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Back Problems board

Hello everyone. My name is Shannon and I'm new to this board. I'm having a spinal fusion (L5-S1) on April 12th. I have 3 herniated disc in my lumbar area but my doctor thinks I'll find relief if he only fixes the disc bulging the most. My left leg and foot have been numb since July 2006. I've been through the ringer just like all of you. I've done PT, steriod injections, pain killers, nerve and muscle relaxers and now I'm going to try surgery. I've been a stalker on this board for a few weeks now and I have to say that I've learned alot from all of you. THANKS! I do have a few questions. Is the recovery really that bad and long? I'm a stay-at-home mommy to a 14 month old son and unfortunately my hubby can't take 3 months off work. I've worked everything out in my mind and I'm thinking after I get over the surgical pain I'll be able to take care of my son on my own, improvising of course. What do you guys think? Am I silly for thinking I'll only need help with my son until my surgical pain goes away? I also want to know what kind of pain meds have your surgeons' given you after surgery? Have the meds you've been given after surgery taken away your pain for the most part? Right now I'm on Ultram ER, Lortab, Lyrica and Flexeril. I don't think the Lortab is working as well as it once did. I appreciate any feedback! THANKS!

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