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Posted by Connie
on June 24, 2000 at 19:08:31:
In Reply to: Failed Spinal Fusion posted by Susan on June 24, 2000 at 16:52:09:
: I had a double fusion on 8/5/99 at the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels using bak cages. I have had no relief and my pain has actually gotten worse than it was prior to surgery. I have had a follow-up MRI, Myelogram and Ct scan as well as flex xrays. My surgeon saw motion on the flex xrays and a little fusion on the ct scan. He has put me on another 12 10mg dose of prednisone. I am in constant pain from my right buttock, hip leg and ankle and foot. I can barely lift my right leg and have sever pain evrytime I cough or sneeze. Has anyone had similiar results from a fusion? Is it time I seek the advice of a second opinion? I cannot accept that this is the quality of life that I have left! I am a 41 year old female with teenagers to raise! Any info or advice would be most greatly appreciated!Dear Susan, I know what your going thru. I went through the same thing this past year. Back in July of 99 I underwent spinal fusion with rods & screws in the L2,3,4 area of my spine. I was in so much pain after surgery I sought out a second opinion. After more xrays, cat scan and mri I was told I too had a failed fusion. I underwent a second surgery in March of this year. I feel somewhat better but not much. Im so frustrated and sick of feeling like this. I am only 32 and I feel like Im 72 years old. Write Back if you would like, Take Care, Connie
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