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I had a 2 level fusion from L4 to S1 and have 2 small children ages 13 months and 3. The onset of my back problems actually started during my second pregnancy when I was in a car accident. I wasn't really given a choice whether to have children with a back problem it was just sort of thrown at me. But, if I had to do it all over again I would. I will not lie to you having pain and not being able to take anything more than Tylenol was very hard. I spent a lot of sleepless nights but it was nothing compared to the newborn stage.:) I went to physiotherapy and stretched several times a day and that seemed to help. I did not see my current neurosurgeon until after I had the baby but he said they can actually do some pain management techniques during pregnancy. In fact, I had an epidural steroid injection while breastfeeding, they just didn't use anasthesia- I was awake for the procedure. I truly believe the joy of children masks my pain. My fusion was a little over 5 weeks ago and I have had a lot of help with the kids from family, friends, and neighbors. It is great to see them interact with my kids in a way they normally wouldn't get a chance to. The best has been my husband. He really stepped up to te plate and has been amazing. I think this experience has made him a better father and us a stronger couple. I get to see the nurturing side of my husband ever day. How many fathers ever get the chance to be the primary caregiver for the children? Over the past 5 weeks he has done it all- bathed, fed, changed, cuddled, read stories etc. His relationship with the girls is so much stronger. Instead of turning to mommy for everything they now know that daddy can do it too. Of course it is horribly hard to watch everyone else pick up and cuddle with my kids when I am not able to. I know in the long run it will all be worth it and they will soon have their energetic mom back and I will make up double time for the lack of cuddling.
I wouldn't rule out kids merely because of a back problem. The reward is truly worth the pain.