Welcome to the Healthboards. I also had fusion surgery on the same levels. Prior to my surgery my surgeon told me that I could not return to work to at least 3 months. I said OK but since I don't work, I don't foresee that being a problem. Then he realized he goofed when getting me confused with another patient. I have heard of some people returning to work then and some people just can't. It all depends on your recovery and so much depends on what type of work you will be returning to. Also when returning you will have to take things very slow and might have to start off working part time. I see that you are an RN and that would require long hours and being on your feet. I would just listen to your body and only do what you think you are capable of doing. Please don't over do things and take the time you need to recover. I really wish you a successful recovery.
[b]Cervical[/b] MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03
[b]Lumbar[/b] MRI 10/02
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorlís nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Lumbar X-Ray 7/24/03
Lumbar X-Ray 8/27/03
Still no pain relief....
Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03
Waiting for results....