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[QUOTE=tomertim;3692137]In advance, thanks for any advice. In 10 days I will have what 3 doctors have said is the only really suitable option and that is a L5-S1 fusion. I am 32 years old, been very active up until two years ago and then all these problems. After endless blood tests ect one morning I woke up and my back hurt. Two weeks later the back quit hurting and I started getting the shooting pains down the legs, numbness in both feet ect. Anyway the MRI said "severe spinal stenosis, compression on both S1 and S2 nerve roots." Now my real concern is not the surgery or the pain afterwords, I'm mostly concerned about the post-life surgery being only 32 years old. Everyone I have spoken to says "back problems sure hurt, have you been to a chiropractor?" Then I tell them yes, plus a physical therapist, yoga, ect and surgery is the next step. Then the famous "I would never do surgery" response. I have done extensive searching for the right surgeon and believe I have found him as the director of the Spinal Institute here in Salt Lake. He says minimum of 3 weeks out of work (I do sales/marketing) but most likely 4 or 5. So what should I really expect? Am I setting myself up for a life of back misery? I guess though there really can be no worse than living in this constant pain. One thing for sure, I have grown to respect people in chronic pain. Although I feel I'm rambling, I also feel I'm standing at the end of the diving board about ready to jump into the 12' end of the pool. It's either sink or swim.

Thanks again,


I feel your pain... I am 22 years old, and am going to have a fusion on L4-L5 since my Microdiscectomy earlier this year failed. Have you tried Aquatic Physical therapy? It helps a lot for most people. If you have to have a fusion, L5-S1 is the least of all evils.. There is not too much motion at that joint, and the success rates for the fusion are very high.. You also don't lose much mobility afterwards, which means less stress on surrounding discs than if it were at a major motion point. I also worry about the after effects, considering I just turned 22 a few months ago, and had my first surgery at 21. I don't know anyone my age who has gotten a fusion, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Tired of the severe sciatic, the muscle spasms, the aches. I've been on 60 to 90 percocet per week, for the past 5 months. Kind of tired of it. Not sure when my surgery will be, they have to talk to the vascular surgeon and get his availability dates first. They're going through the front to clear out the disc space and put in cages with BMP, then through the back to put in some instrumentation. For yours, are they doing it through the front or back or both? And are they using cages and instrumentation or what? Also, bone grafts from your hip, BMP, or cadaver bone? We're in a similar boat, so if you want to email me, my email is [email]REMOVED[/email]. Maybe we can keep in touch, it would be nice to hear from someone going through a similar experience :)
Yep, we all get the BLTS. The only BLT's you're allowed are the sandwiches. :D Getting in and out of bed was the hardest thing for me, too. And I'm very used to log rolling, been doing that for the last 30 years. But I had a 360 fusion, and with a front incision AND a back incision, ouch ouch ouch, getting up was sooooo painful. That's why I always did my walking when I was already up for the bathroom. I didn't want to do the getting up and down into bed any more than necessary!

The doctors do tend to dole out the pain meds in little batches like that. I'm not sure what the laws are about how much they can prescribe at once for those stronger meds. I just know that the Percocet can't be called in to the pharmacy, and when I ran out, I had to find someone to go to my doctor's office to pick up a written prescription. I was in no shape to do it! My husband works really long hours, and I didn't want to bother him, but he was happy to have something he could actually do to help my pain and left work long enough to get it for me.

I'm glad you've got good support at home. That makes a big difference. Make sure you let everyone know how much you appreciate their help and support! We got meals from our church for three months, and I wrote a thank you note for every one of them. I found a piece of furniture that was a good height and when I was up for walking, I would try to write one thank you note standing at that shelf. People came and cleaned for me, walked with me, and just kept me company. I was so grateful! I had a long fusion, 8 segments, so I had quite a recovery time.

Keep behaving yourself! :D

Emily :wave: