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[QUOTE=myhearthurts;2877937]No its not that they dont think I am in pain. They do, and I am in a lot of pain. The only thing is they rather RX me pain killers and stuff. I dont know, I guess I just really dont like taking them. They had me on 120 15mg methadone a mon, 120 15mg oxycodone a month and 90 375mg soma a month. I cut down myself cause I dont think taking all that especially for long periods is that healthy and worry about my kidney/ liver function. Now I only take 120mg oxycodone a month. Why fusion? That is the only surgery I know of (not that educated on back surgeries), and the RFL that they want to do to me now.

Myhearthurts,

Oh, Believe me I feel for you. My 26 year old daughter started having severe back problems when she was 22. She started out with just 1 torn disc, her 1 doctor recommended an IDET, but her insurance would not cover it(Military Tricare) and the doctors did not want to do a fusion. She was on High doses of Oxycodone, DURAGESIC (fentanyl patch), neurontin and oh my gosh so many other medications for almost 4 years! The doctors still did not want to do surgery because of her young age.

By the time she was 25 she had 3 herniated disc's and torn disc's. FINALLY her pain specialist pretty much told her surgeon that he HAD to do a 3 level fusion on her.

At 26 yrs 3 months old on Feb. 26, 2007, she had her first surgery a 3 level (S1-L5, L5-L4,L4-L3) Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) & bone taken from right hip to graft.

Her second surgery was 4 days later on March 2, 2007, they went in on the back side... it was a 3 level (S1-L5, L5-L4,L4-L3) Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) , with rods, plates and screws.

Hind sight tells her that if she knew what she knows now...she would have insisted that they do a fusion when she just had 1 bad disc. Now every case if different, so that doesn't mean you should have the fusion...just weigh all the options.

It has been 3 weeks today and she feels better than she has in 4 years. She still has a lot of pain but she says "It's a different kind of pain, and I know I am getting better everyday."

She has rapidly progressing degenerative disc disease, so now we are looking into something to slow that down.

Blessings to you and know that you are in my thoughts and PRAYERS!

Terri