Hi Joanne & Successtory,
I also hope these measures help you find relief
You just may be one of the lucky ones.
I think it's terrible how this pain has to interfere so much in our life, we worked so hard to get this far, and it's not fair that there isn't more help available out there.
It's there, but the reduction in money is the part that's not fair http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif
I will be praying for you
Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.