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I am not sure if i should go through surgery or not

Started by GLED on 09/12/2010 12:45pm

Hello fellow people in pain, My name is Gary and like all of you i am in pain for about 5 years now, I have had 2 back surgerys now on L5 S1 and i am scheduled to have the fusion done on Oct 18th, I have a crushed disc at L5 S1 and three degenertive disc plus arhtrities, I am 38 years old and pretty scared to go through it. My Doc says that i will be back to work in abour 6 weeks and will no longer have to take pain Meds, Now i find this hard to believe after reading all your discussions, I have had a few freinds go through this surgery and they were out of work for 6 to 8 months and still in pain after 4 months, I would really like it if you all could give me some advise, There are days i can not even walk or get out of bed and my wife can not stand me on the Meds anymore as sometimes they make me main or angry, I fell all of your guy's and girls pain i know what you are going through, I don't want to have this surgery and have to deal with this pain again if it does not work, i have three kids one is 13 and twins that are 5 that i can't spend as much time with them as i would like because of the pain, If anybody has any advise for please let me know Thanks Gary!

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I am a mom of 4 very active teens. I am scheduled for triple fusion next week. I am missing too many of my kids activities now, along with being in alot of pain on a daily basis. I wake up in the morning thinking maybe I don't need this, but by the end of the day realize that it needs to be done. Good luck with your decision. I also have twins, but mine are almost 14!

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I am 61 years old and I had spinal fusion of my L5 & L4 - 7 weeks ago. I had Titanium Screws and Cages fitted. I suffered for a long time until it was correctly diagnosed. I spent 37 years in the Army and retired 5 years ago. So I was used to a good fitness regime and liked to run the odd marathon for charity. The problem made my life a misery affecting my work, pastime and marital life. I am suffering from the mending pains that come with this type of surgery but God you can not believe the benefits. I have been told to stay off work for a total of 12 weeks and I feel I will be fit to return at that time. I deliver Truck Tyres. I am walking between 5 - 9 miles non stop 5 days a week and driving my car with no serious pain just the on discomfort. I intend to start swimming and stretching exercises next week.
My advice is go for it. Your quality of life is so low that I you will definately benefit from surgery.

Good Luck.

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I am 61 years old and I had spinal fusion of my L5 & L4 - 7 weeks ago. I had Titanium Screws and Cages fitted. I suffered for a long time until it was correctly diagnosed. I spent 37 years in the Army and retired 5 years ago. So I was used to a good fitness regime and liked to run the odd marathon for charity. The problem made my life a misery affecting my work, pastime and marital life. I am suffering from the mending pains that come with this type of surgery but God you can not believe the benefits. I have been told to stay off work for a total of 12 weeks and I feel I will be fit to return at that time. I deliver Truck Tyres. I am walking between 5 - 9 miles non stop 5 days a week and driving my car with no serious pain just the on discomfort. I intend to start swimming and stretching exercises next week.
My advice is go for it. Your quality of life is so low that I you will definately benefit from surgery.

Good Luck.

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I got some advice from a friend, who is a doctor. He told me this: If you have reservations, you are not ready for surgery. Only YOU can decide when the probable/possible benefit will outweigh the questions in your head and the risks, No one can make that decision for you. Doctors can advise you, family and friends will tell you what to do, but its not their call, its yours. He also told me pain is not life threatening, spine surgery is. And that option is always goingt to be there. Its not like an emergancy decision.

Good luck.

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hi GLED

here are a few questions to ask surgeon

what will happen if i dont get the fusion?

will i develop scar tissue?

how many vertebrae are being fused?

it would be good to get a second opinion. the fusion may be your only option to reduce your pain.
the fact you have already had two surgeries means you may be prone to scar tissue. it can put pressure on the nerves. be sure to ask about that risk............pete

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You sound like you really need the surgery. Wow, you are so young. Having a good surgeon makes a difference. Do your homework on him and you can always get a second opinion. I too am scheduled for surgery Oct 20. SCARED TO DEATH! I am seeking a second opinion tomorrow. I just wonder if only people that had trouble with surgery get on these web sites?? Maybe the ones that had good results are out playing tennis and truly don't need these sites. I guess I too am looking for a doctor with a magic wand that will tell me I will get better without surgery!

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Hi Gary
I am the father of a 14-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl. I had three procedures done July 22 with a fusion. I am still in massive pain . If I didn't go through with the surgery I would've felt I let my kids down. My kids are how I got through the first three days. A fusion is a very tough surgery at least it was for me. Would I do it again absolutely not. That's my opinion.

Have You been through a fusion all ready? For the person that said are the people that get fixed/successful surgeries out playing tennis. I bet they are. I bet he didn't have a fusion surgery. He sounds FUNNY. If he did have a fusion and knows how painful it is he would not talk like that. This is my opinion and my thoughts I hope it helps. My surgery at this point was not successful. Please look under my started discussions failed back surgeries are the percentages right. Go to last couple pages those are my true thoughts. Good luck Sam

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I am 42 years old with scolliosis and disk disease. I have had two epidurals and have done physical therapy-none which have taken the pain away. I was told that I am bone on bone and need a fusion. I also have hip pain in my right hip, which causes me to limp. I am scared to have the surgery, but then I am scared not too. I was fired from my job in July when my FMLA expired, but thank God I was approved for long term disability thru my company. My doctor stated that I should be able to go back to work in three months, but that sound too soon to me. Realistically, how long is recooperation, and how much pain is there after the surgery?

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Hi Gary, I felt exactly like you for two months before my planned spinal fusion L4-L5 surgery on May 25th. I am 59 years old. I got 5 opinions (over the 2 years I had the spinal stenosis, degnerative disk, unstable vertebrae diagnosis) including one the day before my scheduled surgery! I really didn't want to do this but every surgeon agreed on the same procedure. I previously did the epidurals, PT, chiropracter even acupuncture.

Would I recommend going through this surgery? Absolutely not. Its been a slow, painful recovery process. I went back to work a few weeks ago but am totally exhausted. I can't even do PT because it aggravates my back and leg pain. I have to be supercareful about how I move my body at work.
I would recommend getting 2nd and 3rd opinions on the recovery time for the surgery. Of course you are younger than I am so you will probably bounce back quicker! Take care and best of luck!

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Fenspot presurgery (lumbar back fusion) I thought I did all the research. It was going to be a painful recovery. I never thought it was ever going to be this bad. I've been through other surgeries before in my life. I knew what it should of been like. It seems like every move I make bothers me. Presurgery I was always in so much pain every day. I had to get a pain pill and me before about a half hour before I got out of bed. I always said I was in 10 plus pain. Postsurgery that 10 plus pain seemed like nothing. There was all new supermassive pain. My surgeon came in and said I was doing well. I looked at him and said I can't move I am in so much pain. He looked at me and said I told it was going to be a tough surgery . Fenspot you the only one that thinks like me. I would never have the surgery again ever. I had another big surgery years ago there was support groups for that surgery. I asked over and over again at every doctor's office where the support group was for back fusion surgery. There wasn't one anywhere in CNY. I know why there was no support group for back surgery now. There is no way anyone would have the surgery done if someone in person told you how bad it was. I know I stepped over the line on this discussion and I'm sorry. . Just My Opinions and thoughts. Sam

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Hi Gary, I never had surgery (except for a C-Section from which I recovered quickly) before the spinal fusion so underestimated the time it would take for me to recover. I received a spinal fusion brochure that said it could take up to a year to feel "normal" again and I didn't believe it. Now I realize that it's true. I've always been an active person so the recuperation time has been extremely frustrating, painful and limiting which is why I wouldn't ever do it again.

I hope you got another opinion on the recovery time for this surgery. Take care,
Fenspot

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BTW, I asked my dr about a spinal fusion support group also and he said there weren't any for people like me.

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My best advice to all of you who are currently suffering from back pain is go see a chiropractor. I do not promise the pain to immediately disappear depending on the problem, but they will help.

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