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I Had Spinal Fusion Surgery

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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 4 Responses Mar 25

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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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    Problems Associated With Theken Spinal Cage Cervicle Spinal Fusion

    i am experiencing many complications from spinal surgery back in 2008. i know there are problems with other cage manufacturers such as medtronics but i would appreciate any feedback i can get from people who have had the fusion surgery using the theken cage thanks.
    stillinpainvegas stillinpainvegas 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2013

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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 3 Responses Feb 24

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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 1 Response Feb 17

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    I had my first cervical fusion in 2008.

    Then a lumbar discectomy in 2009 and now due to the degenerative disc disease as well as the wear and tear on the discs and vertebrae above and below I'll be having another fusion on Thursday. (5/29/14) I had a CT scan today because the artifacts on the MRI made it hard to see...
    redhot1221 redhot1221 36-40, F 23 Responses May 27

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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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    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 16-17 1 Response May 4, 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 7 Responses May 30, 2012

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    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 36-40, F Mar 12

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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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    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

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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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    My

    I had major surgery 2 years ago and now i need more. I have seen 3 different doctors with totally different diagnoses from each saying i might not of healed from first surgery. The next 2 vertrebre are bad and 1 doc wants to fuse l2 l3 l4 l5 ?  i don't know; no one will explain...
    donaldsherman donaldsherman 46-50 4 Responses Jun 27, 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 2 Responses Aug 19

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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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    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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    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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    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 5 Responses Jan 23, 2011

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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 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 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 12

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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 Oct 26, 2013

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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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    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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    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

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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 51-55, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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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 14 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Sep 22, 2013

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    I've Had 3 Spinale Surgeries

    I hope this isn’t to boring to read but there are times when I struggle to deal with all of this.  Unfortunately you don’t meet people that have gone through the same experience as you so you can’t talk to anybody who understands how you really are or feeling.  So I’m...
    wgtyler wgtyler 56-60, F 1 Response May 16, 2011

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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 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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    Failed Fusion

    I had an l5-s1 posterior fusion in march of 2012. As of 7-13-13 the fusion still did not take and if it weren't for the rods and screws it wouldn't be stable. I am now using a bone growth stimulator 2 hrs a day. My back still hurts and my legs still feel fatigued. I am also...
    clando clando 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 13, 2013

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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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    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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    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 5 Responses Oct 3, 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 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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    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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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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    WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURES. CLICK THE CROSS IF EASILY OFFENDED BY THE IMAGES. On the second of July 2014 I had a my surgery. It was the most exciting and happiest day in my life - I...
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    I had my robotic surgery one year ago. Recovery and effects took time. All is good now.
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