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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering who had one, and if it was worth it? I am in pain, and my dr.s plan for it to get worse, but I seem hesitant to have it done. My mom whom is a nurse doesnt think I am in that much pain to schedule it. What do you think?

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/9/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a couple lumbar fusions with instrumentation and it helps stabilize my back. Prior to surgery I had episodes all the time where I was in excrutiating pain along with the less severe but horrible constant pain. The surgery didn't eliminate the constant pain but it did eliminate the episodes I described.....prior to the lumbar procedure I had a similar surgery for the c-spine that was a God-send. All of which was undon by an uninsured kid that ran into me on my daily commute....long story. but as for your concerns......In my case the fusions were well worth it and my quality of life would have been much improved if not for the car accident. I think you should only consider it after eliminating all the less invasive possiblities first and it is not a wise choice to address anything less than debilitaing chronic pain.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Mama only you know how much pain you are in. I do not thinks its fair of your mother to decide that for you, its your back hurting, not hers. Have you explained your fears to your dr? Is there any patients of his that has had a fusion that you could talk to? Check with your dr on this. In most cases in a forum you are only going to hear terrible stories rather than success stories. Lakeside is having a fusion done, you might look at his post. Do some research on the internet about the surgery. I know of many peeps personally thats had fusions an did fine. Hugs, Susie

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