I Had Spinal Fusion Surgery

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 243 People

    I have posted my surgery story on here before

    but I am now almost 5 months post op. and have some questions. I have almost made a full recovery which is great. I would say I am 85% there and the majority of my recovery happened In the last couple of months. I have had almost no pain on a day to day basis. The only pain I...
    user5443 user5443
    4 Responses Sep 30, 2015

    I had my surgery 6 days ago.

    It was the most painful thing I think I have ever gone through.My first back surgery was over half my life ago, so I don't really have too many good memories of being pain free. I am 33 now, and doctors say my next fusion on the upper levels will be in 5 years.So, I will be here...
    bluepinky12 bluepinky12
    31-35, F
    Aug 21, 2015

    On April 13th, 2015 I had Spinal Fusion on

    L4-L5 , S1. I am writing to hopefully be able to connect with others that can share their stories with me and also offer some advice. I still can't believe it has been a few months since this surgery. It seems like every day is a struggle, just a different one. In early Feb...
    Kymst01 Kymst01
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    i am 17 months post surgery.

    .....just beginning to walk ....pain is still terrible.....i am interested in anyone else who has had this experience......can you tell me what happened with your fusion?.....i am beginning to think they do not know what they are doing with this type of operation
    deeberdan deeberdan
    61-65, M
    Mar 31

    Life After Spinal Fusion

    At 26 I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I tried physical therapy, steroid shots, and medicine. I went to a neurosurgeon and he prescribed nightly steroids, anti inflammatory medicine, and pain medicine. Nothing worked for my pain. I dealt with it until 2011 when I...
    theholtie theholtie
    31-35, F
    10 Responses May 30, 2013

    Hello everyone, I had a spinal fusion

    as a child and now I'm 28 and notice my neck just above my back hurting more than I used to. Wasn't sure if it was do to the past surgery or not. Back when I was in school and recovered teachers asked me if I wanted to sit down or if my back was hurting and back then nothing...
    jrfeden jrfeden
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 4, 2014

    Car Accident

    I was in a car accident in February and fractured my L1 vertebrae, so I had to have surgery to repair that. It's been almost 9 months and I've made SO MUCH progress since then, but I am still struggling. I am 27 and never really had any back issues before the accident. I used to...
    kayteg kayteg
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 5, 2013

    Spinal Fusion And Decompression L4/L5

    I had the most dreadful symptoms for almost 2 years with severe pains down both legs, and pins and needles from my buttocks down to my toes and the ball of both feet. I was really incapacitated to the point where walking was almost impossible/I limped and waddled all the time/I...
    normajay99 normajay99
    70+, F
    9 Responses Aug 24, 2013

    I had a fusion at the l5 s1 last May

    and it has been a nightmare! I am still in pain, more pain than before the surgery and added to it lots of nerve damage. I obtained a second opinion and the new surgeon couldn't believe what he saw and read in my prior reports. The original surgeon didn't fuse it to my...
    tgray1883 tgray1883
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 7

    8 weeks post op of an ALIF of S-1 to L-4.

    Still some pain but managing okay. Range of motion is good but have to hold back from doing too much. 4/10 pain in the morning getting out of bed. Better after breakfast, moving and pain meds kicking in. Frustrated that it takes so long to heal. Heard of people having nerve pain...
    Szoots Szoots
    Jan 4

    Lucky To Be Alive

    my husband broke his neck 27 years ago in a motorcycle accident. the doctors took a bone our of his hip and put it in his neck in order to repair it. he was in the hospital 30 days . matter of fact i was pregnant at the same time. we both ended up kin the same hospital because...
    dbottlecap dbottlecap
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Jun 20, 2010

    I am now 5 months post op from L5/S1 fusion.

    I still have a lot of back pain and nerve pain in my legs. I take 150mg Tramahexal SR twice a day and 75mg Lyrica twice a day. Even with meds sitting becomes painful after five minutes and driving is very painful. Will this get better or will I just have to learn to live with...
    rosenschein rosenschein
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Mar 12, 2014

    I had spinal fusion surgery July 19 2012

    and I have never gone a day without pain since then. I was on morphine for a two months after and then they wouldn't let me take it anymore but I couldn't handle the pain so I started smoking marijuana thinking it would help and it did and I became so reliant on it and I became...
    kindra22 kindra22
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 19, 2014

    Had My Surgery

    I had spinal fusion surgery in Dec. 2009. It was a successful surgery, I have the rods and screws holding me together. But I have to admit, I am hurting like a hit, abused dog. Right now I am feeling some pain down my left leg, it's like a stabbing of the nerve or a punching of...
    lady44 lady44
    41-45, F
    17 Responses Jan 21, 2010

    A Broken Neck Story

    I broke my neck in a boating accident. I dived off this boat not realizing that the water was way too shallow. It was only about 3-4 feet deep. I fractured my Cervical 6Th vertebrae. I remember hitting the ground with my head first. I saw a bright light and many little stars. Its...
    starsinthesky starsinthesky
    13 Responses Dec 17, 2008

    Cervical Spinal Fusion

    I had cervical fusion in 2003 at the c5&c6 and c6&c7 levels. I was left with some weakness in my left arm, but my surgery was successful. I now have a herniation/bulging disc at the c4&c5 level. I have had headaches, ringing in ears, some left arm pain, and dizziness. My...
    mrjrhamm mrjrhamm
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Jan 16, 2013

    Three Back Surgery In 4 Years

      It all started  in the summer of 2005, I am a builder my family owns a construction company we do new homes,renovations, roofing, siding, windows, basically anything on a house we can fix. It was in June of 2005. There was big storm coming in and we were trying to get the...
    chris0013 chris0013
    6 Responses Jan 23, 2011

    hi everyone. my name is jessie

    and i am scheduled to have my l5 S1 fusion surgery tomorrow. I am trying to read positive stiories here because i am so scared to have surgery. ive never had a major surgery like this. I have tried all the different injections, decompressions and nothing seems to work. I was...
    jv1622 jv1622
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Nov 4, 2015

    Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery

    I am 40 years old and after an MRI my doctor said I have a buldging disc. The experts say I need cervical spinal fusion surgery. It is located between the c-6 and c-7 vertibra in my neck. I am very scared about the surgery and want to know if anybody has ever had this surgery...
    davec4949 davec4949
    8 Responses Sep 27, 2012

    I had L5/S1 fusion on 12/19/13

    after 2 years of sciatica following an injury at the gym. Before the surgery I was taking Tramadol and Ibuprofen every 6 hours around the clock, and although I could still work I was beginning to have stomach problems from all the Ibuprofen and did not want to live my life on...
    tjvance tjvance
    56-60, F
    5 Responses Feb 26, 2014

    I had spinal fusion surgery April,

    2013. Not all roses afterward. But much improved compared to the suffering prior to surgery. L-2 to S-1 spinal fusion isn't any joke. And when indicated can improve ones quality of life. Many limitations to learn to live with. But there seems to be no better choice when our...
    TJSpine TJSpine
    4 Responses Apr 1, 2015

    I had a posterior and anterior five level

    lumbar fusion L1-S1. Prior to the surgery I was in incredible pain and on heavy narcotics and steroids. I walked gingerly with a cane and had zero quality of life. I had had numerous spinal injections, physical therapy, pain management and nothing improved. The surgery...
    ChampsMom ChampsMom
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Feb 24, 2014

    So Far Do Good

    Hello, I had spinal fusion and a laminectomy on April 30, 2013. I had to go to a rehab unit in a nursing home for 20 days after leaving the hospital, but I dropped all pain meds except Tylenol when I left. Still transitioning to a cane, but I can drive. My experience has been...
    mnic122 mnic122
    61-65, M
    5 Responses Jun 14, 2013


    6 weeks ago I had L4/L5 spinal laminectomy with fusion. Holy crap did it hurt, thank you good drugs. Now I don't have the nerve pinching pain that I had only general area from all the poking and prodding no doubt. I have developed lately though a muscle spasm along the spinal...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Nov 29, 2009

    I just found out I need to have spinal fusion

    surgery in my lower spine for a ruptured disk. I'm a bit nervous after reading all the stories. How long were people off work after their surgeries? I have a desk job but spend a lot of time driving for my job. Thanks for your input!
    par2day par2day
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Jul 18, 2015

    Had spinal fusion Monday the 17th anterior

    and some screws , pedicles posteriorly . L5 S1 Got home last night . Trying to get comfortable in my own bed , it's hard , feel my legs are quivering a bit , they're propped up on a memory vision pillow right now . I'm on OxyContin , so in an altered state . Building sites are...
    zoezoejayne zoezoejayne
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2015

    Has anyone here had a multilevel lumbar fusion,

    specifically levels L3-s1? I have had L3-L4, L4-L5 done and now in severe pain from the S1 disc. I'm wondering how much mobility I will lose.
    center1 center1
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

    2 Level Spinal Fusion L4/l5-s1/s2

    31-35, M
    5 Responses Feb 19, 2013

    I had a spinal fusion surgery from T-4 to L-5 6

    months ago. The pain was pretty intense for the first few months. As of now, the pain is bearable but only if I take Percoset. The surgeon told me that it could take up to 2 years to heal fully. I'm still on disability from work, but being at home has made me a bit depressed. I...
    babygirl8832 babygirl8832
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Mar 25, 2014

    MRSA And Fusion

    Three years ago I had a fusion over most of my spine due to MRSA eating up the disks in my back causing a spinal slip into the cord. At the time I was in so much pain I asked for a lethal dose of morphine to put me down on a permanent basis. They finally, after seven times in the...
    toughth toughth
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Sep 22, 2013

    Life Is Just Harsh

    Today was a great example of why I would eat a gun if not for the wife and children I am blessed to have. So let's start with the background.... To make a very long and painful story short, after 3 back surgeries, I take 200 mg of morphine 3 times a day, plus the medicines for...
    EdauRetsle EdauRetsle
    46-50, M
    6 Responses Jul 26, 2013

    I had a bad fall from a horse in 2008 resulting

    in 3 fractured vertebra, 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung. The surgeon said then that I would need a spinal fusion at some point but we managed to hold off doing it for 5yrs. In 2012 I had two minimal invasive spinal surgeries in England - decompressions at L5/S1. Both...
    rosenschein rosenschein
    41-45, F
    Mar 12, 2014

    I had a C5-L1 fusion coming up on 5 years ago.

    (Also, I'm only 17 right now). Before surgery, I had extreme pain in my back and down my arms and legs. Years after the surgery, I no longer have any pain other than overworking my back from being on drumline. Recovery was hard. Only because i was a child and wanted to move...
    emmat99 emmat99
    16-17, F
    Mar 21

    Spinal Fusion Recently (12th October 2011)

    I had surgery 2 weeks ago (l4-s1 poster lateral instrumented fusion & l5-s1open decompression) Progress at first was good and went from needed help walking to being able to walk on my own after a few days. Still have numbness in my left leg (the front & top of my foot) whilst I...
    Tradewatches4u Tradewatches4u
    7 Responses Oct 25, 2011

    I had a spinal fusion many years ago

    when I was 18. I had severe scoliosis. About a 50 degree curvature. Long story short(The longer version being how scary it was and the fact that there was a possibility of death and that afterwards the pain was so bad morphine wasn't even helping!) the curvature was corrected to...
    IcedJuice IcedJuice
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 18, 2014

    I was electrocuted 21/2 years ago,

    fell and broke my spine in 3 places. I had to have a spinal fusion from t-9 to t-11 with a titanium cage. The cage shifted and the edge is rubbing against my spinal cord. I'm in constant pain, no pain meds work even remotely and the last surgeon I was seeing said surgery was...
    kidkilowatt kidkilowatt
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2014

    Had It 2 Months Ago..here To Help Anyone I Can

    31-35, M
    15 Responses Apr 24, 2012
    deleted deleted
    Aug 24, 2015

    Lumbar Fusion

    I am an 18 year old male and last St Patricks day i had to have a lumbar fusion on my lower back. I was snowboarding and went to do a 360 off a 30 foot ramp and caught my edge. I ended up doing half of a front flip and landing in a short of a crunched position. I instantly had...
    cduffy709 cduffy709
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Oct 25, 2013

    How To Turn Six Dollars Into Six Thousand

    Dollars: I found this on a bulletin board and decided to try it. A little while back I was browsing through newsgroups just like you are now and came across an article similar to this that said you could make thousands of dollars within weeks with only an initial investment...
    manusundr manusundr
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Aug 22, 2015

    Herniated Disc L5-s1

    Hello everyone my name is lucas. I am a 31 year old man and have a herniated disc in the L5-S1 segment of my spine... I have been through physical theorapy and have recieved two ESI spinal injections.. My doctor at the time reccomended lamanectimy surgery so I decided to have a...
    concerned216 concerned216
    31-35, M
    8 Responses May 30, 2012

    my spinal fusion was from l1 to l5 i am 22

    years old i fell off a super bike at 100 mph people behind me said that i flew off 20 feet i was out for an hour before i regained consciousness i was in hospital with my brother all i remember when i woke up i was excruciating pain in my back. doctors said i had l3...
    jeevanneha123 jeevanneha123
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 20, 2014

    2 years after my posterior TLIF

    which never fused at all and the fusion cage was outside the disc space the whole time, compressing my nerve the same as before surgery. I found another surgeon who was absolutely amazing and she did an ALIF at the same level L5-S1 and removed the old Cage and built a titanium...
    coloredvinyl coloredvinyl
    41-45, M
    Oct 3, 2015

    I had spinal fusion c2-c6 on January 12.

    Inpatient rehab and was in the hospital until 3/6. I have worked hard throughout this process doing everything I can to get better physically. I say the hardest part in my recovery is the mental aspect because of some of my physical ailments. I am regaining sensation in my...
    Stevegriffey3 Stevegriffey3
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 6, 2015

    I had my posterior lumbar laminectomy

    and fusion Dec 16. Before that I tried all forms of traditional therapy. The surgery has relieved my sciatica and nerve pain down my legs. I am able to move without pain. My question is how long does the pain from the point of incision hurt? I had 7-10 days worth of Percocet...
    coloredvinyl coloredvinyl
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Dec 26, 2013

    Four Surgeries Later

    I've had a decompression on three levels, both sides (L3-L6), then a cervical fusion (C4-C7) and a second pair of surgeries to fuse L4-S1, due to collapse from the first decompression. The last two were a little over a month ago -- August 20 & 27, and all occurred over a period...
    JanieNudiePants JanieNudiePants
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2013

    21 Years Old .. 3 Surgeries In 5 Years

    Hello . well I didn't know about EP except now , I have been searching for answers on a lot of spine health sites that eventually got me here . umm first of all I really hope to all of you speed recovery and get better than you were before and I'd like to share with you my story...
    Etsh92 Etsh92
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Nov 30, 2013

    I am actually about to have a spinal fusion.

    The date got moved up by two weeks and will now happen in about five days. I just finished my first year of graduate school and am exhausted, scared, not comfortable with where I am going to recover.
    AintGotNoMilk AintGotNoMilk
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 14, 2014

    I fractured my back playing hockey,

    i got hit from behind. Fractured two vertebras and now I'm fused from t10 to l3. it's been 6 months now still in a little pain at the top of the fusion but trying to get back to work. Waiting on the dr report to see if I can go back... It's been a long 6 months
    Standard17 Standard17
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2014
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