Just had PLIF...home again...

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone!
Been gone for awhile, but now home, recovering/resting after the 3rd spinal surgery in 13 months....hopefully this one will do the trick & I can return to the classroom next fall, and STAY for once!  Had to leave this year's class after Christmas, to get ready for my PLIF....  Would enjoy teaching a WHOLE YEAR next year, if all heals correctly! Tried everything to avoid this invasive procedure, but enough is finally enough---just could not endure the constant burning, electrical pain any longer.  4 hr procedure w/ a 7" incision---but they tell me I slept right through it :)
 I do have a lot  post-op pain (I expected some).  More, in fact, than I'd anticipated; but the sciatica and radicular pain in my leg/foot is gone!  Yea!  I am sooo pleased with that result!
Now the hard part:  patience while healing!  I'm only 4 weeks out, so If you need an ear (or shoulder) I'll be  here for awhile!  Resting!   Praying for a solid union!  Got plenty of time to listen to all! Fire away! Share!  Whine!  Reflect!  Whatever!
Hope you all have a better 2008--maybe this is the year we all begin to really start "Healing Well"!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak.  2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot,  increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan.  08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time)  & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. OW!!!

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 2/11/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Lakeside, on what appears to be a successful surgery! I know this laying low time is tough, but be thrilled your radiating pain is gone! I confess I'm envious, as my radiating pain didn't stop with fusion. But I'm glad yours did!
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