Hi Everyone! Hope you are all in realtive states of comfort, somehow.... So often I think of all the posts here & the problems we all endure every day, with such strength & dignity.
Question: Anyone recently had a lumbar fusion (@ L4/L5) and can help me prepare for mine? I have tried everything (shots, steroids, pills, PT, massage etc etc etc ) but the spondy is worse, the discs are herniated & my right leg is almost useless, yet burns constantly...so my neurosugeon has scheduled a 1-level L4/L5 fusion for Jan. 11th.
No horror stories, please, only practical advice on how to prepare, what to expect, etc. I'm going into this with a positive attitude & with 2 lammies behind me, just want to know if you (whomever responds) are happier now than before, and what you may have done to ensure that result.
Thank you! As always, I am in awe of this site's collective wisdom! Please share, if you are so inclined!
2 lumbar surgeries for L4-L5-S1 cystic tumor & post-surgical CSF leak complications. (Fall of '06). Central canal stenosis, severe degnerative arthrosis, grade 1 (21% shift) spondylolisthesis @ L5-S1 area, sensory & nerve function loss & radiculopathy in r leg/foot, on-going facet pain, sacral/illiac pain, lots of epidural fibrosis @ L5/S1.