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Posted by Sara
on June 25, 2000 at 17:39:53:
In Reply to: Failed Spinal Fusion posted by Susan on June 24, 2000 at 16:52:09:
I am so sorry to hear of your pain. I had an L2-3 fusion with cages and a bone graft on February 2nd of this year. After 2 months the cages showed movement, no fusion, and the pain was horrific. I had a redo fusion of May 15th, just 6 weeks ago, for extra stabalization. The doc put in two pedicle screws and did another bone graft. So far it is still too early to tell if it has helped my pain at all.
I would definitely suggest a second opinion to you. Never should you accept that what you are able to do now as the quality of life you have left. I am only 19 years old and have already had to make some major life changes due to my back. I had to give up a gymnastics scholarship to ASU, and have been told to switch majors in college as my present one will be too demanding and land me in a wheelchair by the time I'm 40. You know what I said? NO WAY! I've got al the spunk in the world and by golly I'm going to put it to use.
Do get another opinion and perhaps some screws would help with extra stabalization. What other pain management techniques have you tried, if any? Any kind of trigger point injections, facets, IDET, PT? Feel free to e-mail me any time at Love2Flip@aol.com
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