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I Had Spinal Fusion Surgery

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    Having Problems With Depression After All The Surgery (please Read)

    Hi I was wondering if anyone can help with this. Lately I have been feeling very depressed. After the three surgery that none of them worked I am always in pain and can not do anything. I use to be a Builder, fisherman, played semi pro baseball and bowled with friends. If anyone...
    chris0013 chris0013 36-40 9 Responses Jan 31, 2011

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    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 1 Response Nov 11, 2014

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    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 2 Responses May 14, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    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 Jun 22

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    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

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    Tips On How To Stay Active After A Fusion

    I also had an L5-S1 PLIF, and it changed my life for the better. Read about my story if you get that chance (I have tips on how to stay active after a fusion and some notes about the emotional toll of chronic pain): www.spinebender.com Take Care! tarah
    tarahn tarahn 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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    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

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    3 Surgeries, 3 Years

    Hurt my back at work on my Birthday in 2010, took time off work, and had physical therapy. Still in a lot of pain but went back to work. Continued to work for almost another year, had MRI and showed disk damage, worked until I couldn't walk, hoping it would get better. Finally...
    JimsMc JimsMc 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 13, 2013

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    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 1 Response Dec 1, 2014

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    Spinal Surgery Success

    I had spinal surgery about a month ago on the 9th April. I was on the waiting list for 2 years and at first I didn't want to have the operation, but now i'm glad I did! The morning of the operation I was cheerful, smiling and just thinking positive thoughts. When they pushed me...
    dijanananana dijanananana 18-21 1 Response May 4, 2013

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    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...
    jstaubes jstaubes 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    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 41-45, M 6 Responses Jul 26, 2013

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    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 2 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    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 56-60, M 3 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    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

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    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 1 Response Aug 4, 2014

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    Two Fusions And Much Better For It

    I have had two spinal fusions and am in the process of recovering from the second. I have had the good luck to have an excellent surgeon and great support from family and friends. I share much of what I have learned in my blog www.slrfusion.com I hope people find it useful.
    slrfusion slrfusion 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    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 4 Responses Jun 14, 2013

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    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...
    AvgDudeJ AvgDudeJ 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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    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 36-40 8 Responses Sep 27, 2012

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    2 Level Spinal Fusion L4/l5-s1/s2

    I HAD SPINAL FUSION SURGERY IN FEB OF 2012,AFTER TWO AND HALF YEARS OF STEROID SHOTS IT WAS TIME. 6 SCREWS, 2 RODS , AND A YEAR LATER I HAVE TO SAY IM HAPPY THAT I HAD IT. I WALK , I RUN , I DO HOT YOGA ONCE A WEEK, I EVEN WENT TO THE DRIVING RANGE AND HIT GOLF BALLS THE OTHER...
    FRANCHIZE37 FRANCHIZE37 31-35, M 5 Responses Feb 19, 2013

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    L5-S1 Spinal Fusion At 20 Years Old

    I have had degenerative disc disease for six years. I was diagnosed when I was only 15 years old. I never let it hold me back even though at times I was in excruciating pain. I did many years of physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Those treatment usually...
    ZoeyRose ZoeyRose 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 14, 2013

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    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 66-70, F 9 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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

    HAD ANTERIOR AND POSTERIOR SPINAL FUSION ON MY L4/L5 AND L5/S1...THE HOSPITAL IS NAMED HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF NYC...THEY ARE THE NUMBER 1 RANKED ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALTY HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY..SO PLEASE, IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE SOMEWHAT CLOSE TO NYC, DO...
    TEDDYSTOLT TEDDYSTOLT 31-35, M 15 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    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 31-35 2 Responses Feb 17, 2014

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    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 16 Responses Jan 21, 2010

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    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 36-40 6 Responses Jan 23, 2011

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    On The Edge

    I was in Afghanistan and due to work related incidents I had l5/s1 herniation. I was operated by a chek republic surgeon in a French hospital. Now 3 months later have same problems. My doctor is treating me today with my second epidural. I am afraid of fusion, but feel that's...
    Csarrica Csarrica 36-40, M 6 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    Collapsed Spine 360 Coming Up

    I first hurt my back in tenth grade in cheerleading.. Wore a brace for a year. In 2000 was broadsided in a car accident. It was minor but still jarred my back. In 2002 I began having true back issues. At first it was just soreness at the end of the day. I have seen...
    Backtobasicsmom Backtobasicsmom 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    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

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    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 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    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 36-40 6 Responses Oct 25, 2011

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    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

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    Anterior C56 67 Discectomy And Application Of Spinal Prosthetic S

    I am a 45 year old woman, ,for the past few years i knew something was wrong with me, stomach pain , back,neck, pain ,numbness ,weird tingels , Finally after numerous tests, including a colonoscopy ,I begged my dr for a ex ray of my lower back and neck, Then came the MRI...
    Sherryh Sherryh 46-50, F Sep 13, 2013

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    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

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    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 31-35 12 Responses Dec 17, 2008

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    Rights And The Ability To Defend Them.

    I wrote a story on my medical problems due to MRSA and the support that I have received from family after developing this illness three years ago. If I had my way right now I would be dead. It has left me with only pins and needles from my hips down. My ability to walk has been...
    toughth toughth 56-60, M Oct 26, 2013

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    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 Apr 20, 2014

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    Lumbar Plif, Still In Pain...

    I had the PLIF surgery on the L-4 ,, L-5,, S-1 in December 2010. I am still having trouble, And I'm still in pain.If I sit more than 20 min's my legs go to sleep and It's hard to get up. I can walk about 30 yards and I have to stop.I can lay down but not for more than 1 Hour. My...
    GMooney GMooney 46-50 2 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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    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 3 Responses Oct 3, 2013

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    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 4 Responses Feb 26, 2014

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    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 3 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    A 5 Year Battle.

    Years ago when I was first out of college I worked with animals. My first job was at the kennels with racing dogs and although it was a hard job I loved it and the people I worked for. I gave up this job to start a business with my first husband with his horses. I had many...
    woozeywife woozeywife 41-45, F Nov 13, 2013

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    Laminectomy

    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 26-30 4 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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