dee on Aug 12, 2009

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    I am 30 year old male i work in the oilfield as a crane mechanic.i woke up in february and couldnt move my head my neck locked up, went to emergency room they said i had a cervical strain, sent me home with flexril and tramadol, worst pain i ever felt very intense took 9 days for mobility, went offshore and it was starting to hurt with job activities. when i got in went to dr. cervical strain they tell me bad crick in neck, so i continue to work in pain, getting loratabs or vicodin from whoever, few from dr. then the street just to maintain. well two weeks ago i couldnt take it seen new dr. whom put me on percocet and sent me for mri, I have herniated disc he set up an appointment with a specialist. i found out on the 7th and cant see dr. until the 18th so im back offshore, my boss said that because it happened on my own time that i could keep it private so that i can continue working in field service, if i take time off for recovery then ill have to get a letter from doctor then ill have to get a 100% release from him in order to continue my job in field service. i do not know anything but this, im making about $90,000 a year doing this. if i dont get 100% release then i’ll have to change dept. taking a $30,000-40,000 pay cut. i am the sole provider my wife is 4 months pregnant and i have 3 kids now. i cannot take any pay cut i have to work. the thought of being disabled and having this monster in my neck and not being able to provide is worst than any pain ive ever felt. if the dr. tells me theres a chance i wont release you then im walking out and going to work,my pain is debilitating literally but i will have to dig deep inside myself to press on for the sake of my family. what else can i do? ill suffer for those who depend on me. oh and by the way im a recovering drug addict and the pain pills make things worse when you try stopping you get phantom pains/dope pains they can last sometimes for twenty days so you never give your body a chance for the natural opiates to start working, those pains can be worse than the actual nerve getting pinched. getting off the pain meds is easier with subutex or suboxin takes about two weeks. i think im just about hooked again, so i guess i’ll have to hit bottom and start despising the killers before i take my own advice.

  349. By dee on Aug 12, 2009

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    I was told by a wise old oilfield hand whom worked for forty years on a drilling rig(hardcore labor) multiple herniated and missing discs, if you hurt your back never let them cut on you. you will have lifelong problems but the worst one is nobody will want to hire you because you are a libility and or cant perform like a spring chicken so tuff it out and keep it secret. he also recommened some type of salve thats used on horses with disc problems said you get it at the vetnarian, i forgot the name of it though.

  350. By corey on Aug 12, 2009

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    has anyone here had a endoscopic discectomy?
    i have a herniated disc at L5-S1. i am scheduled for laser discectomy, please help!!!!!!
    i am 24 and an athlete and dont know what to decide…….

  351. By amanda on Aug 12, 2009

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    your young and that sucks. unfortunately no one can tell you what is right for you. you basically have to trust in the person who is doing the work on your back. that is what makes all the difference.i had a surgery at 23 and have been screwed eversince all because of the wrong trust in doctors.i have been left unfused and unable to do anything for the past 3 yrs. but then i have seen others that i know personally at 40 yrs old and 83 have the same exact procedure by a different doctor and be completely recovered. now i cant find a doctor that will touch me because i was left so bad. i dont usually respond to these things but corey at 24 i wold hate to see another young person be miss lead into the wrong hands. know your doctor and do the research. and may god be with you

  352. By shane on Aug 17, 2009

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    this is for corey
    Hi my name is Shane i am 23 years old and i am in the same boat as you! i have a Bulge/Hernated L5-S1 i hurt myself on 2/26/09 pulling a 600lb boiler out of a basement i am a Heating and Cooling installer by trade. I have been seeing workers comp DR’s and seen a pretty good nuerosurgeon that i trust. i am scheduled to have a Fusion surgery on the L5/S1! i am starting to have second thoughts and go for a second opinion. i also am into sports and riding motocross. i have moderate to severe pain.somedays i can go out and do regular daliy shoping etc. somedays i cant do anything but lay down and eat percocet and Buy Oxycontin off the streets! it sucks so bad i hate beeing on painkillers and i am so depressed, hurt and been asking God to take me with him! but on the bright side i have my girlfriend and bestfriend here by myside to help me through the day. If it was not for them i would have been gone months ago. i just dont know what to do eather my friend. i have 13 days till surgery. and i dont know what to do!?! sorry i just needed to vent alittle. good luck buddy it makes me feel alot better there is some one out there the same age as me that is going through the same thing. GOOD LUCK! and GOD BLESS!
    -Shane-

  353. By Stan on Aug 17, 2009

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    I am now 34 years old and have had 5 back surgeries. I am now diagnosed with Chronic pain syndrome secondary to perineural fibroses. On my 3rd back surgery I was in so much pain and a MRI was performed and it was determined I had another bulging disc and I needed surgery. I had surgery the day after thanksgiving. I woke up after surgery in so much pain in my bsck snd my right leg I had no feeling. That doctor would not admit it, but he cut some nerves in my back, now I am permantely disabled. I have been in a nursing home for rehab. and not any better at all, still no feeling in right leg. I had a EMG done, and it was confirmed nerves were cut in my back which control my right leg. Nothing could be done when you cut a nerve it cant be repaired like a bone. Once its cut its cut. I applied for Social Security Disablity, (Medicaid), and was immediately approved without an attorney. I applied online. That there shows you how bad I am for getting approved so fast. I am currently living with my parents and want to move back into a nursing home. I am 34 years old and have no future. Yes I do have a lawsuit against that Dr. and hospital. My attorney just finished a similiar case with that same doctor. I pay $525.00 for my spendown, so I have Medicaid. I just need some advice, I dont want to live like this forever. I have to walk with a cane, and my right leg is totally worthless.

    Thank You…

  354. By Eric on Aug 18, 2009

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    My heart goes out to everyone that has to deal with back problems. I just had surgery on L5/S1 due to a ruptured disc there. Tomorrow will be 2 wks since my surgery and I will be seeing my doctor for follow-up. My best advice is get the right neurosurgeon and don’t just ask someone else ask the neurosurgeon himself how many of these he has done and how many worked and didn’t work. I did that myself and found one of the best in the State of Louisiana. I am now up and moving and walking without the requirement of a cane for the first time in 9 months.

  355. By Eric on Aug 18, 2009

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    Does anyone have any certain exercises that will help after back surgery????

  356. By Amber on Aug 19, 2009

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    Corey, I suffered injuries to my L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 in a car accident two weeks after my 25th birthday. I had a discetomy one year after the accident because the doctors thought I was too young for a fusion but now at 29 years old they want to do a fusion and I am terrifed of more surgery as I had many complications. I have been in severe pain and disabled since the accident but know in my heart that if I have the fusions I will continue to need more surgery over my lifetime. On the other hand, I don’t like relying on morphine and not “correcting” the problem. My best advice for you is to accept the fact that you will live like this and hopefully you’ll be one of the lucky ones. Acceptance of not being able to live your life– especially at our age– is extremely hard…depression is enevitable.

    For Eric– The only position that provides any form of relief for me is laying on my stomach, leaning my back backwards while pushing your stomach into the bed. After about 30- 45 minutes the relief starts for me.

  357. By ERIK on Aug 22, 2009

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    i just had my c5 c6 and c7 fusion surgery.any time line before i can go back to work?(i work with items that go up to 200 lbs)

  358. By sherri on Aug 23, 2009

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    hi i have had 2 back surgeries so far..one july 17,2008 and the second april 9,2009..after the 1st surgery i lost the use of my right leg..the did a myleogram feb 27 of this year and then did nerve conduction studies. there is permanant nerve damage to the leg and the feeling will never come back..both times after surgery dr sent me back to work and both times i have reinjured my back..i will see dr again wed of this week and now may be facing the posibility of spinal fusion..am in constant pain..dr says this is because of my weight..yes i am overweight..but when i lose weight the back and knees hurt worse than before..am trying to get disability because they say that i am disabled..i work at a job where you sit in front of a computer all day with just short breaks only..i have to walk with crutches all the time and can no longer drive a car..i just wish the pain would stop because now its starting to go down my left leg..i have many other problems among them are sleep apena, heart blockages, asthma,kidney stones,and chronic cluster migraines..i have read most of the other posts and hope that everyone gets better..im hoping the same thing for myself..but there are very few drs in south carolina that will work with the insurance and medicaid..

  359. By NATE on Aug 25, 2009

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    I had simple disc surgery jan 2001,neurosurgen said he was just going to remove disc pieces that were pinching into nerve giving me pain down my right leg. I thought everything was normal until my hips began to ache and I started getting a feeling on the right side of my face like walking into a cobweb. June 27,2001 my regular dr. sent me for an MRI of my head,3 days later he called me told me to go directly to st.raf. hosp. I had a staph infection from my back surgery 5 mos. ago. I was in the hosp. 18 days while surgeons and infectious disease doctors argued over new surgery, finally surgeon decided to operate found and removed infection from my back. In regards to a previous question I developed ringing in ears from vancomicin its a side effect. I had a pic line and was on antibiotics 3 times a day for 4 mos, until my sed rate was normal. I exercised purfusely to strengthen my core muscels without fail. 2003 I was feeling good and normal so I decided to drive to FLA.,I did not push it I took 5 days to drive to clearwater. by the time I got there I could not lift my right foot. I got dropped foot from the pressed foot on the gas pedal. Now comes my 3rd surgery after all kinds of rehab to bring my foot back to normal. Nothing worked, I had back surgery june 2004 to free up the nerve that was causing the foot drop. My right foot did not return to normal. Acaually my right leg ended getting 1/2 inch longer from all the walking on the treadmill because of the nerve damage from the infection. Last november and december I had two epidural shots with with exray vision to insure proper location of nerve damage, no improvement. I still workout faithfully, I have tenderness in the right side of L5, right hip is weak, right thigh is weak, groin is sore and right leg is weak. I am wearing a brace to lift my right foot so I do not trip. I am thankful I do not need pain meds freguently like most back surgery patients, also I forgot to mention I have severe spinal stenosis. I am not giving in to my pain and problems, I will continue to try and strengthen my back. By the way, the only reason I had back surgery was because I had numerous surgeries, everyone came out perfect, if I had access to the previous comments of back surgery dilemmas I would have never let a neurosurgeon open my back.

  360. By jullyard on Aug 26, 2009

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    NEVER EVER HAVE SPINAL SURGERY! EVER. IT ONLY WORSENS, CAUSES FUTURE SURGERIES, WHICH ALSO WORSEN AND WILL EVENTUALLY TOTALLY RUIN YOUR LIVES. NEVER, EVER DO IT. EVER.

  361. By Susan on Aug 26, 2009

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    I have had an idet and 2 fusions to L4,L5, and S1 within a three year time period… I have never been out of pain and my last surgery was 5-6 years ago…I do not want to up my meds so I stay in moderate pain continuously…I have a question for anyone.. lately when I lay down to sleep as soon as my side or back hits the mattress I get a overwhelming feeling of pressure like pain on my lower back and butt.. has anyone else ever experienced this??

  362. By Starla on Aug 26, 2009

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    My Granddaughter had a spinal fusion (full length of spin) IN Dec.13,2007 everything went well. Than in Oct.26,2008 she had a bruise come up on her left hip. Finally after many trips to the Doctor and many x-rays, on Nov.14 2008 the Doctor took one part of the rod out of her left hip with a pair of tweezers and than had to go thru surgery to remove one from her right pelvic that was lodged next to a artiery. The Doctor seems to think she broke them. Could it be that this is his “error”?

  363. By mary ann

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    I had L4/L5 surgery – not a fusion on Aug 21, 2009 when I lost strength in my left leg and bladder control. The doctor was very clear he would not operate for my extreme pain – I could not walk, stand or sit. However the loss of strength and bladder control make surgery urgent. I am interested in SAFE exercises. I was very active before surgery and want to get back to doubles tennis, yoga and my cardio exercises and weight lifting as soon as possible. I am 62 and had similar surgery 21 years ago at a higher level. Any thoughts are appreciated. My Dr follow up is not for 3 weeks.

  364. By Donna on Aug 29, 2009

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    I was wondering if anyone has has the radiofrequency treatment to control pain from inflamed facet joints. I was in a car accident almost two years ago and as a result, have two herniated discs, confirmed nerve damage (sciatic nerve) and inflamed facet joints all down the lumbar spine. I’ve had two series of facet injections consisting of six needles each time and then some kind of trans “something” epidural into the nerve ending which did nothing. The pain management doctor wants to now take a “broad” approach and perform the RFS treatment on one side to help with the bending pain I’m experiencing. Just wondering the outcome if anyone else has undergone this procedure. I plan on returning to work on Thursday after having it done on Tuesday. Also…this sounds like a partial solution because I can’t see where it will provide any relief from the sciatic nerves being pinched and the “catching/popping” sensation I get from the discs being herniated. I feel as though I will be in this situation for a long time to come.

  365. By Louie on Aug 30, 2009

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    I had a spinal fusion L-5 S-1 it was a failed surgery I am now going to go for a spinal cord stimulation had the trial for five days does not cure you but does help with the pain a tingleing sensation instead of pain.

  366. By DAVID on Sep 1, 2009

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    Hi, I have had almosrt every kind of injection for the past 3 years and alos the RAadiofrequency treatment. If the test injections do not help, don’t bother with the RF treatments. I have 1 bad herniated disk @ the L4-L5 level and 2 more minor herniations and I am sad to say that none of the injections really helped me. I am now going this week for a surgury consult as I can’t deal with the pain anylonger. You may get some releif with some steroid injections, but the facet joint injections didn’t help me one bit.

  367. By david baral on Sep 2, 2009

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    I am an active 50 and they told me I have grade 2 L5 S1 separation with degenerative disc disease. Generally pain free with off and on minor leg pain and stiffness. Minor. When I don’t lift heavy weight I seem to be just fine. I ride dirt bikes but watch my back. Doc said see a Neuro surgeon and get fusion and some washer!! It was grade 2 two years ago with another scan. Trying yoga and light weights. Any recomendations on surgery would be much appreciated. Live in Los Angeles.
    Thanks.

  368. By Monica on Sep 2, 2009

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    Hi, please let me know about this procedure because I the same condition as you and the Dr. suggested surgery, but I’m looking into other options. I resently find out that in Europe and in Mexico they do a teraphy with Ozone, which helps very much. Thanks.

    Monica

  369. By david baral on Sep 2, 2009

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    I will post what I find on sugery options for L1 S5 grade 2 degen disc problem. As mentioned I am in Los Angeles and there are many great doctors. First I am trying to stregthen area with yoga and other exercises. As long as I can keep pain and numbness away I will avoid surgery. Be well.

  370. By Tracy on Sep 4, 2009

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    I am going in on sept 14 for surgery no. 2. First let me say that there are wonderful water exercises on the internet that work wonderful after back surgery and are safe as well.also yoga is benificial.
    I had a laminectomy in 06 and had a pinched nerve in my right leg. the doctor nicked my dura and i leaked spinal fluid for 2 days. I have l-5 s-1 as well and injured my back 20 years ago in a nursing home and ignored it to long. of course i have the degenerative disc disease also. I am only 38! check out the water exercises!

  371. By Dawn Clifford

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    I am looking for info from anyone who has had laser surgery on their lower back and what was your experience? I need surgery and I’m not sure what kind to do.

  372. By mary ann

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    Tracy,
    Thanks for the rehab tips. I was doing yoga twice a week, playing tennis twice a week and treadmill and weights 4 times a week. So far, 2 weeks after surgery, I am walking 20 minutes 4 times a day. Today a trip to the super market totally pooped me out. I am not a swimmer, but with instructions not to bend, lift, twist or reach for at least 4 weeks, I guess I will have to wait a bit longer for more rehab work. I still have leg pain, some back discomfort and lots of numbness. I think the waking is making my leg stronger, but it’s hard to tell. When you had surgery in 06, how long was it before you did yoga again?

  373. By johnny bruton on Sep 7, 2009

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    I had two major back surgeries, one 8/82 in the lumbar region(I was told it was good for around 8 years before needing it again), the doctor has since retired(thank God) he was a real butcher. The pain never stopped and he only removed the spurs around the inflammed disk which over time broke up and began to move along the spinal canal causing all kinds of problems. In late august 1999 I lost use of all lower body functions, I weighted around 300lbs, give or take a few pounds. It took three months of being in a wheel chair and none stop pain(no management worked) before the doctor, younger and up to date, would touch me. He worked miracles, two hours after recovery I was up and walking pain free, it had been seven years of pure hell, living on ibuprofen and other over the counter items just to make i through the day. Well that was december 1999 until march 2009 no pain meds at all but in march while moving a large body in the prep room something happened and after many test and various rays found that L5 is protruding and not getting better. The only way I will have any surgery is through laser or endosopose.

  374. By geza on Sep 7, 2009

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    i had a same l/5 fusion sergery and im living on disability insurance. on and on pain come back baecase of the limitation movments coseby the fusion , also have sitting pain from bone artritis so go head and apply for the disab….

  375. By kathy h

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    I had fusion of C5-6-7 on July 23, 2009. No major problems after. Wound itched a little. I had tight neck and back muscles and needed deep massage to aleve tension. After 1 month, my throat felt swollen. OTC meds and PT is helping.

  376. By John Pfaeffli

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    In 2006 I had c3,4,5,6 replaced and also a Implant to c3 and c4. My doctor said my neck was a mess. But to tell the truth it really was a piece of cake. No major pain to speak of the worst pain was where they had to put the tube down my thoat. And that because my neck so bad they couldn’t bend it much. Therefore of the was a cause the tube. Of course I give all the credit to my surgeon Dr. Delasotta. I’m know thinking about back and he’s the only surgeon I would ever trust. I not gone to tell I was scared to death because that would be a big lie.But if I had to do it again no problem as long as Dr. D was there….John P

  377. By Bob "Desi" on Sep 20, 2009

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    I have numbness in both arms and hands, as well as severe shoulder pain….MRI and Cervical Milogram indicates a particially compressed spinal cord in the neck area. Surgery is scheduled for this Thursday.

    Can anyone give me any information on this surgery ?

    Thank You

  378. By teri on Sep 24, 2009

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    what you had is sounds like what I have going on with me,what did they do to you?

  379. By tiffany on Sep 24, 2009

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    Hi, just wandering how ur surgery went, I am 32, I had surgery for scoliosis when I was 17. It seems like a very long recovery especially when ur that young, I was layed up for 3 months during that summer so I wouldn’t miss any school. Once the three monhs was over I was back to driving and living my normal teenage life again, after 15 years of having the rods and screws I just now started having problems, started having constant ache in my hip and down my right leg, 2 weeks ago, I just had all my hardware taken out, and let me tell u, its nothing like the 1st surgery at all! I am still at home recovering, no brace, just had more pain at the beginning, feeling well each day, I wish you luck, hang in there, yo will get better and will be able to live a normal teenage life. When I was 23 I had a baby, I had no problems at all with my back. good luck and hope your surgery went as well as mine did.

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    to Amy 14 yrs old

  381. By margie

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    had a c6/c7 fusion. Recovery took a about six months. Initially painful from all the movement in the spine/neck area the surgeon has to do. Because I had severe shoulder pain due to injury added to the recovery period. Went back to work. Got injured again and I am almost done with therapy. Lots of therapy helps and so does the pool therapy and celebrex (I am 54 yrs — so I have osteoarthritis). Take it slow and follow your therapist’s advise as well as your doctor’s. YOur age also determines how quickly you get back on your feet. Good luck and God Bless.

  382. By Margaret Ames

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    I too am suffering from spinal fusion done Dec of 08. Did you find anyone to reverse it?

  383. By joe on Sep 27, 2009

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    hmm just went to the doc today..i had a wreck 2-3 years ago and suffered a back injury.im 29 years old and well i was seeing a cyropractor and well it never helped.now i am concidering sugery…i really dont wanna take any pain meds at all..after sugery is this possible???i live and deal with pain every day…will the pain get worse after sugery///???

  384. By cavin bryant on Sep 27, 2009

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    what kind of injury did you have??

  385. By David

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    Cavin, My name is is david i was injured in 1999 and had a surgery in 2001 and a bigger one in 2002 in which i have hardware and screws put in i have been on every medication for pain anietyand depression i cant take it any more any suggestions would help let me know a little about your self T

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  387. By Victoria on Sep 28, 2009

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    Hi I got injured at work in Jan. 2008. I have four herniated discs with annular tears. I have done all the usual: PT, injections, tens unit, you name it. I can’t get through my day without many 10/325 percoset and they barely take the edge off. I am looking at having spinal fusion at L2,L3,L4,L5. I am 49 years old and was always very active. Has anyone had this exact surgery? I want to know how you are and what mobility you have? I would appreciated any feedback.

  388. By nate

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    im having lumbar interbody posterior fusion dr said 2 hours in surgery 3 day stay putting cage in at l-4 im not nervous i really dont care anymore i cant get no feeling in my legs and they go nume anyways. ill deal with it when i wake up wish me luck tommorrow i go in for the surgery my Dr is cool doing surgery in allentown at lehighvalley hospital does anyone no about this hospital well wish me luck ill be praying for you guys also. god bless nate.

  389. By michellle on Sep 30, 2009

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    I can relate to your problem about all the pain and not being able to enjoy life. I have been sick for a long time with my throat ears and I also have spurs on my back along with other back problems . All I can seem to do is lay in the bed hurting . My family does not understand all of it . I feel bad because I can not go out anywhere and if so not for long because of the pain . That makes me feel really bad .

  390. By Jolene on Oct 1, 2009

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    Rob,
    My name is jolene, i too had the L4L5S1 fusion in May of 09. I had seen many many doc. prior to my surgery. I have a cage 2 rods and 4 screws. They accidentally nic the spinal cord in surgery. They stiched it up. I am thankful that i can walk. I had spinal headaches, wished i was not here anymore. I had hoped to be off the oxycotin 80mgs Oxycodone, hydrocodone,Nurontin. Nope! I am worse. Good luck to all of you. I was thinking maybe if we shared all these letters with our loved ones that maybe just maybe they could possibly come to grips and understand a little better what we go through each and every day. Never ending Pain. No Sleep. Way to much medication. What do you guys think?

  391. By Lucy Rentas on Oct 2, 2009

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    45 YRS WOMEN IN GOOD HEALTH & SHAPE
    HAD MY SPINAL FUSION MARCH 2009
    HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK SINCE
    I GAVE UP MY 12 YEAR OLD ORGINAL PAIN FOR A NEW PAIN

    PT DOESN’T DO MUCH FOR ME
    I UNFORTUNATELY BELIEVE ITS A CRAPS SHOOT SOMETIMES IT WORKS, SOMETIMES IT Doesn’t BUT WHEN IT DOES IT COULD BE A VERY LONG RECOVERY PERIOD MAYBE UPTO A YR. SOME PEOPLE IT COULD TAKE EVEN LONGER

    YOU ARE GONNA HAVE PAIN WITH OR WITHOUT THE MEDS, I,E, OCXY & MORPHINE, BUT AT LEAST YOU COULD TRULLY TELL HOW YOU ARE HONESTLY PROGRESSING THESE MEDS MAKE YOUR BRAIN TELLS YOUR BODY YOU HAVE PAIN EVEN IF YOU DON’T
    THAT’S WHY THEY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE HOOK ON THEM, THEY ARE OTHER MEDS YOUR DOCTOR CAN GIVE YOU THAT ARE SO TOUGH ON YOU.

    IF YOU COULD PLEASE TRY TO GET OFF THESE KIND OF MEDS AS SOON AS POSIBLE, THE SIDE EFFECTS CAN BE AS PAINFUL AS THE BACK PAIN AND THE WITHDRAWALS SYSTOMS MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A JUNKIE,. THE SHAKES, SWEATING, STOMACH ACHES, DIAREHIA OMG!!!!!!

    NOW I GO TO PT 3 TIMES A WEEK ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE TO FOR MY DISABILTY BENEFITS IT REALLY Doesn’t DO MUCH GOOD FOR ME, SOMETIMES I ACTUALLY FEEL WORSE AFTERWARDS.
    I LIVE ON MOTRINS AND WALK 20-30 MINS TWICE A DAY IF THE PAIN ALLOWS ME, THIS WILL USAULLY HELP A LITTLE BIT AND EVERY LITTLE BIT IS A BLESSING.

  392. By motty on Oct 4, 2009

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    hello, i have exactly the same symtoms as u had in sept . can u please tell me how your surgery went and would you recommend i went ahead with mine?

  393. By Lucy Rentas on Oct 5, 2009

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    Motty can you please mention the name of the person you asking, to be respond.

  394. By Courtenay on Oct 7, 2009

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    Hi to all. On May 3, 2008…I had a spinal fusion of L5/S1. I am 32 years old and traveled around the US playing softball and lifted a lot of weights back in the days. About ten years ago, I had bad back pain and decided to try conservative treatment which consisted of chiro and acupuncture. Nothing worked. I was and insurance agent and switched into the claims department. While I was an agent every time I would go to the ER they would take Xrays of my back and state that nothing was wrong with my back…I do not complain of pain unless I truly have it so I started to go to a therapist to see if it was all in my head. Once I was switched to the auto claims dept I worked with bodily injury claim and one thing that I learned is that in order to really be able to see what one has going on with their thoracic/lumbar or cervical region is to obtain and MRI if they have no metal in that area. I obtained an MRI and I have HNP with impingement going down my left leg at L5/S1. I tried therapy for a while but it got so bad that I finally gave up and decided to have the fusion. I can honestly say that that was the WORST decision of my life. I am married and that has changed my life significantly. WE have no kids and do not know if we can have any kids. I am sick of going to doctors and having doctors throw pills at you or want to open you up for the 100th time. I have had a neurotransmitter put in my system which is basically a permanent tens unit. I have a remote control and metal in my back and I have a battery inside of me. When I plug my cell phone in at night…I plug my remote in at night as well. The only thing that that has helped is my leg. No back relief. I am no longer working. I was working from home but my work will no longer let me so I am possibly going to lose my job after 13 years because I simply cannot sit in a chair for 8 hours. I am going to get a cat scan with dye on Thursday and then meet with the neuro on Monday and try to find a solution. I can tell anyone that is possibly thinking about having a fusion that I had the BEST of the BEST doctor in S. Florida. I DO NOT recommed a fusion. There are currently other alternatives. I would rather have cancer and know my diagnosis which is either that I am going to live or die than to live with this HORRIBLE chronic pain. No one should suffer like this. I pray to God each day that this pain goes away but to this day my prayers have not been answered. On top of everything else, if you have a family it effects them as well. My parents, sister and husband are effected with me as they see me in pain each day and not even leaving the house…Sad but true. Should anyone want to speak to me..Please feel free to email me back…Thanks for listening.

  395. By Lucy Rentas on Oct 8, 2009

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    Hello Courtenay
    I had My fusion done 3/9/09
    and feel extacly like you I am also getting a CT Scan With contracts next week, however my symptoms has my spine surgeon believing I might need more surgery but I swears as long as I could walk I will never to this again
    I to had the Best Spine Surgeon in NYC
    If you do get cut at work don’t delay appyling for disabilty benefits I have been on short term and now long term disabilty with my job and if your job does not provide it go online for SSI benefits ASAP! Good luck with your test God Bless!

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    Lucy,

    Sorry that you are going through the same thing. I just got back from the Cat scan and I will forwarn you that if they are using dye it does hurt for quite a while. I am laying in bed all day and night and will not be moving. Results on Monday. Problem is with these doctors is that they all say that you need to get cut and honestly, it is getting really old. I am 32 years old and really do not want to be on disability the rest of my life. I guess we shall see next week what the results show. I will keep you posted. Please keep me posted. I find that being on sites like this truly does help you through the emotional times!!! Take care and feel better! Courtenay

  397. By Tina on Oct 8, 2009

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    Courtenay,
    I so feel your pain,I have had 5 back surg. and I’m still in pain. The only thing that keeps me going is a morphine pump,I have had it for about 4 years and it has been such a blessing. I can’t see myself down the road without it,I would not be able to walk, so I suggust you ask your doctor about the pump. Good luck and God Bless and stay strong.

  398. By Courtenay on Oct 9, 2009

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    Tina,

    Thank you for your info. They are suggestioning this to me and I am scared because I do not want to walk around like a zombie. Are you drugged up or does it simply take away your pain. The CAt scan with the dye was completed yersterday and we will find out results Monday. If the results show nothing then they will want for the Morphine pump to be implaced. The only problem is with one of my fusions I had a horrible reaction to morphine so I do not know if they could put that in my system daily. Thank you for your info and if you have any additional info, I would love to hear it. Thanks Courtenay

  399. By Tina on Oct 12, 2009

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    You know I wish I would have done more reading before I had my fusion. I am 3 months out, and the pain continues to get worse everyday. I hve been on narcotic pain medications since before my surgery and get very little if no relief. I am going in for a MRI with contrast on Tuesday (tommorow) I really think my Dr. thinks I am nuts all he does is tell me I should not be in this much pain this far out. DUH! Well anyways I was wondering if any one else has had constant pain since their fusion surgery, and if so how do you deal with it on a day to day basis? I am 37 and have four children I can no longer take care of my self and most of the time have to have help just to get dressed. Hope they either find something or figure this out soon I dno how much more of this I can take it is really starting to wear on my nerves.

    Fed up In Illinois!!

  400. By Kay on Oct 12, 2009

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    Wow I am so sorry to of read about everyone’s back pain, I had a fusion L4&L5 back in may od 2001, my doctor said he could get rid of about 90% of my pain, he did better then that I would say about 98%. How ever since I no longer can bend at that area in the past 8 years I have been bending up one, and I had the same problem all over again, I have since had my second fusion at L4&L3 just 3 weeks today,he took out my old hardware and put in new bolts and screws and so far thanks are great, I had both of my surgery’s in St.Louis with the same doctor and so far feeling terrific.
    I hope everyone can find relief somehow.
    God Bless you all.

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    KAY AND TO ALL OTHERS,

    I WENT TO MY DOC TODAY AND THEY READ MY CAT SCAN WITH DYE. MY RODS/SCREWS THAT ARE HOLDING MY CAGES WENT THROUGH MY BONE INTO MY SCAR TISSUE. I HAVE AN APPMNT WITH A NEURO ON MONDAY. THIS NEURO WILL NOT EVEN SEE YOU UNLESS YOU ARE A SURGERY CANDIDATE. HAS ANYONE EVER HAD RODS/SCREWS TAKEN OUT AND NEVER HAD REPLACED? IF SO, CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN AND TELL ME RECOVERY TIME. THANK YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS TO ALL. THIS SITE. REALLY HELPS ME GET THROUGH THESE HORRIBLE DAYS! COURTENAY

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    Courtenay,
    Take my advice if you sign up on SS disablity. Keep signing up.You could end up like me and possibly lose it all.Get your medical records and see what doctor is writing down.I trusted my doctor. That was a mistake.He said one thing and wrote another.If he had put as much time in helping me, as he did hurting me, we both would have been better off.He was a Neurosurgeon.I have seen 3 neurosurgeons in the past 15 years.2 neurosurgeons have done different procedures.None have worked.Levels L3 through S1.I wasted my time with neurosurgeons.
    I was always told Neurosurgeons are better than Orthopedic surgeons. My Orthopedic surgeon found a problem that the neurosurgeons didn’t. The Orthopedic surgeon believed what I was telling him and looked for it.My arms were going numb because a cervical disc is ruptured. Found about 15 years after I told the first Neurosurgeon my symptoms.My Chiropractor found other problems that the neurosurgeons didn’t find. All the arches had fallen in both feet.Orthotics have helped some. That doesn’t mean all neurosurgeons don’t listen, But I know mine didn’t. No matter how good a surgeon, a doctor can only help you if he listens.The first neurosurgeon was a second opinion for workmen’s comp. At that time I was stuck with him.
    I really think I know what is hurting in my own body don’t you.Keep in mind most doctors or therapist have never experinced a ruptured lumbar disc.Or an rotator cuff tear.Knee problems or a cervical disc problem.I have experinced all of the above.Gout is also a bad thing.
    I walk,do home therapy through my chiropractor,and use my inversion table. Inversion and simply lying down helps more than anything.Standing still or sittin down is a pain increaser.Like you I must take pain relievers.I’ve had about eleven MRI’s.
    All the MRI’s have shown a problem over the years and I’ve not always been told the truth. My medical records show this.I have all my MRI reports now.
    The first neurosurgeon worked on 3 lumbar discs. He wrote a letter to the Social Security Office that he only did one disc and that I was not disabled.It took him 2 years to convince me I would never be able to work again.I guess he changed his mind.
    TAKE MY ADVICE AND GET YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS.You only have a year to correct things that may hurt you in the future. I waited to long. Good luck and I hope you get well.

  403. By dan on Oct 13, 2009

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    Kay,
    Did you have a lot of leg and foot pain before fusion? My problem is L3-L4,L4-L5,and L5-S1. My doctors claim a fusion will most likely make things worse.Scar tissue,bulging and arthritis is my problem.I’m also 6’2″ and wiegh 235.My leg has been numb for 2 years now.

  404. By Tina on Oct 13, 2009

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    To all, I have been trying to get SSi since my accident in 2007, They have denied me everytime. I was in a car accident and ruptured a disc at L4-L5. I had a fusion in July and everyday the pain gets a little worse. Laying down seems to be the absolute worse thing when I go to get up. The pain shoots through my back and hip and I feel like I cannot even move the pain is excruciating.I am at my wits end at this point. I seem to be getting more and more irratable. Sometimes I think there is no way I can go on one more day.
    My family is suffering, my house is suffering, dinner is suffering. Is there any one else out here who feels like the fusion was the biggest mistake they have ever made???? The pain is worse now that I have had the surgery that is for sure. I had an MRI today with and without contrast so hopefully there is a reason for all of this and this is just not the way it is going to be.

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    Tina,

    I feel your pain. I tried EVERYTHING conservatively for 10 years and NOTHING worked. I finally decided to have the lumbar fusion and I have had 4 surgeries and Monday will find out if I need my 5th. The WORST decision that I have ever made. I work with a therapist to realize that I cannot relive the past and that what I did as far as deciding to have a fusion is over. I have to move on and try to find a way to get out of pain. This is what you need to do as well. My suggestion is to not just put all your eggs in one basket. Go to MANY doctors and get many opinions as these opinions cannot hurt…..I am feeling your pain daily….Praying for your recovery!! Courtenay

  406. By Abe on Oct 14, 2009

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    Hello,
    I had the same surgery (L4and L5 and S1) as you did on Jan21,2005. It has been pretty much a miseable 4.5 years. I have pain in my low back that burns like fire, and now I have a disc above (L3) that has deteiriorated. I take many meds, vicodin, sleeping pills, depression pills, neurontin, blood pressure pills and now I have had to start on Lipitor. I have had injections (just yesterday) and I am still in misery. the doc thinks perhaps the metal is my problem. Has anyone else had this issue? I also am wondering if anyone has had any luck with a bio feed back stimulator. I have had a pain doc tell me about it and says it could really help me. I hope so because life is miserable at best.

  407. By nanette on Oct 14, 2009

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    Hello, I am scheduled for a lumbar discecotmy and fusion of L4-L5, L5-S1 next month with interbody fusion. I am very scared. Now that I have read the stories above I am more scared. I have been on pain pills for over a year and the pain continues. I am fearful if I have the surgery it will not fix the problem. How do I make the correct decision? I pray everyday and I am still confused.

  408. By ERIC AMps on Oct 14, 2009

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    different people heal differently, thats all i can say. do whats asked of you and you will be ok

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    Abe,

    I have the stimulator and it has helped my leg pained a lot but not my back pain at all. As far as the titanium. I had a fusion and I had a CAT scan with dye a week ago and have been in serious pain since my fusion and they just determined that my screws/rods went threw the bone and into scar tissue. Not good and can cause a lot of pain. I have an appmnt with neuro for 5th back surgery on Monday. Everyone can pray about it and read the above comments but to all that have yet to have a fusion in th elumbar area my suggest is to not have it. I have NEVER been in so much pain in my life. Some times it gets so bad that I truly just feel like giving up. The pain is WAY worst than prior to having the fusion. Look at other boards that people that have had the fusions. The major percentages of them are NOT happy. That should tell you something. Sorry, but just my feeling.

  410. By lisa c

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    had ant.lumbar interbody fusion oct 31 surgury was great but 3 days after beware of foot pain burning cant touch and sharp pains had fusion nov 06 3 4 5 no prob. this sucks thought i was going crAZY 5 DAYS AAFTER SURG.I TYPE IN FOOT PAIN AFTER BACK SURGURY AND WOWO IM NOT CRAZY NOT COMMOM BUT IT HAPPENS ON NERVE PAIN MEDS AND STERIODS AND NO RELIEF YET THE PERCOCET 10.325 DO NOTHING FOR FOOT PAIN

  411. By Erin

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    I have had a Perm. stimulator put in a year ago. It DID NOT help me at all!! I just had it removed 2 weeks ago and i feel sooo much better! It’s a foreign object in your body and your body does not like things like that!!! I am scheduled to have a spinal fusion l-5 thru s-1 in 2 weeks. I am hoping it works but am scared b/c i have had a family firend that did it about 2 weeks ago and she was rushed to the ER 3 days ago due to excrusitating pain!!! AWWWH! WHAT TO DO??? i NEED THE PAIN TO GO AWAY I FEEL LIKE I RATHER DIE THAN TO KEEP FEELING LIKE THIS BUT HAVE 4 KIDS THAT DEPEND ON ME DAILY!! I FEEL LIKE JUST GOING OUTSIDE AND YELLING HELP ME!!! GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVER DECICISON YOU MAKE.. SORRY ABOUT THE SPELLING I’VE GOT A 3YR. OLD LITTLE GIRL IN MY LAP LOL…. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! PRAY TOO!

  412. By Erin

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    I have had a discectomy 3 yrs ago and it failed… now scheduled for a spinal fusion in 2 weeks.. and like you i am terrified!! after reading some of these messages.. Just PRAY and ask GOD to handle all of these worries! Good Luck and God Bless!

  413. By Courtenay on Oct 15, 2009

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    Nannette, My suggestion to you would to get a few different opinions from differnt doctors. Have you tried conservative treatment and if so, how long and what type of treatment? As Eric consistantly states, people do heal differntly but I can tell you that being in the business, many do not heal well from the fusion and have more pain afterwards. Getting 2nd and 3rd opinions never hurts. Like I have said before and this is not to scare you. If I could go back 1 and a half years ago and do this all over again, I wouldn’t have had the surgeries. Yes, peoples bodies heal differently…I had the best doctor in FL. I followed all rules. I went to PT for 3 months after surgery. I even did extra PT on the side such as getting in my pool and doing excercises on my own. Nothing worked. I am 32 with metal and titanium in my body now and not only due I have more pain and no sleep each night but will not be able to have a child with my husband because I cannot put any weight onto my body and back. I am in good shape. Not overweight or anything so that is not the issue. Just pray about it and be positive but remember get some more opinions so that you feel completely confident prior to going in for the surgery. If you would like to email me directly..Please feel free to do so. My email is Smalprsn2@aol.com

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    I just had surgery for L5 S1 lumbar. for spinal stenosis. before the surgery I too was diagnosed with a mass on the spine (left nerve root). I had the surgery on the 8th day of october, it is now the 16th, today i woke up with a watery drainage at my surgical wound site, dr said it is normal, that it is draining a cerous fluid, It scared the hell out of me, since i have had no problems at all. in fact I didn’t even need anything ecept tylenol, for very mild pain that I was haveing. I actually felt batter immedietly after the surgery! Prior to the surgery I had horrible burning pain and could only be on my legs a couple hrs, then i had to lay down awhile and get back up later and start over. I also had terrible heel pain, and it is gone! I do not regret the surgery, I hope it stays this well. good luck to you!

  415. By jean on Oct 17, 2009

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    i had my spinal fusion on 9/08/09 and i can tell you if i had to do it again that would be a no. i was injured at work 11/08 at work,fired from my job in january09 and finally had to be released from injury because i had to find a job. i was not improved but had to get released. anyway i continued to get worse was sent to 2 other doctors did the therapy and finally 2 sets of injections before they decided on the surgery. since then,i have had terrible sciatica nerve pain all the way to my feet,which tingle and go numb.my lower back hurts worse now then before and recently started having dizzy spells that scare me to death. not sure if the dizziness is related but considering i never had it before it makes me wonder. i can’t sit very long i can’t stand very long and now i’m getting depressed wondering what kind of job will i be able to do with this restrictions. i am 42 years old and already have been told i will never be able to return to my profession,a cna, again. my life has been desperatley changed for the worse and just pray if anyone is contemplating this surgery to ask yourself “am i willing to accept possibly being worse off than i am now?’ good luck with your decisions. thank you

  416. By debbie S

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    To all,
    I had a spinal fusion in 2002. The pain was worse after surgery. After spending 2 years searching for the correct pain control doctor, I found a doctor that actually listened when I spoke. I had a spinal stimulator installed 1 year ago. What a blessing. It takes away about 40% of the pain. Most of my pain is under control with the stim and pain medication. You might want to talk to your doctor about this option.
    Good luck

  417. By TK on Oct 17, 2009

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    I have had 2 lumbar disectomies,L3-L4,as well as numerous conditions with my lumbar spine,ranging from L1-L5 and S1,S2 nerve roots being totally compressed,had an SCS implanted in Oct 08(useless piece of medical tech)..I am from Canada and have found great treatment in Cleveland Ohio @ the Cleveland Clinic W.O Walker Center,have tried traction therapy,physio therapy,massage therapy,trigger point injections,and to no avail been suffering from back issues since 05 and soon am scheduled for a 4 level 360 degree fusion,and to all who read forums and horror stories in regards to ppl and different procedures done,dont let it scare you or think the worst,every individual and back issues are in no way the same as for treatment it is on the same lines but outcomes for each wont ever be exactly the same,I have done research on many different lumbar spine conditions,treatments,studies,and recovery post surgery,I suggest those of you that face surgery in the near future goto a hospital website where you are to have it done and read the posts there from actual patients that have recently had surgery,medical advances for spinal conditions have drastically improved to the point they can actually replace herniated disc’s now

  418. By Eric on Oct 18, 2009

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    I have been diagnosed with Grade 2.9 Spondylolisthesis with herniated disc in L4-L5-S1 and scheduled for spinal fusion. I compressed my spine by the tail bone 42 yrs ago and have suffered severe sciatic pain off and on until 4 yrs ago. Now it is constant. After back injections that failed I am on gabapentin and it has stopped working and even with diet and swimming it put 20lbs on me. I have always been very active and now I am house bound and not liking it very much. In the opinion of my long time GP and the Orthopedic Surgeon, spinal fusion surgery is my only choice. I am worried about the out come but optimistic and will do the best recovery I can.I have been told by my Physio Therapist that walking will be the best as well as core strengthening and swimming. One thing I would like to pass on to others is I purchased a infrared sauna 8 months ago and it was working fine but because of a hot summer I stopped using it. This week I returned to it because the pain was so bad. I am siting here writing this with 80% less pain and no gabapentin. I will use it daily from now on and after the operation. Give it a try it may help.

  419. By Bob Baker

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    Hi,
    I had bilateral laminectomy and fusion Feb 4 2009 on my L4-L5. Everything was going fine for about 6 months and then I started having sciatica nerve pain in my left leg. It has proceeded to get worse over the past two months. I now have shooting pain from lower buttocks to calf. On the positive side prior to the surgery I had sciatica in both legs. In my surgery I did not have instrumentation (rods) done. Next week the Dr. wants me to have an MRI. If this is a non-union what are my options? I really don’t want to go through another surgery.
    Thanks,
    BB

  420. By randy on Oct 19, 2009

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    i have had 3 herniation redo’s,and 3 infection wash outs.now they want me to get L4-L5 fusion do to no disc between them. what my question is what are the poss. of getting another infection and will the fusion take the crippling pain away without using narcotics that u get hooked on?i just wanna get back to half normal.
    thank you,
    in pain randy

  421. By randy on Oct 19, 2009

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    dear tina,
    sorry about your back pain.but did your dr. check for a infection?i had the same thing happen, and the dr.thought the same way.i found out i had a infection when my stapels busted open and green goo oozed out!!!
    my prayers are with u
    failed back RANDY

  422. By Bruce on Oct 20, 2009

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    I had a microdisecectomy on 2/14/09 and three months later all was good. I hurt my back at work in July then found out my disk popped out again and the one above it is also popped out. I think the Fusion is the only option for me. Did it realy mess you up?

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    TO all of you out there have you ever tryed Magnets, like a magnetic bracelet or necklace wit the power of 7000 guass or better. It will either remove you pain or decrease you pain. My husband got polio and fribro, arthritis, and degenitive disc, he was on a large amount of pain meds when he decided to try magnets, to our amazment it had reduced his pain from a 9 out of ten to 2 out of ten, and he no longer takes the pain killers. Give one a try

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    Hi to all, especially Bob. Bob, I had my fusion 1.5 years ago. I had a CAT scan with dye done 1 week and a half ago and found out on Monday after dealing with severe pain for a 1.5 years that I have a non union fusion. My rods and screws on my right side also are going through my bone and into my scar tissue. I have a horrible isse with scar tissue. I have consulted with many docs and am going to my last doc tomorrow at the Cleveland Clinic. I am scheduled for another fusion on 11/5. They will be going in there and taking everything out and starting over again. They will also be removing all scar tissue. The recovery time will be the same as a regular fusion which is 3 months. I am told by others that when you have the surgery for a non union it is more painful but we shall see. You do have an option with a non union of trying conservative but in my case due to my rods and screws I really do not have an option. I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask any more questions. I am just praying that it gives me some sort of life back. I am 32, married with no life. Not fun. God bless.

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    Im really excited to find this website, but I dont see a response to ever post; just a select few. I pray that you all repond to me because I am scared Sh..less!

    I had a microsdiscectomy on L4/L5 in July of 08′ and would do it again for sure. That disc was heriated ou the left side and the pain in my leg was unbearable. Howver, I do remember as they prepped me and rolled my into the OR I was screamnig “no fusion- please dont fuse me together.”

    Well now, starting about 9 months after, Im talking to surgeons about lumbar interbody fusion. My leg pain is ongoing daily, i have constant pain down both legs and tops of my feet. It can range from severe shooting pain, to dull focused throbs, to tingling, numbness. There is also quite significant pain in my . I was going to phyiscal thereapy and massage for a while but that seems to just agitate things.

    I had new mri films taken just weeks ago and have had 3 surgical opinions in the last 2 weeks. Its clear that strong signs of stenosid are evident, disc 4 is barely one wafer of an orea cookie, and L5 was referred to by one of the surgeons as “just a complete mess now after the microdisectomy”.

    I love 2 of the surgeons, a neuro and an ortho. Im leaning toward the neoro.

    So I incuded all of this just as back info. on myself, but Im really needing to read a ton of information aobut recovery and things that I can do to ensure a proper recorvey.

    Im a very athletic and both surgeons assured me that a PLIF will give me (best case secoaniro)back stability. One said “right now if you pick up a paperclip wrong you can put yourself down for 3 days, but if we fuse L4 to L5 to S1, you will gain back stability, and not feel like any wrong move is going to put my on the couch.

    And…all I wanted do to do with this post is ask for some success stories from those who have had or know people who have had this PLIF and tell me things are going to get better! If I tracked all the posts above I wonder if more say there are worse problems after a procedure. There are good cases when a year after suregery the patient would do it again.

    Lastly, if there are websites out there pertaining to succesfull recovery programs from lumbar fusions, I would love a link to each.

    Thank you,
    John Bergman

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    Peter … I know it’s a bit of a distance but look in the Binghamton – Johnson City, NY area. There are some of the best up there.

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    John. It appears that you have some decisions to make but at least you are not going to just one doctor and going to get multiple opinions. May I ask what the PLIF is? I am unaware of that? I can not say that I am a success story and as you can see my posts above if I could do it all over again I would have never been opened up! I am really in a bad place right now but must have a fusion next week to fix the one from a year and a half ago. I will suggest to do as MUCH homework as you can. Obviously, I cannot take the past back but you can currently figure out what your best option is and make an inforned decision. One thing that a lot of people do not know and I wanted to throw this out there because I think everyone on this site needs to know…I was a social smoker. When I drank which was probably 1 time a month, I would have maybe 2 cig’s. If you smoke or anyone else does and you have had or are planning on having a fusion, you MUST stop…One of the reasons that I am not fused properly is due to smoking…In S. Florida each doctor that I have gone to says that my fusion (which is going to be a little different then yours because they have to go in an clean out the mess) will last up to 12 hours and I will be in hospital up to 2 weeks. Out of work 3 months. I think that that is worst case scenario…I have never heard of anyone really being out of work longer then this. I can tell you that the field that I am in, I see the success rates of fusions ( I work for an insurance company and deal with injury portion of claims) I would say 80% of the people that I deal with that have had a lumbar fusion have been very dissapointed. Cervical (neck) is a totally different story. Hope this helps. I am sorry that this is not really great news but I honestly would not let my worst enemy go through what I am going through, currently…Not pretty…

  428. By ALEX on Oct 28, 2009

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    I HAD BACK SURGERY ON OCT-5-09. ON THE L5-S1 MICRODISECTOMY. IM GOING ON MY FOURTH WEEK OF RECOVERY BUT IM STARTING 2 GET LEG PAIN AGAIN AND THE BECK PAIN IS EVEN WORST. THEY WANT TO FUSE MY LOWER BACK. I READ ALOT OF COMMENTS ONLINE ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AND SO FAR U ARE THE ONLY LUCKY PERSON 2 GET BETTER AND FEEL BETTER. MY BACK DOCTOR IS A VERY GOOD SURGEON BUT I THINK IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE PERSON. IM 28 TALL AND STRONG. BUT WHEN THE PAIN KICKS IN IM LIKE A SMALL CHILD COMPLAINING BUT DEALING WITH IT. BUT I CHOOSE NOT TO GO FOWARD WITH THE FUSION I FUNCTION WELL WITHOUT IT. WHATS YOUR OPINION. PAIN KILLERS HELP. BUT I DONT WANT 2 GET ADDICTED.

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    Alex, my opinion would be to not get the fusion. I am 32 and regret it daily…I am in a significant amount of more pain than I was prior to having my fusion. I refuse to take anything more then Vicodin for pain which still is a narcotic. They really don’t help much and I refuse to mask my pain forever. Try everything conservatily. Acupuncture, chiro, yoga..Do your homework about the fusion. I had had it with my pain and tried everything conservative and finally had enough…Wish I could turn back time but cant! Good luck

  430. By Tahri on Oct 29, 2009

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    I am in worse shape after my neck disk surgery! I had 3 cervical disks removed in my neck and cadaver bones put in in order to have fusion in 3 levels of my neck. My surgery was 5 months ago. My pain is so much worse now, and in more areas. My neck, shoulder, upper arms and thumbs have terrible pain at times, at times they go numb and I drop items, I can not do simple daily tasks without narc pain meds – and even with the meds I am in a pain. To make matters worse, the catheter they used during my surgery gave me a serious bladder, and Kidney infection that ended up going into my blood stream and thru out my body – this is a serious condition that I could have died from. Also, it caused my kidneys to completely shut down for almost a whole day and now I have stage 3 kidney disease, so my life is seriously affected. Shortly after my 5 day stay in the hospital with the systemic infection I ended up fighting pneumonia for almost one month. I am extremely depressed, and my quality of life has been greatly decreased! I am tired of battling this every day, and I don’t even feel like the same person. Various doctors and the surgeon don’t want to deal with me (the pain), so I just keep getting pushed off to someone else. I am starting a chronic pain program in December. Until then, I’ll just force myself out of bed in the morning and try to act happy for my 4 children and my husband. If it were not for them and my belief in the Lord I would have committed suicide by now.

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  432. By Tom

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    I’m in process of deciding on a
    transforminal interbody fusion.My dr
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    flexible cable.Wanted to know if any one has used this system?How they are doing after surgery using this product.Any input is greatly appriciated

  433. By eva on Oct 30, 2009

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    hi my man had Spinal fusion they went in throw the frount how long should he waite befor taking a shower

  434. By angela

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    Hello, I’ve had it all the last a 350 spinal fusion with bone grafts, I fused great but now still have the nerve pain in my left leg with the numbing and tingling and the severe cold from leg to my left foot. also I have another bad problem ( my surgery was Feb.2008)..from my waist down I have limited feeling, meaning I am numb..even my vagina (in and out)..know doctor seems to know why..has any other women experienced this after a spinal fusion (anterior and posterior surgery).Sex sucks with no feeling

  435. By angela

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    Can anyone help me please..

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    i feel 4 u angela becauce my man had spinal fusion on monday and he is soooo much pain idk what to do he is 36 years old and the dr said he dont know is sex will ever be the same im 34 i know i dont want no more kids we have 4 but no sex wowwww and i hope u find the help u r looking for if u want ill send u the name of the dr who did his spinal fusion let me know me email is evaradwan@yahoo.com

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    Angela, My husband had a second open heart surgery in Jan of 07. He came out of the anestitic with a numb foot, leg, buttock and testical on ONE side. Like you, no one can find the cause and all of them say “it’s nothing that I did” but he was fine BEFORE and not after. Has had nerve conduction tests and brain scans and numerous other tests run and all of them come back with the same diagnoses—He is fine. He ISN’t!!! I say that when he was being moved from one gurney to another his leg was pulled to the side and he now ha compresion of a nerve. He has had numerous Chiropratic visits and they helped a tiny bit, but not permanant. So, good luck with trying to find a cure for what is the matter with you. He is miserable with his numbness and tingling and insecurity of walking and stepping. As for sex—What’s THAT?

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    Court,
    I’m so sorry this is the first chance I have had to answer you. The pump cath goes right to the pain sight so you are not drugged up. Not at all! That is what is so nice about it. Oh I have morphine pills to take for break thru pain,that I do have if I over do it and I do take them alot it seems. Not because the pump is not working but because I am having alot of pain in my lower leg and foot all due to my back injury. I have had so many surg that there are no ortho doctors where I live that will see me so I have to handle the pain the best way I can. But, back to the pump, if you have a chance to get it, I would say to any one, try it!! Life will be alittle less painfull with it inplace so go for it. Glad I did. Good luck,hang in there, and remember, you got a friend!

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    Tina, thanks so much for getting back to me. I am going on Thursday for my second fusion because after all the pain they determined that my first fusion did not fuse and that my rods and screws are in my bone and into scar tissue. Should this not work, the pump is next step. Please pray for me. This is not easy for me but I have to get this taken care of .. Thanks for your help!

  440. By Jodi on Nov 4, 2009

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    I am 26 and have been suffering with back pain for about 10 years I guess. It got REALLy bad when I herniated my disc about 4 years ago tying my shoe. After I went to 4 different doctors the 4th told me I has hemisacrilization. This is what has caused the disc above it to have DDD. Has anyone heard of this. I am having a fusion with two plated put in for support on Tuesday.

  441. By rachel on Nov 4, 2009

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    I had Lumbar laminectomy surgery a month ago and the surgery went very well now I’m able to walk straight no more lower back pain or leg pain is all in what you belive, and if you follow the rules don’t over do it after the surgery just because your feeling good go to your therapy do as he ask you to do exercise at home and listen, just because this surgery don’t work on someone else it don’t mean that is not going to work for you, just have faith and ask god to be there to help you and that’s all you need faith.

  442. By Tom

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    Has any one had a transforminal
    lumbar interbody fusion TLIF?How are
    you feeling after the surgury. Do you
    feel it was worth having it done?

  443. By Courtenay on Nov 8, 2009

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    Tom, I am assuming that is the same as a fusion. I just had my second one on Thursday..Very painful. They give you a Morphone pump for first few days. You will have to start PT the next day after surgery, they do not mess around. I was in hosptal for 5 days but that is up to your doctor. Now, I get to sit hear in pain for 3 months to recoop and then extensive PT. Good luck!

  444. By stacy on Nov 9, 2009

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    I had 3 discs done 1 yr ago. painful, and took a long time to get going again. still huts and for a long time it felt as if i had a fence post shoved in by back. if your body is sensative, mine is very, and i still can acturally feel the rods in there. and when i bend certain ways, it i feel a sharp pain and it feels like the bottom of hte rods are trying to push out. dr. told me my pain tolerance is very low, so i live on pain pills and have had to actually increase them. hate living like this but it is a bit better than before the surgery. some people have great outcomes but when my dr.said before i had only 50% chance getting better, beleive what they tell you. it does take a good 6mo. to a yr. to know what your outcome will be. good luck. is there anyone else out there that feels the same way after spinal fusion. L3-through L5?

  445. By Shirley on Nov 9, 2009

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    My doctor is recommended fusion; I am terrified. I have to decide soon. I am almost 60 and this is the second time (ten years ago) he has told me this. I have taken myself off Fentanyl and Morphine. I take 1 to 2 Perks a day if I don’t do ANYTHING all day. I will be looking for others’ experiences with fusion or any alternatives that my be out there. I did Yoga for years but my wrists are now sore with arthritis.

  446. By Tom

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    courtenay,
    Thanks for your info.My dr has a
    stabilization product called dynesys
    which is similar to a fusion.Instead of rods they us a spacer made of surgical grade polyurethane.They than run a nylon like cord through the spacers to limit bending movements.The diferance is it give you more flexation than a traditional fusion.

  447. By CHARLIE FAZEKAS on Nov 11, 2009

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    HAD L 3,4,5 FUSION 3 YRS AGO, STILL PAIN, STILL
    TAKING PAIN PILLS (HYDROMRPHONE) 2 MG EVERY 3 HRS, WOULD I BE BETTER OFFIF BARS REMOVED ?

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    Dear Angi

    I had the same surgery you are about to have. Its been 10 mos ago and I have more back pain then I did before the surgery. I had (2) pinched nerves & a buldging disk L4 & L5.It was really hard for me to even walk but that’s better. But my lower back don’t stop hurting, maybe for a short time it won’t hard so much but as soon as I try to walk for at least 30 minutes or longer I hurt for days.I’ve been very upset because I was expected to be better. I had therapy for almost a month & not really much change only for a while & it comes back.I haven’t regreted having the surgery because it was a must due to the nerve damage.It’s be really hard dealing with this because it takes a toll on ya & its took everything away from me that I use to enjoy doing. But I’ve some how made it & I pray alot.I hope everything works out for you.
    Best regards
    Sylvia

  449. By Tina on Nov 12, 2009

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    Today was your surgury and I pray it went well for you. I so look forward to hearing how you are doing. Stay strong,this road you are traveling is not easy,not easy for any one of us,but we are not alone. Tina

  450. By MICHELLE on Nov 12, 2009

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    hello,
    My husband got lower lumbar surgery he got 3 disc infusions now when they got him up to walk he cannot and has not walked since surgery its been november 5 was when he got it done, i was just wondering if that is normal I’m so worried that he will not be able to walk at all, now he can feel his legs just needs help to bring them up to him. If anybody has advice please let me know.

    thanks!

  451. By Courtenay on Nov 13, 2009

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    Michelle, I had surgery on the same day but just one level. That is alot of levels to have surgery at. Is he still in hospital?? If not, you need to make sure that you have a physical therapist come to your house ASAP to start working with him. You also need to let the doctors know. It is not abnormal to have problems walking after the surgery but I would think that he should be able to walk with assistance by now. God bless and let me know if I can be of assistance.

  452. By Courtenay on Nov 13, 2009

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    Tom, what they ended up doing on the 5th was removing all hardware (screws and rods). That procedure that you had was not ever provided to me which makes me frustrated. I am remaining positive that the pain will go away. I have followed all orders and am in bed all day except for walking with walker. God bless. Thanks!

  453. By Jamie on Nov 14, 2009

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    I am just trying to get information about a procedure caleed Radio frequency ABlation. I am just worried about how dangerous it could be.Also, anytime in the past when I HAVE HAD blocks done( i had about 4 in the past 4 yrs) thsy pain relief was minimal . So, i just wanted to see if this procedure was more affective. I have Lyme disease and any thing I have had done so far that involved my nerves, the pain just worse and I was really sick forf about five days. Thank you for your time and help.

  454. By Ryanne on Nov 15, 2009

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    Hi,I have some hope to share! I Started with back problems at the age of 17. I have had three previous surgeries in about 10 years, two laminectomies and a fusion all at L4 L5 S1. They have all decreased pain to a manageable level for a year or two and then the pain returns. At this point I have terrible pain in back, pain, numbness and extreme sensitivity to touch down both legs to the toes. I have a sensitivity to pain meds that breaks me out in hives and bad nausea, so they are pretty useless to me. I am 36 and have 3 young children and a very supporting husband, yet I feel like I miss out on so much that I just can’t do any more and it is just as unfair to my family because as hard as I try to fake it they still end up missing out on a lot. I went to many neurosurgeons and pain docs,we even went to the Mayo Clinic and a couple of other highly respected doctors. Ending with the diagnosis of scare tissue. I have found a pain doc that did a few other injections and such but with not much improvement. I did a trial of a spinal cord stimulator this week. It masked the pain probably at least 50-60%. It was not an unpleasant sensation and I slept better than I have for a long time. I am very much looking forward to implanting the device for good. I have high hopes that this will give me back some normalcy in our lives.

  455. By Daniel on Nov 15, 2009

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    Hi, to all you folks out there.I’ve been checking out Dayton Laser Spine.com.Check out the procedure that Dr. does.1 hour surgery,walking 1 hour later, and driving 24 hours later. They informed me the procedure should help me about 75% however it is out of area for my insurance.Maybe in the future.I’ve had 2 lumbar surgeries. The DRs are afraid to do anymore open surgeries.Hope this helps someone.

  456. By tammy on Nov 15, 2009

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    hi..I had an ablation but that was done on my heart..I did not know they used it on the spine. I am getting disc replacement and cage stablizers done on dec.29th. I am 47 and this has totally disabled me, I had to leave my job of 13 years as a nursing assistant..I feel like I have lost ME…I feel so worthless..my job was who I am..I have 3 little grandaughters,but I can not enjoy them in all this pain..I am hopeful the 29th of dec. will give back some of my life…..pray for me…tammy

  457. By Tom

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    Courtenay sorry to hear your
    having so many issues with
    your surgury.I have not had
    surgury yet.Still in process
    of figuring out what may be best
    option for me.I have tryed court
    shots,therep,exercises.Its been
    a good ten or so years battle.Any
    ways stay possative and hopfully
    things will get better with your
    back.Hoping you feel better soon.

    Tom

  458. By Courtenay on Nov 17, 2009

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    Tom, Thanks so much. Each day I wake up and try to remain positive. I went to surgeons office yesterday and they provided me with a souvinir….The rods and screws that were going through my bone and into scar tissue. They had them cleaned and provided them to me to show how much pain these rods can inflect on someone. I am not having to use the walker a lot which is amazing to me. I am just praying that after the recoop stages that I can turn my neurotranscmitter on in my back agaon and obtain some sort of relief in back.

    Ryanne,

    After my first fusion, my left leg was dragging so bad that I wasn’t able to really walk well at all. I did the temporary neurotransmitter and have the permanent one implaced now. I can tell you that 80% of my pain down my leg is reduced. I can tell you that it has not helped my back pain but if you have reviewed any of the above postings from me, you would know that my rods and screws were going through my bone and into scar tissue. On Nov 5th I had a fusion with these rods taken out. I was provided a souvinir from my surgeon yesterday which was the rods/screws that were providing so much pain. OMG, it is amazing….I will keep those for life and know that if I could go through that much pain, I can go through anything in life.

    Guys, I have found that posts like this is good for recovering. It is very easy to speak to people that are dealing with the same situation that you are dealing with. I can sit here and explain to my husband ALL day long what my pain entails but you all really know.

    Keep positive. Pray and make sure to NEVER go with the first doctors opinion. Get many. I am saying this because I have been through alot as a 32 year old and am in a field that we investigate doctors that open people up for no reason. We are trying to get their doctor’s license taken away for good. Unfortunately, with the economy being the way that it is, their are a lot of doctors out there that will open you up and you really could have had conservative treatment and been in a better place.

    Thanks to all for listening and if any have questions, please feel free to email me at my personal address or on here. Smalprsn2@aol.com

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  459. By stacy on Nov 19, 2009

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    charlie, just went to dr. the other day and still having alot of pain and asked dr. about takin out something, cause it feels like something is poking out through my back, and he said it probably would help to take out some of the hardware, but he couldn’t do it.and wouldn’t. so just to let you know i dont think after you get them in you can get them out. i did have a bone stimulator put in when i had the surgery and he later took it out, that helped a bit.

  460. By stacy on Nov 19, 2009

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    Tammy good luck, i too had 3 heart ablations and then 3 fused discs last year. im 46 lost my job of 10 years, knee replacements, etc. but the back still disables me and has alot of pain in it all the time. live on percocett and now morphine. hate it. i wish you all the best with your back and it will take awhile. a long while. don’t get too frustrated. does anyone know about an implantable like tens unit? how it works?

  461. By karen

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    hi my name is karen i have had 3 cervical fusions i still after 8 years have the worst pain i also on the 2nd surgery lost my voice for 6 months!! it was a nightmare i thought i was going to feel better not worse!!! now i went to get an mri i find out everything wrong in my neck is now in my lower back i cant belive my luck i to take percocet only 1 per day belive me i need them around the clock but i am afraid of them since i no they can become addicting now i am going to get steriod shots to see if that will help the pain, i had them before and i am sure it didnt help me at all so now i dont even want to think of going through another surgery since i got worse not better, i have not had 1 day with out bad pain not one day iam now 52 it all started when i was about 42 or so i had a kid and i held him all the time thats how i guess i got the herniate disc, anyway i feel so sorry for anyone going through this its awful it ruins your life beacause iam a wife and a mother and i keep doing things beacause i have to no matter how much iam in pain all i can say is there anyone eles going through this pain? after having a few cervical fusions? please let me no thanks for reading this and the best of luck to all who suffers pain everyday of your like!!!

  462. By karen

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    hi erin, i no how you feel, i feel like screaming my head off to like please someone help me!!! i had 3 cervilcal fusions with out no relief from the worse kind of pain its a nightmare isnt it? its killing me now just to hold my neck down to write this, i got worse is there anyone out there that has had 3 fusions and iam wondering is there also anyone eles that lobt there voice from the surgery? i couldnt speak nothing for 6 months and i had a little kid to take care of and the worst for me is i thought i had a good husband untill this all started to happen he would be almost joking with neighbors that this is the best kind of wife to have one who cant talk back!!! yeah very funny i thought i swear i think if i could of left him for that i would of, only thing was your screw since i need him for the ins. i couldnt work anymore i was the most loving person on this earth and to have to be treated like that was awful since i still cook clean everything even in all this paid so if you have someone that treats you good while you are going through this pain you are really lucky!!!iam buying lottery tickets every day praying i can win to get a house keeper and to kick my husbands ass to the curb for not being there when i really need him!!!

  463. By Bobby on Nov 19, 2009

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    Hi,i just recently had 2 disc replacement done
    my c3 and c4 were done with cage reinforce.
    the numbness and pain in my arms and hands have gone but now i am getting severe headaches
    and a throbbing up the rear of my head.
    will this go away or is it a side effect of the surgery

  464. By stacy on Nov 20, 2009

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    bobby,i had the lower back done and had the same thing. it finally went away but took a long time. do you have a bone stimulator. i had one and the throbbing finally went away, but headaches eased but still had so 3 months out i had the stimulator took out and it all went away. but no one ever said why i had the throbbing in the first place. day after surgery when they stand u up. throbbing was soo bad, i couldnt and cried sooooo much. but it should go away. good luck

  465. By karen

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    hi i read so much of everyones emails and there isnt nothing worst then going through this pain and so many of you sound like me, we have had 1 2 or 3 or more surgeries and here we are all still talking about this pain we are all in we should all be out living our lifes not emailing everyone about our pain i cryed after reading all this stuff iam karen i had 3 cervical fusions all ready now i have to have back and neck surgery i and all of you have bad luck huh? we should be better after our operations right? what the hell is going on that we all are told we need surgery and we all seem worse off then before the doctors should tell us the truth that if they think it wont work then why be worse off huh? iam praying for you all that we can all get some kind of relife from our pain we have 1 life to live and why do we have to suffer you are all in my prayers tonight karen happy thanks-giving

  466. By Marilyn on Nov 21, 2009

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    Hi everyone, I am sheduled for transverse lumbar interbody fusion at L4-L5 and I am reading everyone’s comments, it is scaring me. I have low back pain all the time and sometimes it goes down my left leg and it is just a aching feeling. When I go shopping I have to lean on the cart or I cant walk very far. The Dr I have is a Spinal Surgeon and is the best in town. I dont know what to do now. Any advice?? thanks Marilyn

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    hi marilyn i just read about you being scared i get it, it is scarey!! but its more scarey having the surgery and being worse off in pain but its hard you dont no what to do when you are all ready in pain i have had 3 fusions on my neck and never got better still like everyone eles on here iam still in pain i dont understand why we get operated on to get fix and it seems we end up in more pain!!! good luck to you karen

  468. By karen

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    hi bobby, i to got those headachs likewhat you are saying my neck never stops killing me but the headachs stop after awhile good- luck i hope you feel better karen

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    hi tahri, man do you sound like me!! i do now how you feel i had 3 fusions on my neck with in the last 8 years and i am in missery of pain it has never went away i dont even no how i get through the day now iam told i need surgery on my back and neck again i feel like i am going to lose it!! no one seems to understand people say stupid stuff like oh you look good i think so what i feel like crap!!! i now just how you feel my life feels so over i cant enjoy anything i have a 11 year old and i have to go on like theres never nothing wrong still cook clean take care of everyone like this!! just looking down kills me turning my head is a nightmare the pain never gos away so iam so scared to have to go through it again the 2nd surger i lost my voice i couldnt speak for over 6 months it was very upsetting to say the least and the doctor would say oh well i am sure your voice will come back sooner or later so he was so rude and when i did get my voice back i look at him and told him to go to hell and i got another doctor!!! he had no bedside manner what so ever and if i wasnt so scared of dyeing and leaving my kids you do hate living in this pain chronic pain is awful you have no like and if you dont have money to find ways to make life easyer that really sucks if i could only have help cleaning once per month the hard stuff that would take a load off i buy lottery tickets praying i could win money just to not only help me but to help so many others like me we could get help massages, house cleaners somthing to make us happy!! what a dream!!!!karen

  470. By Courtenay on Nov 23, 2009

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    Charlie, FYI I had all of my rods and screws taken out of L5/S1 fusion Nov 5th. I went in last week to get my staples out and they provided me with the rods/screws to see them. I am about 3 weeks post op and still in pain. Praying that I recover and no more pain but to answer your question, yes they can take out hardware. Some docs, might not want to but it can me done. After going into your fusion, they can determine if hardware needs to be replaced or you can live without it. In my case, my fusion was so solid that I did not need replacement of hardware.

  471. By Framl on Nov 24, 2009

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    Hi,

    My father had spine fusion – do not remember how many vertebrae it involved (perhaps 3 Levels: L3-L5) but was curious to see if anyone knew as to why a person would not obtain a solid fusion? He has never smoked, very active (in good shape) and strictly adhered to the Surgeon’s requirements – used a bone stimulator, etc. They are considering another surgery but I am trying to figure out what steps might be taken to enhance the bone growth/fusion. Thanks,

  472. By Courtenay on Nov 25, 2009

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    Framl, Did he do PT after the surgery for quite a while because that builds your chore spine back up.

  473. By Jamielynn0122@aol.com on Nov 26, 2009

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    God bless you. My husband is in the hospital as we speak with an L4 L5 fusion and they will be getting him up tomorrow for the 1st time. Your artical gave me hope. Thank You!

  474. By lana on Nov 27, 2009

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    did anyone here have a cage out in your back i need 2 of they and very scared will this take my pain away and how long after are you in pain

  475. By lana on Nov 27, 2009

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    cage put in i ment to say

  476. By Lori on Nov 27, 2009

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    All of you, by the way, thanks for letting me vent. I just got caught up on reading the most recent blogs…What is a cage??

  477. By Courtenay on Nov 29, 2009

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    Lori, when they remove your disks that are bad, they put what is called a cage in to replace it.

  478. By Mfunk

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    Had spinal fusion L3,L4,L5 and S1 November 2008, Hospital stay was 4 days, I had alot of back spasms after surgery which is normal. Get up walking as soon as you are able it will help alot and make you feel so much better the spasms do dimish over a few days. walk walk walk I can’t say that enough!!!! don’t just lay around that is the worst thing you can do. The surgery lasted about 4 hours They put you on morphine for the first three days in the hospital afer that you really won’t need any narcotics if everything went well which I hope it does for you. It has been a year now I get stiff especially when the weather changes or it gets cold. I did have some loss of flexibility so make sure you stretch like they ell you to. I did them so I could have had so much more loss than I do now if I hadn’t done them. I still get spasms occassionally probably because I am not as careful as I should be and over do it sometimes. I was back to work afer 7 weeks with no restrictions but I don’t lift over 40 pounds ever I feel it straining on my back. Good luch with your surgery and hope everything goes well for you

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    HI, DARYLE. I AM SEEKING INFO ON THIS SURGERY ALSO- YOU HAVE GIVEN ME HOPE NOW! I HAVE BEEN GETTING SPINAL BLOCKS FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW. THEY DO NOT SEEM TO BE HELPING AT ALL. I AM HAVING REALLY BAD HEADACHES FROM THIS. THIS WOULD BE SO WONDERFUL IF IT ACTUALLY WORKS! THANKS FOR THE INFO. HAPPY HEALING. TAMI

  480. By Tony

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    Sounds like you are seeing a orthopedic surgeon, suggest you get an opinion from a Neurosurigical surgeon. I had two prior fusion surgeries with an orthopedic surgeon, after both failed went to see a top neurosurgical surgeon. After a year of various test and injections the day came. I am now the happiest person in the world. PS a lot of prayers from friends and family also was a great benefit.

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    Hi, my mom recently had L5S1 surgery. It was very fast, about 30 minutes. She is still recovering and mostly walks laps around the house all day. But she can now turn her head(she complained she couldnt before surgery). The recovery is suppost to be very fast. She sometimes hurts getting up and down though. Make sure you have a comfortable non-”cushy” chair to sit in or a non-”cushy” couch to lay on. And make sure you get the right size of socks that they will give you that are suppost to prevent blood clots. Hers are too small and bother her. Good luck to you if your having it, or whoever you know is having it!

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    P.s. Does anyone know if you HAVE to wear the socks they give you?

  483. By Robin on Dec 8, 2009

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    Mfunk

    Thanks for your words of advise. I’m having L5-S1 Posterior Lumbar Interbody and Fusion on 12-15-09. I’m scared to death about the surgery but all i’m hoping and praying for is that if even some of the pain I have been in for the last 6 months is gone…then the surgery was (WILL BE) a sucess.

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    Can understand what you are saying.Sometimes I think the whole world just doesn’t get it. I too get misstaten for angry instead of ‘hey I feel like shit leave me alone’. what helps me is to find something or someone that makes me smile. When you get up tomorrow,open the curtens and say it’s a beautiful day. It’s no sure thing but can’t hurt.

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    Randy, that was reallly nice to say and I needed that today. I am 5 weeks post op today and still in extreme pain….Starting to not be positive. Need to change my attitude. Thanks

  486. By Micki on Dec 11, 2009

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    I have been reading all the comments and this is scary. I need a fusion at the L5 S1 and then have bulging dics, ddd, stenosis, pars defect, etc. I live on pain pills and when it gets really bad i think i should break down and have the surgery. Wow – the comments here lead me to believe I should just stay like this and not make it worse – any opinions??

  487. By Micki on Dec 11, 2009

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    I need the fusion too. I live on pain pills and am sure I am addicted by now. What else do we do though?

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    HI,
    I HAD BACK SURGERY L5,S1 IN OCT. 2009 AND NOW I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME .I HAVE NERVE PAIN FROM THE TOP OF MY HEAD TO THE BOTTOM OF MY FEET. I FEEL LIKE AN ELECTRICAL CURRENT
    IS GOING THOUGH MY BODY AND IT JUST CANN’T CONNECT. MY NURO SAYS ONE THING AND THEN MY SPAIN SPECIALIST TELLS ME ANOTHER DON’T KNOW WHO TO BELIEVE

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    Courtenay – I appreciate your post. My surgeon told me he didnt want to do the fusion (i need the L5 S1) because the same thing will begin to happen on the upper discs after surgery. I am having a hard time being 43 years old and basically disabled. I could be if I filed. I still hold a full time job and have kids to take care of. It is very hard sometimes (most of the time). I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year and am still trying to get over it. I get tired of th constant pain!! I mostly appreciated your comments on statistics of the lubar fusion.

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    Micki, I am glad that you reviewed my log notes. As I sit here 5 weeks post op, after the removed my rods/screws from fusion I am in severe pain and tears mostly daily. I am seeking therapy due to the fact that I think I will have to live with this for the rest of my life and it is awful. Chronic pain us awful no matter what age but 32..Horrible. No children yet and I really want them…This surgery has changed my life for the worst and if I could just give a few people my opinion and they listen, I have done my job….Thanks for listening

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    Courtenay -
    I am so sorry this has happened to you. I am going to pray for you (if you don’t mind). There has got to be something better for you so you can continue your life. I can’t even tell you how my heart goes out to you. I have decided against the surgery after reading all the blogs about outcomes yesterday. I will struggle along here and consign myself to taking pain pills daily. It is not that bad compared to what you are going through and the countless others represented here. Write me at mickf@yahoo.com

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    Hello sandra,having the same problem after spinal fusion in june 07,thought it was a kidney problem, urinary tract infection,did a ultra sound for guld bladder that was negative,coming from scar tissue,very painful,after having open surgery the pain travels all through lower back,hip,pelvis muscle area,right leg,foot,hand numbness,tingling,i can feel the fusion,with deep pain.thank god that were alive.this come from being injured at work.i could keep on going,but not enough room to write.

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    Hi AAron,
    I had that same problem. Take a B-12 vitamin and John Worts vitamin.It helps relieve the nerve pain. I had 2 crushed discs in a car accident and I had back surgery on Oct 13,2009. I had to have my back fused with 6 titanium rods and a double laminectomy. My nerve pain in my legs were real bad. Now they are getting better.Hot baths helped at night before I went to bed.Also sleeping on your stomach will take the pressure off your nerves. Take care and get to feeling better, Debbie

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    Hi MIck,
    I had to have a fusion with 6 titanium rods and a double lamintecy in my back. I had alot of the same problems you have.I was in a car accident in 2008. I had my back surgery on Oct 13. I was in alot of pain. I feel great now.I also went throught 4 months of physical therapy. There is a way out of the pain.I would have the surgery, It’s not healthy taking pain pills all the time. You need to get back into life and start living again. Take care,Debbie

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    Hi Marilyn,
    I recently had lumbar fusion with a double laminectomy with bone grafts. I have 6 titanium rods in my back. I went through 4 months of physical therapy.Also, I suffered with 2 crushed discs from the car accident.The nerve pain before my surgery was real bad. Now I had the surgery on Oct 13, 2009 at worcester,Ma. I feel 100% better. Life is looking brighter everyday.It’s no fun to suffer in pain. I’m glad I had the surgery and I’d do it again.Take care, Deb

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    I am 29 y.o. and Had my l5-s1 left operated on in OCtober. I had been in excruciating pain since March and had to stop working in July (heavy highway laborer) even sitting or driving was killing me as I had sciatica in my left leg. At first I had no insurance but then finally got some so I could get an MRI. The orthopedic surgeon said that it was so bad that if left untreated I could become paralyzed. A neurosurgeon perfromed the operation and I have no more pain in my leg. BUt I still have pain in my lower back down near the tailbone where it had all started. The doctor said it is normal and should go away – but it is still there – some days worse than others. Should I be concerned that they didn’t fix the whole problem? They did not do a fusion , he ground down the herniated area of the discs. Plus what is the expected recovery time when you do a lot of manual labor and heavy lifting? He instructed me that I couldn’t bend, twist or drive for 3 weeks and couldn’t exercise for 30 days. Then released me to full duty the 31st day when I had been incapacitated for 5 months and not in physical condition to perform my job which required lifting 60 pounds, climbing hills and ladders with heavy loads and lots of standing and walking and bending and digging. How can I be ready for all of that when I haven’t been able to do any strenuous activity for months?

  497. By Courtenay on Dec 16, 2009

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    Micki, Thank you so much for your post. Very nice of you and I would love your prayers. Debbie’s story is very positive but like I have said before every story is going to be different and if you look at the statistics of a lumbar fusion they are not the greatest. Also, Debbie, not to say that you will feel pain later on and I am so happy that you are not feeling pain now and hope that you never experience pain again but alot of my clients have problems months or even years after the fusion. They were great for a while and then boom. Staying positive, obviously helps. Micki, taking pain pills is not healthy and try not to get addicted to them. I will only take Vicodin and when I say only I mean I will not take an Oxy or Roxy which have killed so many people down here in S. Florida that the legislation has a statute now that all clinics have to drug test their patients everytime they give us pills. Also, you are no longer to open any pain clinics in my area. Doctors were opening one every 3 days…Not good. They are trying to shut down the doctors offices that are open just to provide pain pills for people to sell on the street. If the pain pill works for you, though, and you can function then you have to take them…I have to take a pain pill to get out of bed. If I don’t I cannot move. 6 weeks post op and praying for a miraculous recovery….My prayers are with all of you that suffer with continues back issues..This is a horrible way to live.

  498. By Tina on Dec 17, 2009

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    Well I am 6 months out from my L4 L5 fusion. The absolute worst mistake I have ever made. I am in pain every single day the only way I can get any relief is to lye on my side with a heating pad. I called the Dr. yesterday to get a refill on my Norco (the only medication that had helped so far) and they informed me that they are no longer going to refill it and I should take something over the counter!! They told me I am 6mo post surgery and there is no reason I should still be in pain! The did an MRI with dye about 1 month ago they said it was fine. I have 4 children at home and cant barely get out of bed. Now I have no pain meds!! I asked them to refer me to a pain specialist, they said nope not til one year! I tried to call 3 different neurosurgeons they wont see me cause some one else did my surgery. I am at a loss!! I dno what to do any more if your doctor does not believe you what do you do?????? I am in sooo much pain I feel like climbing a wall any suggestion??? Oh by the way if any one is in Illinois thinking of surgery I DO NOT recommend Orthopaedic Centers of Illinois Dr Timothy Van Fleet!!!!!! Or his staff!!!!!!!

  499. By Tina on Dec 17, 2009

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    WOW that is all I can say. After reading everyones blogs it seems we are the only ones that understand each other. Is there any hope for any of us any more??? Is this it???? Is this the life we have to live now that we made our choices???? I am only 37 with 4 kids I cannot do anything but lay around in my bed all day!! I try to get a little exercise but the pain always overcomes me….. Its nice to know you can come here and some one understands!
    Thanks to all who listen I actually feel heard hear!!!

  500. By stacy on Dec 17, 2009

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    Tima, sorry to hear it. i had L-3, 4 and L5s1 done and i know what it is like, go to your family dr. they can perscribe it for you. its not the surgeons fault, by law, they can only give it for a short time, like i said, thats why you have a family dr. it is their job to make sure you have what you need. Beleive me i was in your shoes. It sucks, and you may get better later, i hope so. I didn’t, and live on pain meds. I hope you the best of luck. also your neurosurgeon can give you a perscription for a tens unit. those help alot. good luck.

  501. By Tina on Dec 17, 2009

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    *TAMI* — The headaches you are experiencing are most likely from fluid leaking from where they injected the blocks. You should let your dr know you are having these. When I had mine, I would have horrible headaches as well Lying flat on your back with no pillow should help eliviate this. Good luck to you!!!

  502. By Gregg on Dec 21, 2009

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    Gregg says, I am a 56 yr old male and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, grade 1-2. The surgery they want to do is Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion and Pedical Screw Fixation. The surgery would include going in from the front with a triangular plate and then in from the back with rods and screws. The pain has been manageable but frustrating. Anyone at all had this surgery? Please respond. Thank You.

  503. By Jimmy Dale on Dec 22, 2009

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    A Grasious Good Day to you. I’m not sure if I should be writing a comment here. After spending better than an hour reading through the various blogs, with all due respect, I have to say that I’m grateful that I did not find this site before I had surgery. I, like most have heard countless horror stories regarding back surgery and the comments on this site seem to solidify it. For me, knowing that I was at the crossroads…continue losing the strength in my left leg until it’s gone while spending the remainder of my life on meds from 2 damaged nerves including the sciatic or have back surgery. So I did my best to stay in physical, emotional and spiritual shape while doing my due diligence on what was involved in having spinal decompression and lumbar fusion (L3-4,L4-5,L5-S1) and oh, finding out if there were any doctors that knew what they were doing regarding the back and where they were. On Dec. 8th I had back surgery. Next Weds. I start therapy. I figure, at 60, I’m a year, maybe two from being back to where I was before I got injured on the job. I know it’s early on, but I feel so blessed that I feel as good as I do. Sure I have burning pain that travels down both thighs when I sit or lay down, but it settles down after awhile (Norco helps too). And sure I can’t help but feel like there’s something say, 3×6, stuck in the lower part of my back that I feel every time I lean against it, but I think I can learn to live with that. I don’t have those shooting pains going from my lower back all the way down to my big toe anymore or the rest of the lower back pain that I had to endure on a daily basis. I basically can’t wait to start excercising so I can find out if the surgery really worked or not. So I guess what I want to say here is if you’re at the crossroads, do your due diligence and if surgery is where you’re at, get in touch with your Presense, find your doctor and get’r done. My doctor told me, in my case, he felt that I had a better than 80% chance of success. I liked the odds. I also liked his qredentuals and I love my Presense. It is good to know that we are not alone and that the healing power of God is present. How does it go…seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened, ask and the answer will be made known unto you…Blessings to you

  504. By Jimmy Dale on Dec 25, 2009

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    Just wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a very blessed Holiday Season. And remember that miracles are happening everyday and you are one of them. If you have a want to speak to me personnally, you can contact me at jdsatter@sbcglobal.net

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  505. By Jan C

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    I have had two back surgeries. No way would I be opened from the front and back for surgery again. Now at 63 years young. All my nerves and muscles are in tack. The nerve stimulation tests came out fine. Recently I have had servere pain around my groin and wrapping around the front. Can’t sit in the car for very long. The nuerological work up I had recently at ‘Barrows Spinal Institute , Scottsdale Arizona, reports that I have a “failed bone implant ” at the lumbar L-5-S1 level. My options are many. Surgeons do not make money unless they operate.
    So I am looking at alternative methods to keep me going. Injections will not work any longer. I am considering a cement like product injected into the area of the spine that is collasped and is pushing on nerves. The more articles I read and the more talking I do with professionals, the more I learn about my body. Yes I take vicodin only when the pain gets bad. Sometimes I only take three a day. I do have a back brace I wear under my clothes. Again tearing me apart under the knife is my last consideration. Spinal advances are changing every year. I suggest to anyone that they consider Cedars In Beverly Hills Ca. or possibly Barrows Spinal Institute, Scottsdale, Ar., both cutting edge medicine. Always carry your latest films with you. MRI, CT scans and x-rays bending and arching your back. All of these films will tell the medical professionals facts they need. Always take another person with you to take notes. I forget all the facts when I am in the doctors office . Good luck and I will keep you posted on my journey for HEALTH…

  506. By Jan C

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    Just wanted to add that when you have been operated on by a surgeon that’s usually where his help stops. He has cut on you and in his or her mind you are healed. In some cases the surgery works. It all depends on your physical shape, weight, dietary habits, weather, surroundings, support and love from your family. Healing back surgery can take months. Remember the spine holds up the entire body and if you have injured it or abused your body with sports you pay for it some time in your life. Once you have had one surgery or two like me you will always have a weak place in your back. I go to a pain clinic and have been seen there since 92 in Palm Desert, Ca., Dr. Rowland Reinhart. He has kept me going and upright for years., Now as I mentioned earlier for what ever reason I have to deal with another issue. The failure or aging of my back where surgery which was done seven years ago. I asked for a bone implant rather than bolts and screws becasue I knew that they would fail. The DNA bone graft I chose lasted seven more years. Good luck to everyone from someone who knows that back pain can just about push you over the edge. Fight back and keep going and trust in your God and be strong. Jan

  507. By MikeW on Dec 27, 2009

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    I had two level lumbar fusion surgery L4-S1 w/ cages on November 4,2009. Originally leg pain was gone. Now it’s back and worse than before surgery. My question is has anybody gone through this and then gotten better? The doctor says the pain will get better and should go away. They put me on 900mg of Neurontin and it has done nothing. My surgeon is considered one of the best. Anything positive would help.

  508. By cindy on Dec 28, 2009

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    For MikeW
    My Mom had her 3rd lumbar fusion surgery in late Oct 09. 3 surgeries in 3 years. This one was a removal of slipped hardware and replacement with more and larger diameter hardware along with bone grafting to hopefully insure successful fusion this time–new doctors this time a team of ortho and neuro together in OR–considered THE BEST in the region. Like you she felt none of her usual searing, burning, tingling, cold, spasming pain from lower back to her right toes for the first 10 days or so..then after steroids ended…its been back with FURY! Drs say it will get better as inflammation goes away with healing. She is suicidal. I’m hoping someone comes thru with a great story for us! You’re in my prayers.

  509. By MikeW on Dec 28, 2009

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    Thanks Cindy. Hopefully someone has something good for us. Hope your mom improves.

  510. By Gregg on Dec 29, 2009

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    Gregg (question) from sister – on finding both a doctor of integrity, both knowledge and experience, and patient empathy. Does anyone have any tips on how to really find out the “best self-education on certain diagnoses of a back problem and/or the possible treatments” AND ALSO THE “best Drs, Medical Centers where these are done”. Searching the Internet seems both exhausting and iffy, as many claim to have the BEST answers. And I suppose one could check the top medical journals, etc.. for the newest in advanced treatment and studies, again, which are the best. ANY tips appreciated. Thanks.

  511. By Kathy on Dec 30, 2009

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    Get a QRC and a Lawyer…They can help you alot.

  512. By Kathy on Dec 30, 2009

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    Gregg-I’m not sure where you are located,but you can look up the doctor’s record online. It may cost a little but well worth it in the end.This way you can see if he or she has any law suites pending on them.
    I went with a spine specailist my primary doctor sent me to.He must be good it takes 2 months to get in to see him and people have come from ND and Iowa to get treated.

  513. By Jimmy Dale on Dec 30, 2009

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    Gregg-I concur with Kathy. One of the first things I did when I was faced with the possibility of back surgery was look up the Dr. I was sent to see on the internet as there are great reasons to be cautious in dealing with Workman’s Comp. In my case, I was not only a bit surprised by his credentials, but genuinely impressed. It doesn’t cost anything to google someone to find out what is known about them, especially doctors.

  514. By Jimmy Dale on Dec 30, 2009

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    On a different note, being 3 weeks post opt, I went in today for my first physical therapy session. How gratefull I am to have created a physical therapist who doesn’t mind educating…and yes even enlightening you. I’m one of those want/need to know people. I have found that when I have a understanding about something, especially my body, my perspective is broadened. For example, today Lette (name of therapist) shared with me that for those of us who have had decompressions with one or more fusions that depending on what was involved with the decompression, it’s not uncommon for the muscles and tendons(slower to heal)in that area of the back have to be manually pulled and stretched, during surgery, in order to allow for the new implant. And again, depending on the degree of correction and how long those tendens and muscles have been in that position is to the degree that one can experience pain/soreness for sometime into post opt. In closing, I would like to echo the recommendations from other bloggers to continue to do your due diligence. Make it a priority to stay in the know regarding your up coming surgery or your post opt condition. You’ll be better for it. And with that, in case I don’t blog tomorrow…to you and yours the very best blessings for the New Year!
    Be Safe, Be Well

  515. By sherri o'neal on Jan 3, 2010

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    i had fusion of c3-4-5 in 2006 and had no problems at all..then on july 17-2008 i had lower back surgery..nerve pinched in half..lost use of lower rt leg..had to redo surgery on 4-9-2009 for regrowth of bone and severe pain..just had the 3rd back surgery 12-15-2009..am in severe pain when sitting or standing..am on crutches all the time..wondering where i can find any excersises that can get me some control of my rt leg..drs diagnosed it as rediculopathy..nerve conduction studies show the damage is permanant..

  516. By Gaedith on Jan 4, 2010

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    I too am facing cervical surgery 4-5 5-6 Very scared

  517. By Gaedith on Jan 4, 2010

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    Jan 20 is the date need reassureance

  518. By Mark Rosenthal on Jan 4, 2010

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    In 2003 I had lumbar fusion surgery from L4 down to S1. It was obviously performed by an orthopaedic surgeon. This included hardware (6 screws, 1 crossmember and a bone graft. My problem started when this surgeon decided to use cadaver bone matter instead of my own for the bone graft. In 1979 I broke my neck (C1-C2)in a MV accident and had fusion surgery (C1-C3) with a bone graft using my own bone matter from my pelvic area. It’s been almost 31 years and I have had no real pain to speak of, haven’t been on any medications and have been fully functional with NO neurological deficit at all since. This particular lumbar fusion surgeon was aware of the cervical fusion and the great results so I don’t know why he thought it would be a good idea to use the cadaver bone. Needless to say, my body must have rejected the foreign bone matter and the graft never fused resulting in 4 out of the 6 screws developing lucency. Obviously this was very painfull which now gave me a 2 fold problem. The degenerative disc problem I originally developed and the loose hardware poking me almost constantly. I added to my misery by getting involved with and dependent on Rx opiates for 6 years because I was not going to use the same surgeon to do the repair. I feel that he literally screwed me up in the first place. I needed to find a surgeon that I thought I could trust to do a good repair job and aleviate my pain and disc problems. Finally, 6 years later I was certain that I found that surgeon and decided to have him perform the repair surgery since that is predominantly his specialty. So, in April 2009 I had him perform what turned out to be the first of 2 repair jobs. He actually felt that all I needed was 4 screws instead of 6 and he used my own pedicle bone matter for the fusion stating that he also didn’t understand why the first surgeon felt that the foreign, cadaver bone was a good choice since my cervical fusion had such good results. Anyway, my problems soon got worse. Not long after the 1st “repair job” in April I developed lumbar spinal stenosis which I had not had at all prior to this 2nd surgery. I became hunched over and could not walk any speakable distance without my back hurting and my legs giving out in pain. This surgeon (I feel) was covering himself all along by telling and showing my wife and myself that I had some other disc problems higher up but that it would require “more major” fusion surgery that he didn’t recommend and said that he would not do. But, after reviewing the X-Rays from his previous work and the “newly developed” stenosis condition he would have to go back in and perform a repeat surgery. Still trusting him I agreed. In June 2009, only 2 months after the first repair job I had the fusion done again. This time he added back the 2 screws he claimed I didn’t need from the 1st surgeon and I am now back up to 6 screws.
    It has been 7 months since that 2nd (actually 3rd) lumbar fusion and I still have the lumbar spinal stenosis. Initially, immediately after the surgery it seemed as though it was gone, but my movement was much more restricted immediately after the surgery. Only about a month or 2 after when I started walking normally is when it seemed to have re-developed. I am now off of all narcotic medications but cannot walk without the aide of a walker or a cane for stability and cannot walk any distance to speak of. I should have left well enough alone and just bore the pain of the loose hardware because now I can’t even walk and I’m in constant pain. I do not trust any other doctors at this point. Alternatively if anyone has had a similar experience or condition and has found a way to “ACTUALLY” fix this problem, PLEASE POST IT !!! I’m not that young but I am not old enough to go thru the rest of my life like this.

  519. By Mark Rosenthal on Jan 4, 2010

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    Gaedith…
    Read what I just posted. In 1979 I had a cervical spine fusion (C1-C3) that worked out great. I believe it all depends on your surgeon.
    Good Luck

  520. By Courtenay on Jan 8, 2010

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    Mark, I am in the same situation that you are. I had a fusion almost 2 years ago (lumbar L5/S1) with 4 screws placed. I have been in serious pain since that first fusion. I then did my homework and went to a very reputable surgeon in S. Florida. He looked at my MRI and stated that my screws were going through my bone and into scar tissue and needed to removed ASAP. I had them removed but did not have him replace the ones that were in there. I am now 2 months out and in serious pain. I am actually calling the screw companies manufacturer to see what the protecal is for a doctor putting the rods and screws in a persons system because they are all different sizes. Each place that I have called (in the legal dept) have stated that they just make them and it is up to the surgeon on the size on the screws. I spoke with my 2nd surgeon yesterday and he said he thought my screws were placed horribly in my back. Now, if I was in no pain I would have let everything go and feel blessed but this pain (at 32 years old) has taken over my life. My husband and I cannot have our own kids because my back clearly cannot hold a child for 9 months. I am speaking with a legal team down here right now…I do not want to do this but I need to know my legal rights. In the state of Fl you have 2 years to file a lawsuit from the time that you have had the surgery. I am still within the 2 years of my first fusion. I really don’t want to put myself through the mental anguish but if I have to then I will. I can tell you that the business that I am in I look at cervical fusions and lumbar fusions all of the time. Cervical fusions have a MUCH higher success rate then lumbars do. I hope this helps a little. I am truly sorry that you are going through this pain but know that you are not alone….Courtenay

  521. By Allegra on Jan 8, 2010

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    I had a L4-S1 spinal fusion on Dec 17th and I am still in alot of pain and having muscle twitches when I try to fall asleep. I’m on narcotic drugs and they are pretty much to the limit and I am having a very hard time getting relief and getting comfortable. I’ve also used some heat and ice occasionally but I am at a loss, does any one have any other suggestions or thoughts?????

  522. By karen on Jan 9, 2010

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    sounds like you didn’t have your back surgery performed by a fellowship trained neurosurgen that specializes in backs, but rather an orthopedic that thinks he is a back doctor. I’ve seen several people describe your sypmtoms. They are not normal and 70% of the time is is because hardware or instruments used were not used correctly and things like screw were not set properly. Think of you back as a piece of sheet rock. A contractor uses sheet rock screws to secure the sheet rock to the frame….the doctor uses screws to secure back…only a competinely trained surgeon that holds the instruments can tell if he set the screw correctly and what type of resistence might have been felt in the bone. I.E, the man with the sheet rock gun is the only one that know the screw head snapped because he put too much pressure on the frame…not the contrator standing next to him. my suspicion is you have a screw that was not set properly

  523. By Beth on Jan 10, 2010

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    I had the same exact surgery on L4/L5 and L5/S1 on November 17th 2009. I am about a month ahead of you and I was feeling a little better, but I recently tried to put a bag of garbage in the garbage on Thursday. I pulled a muscle in my right upper back and now am in pain. However, the spinal fusion just takes time and you will feel relief as the time passes. Just make sure to baby your back Allegra…do not lift anything:)

  524. By Beth on Jan 10, 2010

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    The only thing I can tell you Allegra is it will heal in time (at least thats what everyone keeps telling me), but I understand how hard it is. It feels like I have been laid up in bed or on the couch for an eternity and it really takes a toll on your emotions. A lot of the time since surgery, I have experienced depressiona and I feel alot older than my 31 years. I really want to get better, make a recovery and be better than before. I have little kids counting on me. Right now they have had to wait on me and that’s not right. I guess we give it more time.

  525. By Mark Rosenthal on Jan 11, 2010

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    Courtenay….
    Thanx for your feedback. Sometimes pain and misery doesn’t love company.
    I’ve been thinking about this and I think what Karen wrote (above) on Jan. 9th might have hit it correctly. I myself, and I assume you also were operated on by an orthopaedic surgeon. Even though what you say is probably true about cervical surgeries having a better success rate than lumbars, I think the key is neurosurgery as opposed to orthopaedic. My cervical fusion was done by a neurosurgeon and I think that (at least in my case) a neurosurgeon may be the one to fix obvious nerve problems. Personally, I have to get fixed somehow and I am now looking into some form of minimally invasive surgery (either laser or arthroscopic) performed by a neurosurgeon. Whatever you do, GOOD LUCK !!

  526. By Courtenay on Jan 11, 2010

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    Mark, Thanks for your response. I actually had a neurosurgeon perform both of my surgeries because my pain was going down my left leg. Good luck! If you find something minimally invasive and it works, please keep me posted! I think what we all need to know as well is having a positive attitude is super important in our recovery! Good luck!

  527. By Connie on Jan 11, 2010

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    I have had 3 surgeries on L4/L5. 1st.was in 2005. I didn’t fuse. 18 months later they went from front to back more tissue was placed with a cage. This was because i had rods and screws from the 05 surgery. Also the 05 i found out 6 months later i had gotten tissue that had not been processed and cleaned. I had to have blood test done for a year. The 07 surgery the nerve to my right leg was cut. This is causing so much pain it’s unreal. I stop working in December and will see my doctor in 2 days. I never have a pain free day and take vicoden and lyrica for pain. Anyone have any suggestions I am at the point i don’t want anymore surgery, but need help with the pain. I want to go back to work and feel good. I wounder if the tainted tissue i got is causing any of my problems ?????

  528. By Emily

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    I had spinal fusion at L4/L5/S1 on Dec. 9,2008. It took a year, but I’m pretty much healed now. Don’t have much pain anymore. I had the mucle spasms at the fusion site for about 2 months after surgery. I did exactly what my Dr. told me to do. Don’t lift anything over one lb your first 3 weeks after surgery. I wore my backbrace for 4 months, and the bone stimulator for 7 months. Your back will heal in time if you slow down and don’t lift anything heavy. You might try a surgon that only works on the spine. Having a relationship the God helps also.

  529. By Denise on Jan 13, 2010

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    Emily,

    Your message helped answer many of my questions regarding the spinal surgery I had done on Dec. 14, 2009. I have become frusturated with the slow healing process. I know now that I was pushing myself. I am glad to hear that your now not having any back complications. Bending is still very difficult. How long was it after the surgery before you could bend? I am walking on the tredmil at a slow pace. I feel like I am walking like a duck. Is this something you experienced? Thanks

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    A deep appreciation for the insightful information that’s been posted lately. I’m a little more than 5wks.(Dec.8th)since my back surgery(spinal decompression of L4-L5 and lumbar fusion of L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1). It seems a lot longer than 5wks. Thank you Beth for the reminder that recovery from back surgery takes time. I seem to forget that. I haven’t heard much regarding physical therapy. I go twice a week and then I repeat what I’ve done in therapy on the days that I’m not there. The routine takes about an hour and consists of exercises designed to strengthen the core muscles and legs without putting pressure on the back. The goal is to eventually be able to do these 2x a day, although I’m way far away from that. I also take a walk every morning around the block(1.3mi). There have been days that I, for whatever reason, simply am not up to doing anything other than the walk and a few leg stretches(very thankful for the meds). Like you said Beth, it takes time, baby steps. If anyone needs the exercises that my therapists are having me do, I would be more than happy to send them to you. I believe they really help. It’s better than just laying in bed all day. Oh, Emily and Mark, you are so right on. I to believe a neurosurgon (fellowship trained)are your best bet to have working on you back. About lifting, I’ve been restricted to 10lbs. or less and reminded to lift with my legs holding the object close to my body. Lastly, Emily having a relationship with one’s Presence is always a good thing. Thank you

  531. By Tina on Jan 13, 2010

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    Well I have not been on here for a while to post however I see the same things over and over. It took me almost 2 years to get up the courage to have the fusion done. I finally agreed because I just could not take the pain any longer, BIG MISTAKE… I am in more pain now then ever before. My surgeon took away my norco and basically said it was in my head because he did everthing right. Well I saw him today for my 6 month follow up….. He actually told me maybe we missed something?? now I am having another cat scan on Tuesday to see if he sees anything. He has now prescribed me Methadone and Norco … to be quite honest I am scared to take the methadone but I really dont know what else to do any more…. I am at my wits end with this pain!!!! Please give me something!!!! Im climbing the walls here and can barely get out of bed to take care of my kids!!!!

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    Tina, I once was around someone who was being given Methadone in an effort to ween off of Heroin. Shortly after taking it, he was in la la land. I take Norco (10/325mg.) every 4 hrs.It’s hard for me to imagine taking Methadone and Norco at the same time. Perhaps the Methadone dose there giving you is not as strong as his. If you have been reading the recent posts over the past several weeks, there has been some good insight from people like Mark, Emily and Karen, especially on the selection of a surgeon. Perhaps a second opinion might be in order. In the meantime, I would think the Methadone will take you from Painville to LaLaville. Keep us posted as there are a lot of people posting that are in pain and looking for a solution, if only a temporiary one.

  533. By Courtenay on Jan 14, 2010

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    Tina,

    Just an FYI, not to scare you but a few years ago I was put on Methadone. It is HIGHLY addictive (even worst then most narcotics) and almost killed me. I was put on a small amount and in hospital for 3 days in coma. Be very careful with that drug. I am in serious pain, just like you. I am now the one that dictates to my doctors what I will and will not take. I will not go above Percocets. I won’t take RoxyContin, Oxycontine, Methadone…Any of those. All of the drugs are scary but Methadone in particular is really scary…Also, just an FYI and I am going to try this. I have a friend that is on 100% shark cartlidge. You can get it at a local nutrition store. After about 90 days, she was able to lower her dosage of pain meds and some of the pain went away. I am going to start it soon. She said don’t discouraged because it is not going to work right away. Definetly worth looking into…

  534. By Emily

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    Denise,

    I didn’t know I was walking like a duck til someone made the comment that I was walking much better, because I wasn’t walking like a duck anymore. That was at about 2 months after my surgery. I went to physical therapy for 4 months, and they showed me how to bend down properly. They told me never to bend over at the waist, but to bend my legs at the knees and keep my back straight, and bend down that way. It was hard, because it would hurt my knees and was hard for me to get back up from that position. Sometimes I get lazy and bend over at the waist. I know I shouldn’t and my back will start hurting if I do it too many times in one day. Before I started therapy I couldn’t bend at all. I don’t have any nerve damage so that might be the reason I’m doing better than others. My back will start hurting if I sit for to long or try to lift something heavy. My heart goes out to people who have to work or raise children while dealing with their pain. When I was 6 months out of my surgery I was afraid my pain was never going to stop, and I cried alot. Hang in there. I heard a doctor on t.v. say that the spine is the slowest part of the body to heal. The pain does get better with time so try to relax and give yourself some time to heal. I’m happy I could help you with some of your questions. I’m praying for you.

  535. By Joy on Jan 16, 2010

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    JD, I am going in for my first lower back surgery on February 10, 2010. I have fractures at L3-L4 and L4-L5 that have not healed on their own for over 2 years now. Along with the two fractures, I also have a severe case of spondilothesis. I am a nurse,therefore I am a true believer in physical therapy and the importance of one’s participation in doing exactly what they are told to do when it comes to P.T. I am writing to you to ask if you mind sending/emailing me your exercises/stretches, etc?? It would be graciously appreciated! Just let me know…..Joy…..

  536. By JD on Jan 17, 2010

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    Joy, I would be very happy to do that. I can copy and send by email or fax, whichever will work for you. Just let me know. I will need a phone number and/or an email address. My personal email address is jdsatter@sbcglobal.net

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    Please do not hand out. I hate having to spend the day ‘spam’ reporting people.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

  537. By JD on Jan 18, 2010

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    Well, I just came back and read my last post and thought it read maybe a tad bit strange. So, in an attempt to have it read a little clearer, please note seeing how anyone can now have access to my personal email address as I did indeed post it, if you want to hand it out, well…okay. And Joy, as for a phone number, I only need it in the event you want me to fax the exercises to you instead of emailing.
    There, now maybe I don’t sound so spooky.
    HOWS EVERYONE DOING?!?

  538. By john w on Jan 21, 2010

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    Did you ever get any answers to your Q on your cervical situation. Chief Surgern at Mt. Sinia in NY wants to do a C5 C6 fusion, I am not sure, had 3 Docs confirm. my symptons where Total numbness down my left arm to my thumb, felt like I stuck my fingers in an electric outlet. As well my tricep in left arm was in extreme pain due to the spinal nerve. pregnadsoin the steriod, excuse spelling. cleared up the pain, but the numbness was still there. caused by spures in the C5 and 6 as well as authritic C4 thru 7 and they are all DDD..I was wondering what results you got or responses you received, I know this was almost 2 years ago, but on the web it is hard to get exact info
    Thanks
    JohnW

  539. By john w on Jan 21, 2010

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    anyone that has found them selfs on methadone due to extreme use of pain killers, is just asking for more trouble. talk to your doctor, there is Suboxon aka Buprenorphine.. It is a tablet you put under your tongue, comes in 8mg and 2mg. YOU DO NOT Get high or lala land like some of you say. It is easier to ween off of, if you take meth or a pain killer while on it, the pain killers will not work. It is an excellent way to get off the pain killers and Meth. WITHOUT getting high or trading addictions..Only Licenced Doc.s can give this out, all Pharmacies will have to order it. It is so common today due to pain killer addication, though many people refuse to admit that are addicted to there pain killers, check it out, do a googel..

  540. By paul

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    Hi shelly I to have had back surgery and this was for L5-s1 back in april 09 and just today went back to the surgen and was told that they will have to do a fusion and im terified the pain also has not been the same as before the operation and it has only goten worse since then. the doctor told me that im now disabeld and im only 46 and have always been a very hard worker I just do not know what to do. I told the doctor that I really need to think about this becouse Im afraid that as you said the pain will be diffrent and worse than the pain before and the pain befor that. my wife relly is not giving me any support with this and it is very frustraiting they have bosted me up in pain meds since this whole back issue started at first it was vicoden then percocet and in all the differnt mgs then as those were not working they started me on oxycotin 20mgs and now im up to 60mgs and you geused it next will be 80. my doctor also told me that soon they WILL be giving me the phentonal patch and not really looking forward to that as im told that I will be nothing more than a zombie and it is still not a gaurenty that my pain will be releived. and the surgen said that the fusion is a 60/40 that is better than a coin toss his exact words not that encouraging and as far as becoming addictave to the pain meds anyone that has been taking them for more than 6mo. is addicted try not taking one for a day and tell me how you feel??? this does not mean that you take them for a buzz or to get high from them it just means our body now needs them and not just for the pain I myself would much rather not have to take them but I have no choise my quality of life would be unbarible with the pain never mind getting dope sick well all I can say to you and anyone else reading this is I wish you all the best and my prayers are out to you all and please pray for me to god bless one and all

  541. By eg on Jan 28, 2010

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    Hi i am a 22 year old girl who had an L3 L4 spinal fusion when i was 14. 8 years later i have been having chronic back pain to the point where i cant get through a day with out perks and muscle relaxers. everday i come home and go straight for the heating pad i have such severe pain when trying to do simple tasks like washing dishes and folding laundry. i have been crying myself to sleep everynight. nothing seems to be helping me right now. i have currently recieved a facet injection and next week will be number 2. i feel they are making my pain worse right now i have all i can do to get through a work day. can someone please give me some advice about these injections someone who has had a spinal fusion years ago like me and recieved pain relief i really dont know what to do but pray that they take my pain away.

  542. By Laura on Jan 29, 2010

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    Hello fellow patients suffering from severe back pain.. I had my first surgery ever- a fusion on my L5-S1 due to a terrible accident on Mount Hood, OR in Aug. ’08. Fractured my pelvis in 2 places and my sacrum which resulted in degenerative disc disease between L5 & S1. I am 24 now but at the time I was 22 and I tried to stay away from surgery and tried EVERYTHING from painkillers, injections (EG – which I DO NOT recommend, it made my pain much worse), & physical therapy. The BEST and ONLY meds that helped me was a new drug called Opana ER (OxyMorphone).
    However, I still had excruciating pain and after 6 months of being physically dependent on this narcotic I decided I must have surgery before I became permanently retarded or worse, OD. My fusion was done almost exactly a year after my accident (Aug. ’09) and I am recovering fairly well but still have soreness and pain every day. As of right now I am only taking Norcos but they just do not help enough. The surgeons cut me open in the front just below my bikini line similar to a cesarian section and I have terrible nerve pain there too often as well as the lower back pain.
    I am now allowed to do back strengthening exercises and I am trying to do them, but it is just so difficult when all I want to do is cry from the pain and if i do get through a day of PT, the fusion area is so sore I can’t bear to keep it up the next day.
    I have discovered one positive thing; the pain is MUCH worse when 1. I lie around and do not do anything because I am hurting. Force yourself to get up and walk around the house, the block, or whatever. It helps in the long run even if it hurts at first, use a cane or something for support at first. I know being so young and walking with a cane isn’t the most attractive thing but we gotta do what we gotta do! 2. When I do not get adequate sleep, so get some well rested sleep and if you need a sleeping aid because you can’t fall asleep due to the pain, (very common for me) then ask your Doc about what would be best so it isn’t another drug that you become dependent on.

    I am looking for some lower back strengthening exercises that do not involve any twisting or bending. I currently try doing lunges, leg lifts, lots of abdominal flexing, 15 min. on an elliptical, and am trying to pick and choose which pilate exercises I used to do can manage without overdoing it. But the next day, no matter how easy I take it, I still feel so sore I do not want to get out of bed.
    I ended up quitting my office job after I came back from my surgical medical leave and am now waitressing at a local pub and the walking has probably been the best rehab for me so far!
    I’m just happy that I don’t have to pop pills every day to get out of bed anymore, but sometimes I do still need something to get through a day..
    Any other advice or good exercises that you think might help would be greatly appreciated. I hope we can find something that will cease the suffering we endure from this back pain… cross your fingers for the stem cell researchers discovering miraculous things!!! :)

  543. By heidi on Jan 29, 2010

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    Alysun,read your post and I felt like I was reading my own. I finally had a lumbar fusion L5-S1, disectomy, hemi-laminectomy due to continual pain for a year and a diminishing quality of life. I am in the recovery process. The pain is definately better but waiting to see if it willall go away. I am only 32 and I feel like an old lady. I wonder if my active life will ever return. One thing I would advise is to stop coping with the pain and take any and all measures to alleviate it. I was resistent to meds and waiting for surgery and I can say that I regret not doing both sooner as my life, although not completely pain free,is so much more functional now that I have had both. best wishes.

  544. By JD on Feb 1, 2010

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    Laura/Heidi, thanks for your recent posts. EG, I wish I knew more about facet injections to be able to assist you and John, thank you for your post regarding the use of Methadone.
    Joy are you still wanting me to email you some exercises/stretches as I haven’t heard back from you and with your surgery coming up soon?
    Lastly, I just wanted to share something. While I was at PT this morning, I read some interesting facts that were part of a framed poster hanging up and one of the statements was that “most back surgery’s are not necessary.” Imagine that! If you are contemplating having back surgery, please make sure that a) you have done your due diligence in selecting your doctor b)you have taken all the conservative steps to remedy/correct the problem and c)that you participate in an ongoing exercise program that includes stretching and core strengthening. If you end up having surgery, this will be most valuable to your recovery. There is an abundance of information that is available on the internet if you don’t have a doctor. Having a back issue doesn’t mean that you can’t have and/or improve your health. It’s about being proactive vs. just lying around the house as previous people here have stated. I’m just shy of 2mos. out of surgery and I have more good moments, minutes, hours and days than bad. Have I mentioned that I’m a young 60?
    Be Well…

  545. By resa on Feb 3, 2010

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    I’ve been reading all yall email’s ,Some are scary some are soothing.right now I’m in so much pain i could eat nails,I’ve been having back problems for 8 yrs. now and 3 surgeons says i need surgery on c4and c5 I’m scared but i got to relieve some of this pain!!!! the doctor says i still will be in some kind of pain even if i get the surgery they are just trying to prevent me from being paralized if i should fall.god bless all of you who deal with daily pain.by the way i see another surgeon on monday feb.8th and he will probably set a date I’m scared but i’m going to do it i think i’m ready now.

  546. By resa on Feb 3, 2010

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    oh by the way did i mention tomorrow is my b-day!!

  547. By stacy on Feb 5, 2010

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    to anyone out there who has had a spinal cord stimulator. can you please give me any info like what to expect during surgery and what to expect there after.a year ago i had my L5 through L-3 fused with the rods, i cant take it anymore so my dr. finally suggested one. i know you have to have a trial one, and if they are as good as they say why doesnt more patients have one? i dont know anyone who has had one and don’t know what to expect. i thankyou for listening, and good luck to all.

  548. By paul

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    Hello all I have posted befor and have hade a disectomy at L5 and S1 and after the operation the pain just became worse over a course of 9mo. just went and seen my surgen two weeks ago as I stated in my last blog (dated jan 28th) and was given a 60-40% chance that a fusion would work not to promising the cause of my pain happend to be the scar tishue healed around the nerve and was also pressing against the spine for a pain factor of 8-9 daily with little to no sleep at all as most everybody here exspairiances it sucks and we all now this well I am taking oxycotin 60mg 4 times a day and you would think that this would releave me some pain but no the good days are 6-7 pain scale and that never seems to last that long well today I seen my primery care and told her that even the 60mg a day just is not cutting it and that ive some times take 1-2 more when needed and she understood she is going to try getting the fentonal patch approved again but that seems like an act of congrass well I asked her about something else for a break throu pain med and she gave me TRAMADOL so far ive taken 2 and that is what the script says and well let me tell you IM WALKING LIKE A HUMAN again it seems to be working and as of right now my pain level is 2-3 whitch all I can say is a mirical becouse I can definatly live with this Im also taking my oxycontin as perscribed now so all that I pray for is that this stays this way so if anyone needs something for breakthrou pain ask your dr. for this it is 50mgs and I thank god for this amd also my dr. just wish this happend sooner and if anyone else has taking this drug please let me know if it is still working for you and if not how long it did last for god bless all of you and only wish that you all could be pain free my prayes will go out to all of you and please pray for me I will keep you all posted with the progress good luck all Paul

  549. By Karen on Feb 10, 2010

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    If you live in michigan go see Dr. Brady Vibert at Troy Beaumont. He is AN EXPERT in the field of SPINAL SURGERY – he is the BEST – I SWEAR. I had no problems after my lumbar laminectomy.

  550. By Addie on Feb 11, 2010

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    Hi, I have had my Third spinal surgery since 2004. The most recent was in Oct. 09. It was anterior L3-L4 some people get real lucky with this but not me. For what ever reason the bone graft wont grow. Now the pain is worse. I lost my job when i couldn’t stay long enough through the day. I totally understand. But before you get surgery make sure you have weighted all of your options. I did need the surgery, it just didn’t work out for me. Yet! I have great caring Dr.’s. they know what they’re doing, i’m just a difficult patient.

  551. By Addie on Feb 11, 2010

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    Hi Stacy, I had a spinal cord stimulator put in a few years ago. The trial was great, i felt so good. But when i had the real thing put in it didn’t feel the same. I only use it when i am sitting for a long period of time. sometimes it helps sometimes it makes the pain worse. It will be up to you if you get it but if I had it to do over again I wouldn’t. Just another surgery to go through. Other people may like it. Lucky for them. Good luck Stacy, and do as much research as you can first!

  552. By Paul on Feb 11, 2010

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    Mark:
    I too had the surgery and also now feel I suffer from spinal stenosis. The Doctor does not agree but since last April’s surgery I am not able to walk any distance and I don’t feel I am getting better.

    My son is going to college to be a Physical Therapist and another son is in college to be a MD so maybe if I put up with this for a few more years they will be able to lead me in the right direction.

  553. By paul

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    hi all well since my lst post on the 5th of feb I was taking tramadol 50mgs and that lasted only a couple days spoke to soon as I thought that I found the solution! wrong now I have been put on the fentonal patch at 75mg and that syays on for three days and I also still am takeing the oxycontin60mg every 4hrs for break through but IM still in pain with all this medication in me im about a 6-7 on the pain scale. I am asking my dr. to get in touch with anouther spine specalest for a second oppinion hopfuly he will have anouther aproch for me or im just going to have to have the fusion done just to scared right now for that and im getting tired of taking all of thease drugs. on day im not going to wake up and I dont want that to happen I just dont know what to do any more Ive only been married for 2yrs and it is hurting my marriage some days though I dont want to wake up becouse then no more pain but I no that is not the anssewer I guess im just venting becouse it seems that you all know what im going through and I really thank all of you hear and wish all of you the best and want you all to be pain free also well its late and just going to surf some more as I canot sleep becouse of the pain well good nite all and god bless pray for all and you will be prayed for

  554. By Jackie on Feb 13, 2010

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    All I have to say to you is I hope you had a second opinion. I am going in to have my 5th back surgery to remove a spinal cord simulator, I had 2 microdisectomys and a spinal fusion and needless to say it has ruined my life I am 46 now and I take many strong pain meds and the pain is still overwhelming. I can just say it is not as easy as what many surgerons will tell you. Anyone I have met says they would never have back surgery again. Maybe you will be different, but my best wishes to you.

  555. By alicia on Feb 15, 2010

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    For Heidi, I would like to hear more about your back pre and post surgery. Your problem sounds similar to mine and I’m currently deciding on whether or not to have fusion surgery on L5-S1, due to unstable, Grade III Spondylolisthesis.

  556. By alicia on Feb 15, 2010

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    Courtenay,
    First of all, how do you feel now? I am sorry to hear of all you have been through and hope you are feeling some relief than in your earlier posts.
    I read your comment back in Oct 2009 and I have a particular interest about a best of the best dr in S. FL, and I’m wondering if that is the same dr I recently saw for a consultation. I live in S FL and I am looking for another spine specialist for a 3rd opinion. Any info will help. Thanks.

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    i have the same exact thing im not exactly sure if the decompression works maybe slightly but it flared up so many things in my back at a low level i now have to use a wheelchair and walker just to get around when before i was just walking with pain not sure that i would get the decompression

  558. By DAN on Feb 24, 2010

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    To all you Spine Patients out there. I would like to let you know about A New MRI.It is open and you can watch TV while it is being done. Go to FONAR UPRIGHT MRI.on the WWW. UCLA School of Medicine did the comparsion. This MRI shows to be more accurate than the lay down type. Check it out. Discs will be compressed while standing or flexing.Discs are decompressed when laying down(as a rule).I will be having this MRI done next week. On my Lumbar and Cervical spine.The standard lay down MRI shows a problem in both and I’m not satisifed with it. I’ve had two back surgeries already.I’m tired of being patched up.In my opinion repairing one disc when three are bad, is like plugging one hole in a tire that has three holes in it.You will still have a flat!!!
    My Chiropractor told ME this MRI exist.I researched it and found he was right.It is out of network so my insurance will only pay about 50% of it(out of state for me). This Upright MRI normally cost about the same as the Standard Laydown type. You won’t feel like your in a coffin.
    Also to you folks that are disabled. If you sign up on SSD, and are turned down,be sure to appeal it within 60 days.The SSD Law states you must have enough credits too. You must have worked and paid Social Security 5 of the last 10 years.(Ask a Lawyer) I highly recommend you getting your medical records.You may have to pay for the records.I was very surprised at what some of my Doctors (or their Transcriptionist)was writing. Trust me.Hope everyone gets well.

  559. By William

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    I have had two back surgeries. I had a similar problem and the only way the doctor found the problem was a myelogram. He injected a dye in my spinal cord and took x-rays of my spine. Hope this will help. God Bless you and your family.

  560. By heather B on Feb 25, 2010

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    I am 37 and just had my 3rd spinal fusion 5 years apart c45 c56 c67 I have lived with pain for over 10 years I have two different procedures done 2 cages and one plate w/bone graft, I suggest the cages I healed faster and had less pain! I also suggest you research your surgeons very carefully and preferably use a neurology surgeon as apposed to an orthopedic! Pain meds are definitly a blessing but can be easily abused.! Look to god and support groups ! God bless you all

  561. By Judy

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    I need lumbar 4,and 5 fused. I have not heard but one success story.

    Are there any success stories out there.

  562. By sarah cox

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    My name is sarah im 30yrs old.1st of all back problems run in my family on the entire side of my mothers.My mom,my grandma,uncle,aunts,my sister & brother.My1st sugery I was 26 & that was for a herniated disk

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    My name is sarah im 30yrs old&im from hutchinson,kansas.1st of all back problems run in my family on the entire side of my mothers.My mom,my grandma,uncle,aunts,my sister&brother.My 1st sugery was June 2006,i was 26 & that was for a herniated disk at L-3 L-4.(i dont know why but a week later i applied for disability)Come to find out3months later that disk was herniated again.By that time i no longer had insurance & drs were already talking about a fusion.i had no choice but to suffer & keep stuffing painpills down my throat,which most of you know w/chronic back pain”doesn’t cut it”.we just get more immune to them and they don’t work as well as time goes on.why do think we keep having to up our mgs even though they work great at 1st?am i right?dont get me wrong,i wouldn’t be able to move(ha or breathe)if i didn’t have my pain pills.1 of mine is every4hrs & i’ve tried to cut down but once6hrs hits,i don’t have a choice & i mean this when i say this,but to hurry&take1.we’re all told though not to wait til we’re in that”pain”to then take our pill,but to take them when we’re suppose to.if we wait til we’re really in pain & miss our pill time then that pill we’re takin isn’t going to do much cause it’ll be workin extra hard to try & relieve our pain instead of the regular pain we’re in when we’re takin it”on time”so i myself need to work on that,but the more i take them & keep”covering up”the pain,getting my body use to them,the more & more each time my body will think that it’ll need next time & the time after that.Moving on,i had a3level anterior interbody fusion feb2009 i was29.they opened me up from the front & ive got4plates16screws & 3fake disks.this was done since over the yrs my disks became degenerative.im worse off now than i ever was before&if i had a time machine i would go back & never of got it done.i cant even sit in a chair/furniture,i have to lay down or clear over at an angle.i take opana,oxycotins&cylobenzaprine.im sure that receipe will change before my time is up considering how many times its changed already.(hydrocodone-percocets-vallium)see what i mean?after this surgery i lost a bunch of weight & tons of my body muscle & still to this day no matter what i eat or the protein drinks i drink,i cant seem to gain weight.im6′ weighing 143lbs & thats not really good & all for me considering my normal weight was at least 180.i just never feel good most of the time.i finally got disability after a yr & half & bein denied twice but w/out disability ins i wouldnt be able to afford my rx’s w/out payin just a co-pay since my Opana is over$500a mth.im hoping over more time i’ll be in less pain & be able to sit in chairs like normal people & not have my body feel like im 80yrs old.i wanna run,exercise,go to the theater,road trips,long shopping,not have to worry about where i park, & not show up right on time at my appts since i cant sit so instead i have to stand right by a chair & look dumb,how embarrassing!im so sick&tired of living this way & no matter how much time goes by i still haven’t adjusted to it,coped w/it & each day its the same stuggle for me day in/day out.everyone else that doesn’t have back problems should honestly right now drop to their knees & thank GOD that they DO NOT.i would give my left arm or sacrafice something big that i need in place of me going through this back trouble that seems to never end.i do have hope & thats when i got that$250,000.00surgery which really let me down.i never hear anything good about back surgeries really,once in a great while but everbodys body is different, & all i know is i’ll never be the same again & it makes me so sad that my surgery cant be undone.maybe in the future they’ll come up w/something to make me normal,w/less pain,less pain pills or none at all hopefully but maybe i can sit in a chair & not feel so alone w/my problem.i hope that all of you can some day find relief or get insurance to get the medical procedures done that you need done because w/out insurance & serious back trouble(to where we’re typin on here)its gonna probably be the roughest road you’ve ever been down considering i have medicaid & medicare & thats not changing any outcome ive had on my back.it just pays for everything.i wish the best for you all,ive been through so much & i wish i could write a book about my experience.im in bed now stacked w/pillows all over,my backs killin me & its sad i cant just sit at a computer desk & chair like most people do.nope,this is how i’ll always have to be on the computer.on my side typin or on my lap, laid back,stacked w/pillows.it should’ve never have came to this.i wanna be off disability,i wanna work again someday & never let my back hold me back in my life again & im tryin to get there,i just cant.too much pain,im fused,so theres that unavailability feeling especially with movement.well i hope & i pray thats all i can do.i make sure not to do anything thats going to hurt my back any further as well.all of you too.take care of your backs,there might not be much of them left.i know they feel wore out but just hang in there.at least time is passin by & not standin still,right?plus in a way,theres nothin we can do about it or we’d be doin it right now & if any of us figure something out,maybe be a good(back)friend that we can all relate to & pass the secret along.pills,ice,heat,certain exercises,back rubs,resting…..i just dont know what else to do because the rest is up to our bodies & we cant just say”back heal”& we’re healed.w/that being said i think ive sat & typed plenty.im hurting & gotta go.i’ll pray for you all because i feel all of your pain.good luck,take care,dont give up&most of all GOD BLESS!!!!:)

  564. By vickie on Mar 10, 2010

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    I AM GOING TO HAVE MY SURGERY MARCH 17. I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LOW BACK PAIN, CAN’T PUT PRESSURE
    ON MY FEET, SO IT HURTS WHEN I WALK, I CAN’T BEND OVER WITHOUT PAIN ANDMY BUTT HURTS TO SIT ON THE RIGHT SIDE NO SPEAKING ABOUT THE LEG PAIN, THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO MOVE L4 & L5, I HAVE BEEN READING COMMENTS AND IT HAS REALLY MADE ME UNCERTAIN. I AM SO TIRED OF THE PAIN UNTIL I JUST CRY, I DON’T WANT TO GO THREW THIS AND IN A WORST SITUATION THAN BEFORE I GO IN. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW DO YOU FEEL IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE WORTH GOING THREW THIS ARE WOULD I BE BETTER OFF DEALING WITH THE PAIN

  565. By Kandi on Mar 13, 2010

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    I feel your pain . I am 35 yrs old , I was in a nasty car accident when I was 16. I have been through yrs of this God awful pain. Feb 2010 I finally agreed to have surgery feeling that was my last chance @ some kind of pain relief. I suffer from degenerative disease. I have or should I say had 2 herniated disk @ L-4 & L5. I delt with yrs of narcotics , chiropractors, injections , pain blocks nothing worked. I had what they call spinal fusion. I now have 4 spacers , 4 screws and 2 rods in my lower back. Before the surgery I felt constant numbness and tingling in my left leg all the way dwn to my toes. Sometimes my leg would go totally numb and I would fall due my leg giving out on me. I am a month out of surgery only spending 2 nights 3 days Granted the numbness is gone but the pain in my lower back has gotten worse. They did what was called a spinal fusion. I can only sit a certain way and cant sit , stand , walk or lay down for too long. I can honestly say having that surgery was the absolute biggest mistake I have made in my life. Now I have all this hardware in my back thinking that with technology today this should have worked. I know it isnt gonna be overnight and poof I am pain free , but my come on. I was always told by others with back trouble dont let them cut on you. I just wished I had listened. I also have a herniated disk in the middle of my back which will stay that way. I absolutely refuse to do this again. I cry on a daily basis. Granted like I said earlier its only been a month and 2 days to be exact since my surgery , I may not be giving it enough time and maybe it takes longer to heal . Who knows ? All I know is I am absolutely miserable. I will tell you this…be prepared to not be able to due the simple things you have done all your life such as tie your own shoes. Spent several sleepless nights tossing and turning trying to get into a pain free position to sleep. Vickie everybody may be different , so who knows this surgery may turn out to be an answer to all your prayers and you will be pain free. I pray all goes well and I wish you the best.

  566. By JD on Mar 13, 2010

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    Kandi, Your MO was identical to mine with the exception of I don’t suffer from herniated disc’s or degenerative disease. I’m 3mos/5days post-opt, having had a decompression(no disk was left) along with spinal fusions from L3-S1.

    With all due respect, it sounds like your not in physical therapy and are not in communication with your doctor. I’ve learned that it takes at least 4mos. for bones to heal after the kind of surgery you and I had. That full recovery can take up to 6mos-1yr…maybe longer as we’re all different.

    During the healing process there is usually a lot of inflammation which can be the cause of the majority of our pain; joints, muscles, tendons, where we had the surgery, you name it, it hurts all over. The irony here is that the inflammation assists the healing process, which is why we’re not given an anti-inflammatory and/or told not to take them, as I was. We just have to kinda ‘buck up’ and take it, like the 1st thing in the morning getting out of bed. We need to listen to our bodies as we learn how to move in new and less painful ways, participate in an exercise program and…take the meds they give us.

    I cannot tell you how important it is to move! It loosens things up, then they get tight and you move some more. You don’t have to move a lot at first, just move..easy like…and often. I walk 1.3mi every morning, stretch for about an 1/2 hour daily and have physical therapy 2x a week. Because of my age(60yrs), my body is taking longer to heal than those who are younger, but given that, I still have more good moments, minutes, hours and days than bad.
    You hang in there and don’t forget to move…often…with grace.

  567. By JD on Mar 13, 2010

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    Vickie, most back surgery’s are not necessary. What do you mean by “they are supposed to move L4&L5?

    Before having back surgery, you should make sure that A) you have done your due diligence in selecting the right doctor B)you have taken all the conservative steps to remedy/correct the problem and C)that you participate in an ongoing exercise program that includes stretching and core strengthening, this will be most valuable to your recovery. There is an abundance of information that is available on the internet if you don’t have a doctor who will supply it to you. Having a back issue doesn’t mean that you can’t have and/or improve your health. It’s about being proactive vs. just lying around the house as previous people here have stated.

    For what it’s worth, I’m 3mos post-opt(a decompression with spinal fusions from L-3 to S-1)from what I’ve been told as pretty major back surgery, I’m 60 and I have more good moments, minutes, hours and days than bad. I’m expecting the best recovery and I’m doing my part, daily.

    Keep us posted on your up coming surgery and an abundance of blessings to you.

  568. By Rob morelli on Mar 14, 2010

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    Hi,

    I had back surgery in Nov. 09. since then I am having pain and trouble sleeping. Now I have leg spasms and cramps. I also have been going to PT but have a visable muscle atrophy of my left leg.

    I cant sleep nights. The opiates were not helping. Now I am on lyrica and clonidine tts and that is not helping. The surgeon does not call back and I don’t know what to do

    Any help is appreciated

  569. By Mike on Mar 22, 2010

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    I had spinal fusion on my low back L1,2,3 or something like that in 2002. It has changed my life I still have lots of pain. If I could go back there would be no surgery. I think I would rather have bone on bone. I have not had 8 hours of straight sleep in 15+years. pain is my middle name. does anybody out there fell me? Talk to me

  570. By joe on Mar 22, 2010

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    sorry to hear that! you are gonna be in alot of pain afterwards! but you are probably used to it already. it takes time to heal and recover. i work for a major communucations company and have to do alot of climbing. it took me about 13 weeks to fully recover. after surgery you will probaby be hurting not only from your back but nerve pain also. but it will eventualy go away.

  571. By joe on Mar 22, 2010

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    i had herniated discs at the L4 L5 and S1 levels. I met an awesome neurosurgeon by the name of Arnulfo Garza-Vale here in San Antonio Tx. I too had done the addictive pain meds,nerveblock injections, everything! I needed a lumbar laminectomy on those 2 discs. Every other doctor just wanted to fuse my disc. At the age that i am 40 i feel i have alot more work to do. I do alot of climbing i am an outside tech for a major telecommunications company. He told me if i just did a total fusion i was gonna be limited on how far i was gonna be able to use,bend,or stretch my back. It meant other disc would probably wear out sooner because of the extra stress on them. Because the fusion was just gonna lock those two disc. Well this dr. invented a procedure called eclipse fusion. It’s a small plastic ball he places after the laminectomy on the herniated disc. He removes the old disc and just puts it in the middle kind of a disc replacement. In time tissue will build around the ball creating a artificial disc! I have soreness once in awhile but i had my surgery a year ago, The doctors does x-rays and the two disc he worked on slowely started showing tissue around the ball. Now the disc on the x-ray look like normal disc’s just with a little ball in the middle!

  572. By carolyn

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    vicki i am scheduled for surgery on april 7th. I it is uncanny to me that when I read your story it was as though you were telling my own. I was just telling my daughter how alone I felt because of the pain and suffering I have been going through for a year and a half. The pain is always and i have cried more these many months then i think i ever have. Believe me surgery is the last thing i wanted but i know i cannot live the rest of my life suffering like this. There have been times i have become extremely depressed and i have always been an optomistic out going person but this has totally changed my life and my families as well. If this situation has been detrimenatl to your health and well-being as it has mine than i say what more can you lose. If you are a religious person or just have have a positive attitude than you must have faith your time has passed for your surgery and whatever you decided please let me know how you are doing

  573. By theresa

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    i was reading all of this had back surgery 2 yrs ago now iam in more pain than before pain in back down both legs into feet i get very depressed cant hardly do anything having injection in back at 2 levals have a herianted disk above where iam fuisd together frist one last about 4 days then 2 weeks later had 2 one what a joke have had NO releif and was black and blue had headake for 2 days legs never quit hurting no they want to put a spinal cord stimulator in me and cut a pouch in my butt be really careful about doing back surgery the dr said I was going to have at least a 85 percent chance of improvement and Iam worse off now than when i started if anyone out there know of something that could help please write back on this site thank you

  574. By theresa

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    i was reading all of this had back surgery 2 yrs ago now iam in more pain than before pain in back down both legs into feet i get very depressed cant hardly do anything having injection in back at 2 levals have a herianted disk above where iam fuisd together frist one last about 4 days then 2 weeks later had 2 one what a joke have had NO releif and was black and blue had headake for 2 days legs never quit hurting no they want to put a spinal cord stimulator in me and cut a pouch in my butt be really careful about doing back surgery the dr said I was going to have at least a 85 percent chance of improvement and Iam worse off now than when i started if anyone out there know of something that could help please write back on this site thank you ps dont do it you will be worse off

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  576. By Allan S.

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    Like most of you, I have extreme back pain. I have 3 disc out in my neck. Sometimes, I do not know what pain is worse. I had surgery in 1995 on L-4 (the pain was intense down my right leg), and it was tough at first, but the pain subsided greatly. I still feel the twinge now and then. Sometimes bad, but bearable. Now, after another MRI, because of extreme pain down my left leg and buttock, the doctors say surgery on the cervical disc and lower back. I do not want surgery, especially fusion, after reading the horror stories. I have been reading about invasive laser surgery, and was wondering if any of you have considered it, have had the surgery, or would recommend it? They say that you heal faster and can be active a lot sooner. Just wondering if it was a better solution to the constant pain that I have daily. I will say that relying on God to ease the pain, sure does help. Things could be worse. I am sure that there are others in this world that would change places with me in a heartbeat. May God ease your pain. God bless!

  577. By cathy sinclair

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    I also have had surgery on c-6 &C7 and had to have plates and screws put in and they had to be reoved 12 weks later due to the pain and that I was unable to swallow. have had pain in area since.Took me 5 years to go back to work it was a workers comp. case. Two years ago had sciatica nerve down left side of leg caused a lot of pain in lower back. had lots of emgs, mri,ct came back withspinal stenosis.spurs on spinal column bulging disc,needed to have surgery L-4 S-2with fusion and use the bone from the spurs to fill in gaps.Titanum rods would be used and I would be out of work appox.12 weeks. I am a home health nurse that has not worked many hours in the past two years due to severe pain. About 6-7months after having this done the sciatica nerve was fine but the low back pain was back.more x-rays mri,pain meds emgs,with no relief.When it came up to almost being a little over 14-16 months the surgeon suggested that we could remove them(rods) they cost67,000 or I could go to a pain specilalist. I chose the last one to see,So far I have cadual injections, more pain meds and they keep getting changed as they do not help me.now I am going back to see the surgeon again to hear what he has to say. But in the mean times I have developed arthiritis of the spine and neck osteoaarthiritis and bone denisity test is not good.It may be that my back will not be stable enough to remove the rods with all of the other problems. the pain doc.is thinking about placing a neurostimulation in the back so I can can controll the intensity of current I give myself.If I would have known that all of these problems would have come about from putting in the rods and fusing my back I would have thought longer and got a second opion even through I was in so much pain.He came highly recomended and the pain won over my common since as a nurse and a human being. I hope you all read this and think twice, get that second opinon before we may end up in wheelchairs.

  578. By Deborah

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    Shelly, I had the same surgery that you did. I had it in 2007, my pain is worse then ever. It could be that your fusion didn’t complete. You need to have a CT Scan and or a Mylogram, to see if it fused together. Mine didn’t fuse together and that’s why I have so much pain. Sorry, you are in so much pain, i know how you feel. It rules my life, i say life but i don’t actually have one anymore.

  579. By Sean on Apr 6, 2010

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    Hi i am 26 years old and have SPONDYLITIS. I was extremely active in all sport etc… Since this i have not been able to do any sport or anything active what so ever. I have had this for the past 6 years. Is this going to get worse or are there anything i can do about this? Just very sick and tired pain etc…

    Regards
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  580. By Jack on Apr 6, 2010

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    I had a bone chip (little bigger than a penny) floating around the L-5- s-1, Pain in the left leg, just barely reaching below the knee, burning up into the rump, it felt like I had a golf ball stuck under my rump skin. I found myself reaching to remove something in my left hip pocket of my jeans, well, one day something happened to really cause pain, the slicing, drop to your knees pain. I’m 47 6’2 215 pounds. I mill lumber and have always had great strength, pilates classes etc. So finally i get a great doctor to do a hemi laminectomy, remove the bone fragment that was slicing thru the nerves in the left side of my back. Immediately upon waking from surg, i knew something was better, BUT the burning pain in my leg and bum. It has been 8 weeks and I am just now able to put my own socks on. I cant lift anything. I Can not sit for over 20 minutes, lying down is my only relaxing position. I cant touch the left side of my rump without it sending pain to the lower leg. at week 6, the um.. blood flow abilities of my reproductive parts returned.
    DOc sez Nerves take along time to heal, Im on a steady diet of hydrocodone 10mg every 4 hrs. I can now start to space them out for longer periods. I am trying to wean off of them altogether.. Each time I have tried, the pain becomes unbearable and off the charts so i go back on.
    Has anyone else had similar issues? did you get better? is the pain something that will always linger? I have to get back to work!! im self employed and my competitors will eat me alive if I cant get back into the “ring”.
    Im supposed to start PT but i fear that if the nerves arent grown back fully, then i dont want to permanently damage them. So i am really hesitant, I do walk daily, This week I willl see the PT folks and get some more information.

  581. By MONIQUE

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    DON’T LET HIM DO IT. TRY EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST INCLUDING ACCUPUNTURE. THERE ARE ALSO PLACES THAT WILL DO LESS INVASIVE SURGERY WITH BETTER RESULTS THEN TRADITIONAL SPINE SURGERY. I HAD SURGERY IN 2003, A MICRODISCECTOMY ON 2 LEVELS (S1-C5 & C5-C4) AND AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE SURGERY I NOW HAVE ARCHNODITIS. ARCHNODITIS IS A BUNCHING OF THE NERVES INSIDE THE DURA (PROTECTIVE COVERING FOR SPINAL NERVES). THIS HAPPENS 1 IN 50,000, I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY WITH THE LOTTERY. ANYWAY, I AM IN MORE PAIN NOW THEN I WAS PRIOR TO THE SURGERY. I LIVE WITH PAIN 27/7, NO BREAKS, ONLY MANAGABLE DAYS TO THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE WHERE NOTHING HELPS, INCLUDING MEDICATIONS. I’M ON SOME POWERFUL MEDICATIONS. I HAVEN’T SLEPT IN A BED SINCE THE SURGERY. WHEN I WENT HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL I TRIED TO SLEEP IN BED BUT I WOULD ONLY LAST 2 HOURS AND THEN I WOULD WAKE UP CRYING, STIFF AND UNABLE TO MOVE. IT WOULD TAKE ME HOURS BEFORE I WAS ABLE TO MOVE. MY MD SUGGESTED TO SLEEP IN A RECLINER WHICH ALLOWS ME TO GET SOME SLEEP. DUE TO THE PAIN MY SLEEP IS CONSTANTLY DISRUPTED. I’M STILL NUMB IN CERTAIN PLACES, I HAVE A LIMP, MY LEFT FOOT IS ALWAYS COLD AND IT’S A DIFFERENT COLOR THEN THE OTHER (IT’S NOT FROM POOR CIRCULATION). SO BASICALLY MY SURGERY WAS A BUST AND I’M WORSE FOR IT. I WISH I HAD NEVER DID THE SURGERY. BY THE WAY THE SURGEONS DON’T TELL YOU ALL THE POSSIBLE THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG. BEFORE BACK SURGERY RESEARCH THE PROCEDURE, THE SURGEON, THE HOSPITAL, ALTERNATIVES AND OTHER OPTIONS BEFORE YOU LET THEM CUT YOU OPEN. RESEARCH IS SO IMPORTANT. GOOD LUCK AND HEALTH TO ALL.

  582. By Sherrie on Apr 8, 2010

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    i had back surgery Feb 4 2010.I’m having a yellow drainage and I am having to wear a large bandage.It is not infection.My Orthopedic Dr. said it would stop on it’s on.Well it’s been 3 months and it has been draining every day since I have came home.My orthopedic dr. hasn’t given me an answer to this.Who should I see or has anyone else had this problem?

  583. By Tarra on Apr 12, 2010

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    Hello everyone!

    I had l3-l4 decompression and fusion on March 19th, 2010. I have a few questions for the people who have had decompression and fusion surgery. Right now my steri-strips have fallen off, but I can still feel the sutures in. My orthopedic surgeon said they should dissolve. I am going on 4 weeks post op, but can still feel the dissolveable sutures. I still have to keep it covered, or my pants rub against the incision and make the incision hurt. Also I am taking Percocet 5/325mg 2 pills every 4 hours, and Flexeril 10mg every 8 hours. The pain is just horrifying! The pain wakes me up during the night every 3 hours and then I have to take another dose of Percocet after being awake so I don’t overdose myself. I go to see my surgeon for my 1st post op appointment on April 21st. I was wondering if there is anything I can do before then so I can sleep thoughout the whole night without waking up to take more pain killers. Also, due to rubbing on my covered incision, I cannot wear jeans. I have to wear pants that have a streachy waist band. Is there anything else that I could maybe wear instead of pants with a streachy waist band that you people could suggest? Also, when my mom changes my bandages, my incision is looking a lil on the red side, but no drainage. Could that maybe be an infection occuring? Thanks in advance!

    ~Tarra~

  584. By Dorothy on Apr 13, 2010

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    Carolyn, by now I guess you have had your surgery and have begun your healing process. It takes a long time, I am sure, because I had a diskectomy at L3/4 and fusion at L4/5 and L5/S1 and would still love to complain, but I keep waddling on through the process. Yes, I still have numbness and pain, especially in my R leg, but that was there before surgery, I still feel like a shark took a chunk out of my back and is still hanging on (my surgery was Jan. 20) but I’m gonna hang in there with God’s Power and prayers of my friends and family. It just takes time. More time than I would like. I have lost my job because my FMLA ran out and I could not possibly sit for a 12 hour shift at the hospital. I can barely sit or stand or walk for any extended amount of time. Just be patient and know that you are in God’s Hands and He is in control. May the Lord Bless your recovery.

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    Tarra,
    Get yourself a moo-moo or something like that, that won’t rub where the incision is. My scar goes from L3-S1, but I never wore anything that would rub against it until it healed. Call your doctor’s assistant if it continues with the redness and for God’s sake, ask about other meds for pain relief. There’s a lot of medication they can give you, what works for one may not work for another, but you got to a least communicate with your medical staff. They’re not mind readers.

    Have you started doing a little exercise? It may be painful in the beginning, but it pays Big dividends in the long run. Stretching is a must, especially your legs and glutes! P/T is wonderful if you can afford it, as it gets you off your duff, where you might not otherwise.

    Walking, even a little at first, can really pay off(they didn’t have you up and walking in the hospital just to shine the floors). I was 3 weeks post-opt when I started walking with my wife around the neighborhood. I walked slow, stopped when I needed, got tired, even felt a little weak, but I also felt good knowing I had just completed 1.3mi. while doing something good for my body. Needless to say in the early going, I would came in, put on the Spinalogic, took a dose of meds and wouldn’t do much the rest of the day. I’m proud to say, as of this writing, that I’ve logged over a 100 miles since my surgery by walking that 1.3mi. around the hood, with the wife, every morning. I’ve been thinking about adding an evening walk to that, but I’m just in the thinking stage with that.

    Lastly, try putting a pillow under your legs while lying down. It may take a few minutes for your back and legs to settle down, but the relief is worth it.

    I pray for yours and everyone’s long-a-waited recovery. Remember to stretch throughout the day!…breathe and…drink your water people, drink your water.
    BE WELL

  586. By Kim on Apr 14, 2010

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    My mother-in-law had back surgery on April 7, 2010. It has been one week and she still cannot go to the bathroom. Her kidneys obviously are working because they put a cath in and get urine. Her bladder is still not working. Any advice on how to get her bladder working again?

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    Hi ; ihave had a lamenectomt ar L4-5,didnt work so had frt and bck fusion still have pain managed only with pain meds . then was suggesredto have a spinalcord implant .did tht now i cant stnd the implant in my butt hurts to sit. now i want it removed has anyone donethis if please let me know the pros an cons!!!!!

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    it takes about a year to heal fully from any back surgery involving a cage in the spine im going on 6 full monthes and somtimes i have bad pain and other days i feel great like a new man had L-4 cage put in and L-5 scrape decotomeny somthing like that but i over did it also. i have degenerated disc diasease with severe arthritis and stenosis of spine i went threw hell after i over did it my fault but starting to feel alot better now. unless the weather changes then i feel pain again.

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    kim make sure she takes metamecil fiber one teaspoon in a 8 oz glass of crystal lite i like grape they probaley have her on narcotics and they bind you up really bad. they had me on percocet after my surgery 2009 i had to drink 2 glassess of metalmucil fiber a day just to go to the bathroom its that bad when your on pain medication. it takes 2 days before it kicks in then she can take it once a day its good for ya also walmart is the cheapest to get it also they have sugar free if she needs that type good luck.

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    i had my fusion done in allentown pa by a DR, chris lycett very good nero surgeon people trust me i was walking doing great after my 1st week but i over did it so i got set back for awhile end of this month will be 6 full monthes im walking 3-6 miles aday but somtimes with the weather i do have bad pain for a day or so. i have degenerated disc diasease, stenosis of spine, and a herniated disc with arthritis in my spine i just thank god i can walk and lay down without to much pain. i also had the leg shake when wakeing up in the morning im on ? its helping big time. like i said once you have back surgery you either heal completly or you suffer with pain the rest of your life make sure you see a number of nero surgeans before doing any back surgery god bless you all.

  592. By karen

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    I REALLY WANT TO KNOW IF ANY HAS HAD A SPINALCORD STIMULATOR REOMOVED/ IF SO HOW DID IT GO

  593. By karen

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    IHOPE SOMEONE HAS SOME INFO ON THE SPINALCORD STIM. REMOVAL.

  594. By judy on Apr 17, 2010

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    I had decompression lamentectomy fusion spinal surgery on March 23,2001. Have to wear a back brace for 3 months can take it off when laying down or taking shower. The problem is I still have the pain in my right leg. I thought it would be gone right after surgery. Sciatic nerve but doesn’t seem to be any better yet? When should this go away? Please someone give me some good news. Hasn’t quite been 4 weeks yet.

  595. By judy on Apr 17, 2010

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    Sounds like you had the same pain I did. How are you after your surgery? I had mine March 23 decompression lamentectomy spinal fusion have to wear a back brace and still have the leg pain just wondering when this will get better

  596. By donna jean mcwhite

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    Hi
    I recently had a lumbar fusion, from L1 to L5. I had scoliosis when young,but never was repaired. age 42 the lower back and right leg pain became unbearable. My spinal column was straightened from L3 to L5,but little pain relief. Second surgery fused L1 to L5 with better result with rods,screws,and pins. Few monthslater, my right leg became painful again. I had lost so much weight my screws moved closer to the srface. Unfortunately I a only 30% fused, so the screws cannot come out. My movement and turning were not much affected,but now my pain is horrible,cannot walk for a long time, and I move slowly. I know it could be worse, so I thank God for all I have. However I have had multiple cervical spine fusions, C4 to C7. Each one limited me more andnow, after my 4th surgery my neck movemet is very limited. Cannot turn head sde to side,so it is impossible to drive,my vision is so limited around me. I always need to support the back of my head with a pillow or wall,and leaning neck back and forth is very minimum.After 6 surgeries the chronic pain and depression worsens each time but I am grateful for all the function I have left. Now at 42 I am permanently disabled and face another surgery. Hope this answeredyour question. Your lumbar surgery should not affect your movement ability,just keep moving a little more each day and keep the faith. Wish you luck!
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  597. By donna jean mcwhite

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    Courtnay,
    Read your story and it reminded me of myself. I can relate to having no life. Since the day I married in 2006 it has been down hill. I was so happy to be marrying my best friend,and he deserves a big thank you, he’s had to put up with so much. Quality of life is so important,and I hate having my head clouded from all the pain meds. If you ever want to chat with someone who can relate,drop me a line any time. Best of luck to you!!
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  598. By BERTA LOPEZ on Apr 20, 2010

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    Mary, Hi, just to tell you that I have nect
    surgery, I had 4 herniated discs, I have a
    stainless plate like in a shape of a small reteangle and four screws, and believe I never
    have complain. I think I only took pain killers for 2 times. I still tell my doctor
    that its unbeliable the surgery I had done.
    He has also done both hands for capertunnel,
    and lumbar surgery. But we had a rollover
    accident. Might need surgery again. I just
    couldn’t even hold a spoon. This is just
    to tell you not to be afraid. When my daughter
    found out how the doctor was going about to do
    the neck surgery. She could face it. But
    remember God is everywhere. He will be by your
    side. If you should have your surgery.
    Please reply. Berta

  599. By BERTA LOPEZ on Apr 20, 2010

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    Mary, Hi, just to tell you that I have neck
    surgery, I had 4 herniated discs, I have a
    stainless plate like in a shape of a small retangle and four screws, and believe I never
    have complain. I think I only took pain killers for 2 times. I still tell my doctor
    that its unbeliable the surgery I had done.
    He has also done both hands for capertunnel,
    and lumbar surgery. But we had a rollover
    accident. Might need surgery again. I just
    couldn’t even hold a spoon. This is just
    to tell you not to be afraid. When my daughter
    found out how the doctor was going about to do
    the neck surgery. She couldn’t face it. But
    remember God is everywhere. He will be by your
    side. If you should have your surgery.
    Please reply. Berta

  600. By judy on Apr 20, 2010

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    Has anyone had to wear the back brace for 3 months? Also I need my hair cut and the Dr. said can’t get hair washed there because can’t be in the chair where you lean back. But can sit in the chair to get it cut? The wash chair is like a recliner so don’t understand why one can’t do this? also How long does it take before you feel good enough to walk in the grocery store or any other kind of store? I am 61 years old 62 in August. Just don’t like not being able to do anything yet. Surgery was March 23

  601. By Diane on Apr 20, 2010

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    My name is Diane i had one may of 1999 had relief for several yrs but am not gettin symptoms again ,doc said i have disk degenaration and acute stenosis now but in a diffrent level . I feelfor you i was scared craplessto but the worst part of mine was goin to the bathroom god bless you diane

  602. By Les on Apr 24, 2010

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    How many folks out there have had the radio-frequency back surgery known as “ablation” and what were your results?

  603. By Jeannine on Apr 30, 2010

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    I have a friend who is considering laser surgery for 5-7. It is very expensive and not covered by medical insurance.Has anyone had this surgery and what has been the outcome?

  604. By Jeannine on Apr 30, 2010

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    correction to previous post by Jeannine that is laser surgery for C5-7

  605. By deeard on May 2, 2010

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    I pray someone will be to answer this question or refer me to a sight. I had fusing done on my back about 1 1/2 years ago. The doctor performed that new surgery going through my side. He put in an artificial disk with rods, etc. Now I’m in a lot of pain. Went to see my doctor and now he says he has to remove that artificial disk, for me not to worry I will be fine. Of course, I thought of a million of one questions after I left his office. Why would it have to be removed??? What affect will this cause? Did he mess my ba

  606. By deeard on May 2, 2010

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    I pray someone will be to answer this question or refer me to a sight. I had fusing done on my back about 1 1/2 years ago. The doctor performed that new surgery going through my side. He put in an artificial disk with rods, etc. Now I’m in a lot of pain. Went to see my doctor and now he says he has to remove that artificial disk, for me not to worry I will be fine. Of course, I thought of a million of one questions after I left his office. Why would it have to be removed??? What affect will this cause? Did he mess my back up? Why the pain, what is going on? Please someone answer.

  607. By Andy on May 4, 2010

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    I’ve had the same type problem, Have them or someone do an MRI or Ct scan with contrast.
    This is usually the best way to find anything which is new, compared to original problems.
    I’ve hav Three surgeries on the cervical spine, and two on the lumbar, with many tests to find them. God luck

  608. By corey on May 4, 2010

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    now i am back on here a year later. still no surgery but i think i am going to have an artificial disc installed. any one a young athlete that has had this done?
    anything helps

  609. By ray on May 7, 2010

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    hi,i also had l4,l5,s1 spinal fusion back in nov 09. its been 6 months and im still in pain everyday .im also taking pain meds everyday . the doc told me that i would be 90% pain free after surgery . well im still in alot of pain,but he said i need more time to heal it could take up to a year if not longer. so hang in there i know im trying

  610. By clay on May 10, 2010

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    I am by no means a medical expert, however i am very familiar w/extreme back pain. I had severe back surgery done in 07 and know first hand what pain you ar talking about. To your question, it sounds like the scar tissue has begun to fuse with that added disc. that is always a risk when dealing with the spine. If that is what is happening it will only get worse because nerves seperate that disc and the scar tissue. hope it hepls- God Bless

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    to tell you the truth those things are a complete waste of your pain and money- the only thing that has ever worked for me(after 10+ years of exreme back pain) is a pain pump.

  612. By Randy on May 10, 2010

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    I had Discectomy/ Lamenectomy L4/L5, L5/S1 backin 08 and found out recently that surgeon did absolutley nothing except for remove 3 transeverse process bones on the left side along with what he thouogh was some disc fragment. Now I and having a fusion done on that area May 19th (by a different doctor ofcourse). I have read all of the blogs you guys/ girls have written and am not happy. I am worried but don’t know what to do other than pray. If I didn’t have any surgery before this, I would consider something else, but because of what he’s done, 2 doctors have said I don’t really have much of a choice. I am going to be 38 soon and have had problems for the last 19yrs. So pray for me, please. Any advice is welcome…

  613. By Scott on May 11, 2010

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    Hello,

    I had my first surgery in 11/2001 L4-L5, L-5-S1 removal of disc, cages inserted where discs where and the rest of the hardware for stabilization. Fusion did not take and was back in for a revision in Aug.2002. Continued to have pain, tried removing all hardware except for cages as discs..Continued having pain, finally in 10-2005 had a intrathecal pain pump installed which got me up and around.Then in Feb.2010 I hurt it again trying to shovel snow, ever since then I am in constant pain in lower left back, buttock down to left leg and foot. Had a MRI done with contrast 5/2010, which showed nothing, no changes and am at a loss on what to do or where to go. If anyone has suggestions, please, I am all ears…Thank you, and hope to all of us who continue to suffer.

  614. By judy on May 12, 2010

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    anyone out there have to wear the brace for 3 months after their infusion? I had sciatic in right leg and is worse now and I am still on pain meds too. My surgery was done March 23 and brace will come off June 23. Can’t do a darn thing can’t bend the brace won’t let you just wondering how other people did daily stuff with brace on

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    Hi Judy,
    Please know you are not alone wearing that brace. I broke my T12 last Friday and am in a Full covered brace which forces me to stay erect. Trust me I already do not like any of the options they have given me. I have a pain clinic DR. and will get his response as well. He has treated me for my extreme Osteo/Arthritis,Stenosis in the neck and the extreme Fibromyalgia I have as well. I alredy did a study on the internet, plus listening to my Neurosurgeon who gave me the odds of 50/50% on both I think I will continue to use the brace and PRAY THE LORD WILL HELP HEAL ME. I can understand how you must be feeling as I have lived in pain so long. My bones are so brittle I have to be very careful. I am very lucky to have a husband who works in the Medical field and shouts at me when he sees me trying to bend. I do it kinda like a bend but more like a stoop so I do not aggitate it. I have been wearing my brace just a week & trying to use the power of Positive Thinkng and thank God for my pain medicines can make it through most days without getting depressed. I am on Facebook and have a lot of friends Praying for me as well as at Church. The Power of Prayer I do believe in and Judy I will be praying for you. Did you ever get more than 1 opinion. With my odds just being 50/50% I most definetely going to do that. I stumbled upon another Surgery in case they don’t take your cast off and it is called The AccuraScope Discetomy & Neural Decompression. Very Interesting reading. I have talked with so many people who have had the Rod Surgery & the Kyphoplasty and almost all of them have had anywhere from 1 up to 4 surgery’s and that is why I am so against having any. The one girl I see walks with a very bad limp and had 4 operations. Not to good with the odds would you think, LOL.
    Judy I will keep you in my thoughts and Prayers and truly understand where you are coming from.
    I always say remember to smile & the world smiles back at you.
    Please Stay Blessed.
    Judy/aka Butterflies Are Free so why not me.
    SMILE

  616. By Grace on May 13, 2010

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    HI just went thru the same…MRI didnt show the 2 rods broken..myelogram showed it perfectly..did he have a myelogram yet? it also shows the nerves better too! do be careful..i had 5 back surgeries now..all cos i lost functions of leg(s)..i would NOT have surgery unless legs stopped functioning! they actually hit a nerve and now its damanged..so i only swapped one prob for another! legs work now..but bladder n bowel probs! more serious

  617. By Helen on May 16, 2010

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    I hope someone out there can help me…I went through major reconstructive back surgery (10 pins, 1 rod, 2 cages, bone grafts) and my recovery has been very good (surgery was done Oct 2008) and I am in a lot less pain..but I have another problem now, my husband won’t have anything to do with me physically. Yes, due to medication I have gained 30 lbs., need to lose 20 more, but I don’t look too bad for a 58 yr old..my husband (46 yrs old) informed me I am old and he isn’t interested in me romantically anymore. According to my daughter in law, she advised me I look to be in my mid 40s now, instead of before I looked in my early 40s..My husband either wants a divorce or he wants me to be okay with him finding someone to have sex with…he say I can’t have sex anymore because of my back…but that isn’t true…my Dr. told me I can now have sex again…someone please help, I feel I am going nuts….I have back surgery, get my brain and body functioning again, and now I am “OLD”..any suggestions? Going through this back surgery was hard enough, and yes I did go through depression after the surgery, but now, I am really depressed and my back has started killing me again.

  618. By Karen on May 20, 2010

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    Karen, I have a spinal cord stimulator, it was put in May 06, revised Nov 06 and battery replacement Oct 09. I don’t know what it involves having it taken out. I.m guessing that its not working for you, mine does absolutly nothing for my back pain but helps a little with my leg pain. I hope someone can help you out with this.

  619. By Randy on May 24, 2010

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    Well Surgery is over, I am back at home and taking it easy. Some days are good and some bad but that is to be expected. I and all I know are praying for a good recovery so God is the one in control here. My weight is good my health is good so on, so I will keep updating to let you all know how it’s going. Where do some of you live because maybe I can offer a good doctor if you all are still suffing. Please keep praying, God is with you and know what pain truly is. bye the way I had a Fusion with cages and posts and screws protien discs and such so thats my story any way and also had a bad surgery in ’08 dicectomy and lamonectomy in the same area and he removed my transverse process, 3 off them which i was told I was destined for a fusion so lucky me. I did change docs after that and I feel way better now than after the surgery. I’m praying for ALL of you!!

  620. By Jenny on May 27, 2010

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    Hi, I am two weeks out of anterior cervical discectomy/fusion of c5-c6. My injuries date back 25 years so I expect the healing process to take a long time as the nerves in my neck were compressed for a long time.

    A lot of my symptoms have resolved but I still have burning across the back of the neck, into the shoulders and sometimes in my hands. B4 surgery, I was in extreme pain 24/7 w/ radiculopathy, weak arms, shoulders, wrists and hands – lots of numbness, coldness etc down the arms and tremendous headaches (at least 3 per week & migraines too.) I have a highly reputable surgeon – head of orthopedic spinal surgery so he’s no slouch. He said I was loaded w/ bone spurs, bone on bone, black and blue nerve roots etc. Question is – I was expecting full decompression of nerve roots with this surgery with little pain left. Was I expecting too much?

    I think I’m past the worst of the pain – the burning muscle spasms were horrible and depressing but they are just about gone thanks to 3 treatments of steroids, muscle relaxers and pain meds. I am not due to see the surgeon for 2 more weeks – in the meanwhile I’ve been faithful in taking my meds and wearing my cervical collar but I’m a bit depressed about the remaining burning nerves.

    Has anyone had this particular surgery and these results? I’m hoping and praying that they will resolve w/ time and PT. I’ve spent 1/2 of my life in chronic pain – I also have two healed compression fractures in the thoracic spine and a huge herniation at L4-L5.

  621. By Jenny on May 27, 2010

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    Randy,

    You are exactly right – God is in control and knows our pain. God bless you all in your endeavor to have a pain free life.

  622. By Jenny on May 28, 2010

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    Hey Helen – if that’s really your husband’s attitude – cut him loose – you don’t need a jerk like that. Get yourself a good divorce attorney & divorce him and take 1/2 of everything he has. Let him take the other 1/2 and find himself some young thing. You might remind him that the marriage vows you two took said “in sickness and in health.” Apparently, he wasn’t real serious about that clause. My husband travels a lot and is currently out of town for months – I just read your post to him and he told me to tell you that your husband is an insensitive asshole and you deserve better than that. So, you hang in there and take care of you. God Bless you!

  623. By kelley on May 28, 2010

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    Hi, i just read your e-mail and hope maybe we can chat if you are still on this site. my husband is the one going through back/leg problems, and i need someone to talk to, let me know if this gets to you and I will detail his/our situation. thanks!
    kelley

  624. By kelley on May 28, 2010

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    to jack: how are you now/ my husband has same burning buttocks and pain, would like to chat with you to see if you have improved

  625. By Jenny on May 28, 2010

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    Kelly, who are you talking to?

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    It may take some time but if u started swimming every day, starting out waiding in the water and move more an more everyday i bet u can get back in to shape it works every mules in ur body and its gental. be ur old self but better. If ur hubby sees ur trying he might join in. U know men, lol

  627. By Daphne on Jun 5, 2010

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    I recently had back surgery on May 28, 2010. I had a ruptured disc in L5-S1 and a buckling disc in L4-L5. I went to see a specialist and he sadi that surgery would be required to go in and clean out the L5-S1 area and replace the nereve root. After surgery the right side of my thigh and around the back side of the buttocks down to the foot has been tingling ever since. Does anyone know if this will go away over time or will it get worse??

  628. By Foxy on Jun 5, 2010

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    Sounds familiar. I had a total spinal fusion (L1-5, T1-12) over a year ago. During the (28 hour) surgery, a nerve was damaged causing me to have foot drop on the right side which has not healed. The sensations you describe are what I experience mainly on my right side. You might want to consider a visit to a neurologist.
    Good luck!

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    A 63 year old friend just had a spinal fusion op with metal fixtures last Thurs. He is still in hospital but no-one there seems to be in charge of his after care and the nurses are not even willing to help him sit up despite him being a tiny and slim person. So he struggles himself to sit up or turn round, even though I believe you are not supposed to twist your body after such an operation.

    Anyone have any advice for him please, especially as he’ll be going back to an empty house with nobody to look after him ??

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  630. By Randy on Jun 11, 2010

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    Well, just an update, I think things are going well. It’s been three weeks as of yesterday and I feel pretty good for the most part. Ofcourse there is a little bit of pain but i did just have surgeery 3 weeks ago who wouldn’t. I want to encourage you all by saying a good strong mind and help from friends and ofcourse God can get you through this. There will be pain there will be bad days, but not all of them have to be bad. Read your bibles, pray and look to close friends for help and physical therapy is going to be tough but why would it be easy. this your back were talking about. The most used piece of your body without thinking about what it takes to use and somehow it’s supposed to heal like a sore thumb? I don’t think so. My doctor said I will always have some sort of trouble no matter what. I have had severe pain for 20 yrs and a surgery will not fix that. It can help but not make it go away. so Keep your heads up, pray and read Gods word to know your purpose in what He wants out of you even in your painful state of mind. I’ll be praying for you all…

  631. By Dana on Jun 16, 2010

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    I went to the Dr. today and he is sending me for a Myleogram. Can anyone give me some advice on what to expect? He said he saw fluid around my discs on my MRI. Could this be fluid leaking from my spinal cord? I’m upset about this, due to the fact that this is a 2nd back specialist that I’ve been to and the MRI he saw this “fluid” on, is from the 1st specialist I went to and did my 1st and 2nd back surgery. Why didn’t the 1st specialist see any of this fluid?

  632. By mary on Jun 18, 2010

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    hi i had my neck fused due to a rupture. I had a great surgeon. My scar in front of neck ,my recovery was 6 weeks, most important to me is I have seen multiple neck surgerys some wore collars for months and to this day cant turn their necks very good. and they differ mine was painful and recovery was no breeze but what helped me the most is getting out of the collar as soon as possible because if u have ever worn one for any reason they limit your mobility .So listen to your dr. but I have no pain after 5 plus yrs and no restrictions on movement

  633. By Shirley on Jun 19, 2010

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    Randy, thank you! I had spinal surgery 2 months ago. Two rods and twenty-two screws. I neeeded to hear pray and read the Bible. It’s a daly practice of mine. Just wondering what I can do physically?

  634. By sue on Jun 21, 2010

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    Well about the husband that does not pay attention to his wife…and goes out with friends…men often avoid their feelings by keeping busy with their male friends, if they are afraid of illness or pain they try to avoid it. Especially older men even some young ones, they cannot talk things out so well and they bottle it up. Don’t get mad or make assumptions about what is going on in his head or what he wants. Try to just in baby steps get him to just once in a while talk a little, and try to give him some kindness. Sometimes you will be amazed what is going on in their heads is not what you thought it was.

  635. By sue on Jun 21, 2010

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    Even if he wants to break up it is better to just slowly let them try to figure it out and decide what they want to do. Often they are unhappy but even they don’t know what they want to do, try to stick with the partner or get out. Sometimes it takes them a long time to decide and sometimes they go away and wind up coming back, they realize it is not really what they wanted. It is good for the man to try and figure it out himself. Sometimes it really is better to split up, both woman and man are happier. But often it is illness that drives two people apart and often men have no idea what to do. A counselor can help both, just be as non judgemental and try to stay calm as you can.

  636. By sue on Jun 21, 2010

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    the pain in the head and nearby after surgery, my doc just recently told me much of that is due to tightened, spasmed muscles and physical therapy can address it, i hope that might help you.

  637. By Randy on Jun 28, 2010

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    Shirley,
    The other things I have been doing is just taking it as easy as I can. It hasn’t been easy because I am a person who loves to keep busy, but between reading, praying, relaxing, my dvr and even playing some video games, (lol), things arae progressing (slowly). Things are going very slow, so do not expect things to be great overnight. I did try some exercise’s, and it didn’t work out well, but I do hear that if you do not do you physical therapy as hard as you can, meaning try very hard with out pushing to much, YOU WILL NOT GET BETTER. I will pray for you and the rest of all of you, I will check back to see your progress. “In god we trust”, you have it on your money, so you may as well have it in your life!! Take care, In Jesus Name I pray!
    Randy

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    I have a very strange story to tell. In 1991 I was involved in a very serious auto accident while wearing a shoulder harness and seatbelt. I went to hospital in extreme pain. The obvious was that I had scalped by hair in the center of my head from hitting the steering wheel. The shoulder harness allowed me to slip slightly sideways out of the harness enough to hit the wheel. Cat scan was only test ordered and radiologist siad it was unremarkable and my cervical spine was fine. continued incredible pain caused me to get second opinion from ortho surgen. Ortho surgen looked at cat scan and ordered another one because he saw what looked like a C3 lateral fracture. The second cat scan did shoe inconclusive shadow at C3 and my ortho surgen sent me for therapy for a year. Pain got worse with every therapy session until I went to my own personal primary care doctor who prescribed injectable stadol because I didn’t want opiates. This and a portabel tens unit made everyday pain tolerable, but the therapy sessions made it impossible. I toughed it out and after therapy was over I went to pain management clinic (a very legitimate one) which did facet injections with temporary relief, epidurals which did not help (don’t get these), and oxycontin, oycodone, and celebrex. I had good enough pain control to go back to work as HVAC technician, but still had pain with the meds. Continued from 1992 until today July 2010 with ever increasing and changing narcotics, Lyrica(recommended), Voltaren, baclofen, amitriptaline, oxycodone, and ms contin. Here is the strange thing. None of the pain management doctors or orthopedics every ordered a static xray series until I went to a urgent care center todayand the doctor sent me to his xray tech. When he got the xrays on his light board he actually exclaimed, “Holy God”, I have never seen this. this doctor has a 30 year history as a orthopedic specialist, but not surgery. He showed me on my xray that my C3 spinous process had been shoved down so hard that it had pushed the C4 spinous process down. The injury is so old that the C3-C4 spinous process are fused naturaly resulting in tilted vertabrae which the doctor stated should cause so much nerve impingment as to present intractable pain. This has been the case for 19 years and could have been detected with a simple xray rather than complicated senseless diagnostic testing. My point is doctors are not infalible I have been to two of the best ortho surgens in the Tampa Bay area and the highest regarded neurosurgen during my therapy and they just looked at the cat scans and stated that I had a lateral fracture that would heal itself. Another point is that don’t always overlook simple test and proceedures. If anyone has had treatment for a similar condition let me know please as I am now refered to a neurosurgen this week. Thanks, and GOD bless all.

  639. By Rene

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    I have had 2 Laminectomy’s one in 1995 and one in 1997. These were recommended due to Degeneratie Disc Disease. I have recently under went another surgery, Laminectomy with insertion of rods and screws. It has been 6 weeks now and I feel I just exchanged one kind of pain for another. I still have a tingling in my legs, though different than before. I feel the “hardware” in my back I guess that keeps me straight. I have yet to try the stairs as when I first tried them, for Dr’s appt. I was down for a day and a half after. It just wore me out. I wish I had done my research a little more before undergoing this again. My first 2 surgeries were done by an Orthopedic Surgeon, this one was performed by a
    neurosurgeon. Good luck.

  640. By judy on Jul 27, 2010

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    re my decompression lamenectomy spinal fusion i cage and 2 screws for the one rod I finally got to feeling good surgery was March 23 my 3month dr check said all was healed wouldn’t have to see him again. On Saturday I overdid it picked my 20 pound grandson up from the floor a few times. Now my lower back hurts so bad the pain pills aren’t even helping. Mornings are better than evenings. Is it possible to break cage or rod after it is healed from picking up grandson from the floor? or will this just go away again eventually? Haven’t called Dr. yet too scared of what the results may be!!!! I never want to go through another surgery never it was terrible. So if anyone has any advice please please respond to this or email me at clydejudy7@gmail.com

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  641. By Paul on Aug 8, 2010

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    To Cheryl H, I have scoliosis and had the harrigton rod procedure 16 yrs ago. As I was reading thru this site I came across your posting and was curious as to why you had you hardware removed and replaced with new hardware? I am fairly young (31 yrs) and am looking for some insight into what I might expect when I get a bit older and if I will need to endure a hardware swap. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you Cheryl H and anyone else that has had to have hardware replaced.

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  642. By Ann on Aug 9, 2010

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    my girlfriend,(Ann)has had 2 surgeries. First was C5-C6 on April 8th,2010. The disc was trapped between and cutting her spinal cord. She now has a p\titanium plate w/4 screws and cadaver bone fusion. Her neck is really doing good. If the surgery had not been done she was about 72 hrs away from being paralzed cause her arms and hands were going numb. When she was taken out of the neck collar within 4 days she was walking crippled..her right shoulder had dropped 4-6 inches and she was dragging her right foot. We immediately went back to her neurosurgeon. He ordered a spinal MRI,which was done on a Thurs. On Monday she received a call to come in Tues to see the doc…we did and on Friday she was having back surgery from T10-L2 and now has 9 screws and 2 rods in her back. She is in pain from her back..and steadily takes her hydrocodone 10mg/325 now every 6 to 8 hrs…which she never makes the 8hrs. The back surgery was done on May 14th,2010. She was very active before and definetly is not the same now but we are blessed that she is able to walk and talk. We know if the surgeries had not been performed she was be paralzed. So keep your head up.

  643. By Rebekah on Aug 21, 2010

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    HI. Im 25yrs. old and I have a L4-L5 bulging disc that is leaking out the disc fulid onto my spinal nerve and surrounding areas. I’ve had the pain problem since April 9th of 2010, but haven’t been diagnosed unti August 12th of 2010 cause the pain was in another region.

    My doc (also my dad’s doc for his back -yep it’s hereditary!) says that she dosen’t believe I need surgery to fix it. I am a good deal overweight and I know it’s not helping, and I am trying my best to lose it. But I can’t do anything to much.

    My 1st Lumbar epidural is on the 1st of September of 2010. I was thinking about reserching back surgeons, because getting a epidural is just too expensive for me to keep on getting. Plus, my work hurts b/c I have to be out the fallowing days to rest.

    I have big plans on getting back in college to get a Radiologist Associtates degree and then a Bachlors. Plus I have just gotten interested in wanting to learn how to kayak, even possible white-water kayak.

    I don’t want to have to have epidurals for the next 8 years like my dad. It’s hard to even work a measly 4-5 hour shift b/c all the pain takes all the enegery I have when I’m at work, and when I get home from work, I feeling a 13-15 out of 10 pain scale atleast once or twice every week! PT says that if Im not progressing (which Im not cause of the pain) insurance wont pay. So I had to stop going. I don’t know what to do!

    If ANYBODY has any sugguestions or advice tips PLEASE answer back. I can’t deal with the pain anymore!!

    Rebekah_03

  644. By linjoy05 on Aug 23, 2010

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    Rebekah-You may decide to have back surgery. I have had a 3 level cervical fusion and a L4-L5 lumbar fusion in the past 3 yrs. I am currently 63 and 3-1/2 months recovered from the lumbar surgery. The key is the right dr. I had the same neurosurgeon do both fusions. I’ve had great success with both! Even though I’m still healing from the back surgery, I’ve been able to do most of what I want this summer including travel. I just keep the suitcase fairly light to carry! Good luck – I know you hear horror stories about spinal surgeries, but not everyone has a bad experience.

  645. By Sharon Scheuer on Aug 26, 2010

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    I was in an auto accident on 8-4-08 and sustained multiple injuries to my spine in the lumbar and cervical areas. I had a previous surgery to L5-S1 (microdiscectomy) which was mostly successful with residual sciatica. This area was reinjured and the constant lancinating pain was back tenfold. Nothing helped, drugs, shots, etc., I went through it all prior to my L4 to S1 spinal fusion done with screws, rods and spacers, no bone. This was on 3-17-09 and I have had nothing but problems since then. I still have severe chronic pain and now have painful spasms to boot. My only options now are additional surgery or more shots in my spine. I turned down both as I don’t want to risk more infections and complications. I now have to deal with arachnoiditis and incontinence from the damage and complications. I may be someone who is in the percentile who are not successful, but everyone should weigh the consequences before having spinal surgery. I did it because I could not bear the pain and could barely walk anymore without assistance. My situation will not get better because of my age, 50, and other problems, like degenerative disc disease. I wish the best to those of you that do choose surgery. I don’t regret it, I just wish it had gone better for me. It has affected the rest of my life.

  646. By john on Aug 31, 2010

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    has anyone had an mri,who has carbon fiber& titanium in their spine? is it safe? cant seem to get a firm answer

  647. By john on Aug 31, 2010

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    has anyone had an mri,who has carbon fiber& titanium in their spine? is it safe? cant seem to get a firm answer. i am concerned. any knowledge of this would be greatly appreciated

  648. By Beth Ressler

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    I have had 3 back surgerys in the past 8 years started out witj l5s1 where they go in and cut disc off where its leaking out,then 4 years later same thing again so about 3 1/2 mont s ago i had L5s1 fused this time the doctor went thru the stomach and it was much less pain then when i had other 2 and there not a very bad surgery and back hurt and could hardly walk after. so i thought this one i was scared to even try to get up and walk and didnt even hurt stomach little sore where they cut me kinda like c-section. But then i was doing good back hurt some every once in awhile but i feel better up walking then sitting or laying it seems like,then about a month ago my hips started hurting and i ended up having bersitis in hips ,fluids in hips that gets everything inflamed,so going to physical therapy which i think is messing it up cause i feel that sciatica pain when i cough and back feelds like its bending backwards and is going to break, but i really dont know what to expect with this and when i had surgery the first week i went and seen dr for ck up i said is this normal, i had a sack of fluids grow to my stomach lining and back dr thought it was a hurneia but cat scan showed sack so he thought the vascular surgeon was gonna make small incision and probe around for it and drain it and leave tube in for couple of days, so i go see him and he pushes on it and says your body will absorb it and they were afraid if they poked whole in it and it didnt all drain out and pulled tube it could still have more fluids and then they would get in my body and could kill me,so i let it go well almost 4 months later seen him friday and now more cat scans or sonogram to see if its still liquid or solid but sounds like incision and tube so now i get cut into again ,couldn’t figure out wjy they just didn’t do it when it was already cut no lets wait til healed. then i got chronitis in my ears dont think it had anything todo with it but who knows so besides all the side effects iv’e got not too bad but also gotta worry about L4 & L# cause when they did test on me injected die into disc pressurized them up to see if the pain was just coming from L5 and L4 & L3 are leaking out too so he thought with most of there disc he would wait cause im only 44 years old and should wait and see if they hold up and bone was only still the size of a tooth pick rt in middle of L5 with plate and 2 screws on bottom plate to hold bone in place and 2 weeks ago its still only that size. and i just think something has slipped cause my ffot is numb and starting to get siatica pains down rt leg again so i think if they let you decide what you feel like your ready to do when you recover and you dont get side effects like me its not bad cause i did feel good in beginning but now its all this other stuff going on that sucks, and have them go thru front its easier cause they dont take back muscles out and that weakens your back the front incision real low like c-section cut maybe 2 in longer cant even see it hardly but good luck people theres no pain like a pinched nerve 24/7 i was ready to chop leg off bo matter what you do its sharp always aching and wierd sensdations that hurt all the time no relief but surgery for me !

  649. By Beth Ressler

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    well they shoul be able to see if the fusion broke cause i just had one and they just took xray 1st week after and you can see the bone plate and scres and hips in xray the bone hasnt grown very musch but he said it looked good and spine was in alignment hips had a little fluid whic caused berstis and i think that is causing most of my pain in back it feels like back but its hips so stretching hips hamstrings is what makes that go away and some naproxin for inflamation those worked better than loratab i felt a difference the first day but all the numbness seems like you have nerve pinchched and it can parylyze you berves can only take so much damage then die so he should be able to see if your bone has collasped just off xray cause i could se mine mris and catscans are used for tissues organs disk mostly everything but bone now you have no disk so xray should work and if it looks good maybe scare tissue is pushing on nerves too so maybe need mri first well good luck let me know cause im having issues too

  650. By Beth Ressler

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    just know guy whis had rods fusions ans=d couldnt get out and was just up to my husbands shop and he is totally outta pain with that device they put it right in your back and hes never been with out pain til this thing was used ive had 3 last one fusionn and i just dont feel right ok in beginning know im starting neck pain shoulder and stRTING TO GET SCIATICA PPAIN AGAIN GOR FOR IT ITS JUST A MACHINE CAN BE TAKEN OUT BUT CANT REVERSE FUSION AND USUALLY ITS LIKE A DOMINMO EFFECT 5 THEN 4 THEN 3 ABD ON UP LET US KNOW K CAUSE I MAY GO THAT WAY TO CAUSE IM SICK OF PAIN AND ITS ALWAYS IN A DIFFERENT SPOT SO DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON GOOD LUCCK

  651. By TONY BRUMLEY

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    I had spinal fusion 3 levels L2 thru L5 9 months ago, with rods and scews . Still in constant pain , can’t walk or stand over a few minutes. Still on pain Meds. I cant recommend spinal fusion,I to thought I would be better.

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    I had L4-L5 taken out and a dead persons back in and I must say it has taken me over 2 years before I started some what of feeling better.You will in time and take your meds. I am on Gabapentin 900 mil a day and some are higher and there is lower doses of it also. That seems to help with some pain meds.There are alot of things out there that can help you alot and get some foot and leg messages and or back rubs, it is a constain thing you have to do. well write back and we can talk some more this is cheryl and thank you

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    HI, i HAD BACK SURGERY IN 2006 FOR A FUSION OF THE T-10 T-11 DISC. AFTER THE SURGERY I HAD LOST THE USE OF MY LEGS. THE RIGHT LEG HAS O% use, and the left leg is about 50% usable. I am confined to a wheelchair. Is there any hope that i might walk again. The doctors had to open my spinal sac to remove the ruptured disc .

  655. By LISA on Feb 1, 2011

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    I had Ozone Therapy on Jan 19th for a torn L-5 Bulging Disc , had awful pain for 5 years, like i had a needle stuck in one spot ? that pain is gone Thank God, i am now left with a burning sensation, but it’s better then before, Dr said it will take 2 months to really know if the Ozone worked for me, it cost me $ 500, because it’s “alternative”, i had seen three Dr’s who wanted to perform major surgery $50,000, have not found one person that has improved by the artificial discs put in them? so i say try Ozone my own opinion glad i did it :) i was sore for about 4 days that’s it! no cutting on me, God Bless to all!Gentle Hugs! Lisa

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    well, i trusted God and my surgeon and he totally messed me up–makes me very distrustful of these arrogant, money hungry, surgery happy, inconsiderate,holier than thou so called doctors who have never learned or have forgotten their oaths.I was used, abused and not treated fairly, and he never listened to me and he screamed and hollered when i refused more invasive money making surgeries . I will search the earth for a second opinion with a kind, gentle, caring doctor, are they out there?

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    Are there any very good caring doctors in Houston for L4,L5? I have been to 4 and no good results. In pain and going to dics since 09.
    Thank you

  658. By Sandra Bowling on Apr 15, 2011

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    Dear Shelley Watson,
    Your story sounds so similarly to mine. I was paralyzed 5 mos. ago from the waist down, but my back is not healing and another injury forced me to have a fusing like yours. I have suffered the burn pain (as i call it) it can drive you out of your mind. i get it every other day like clockwork. I now am doing some kind of electromagnetic treatments to help stimulate bone growth. It also seems like I have bone “squirted” around my spine. My fear is that I will fuse so completely that I won’t be able to bend and do the body functions I have to do. Does anyone have a similar story? And shelley, I would love to hear from you.

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