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Scheduled S1 L5 Fusion Dec 28 , 2011

Started by patricia37 on 12/14/2011 1:33pm

I'm 39 years old and mother of a 4 and 6 year old. I have had leg numbness and tingeling for years (20 years). I had an accident during high school that might have started it all not really sure at this time. have had a few exacertions throuhgh the y ears. The first one about 7 years ago and the last one two years ago. For the last two years I have had back and leg pain off and on. It can last five monthsr two days but it comes back. I'm taking celebrex not 200 mg a day. That took most of the pain away with intermitten vicodin here and there. I would probably take one on the average every few days. The celebrex is now not helping after 4 months. I feel leg discomfort alll day long while i'm sitting. I have back pain constantly while i'm moving. Pain is every day about a level 4. Ihave had much worse pain expecially during the exacerbation periods. I'm scheduled for s1 l5 fusion. I have degenerative disc disease and both my nerves are severly pinched. I'm scarred if I dont have the surgery I willhave permanent nerve damage. Any advice?

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I had a level l5-s1 fusion March of 2011. Had similiar pain in legs and low back. My pain level was a 7 and was on morphine 3x a day. I had a minimally evasive surgery thru my back with 2 screws, 1 rod and a artifical disc as well. Was a bit rough but am doing much better and do not regret having the surgery. I also have degenerative disc disease and had pinched nerves too. Took several months have surgery for my nerves to calm down and I was also on lyrica for 5 months which helped. Started PT 5 weeks after surgery and was in that for 7 months. Try and walk as much as you can tolerate. Any questions or info let me know. Good luck!!

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Thank you for your advice. Do you know if my DDD and nerve pinch can cause constipation. I know that pain medication can cause constipation. I was not taiking pain medicationo for some time just the celebrex and I was experiencing constipation. My physician is telling me is due to muscle and nerve dysfunction. My GI doctor says its not connected. I asked my surgeon before I knew tht is was muscle and nerve dysfuction after an exam done by my GI. I would love hear if anybody has had similar issues.

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Only sort of GI problem I had was while taking morphine and other pain killers. I am having stomache issues right now, but I'm on tramadol and it causes stomache aches, lovely side affect, but it does help. Sorry your experiencing this!

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Hi Patricia,
I had the L5-S1 fusion March 2911 too,i am very happy i did it,still have pain but nothing like before.As long as you have a good doctor,be sure to take an active part in your recovery,walk,walk,walk.First three days in the hospital were the roughest,but if you have good pain control meds you will be fine.Best wishes for a wonderful surgery and outcome......stay positive!
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy

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I had L5-S1 fusion in April '09. Spinal surgeon said that it was the most succesful back fusion that is performed, I would guess because it's the last disc.They entered me from the front (just below my belly button) and did the fusion with 2 screws coming up from my sacrum and no back muscles were cut. L5 disc was worn completely into 3 small pieces (misdiagnosed by 2 Docs for 2 yrs). I was able to leave the hospital in 48 hrs and wore just an elastic belt for comfort for the 4"incision site, to hold my gut. I really worked hard at what they said I could do, walk and swim and swimming a mile in 30 days. Everybody is different but I have no regrets on my fusion and while my lumbar does have other DDD and plenty of arthritis I'm good do go.

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