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Hi Patsy, :wave:

I hope you are having a great day today :)

I'm half way through my recovery now, I'm feeling much better.
I still have the numbness and tingling in both of my legs and feet after sitting for more than 15 minutes or so, so I have my fingers crossed that it will go away soon :angel:

I also still have that muscle problem, where the muscle still hasn't relaxed, and it's a pain in the A$$
Not really the A$$, but hip level. He-He

It's hard to lean my back on anything, as the swelling still hasn't gone down all the way.
I guess I just have some pretty pissed off nerves, and muscles [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bang.gif[/img]

My spirits are up, so that is more important to me than dealing with the other stuff :)

I won't be able to return to work prior than 12 weeks, and then I can only work part time for the first few weeks.
That is assuming the other complications go away in 12 weeks.
Time will tell, but I knew the risks, and this is just part of what I have to deal with.

My only request prior to the fusion, was that they made sure that I woke up, and that I can walk after.
Well, I got my wish, so hopefully this other stuff will go away soon.

Please remember, my old pain is gone, and I just had a bad streak of luck.

You will be fine, I just know it :angel:

Take Care,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]



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Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.





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