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I Had Spinal Fusion Surgery

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 237 People

    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 6 Responses Apr 14, 2013

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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 1 Response Oct 26, 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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    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

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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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    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

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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...
    JuiceBoxRebel JuiceBoxRebel 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 18, 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 17 Responses Jan 21, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Oct 25, 2011

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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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    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 56-60 3 Responses Apr 1

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    gish1893 gish1893 16-17, F Aug 24

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    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 1 Response Aug 22

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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 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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    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 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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    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 13 Responses Dec 17, 2008

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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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    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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    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

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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 1 Response Apr 20, 2014

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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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    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 4 Responses Oct 25, 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 2 Responses Nov 30, 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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    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 3 Responses Jun 22

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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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    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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    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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    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

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    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

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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 2 Responses May 4, 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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    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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    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

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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 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Oct 3, 2013

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    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