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Keep in mind we all can have very different experiences with this surgery. I had my lumbar fusionL4-5) Nov.27,2006, the only thing that it has helped is the stability of my spine. I still have a lot of leg pain when I am active but now it is in both legs and not just my left leg, and still have to get the occasional epidural for back pain. My pain meds are stronger now than they were before surgery. That being said I might have waited to long to have surgery and maybe the nerve damage was already permanent. The biggest thing that I feel I wasn't prepared for was the pain you have when you wake up. On a scale of 1-10 it was a fifteen. It did calm done to a tolerable level after a couple of hours on the morphine pump. I hate to say this but I feel like I made the biggest mistake of my life. Again everyone is different and many people do go one to have a normal active life.
It has been several years since my last surgeries [had two 7 days apart to repair two failed fusions] - had to remove discs from L3 to S1, add cages during the first surgery and remove existing hardware and replace with new. Essentially, I have had 3 lumbar fusions and even though it has been 3 years since the last one - I still remember the pain vividly - espescially as someone posted, when I woke up ... I had a real jerk for a nurse who refused to assist me. Anyway, I would not try to scare anyone - and it may not be a good idea reading about this kind of stuff. Pain is relative. I have had two very bad experiences - first one, nurse incorrectly hooked up the morphine pump and the medication just dumped out on my hospital gown. My point is - you need to make sure you have someone who is with you to look out for you and to make sure you get whatever you need ... WHEN YOU NEED IT. Sorry, I obviously still have some issues from all my surgeries and the intense pain. This is not a surgery that should be approached casually and certainly should not fall in to the elective category.
[QUOTE=Rev14;3392261]It has been several years since my last surgeries [had two 7 days apart to repair two failed fusions] - had to remove discs from L3 to S1, add cages during the first surgery and remove existing hardware and replace with new. Essentially, I have had 3 lumbar fusions and even though it has been 3 years since the last one - I still remember the pain vividly - espescially as someone posted, when I woke up ... I had a real jerk for a nurse who refused to assist me. Anyway, I would not try to scare anyone - and it may not be a good idea reading about this kind of stuff. Pain is relative. I have had two very bad experiences - first one, nurse incorrectly hooked up the morphine pump and the medication just dumped out on my hospital gown. My point is - you need to make sure you have someone who is with you to look out for you and to make sure you get whatever you need ... WHEN YOU NEED IT. Sorry, I obviously still have some issues from all my surgeries and the intense pain. This is not a surgery that should be approached casually and certainly should not fall in to the elective category.
I agree with you on the fact that it shouldn't be in the elective category, however I am an avid believer in being proactive before it is too intense that we make bad choices. I took a year and a half to decide. Couldn't have done it without my husband. We all have to make decisions based on the information from the responsible people who love us and know us best. They are their to help and guide and assist. The point is that when we make a new decision based on the facts we can be relieved and go forward with confidence and determination. Our gutt instinct or better yet our God given discernment. When in doubt? DON'T.