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Started by 1499487258@facebook on 08/14/2012 12:22pm

waiting for a date for surgery...Getting a disectomy..laminectomy and most likely fusion...Have sever spinal stenosis with a large herniated disk and L3-4....among other herniations and bluges and also grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis and osteo arthritis and bone spurs..my whole lower lumbar is a mess at all levels and also DDD....Its will be almost a year since i herniated that disc that was and is still causing issues..but since its been a year..the last say about 2 1/2 weeks have been feeling a bit better...not so much a cripple..per say...I'm second guessing my surgery....This is a workplace injury..and working alot less hours...22 to be exact..I am a hairdresser....working less hours helped alot with the leg issues as far as severe muscle spasms...and stuff....I still have issues but not so many since its been soo long...still alot but I dont know what to do..I am scared of the surgery...Question....What would happen if I DIDNT get the surgery...and kept to the part time hours...does anyone think that would work..?

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do you smoke?

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no smoke...why?

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Smoking is bad for patients who have a fusion...it prevents the levels to heal. Leadingmto failed back surgery

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I see my surgeon tomorrow to discuss the what, how & when. I have grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis as well, w/horrid sciatica. I'm in my mid 40's & i've basically come to this conclusion. If I'm willing to live a 1/2 life, then I won't get the surgery. but I'm not. I'm way too active & don't want to sit on the sidelines. Snorkeling (of all things) on vacation caused my leg to go numb. I'm miserable most of the time as well as miserable to live with. I've known & lived with this for more than 20 years with minimal issues until now (since January). I've gone through phys. therapy (reduced a lot of the pain) & 3 steroid injections. They last 10 days for me. The key is, do you trust your doc? Do you have a choice in Dr's?

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What happened? Did you have the surgery? I've had two back surgeries, was facing a third, a three level fusion. My Neuro-surgeon gave me a 50% chance of that working, instead he and my Orthopedic surgeon talked me into getting a spinal cord stimulator. That was 2 weeks ago today and I could not be happier. My low back pain is 95% gone, my foot pain is 100% gone and my sciatic pain is 60% gone. I'm a very happy patient.

I hope what ever you decided to do helps with your pain.

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Oct 15....Surgery.....I'm extremely scared....But I'm also waiting anxiously to wake up and have my legs feel normal...Below the knees through out my feet...they are loaded with electricity...and getting muscle spasms back...(ouch)..I'm hoping to wake up to a miracle...atleast somewhat..no more leg pain would be nice...

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Hi,

I'm having a posterior lumber interbody fusion (PLIF) L5/S1 26th September....very nervous yet excited to wake up with no tingling/ spasms in my legs. Know a couple of people who have had similar surgery with one of them being pain free 3 weeks post surgery and taking no medication!! I've got lytic spondylolithesis which was onset from 18th September last year...this year has just been a right off so things can only get better!! Just think of what your life could be after the surgery... I'm trying to think positively!! Good luck x x

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I'm with Paula on this one...stimulators are the way to go! Just had mine implanted last week and I feel great! In August, when I had the trial implant, I went speed walking through walmart. I have never been able to do that! I'm still in a little discomfort, but that's because it is surgery and you have to heal up...but everyday I get better. Right now I'm even charging my stimulator..might as well since I can actually sit still for a while now. My life has changed for the better...I don't worry about pain meds, just take lyrica for the arthiritis and who knows, maybe I can get off of that too down the line!

Good luck to you....keep us informed!

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It looks like a few of us will be facing surgery and healing together. My surgery is scheduled for 10/23/2012 for a 3 level lumbar directory and fusion.

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hi lorine I had surgery last nov. had L1thru L4 fused and i had a broken back they fixed that also 8 screws and 2 rods. Im not going to lie to anyone I hurt bad for 3 days they did what they call open back about 10 inches but they have meds now that makes the pain go away, I have some muscle isues If i walk everyday and exercise then im not in pain. I was scared also but i would do it again. I can walk and stand and it doesnt hurt. Im not on any pain meds before I took vicoden. forgot to menton that I wear a radio wave belt it helps bone growth for the fusion.

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