Hello Retiredmom! Well. it sounds like you have had a tuff time of it. So sorry to hear this, but it is wonderful that the pain is almost gone. I have heard of cases, where the hardware used for the fusion can cause infection. Privey had this, and they had to remove it, as it was the source of the infection.
I know quite well the feeling of getting worse to the point of alarming well into the recovery, and then out of the clear blue, one would swear that your healed all in one day. I too, am cautious about this, and wonder if it is temporary for myself.
Lets keep positive together, and hope that it last.
I see that you have many other health issues to deal with as well. When you have a good day like that, it kinda makes you forget about the other issues. You just want to share it with everyone, and can bring tears to your eyes as well.
We are wishing the best for you, but please be careful and do keep checking on the infection issue. We don't want any of those little buggers lurking around in you're body.
Please! Please! keep us updated on your progress, as this information is more important that you know to those who may be facing simular surgery's
I must have been stopped a million times while out and about. People would see my back brace, and stop me and ask about my back problems. There are alot of people suffering back problems, but too scared to have something done for it, or are dealing with a quack of a Dr who will not treat them for pain with correct med's
Take care! It was so nice to visit with you again!