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Posted in: Sciatica, Spinal stenosis, and Surgery.

Upcoming multi level fusion surgery

Started by Chris1967 on 09/24/2015 12:57pm

Hello everyone. I am a 47 year old man who is having my L 3, 4 and 5 fused in 11 days with the new flex rods. I have read many positive things about this surgery and am very nervous about it. I have been through 5 neurosurgeons, an orthopedic surgeon, and several neurologists. I like to do my research and make sure all doctors say the same thing. So, I have been dealing with severe leg pain in both legs for over a year now. I have lost the ability to stand on my tippy toes and walk with a severe limp. My tibialis anterior muscle, my hamstrings, and my quadriceps all cramp badly at night. I have severe radiating pain in thighs and in hamstrings. Feet are numb and tingle all day. I am exhausted when climbing two or more steps. My leg muscle weakness has my neurosurgeon very concerned. I have had 2 MRI's one x ray, an emg, an attempted myelogram, which was so painful they had to stop, felt as if my legs were being electrocuted. I am at the point now where I feel, and so does my neurosurgeon, that this is my only option. I spent this past summer getting injections in my spine and no relief was given. I feel at this point anything is better than thew pain I am in everyday. I am in terrific shape and do not smoke or drink. Is there any advice anyone can give me for this upcoming surgery. I had my pre surgery screening yesterday and am very nervous. I am renting a hospital bed because I will not be able to climb steps , and I will be in a back brace for a month they tell me. I will start my vitamins again after the surgery Vitamin C, B complex, and Calcium. Has anyone had this surgery? anyone have the new flexi rods? any advice? Thank you. Chris

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