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26yrs old male getting ready for fusion surgery

Started by cparker on 06/24/2013 12:27pm

Hello

I will start by saying im only 26 but ive been racing motorcycles for the 20 yrs and in nov 2010 i was involved in a horrible crash. i broke my left fibula and tibula compound fracture. I didnt notice anything wrong with my back until i was able to get back to work and it was instantly. soon as i starting working i had horrible low back pain, hell i thought it was from the rod in my leg. well long story short i started going to doc and did all the bs and still no improvement in fact its just getting worse. so my pain magement doc refered me to the best surgeon the hospital has to offer. we are going to do a injection tommorow doc doesnt think it will doing anything but she want to try it to rule it out . they have diagnoiced me with DDD on L5S1 i think ive been taking this pill called tramadol basically sense this all started and there just not working anymore and i really dont want to take the strong meds anyway. my insurence wont cover the disc replace surgey it will only cover the fusion. i really dont want to do the surgury but i hate taking meds eveyday just to cope with the pain when i dont take my meds i cant do anything i mean just sitiing i cant get compfuterable and walking is out of the ? i want my life back i want to be able to work 60hr a week agian im just worried that the surgury wont help as they say its a 40% -80% success rate. anyone have any input or has had this sugury in the past please post your story im trying to do as much resarch as i can before i make this commitment.

Thank you PS dont mind the spelling or typos im not very good and book smart lol

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First off I wanna say Thant I'm sorry. Spinal injuries suck and they only go down hill. I'm still kinda young(33) but like u I was diagnosed young (19). I had my first surgery at 21 year of age. 9 hours under the knife. I have spondylolisthesis grade 5 outta 5. My surgery which included fusion of L5-S1 was able to correct me to grade 3. BUT after 5 years I had to go back into surgery. See the problem with fusions is it puts extra strain on the surrounding muscles and the vertebra above and below the fusion. I would never take my surgery back. Without it I would not be able to walk or feel anything from the waist down for all those years. Again I have a but, I I'm now losing the feeling due to the stenosis and because the spine above my fusion is now degenerating. So my best advice is research EVERYTHING b4 going under the knife. I mean the hospital ratings. The surgeons background( ie collage and spinal membership participatation ect). My mom did not research. & when she had her surgery they 4got to fuse. So she has severe damage when she should b fine. And if you do go through with the surgery u will need help. Trust me I didn't think I needed help until I tried to stand up. I learned that when they cut through those muscles the muscles lose the memory, as in I had to relearn all the motor skills from the waist up all over again. So please do the research including what ways the surgery is preformed and which way has the best out come. Each surgeon has they own theory on how to go in and fix the spine but non are for sure. I used UCSF Spinal center web page and Moffitt web page to help me understand which procedure would b best 4 me. Most of the large scale web pages will allow you to email back and forth with the surgeons. Good luck. But remember most if not nearly all spinal surgeries are temporary. After 10 years they go down hill. Take care!

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Wow man that just scared the wiz right out of me. Ok so I did ask around the community about good back surgeons between in or around my area. And to my surprise my surgeons name came up twice. So that makes me feel good and my pain management doc referred me to this guys and was very specific about seeing him. So I think that I'm in good hands. They did tell me about getting min 10 yrs out of it. So are telling me that the fusion that there going to do will i lose all motor skills from the wast up as in moving arms neck everything guaranteed . I didn't realize that but they told me that this is a big surgery amd a long recovery is expected. See I meet with the surgeons nurse practitioner last fri and we just talked about the surgery and the commitment. So now I told the, today that I want to move forward with this and I have to do a neurology test how I respond to pain, a bone density test and a updated MRI and X-ray and then I will meet with the surgeon and get to talk too him and pick his brain and find out exactly what his plan is. The way that I look at it is I don't have anything to lose at this point if I get ten yrs pain free then they have to do it again I'm all for it. Am I nuts for thinking that Oh and this is the third doc I've been to and I feel more comfortable than ever I started at the university of Iowa then the university of Kansas and now gundersen Luthern in lacrosse wi. In fact my doc is the one that told me about this site. Any more facts would be great thanks amd good luck to you

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Sorry Kimberly didn't mean to call you a man I just now read ur name. Lol

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I'm glad 2 hear that the reasearch came up with the same info u currently had from ur PCP. I just wanted 2 clarify the 10 year of pain free thing. I was only nearly pain free for 2 1/2 years, after that my pain slowly increased 2 bein huge pains again. But unfortunately there is no further surgery to get. The fusion is a done deal. After your years of freedom r up u r stuck. The only thing available to some qualifying patients is a micro surgery to remove scar tissue If the tissue is what is causing the nerve pain. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky few. My pain is from my vertebra settling n the wrong ways. Mind you though when I went in2 my surgery I had 100% nerve compression to my lower extremities. No feeling besides pain. So I only had up to go from there. That's y I said I don't regret my surgery. The only thing they could help with after my 10 year time was up, was 2 go back n 2 remove my hardware since younger peoples bodyies tend 2 reject hardware. N yeah mine rejected it alright. It trying 2 push the hardware out, literally. So my 2nd surgery only helped with the pain associated with my hardware( ie touch sensitive areas and pressure, n the infection under my skin from the hardware rubbing it) and my mom (who had cervical fusion) said that most if her mobility was still there after surgery, but things like writing n stuff that takes more concentration had 2 b relearned. But no spinal surgeries r the same. The spine is very complex & drs r always learning new things. I also, since I had 100% nerve compression, had the painful experience of "nerve rebirth" where the nerves come back 2 life n a way & relearn all the sensations & reactions 2 each senation. But it was very very very painful & my sensation is still muffed up. I hope I didn't scare you mind u my case was pretty extreme & since mine was something I was born with it is constantly on going. U started from an accident alot of times they have longer lasting outcomes.

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