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Hi Theresa, :wave:

My pain level usually runs around a five, that is due to the fact that I have a buldging muscle problem since the surgery, so my mobility is not too good right now.
The only thing I can do without trouble is walking, that doesn't seem to bother me as long as I don't over due it.

I can't lean my back on anything, and my legs and feet go numb after sitting for more than 15 minutes.

I was told that I should be able to return to work at 12 weeks, now they tell me I'll be lucky if I return at 6 months.

I start PT on 3/10, so I hope I can recover quicker than they are telling me.
My old pain is gone, so I still am hoping for a good outcome.

If your recovery goes better than mine, you should be able to return to work in June or July.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers :angel:

Be Well,
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.

[This message has been edited by BAXTER (edited 03-03-2003).]





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