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mom9mom
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   Posted 12/23/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
confused   confused confused I see on your post that you have had some of your vertabra fuse.On the 31 I have to have my L3 and L4 fused so I want to ask you what it is like??Did it help you with your back pain??How long did it take you to feel better after the sergary????? shocked shocked shocked
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom; I can actually offer a little advice here since I have had L3-L4 fused along with L4-5 and L5-S1. You should feel some relief from the surgery within a few months post op. The leg pain should lessen and what nerve pain you have should stop completely within ohhh 3 months or so (or at least it was for me on the first surgery). Now having said that, I want to also say that each person heals differently so it might differ from yours and it might take longer or it might be sooner. Remember to take it real easy after the surgery as everything will be quite sore for awhile after the surgery and you will have some muscle spasms along with some back pain post surgical. Do exactly what the doctor tells you to do and not a thing more otherwise your libel to mess the surgery up and end up with permanent damage in your back or worse.

Good luck with your surgery and I will be praying for you.

Scarred
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


PAlady
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   Posted 12/23/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom,
I had a minimally invasion double fusion a little over a year ago L4-S1). Unfortunately, it did not help the nerve pain in my legs and feet. Nerves can take up to two years to heal, so I suppose some might say there's a little hope left, but usually my understanding is people who are going to get improvement feel it within the first weeks, even though it might only start improving then.

Scarred is absolutely right about following doctor's orders. And I found that any recovery times they gave me (4-6 weeks) were much longer. It was six weeks before I even sat in my car and drove around the block. A realistic time was more like 3 months, but even now the muscles around the incision site tighten up very easily. I was told I'd probably have more back pain but if the surgery was successful I'd have significantly reduced or eliminated symptoms in my legs and feet. The trade off would have been fine, but instead I got the added back pain. Remember each person is different. If you've tried all other options and feel this is right for you, then go into it with a positive attitude.

On the positive side I was worried about losing a lot of flexibility, but that didn't really happen. There are certain moves - mostly a bend or an odd twist - that make for a sudden, sharp pain, but I feel I've actually gained a little flexibility because some things (like folding clothes on the bed) I'm actually able to do now if I'm careful. Before the surgery, that was impossible.

I was also unaware how much sitting for any length of time can be especially harmful after the surgery. I'm sure others will come along with info.,and you can search old threads. Many of us here have had fusions.

Good luck!

PaLady

uniquelyme
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   Posted 12/25/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom,
Unfortunatley the surgery didn't help me only because I already had permanent nerve damage that they didn't know about until after the surgery. I was fortunate that they used my own bone material instead of any metal in my fusion. The only strange thing is that when I relax my lower back I can feel the vertabrae shifting and popping in the lower back. The pain still shoots down both of my legs and I actually worry more about it now, and I cannot bend my lower back anymore, I guess it's from the fusion of the vertabraes.

Most people DO get relief after fusion surgery, I happened not to be one of them. Everyone is different, and I am surely not the rule but the exeption....so Good Luck with your surgery and please take it very easy afterwards, it is a serious surgery...

Me.
 
 
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
 


mom9mom
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I am finally able to get back on line with every one,I spent 9 days in the hospital and it was terrable.The spasms were the very worse and the pain was not far behind.Hope everyone else is doing better then me.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


PAlady
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back, Mom, although I'm sorry to hear things were so painful for you. I think you had a fusion; do you think it helped any of your pain?

Remember to take very good care of yourself, and go slow!

PaLady

Chutz
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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mom!

So glad to see you back. I do hope all or most of your pain is resolved from this surgery. May take a while but am praying for your healing. Please do take it very easy. Sounds like there are plenty of family who could help you out while you are recovering.

Go slow,
Chutzie
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skeye
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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back Mom,

I was wondering how you were doing. I hope each day, as you recover more & more, your pain levels drop! Try to take it easy. I'm praying for a speedy recovery & a change in your pain for the better!

Skeye

uniquelyme
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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hi Mom,
I am so glad that you are back with us...So, how did the surgery go?  I saw that u were in the hospital for 9 days???  That is a very long time.  I was only in there for 1 and 1/2 days.  Did something happen?  Is that why you were in there for so long?
 
I know you don't feel like talking too much, but I hope the surgery will do you some good.  I know how painful this surgery is, I remember that part of it very well... smhair
 
Just take it easy, even if you feel like doing something...Don't Do It!!!!  Let your body heal before you start overdoing it...We women tend to overlook the pain and start doing household things way too soon....Other people can handle that stuff!!!  You make sure and listen to your body and REST....I mean it!!!!
 
I will be thinking of you....
 
Me.

 

 Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Bipolar, GERD

Hemi-lamenectomy, Spinal Fusion

120mg. methadone daily, 60mg. oxycodone daily

 


straydog
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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mom, so sorry to hear you are having a rough time of things. But, lets hope each day that passes it gets better. I have heard that the muscles spasms are from hell, so take your muscle relaxers like clockwork. Your dr may not tell you this but avoid sitting as much as possible especially the first 6 weeks, same with riding in a car. Stay out of a car unless its to go to the dr. Sitting puts so much stress & pressure on your back and you want to give this fusion every good chance possible to heal correctly. Take care. Hugs, Susie


mom9mom
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
To everyone who posted for me thank you.This is taking a long time to get better.The mucle spasms were terable so bad that thay were afrade to give me anymore pain meds in the hospital because I was so close to going into a coma from the amount of pain medication that thay had to give me.I have been in the car only two times since I came home and one was the ride home.I spend a lot of time with my heating pad.I am trying to cut back on my meds. so that I do not sleep all day and night.The reason that I spent 9 days in was because of the mucle spasms being so very bad that I could not take care of myself and my husband was on days so there was no one to take care off me.My mom and dad would have came down to help but my dad got a blood clot in his leg and his DR. said no way of course.He is still having proplums with it and has to be on blood thiners for 6 months.Well I am hurting so bye.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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