Re: Very bad few days
Queenie, I'm so sorry that you didn't fuse. I know that's got to be a tough pill to swallow.
Are you happy with your second opinion doctor? Will you be comfortable with him doing the surgery?
I was at higher risk to not fuse, partly due to osteoporosis and partly due to the large number of levels I was having done. They used BMP and cadaver bone for me, a bone growth stimulator, and did the 360. All of those have proven track records to improving the chances of fusion happening. If you smoke, it will help to stop, and I've heard that diet soda can also impede fusion, though I have no idea why. Do everything you can to help it get going, and then try not to worry about it. Don't even start thinking about what if this or that. No need to go there yet! You have a good chance of fusing with all your doctor wants to throw at you this time. I was showing bone growth at only 6 weeks! That's unusual, but if it can happen to me, who was at higher risk to not fuse at all, it can happen to you, too. Maybe not quite as fast, but you just do everything you can, be super careful not to bend, lift, or twist, and walk-walk-walk as much as you can tolerate after the surgery. Try to keep your thoughts positive. I'm sure that's hard, as you think about going through this all over again, but it sounds like your doctor has a good plan and knows what he's doing.
Do you have a surgery date yet?
You hang in there, sweetie! We're here and are pulling for you! If there's anything we can do to help, you give us a shout!!! We'll do our best!