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Hi Patmg, :wave:

I'm so glad that you found us, I've been here for years, I just can't stay away, the people here are just terrific [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img] I think this is the best place on the net, and I'm very thankful that we all found one another [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

Yes, I have the crying spells, as well as the trauma and drama.
I guess life wouldn't be any fun without all the drama :D

You asked about hardware, I have two levels fused with cages, rods and screws.
Right now, I'm a big mess since my surgery, I'm sure you have read my saga, as it's plastered all over the boards.

My L2-3 fusion is just fine, the L5S1 is a different monster though.
My mobility stinks, it feels like a have a very large pipe wrench lodged in my back and it's pushing on my back outwards.
Sitting is very painful, as well as many other types of movement.
My legs, feet and butt go totally numb after sitting for more than 15 minutes, and most of the day, my legs are just killing me, it feels like there is a vice at the top of my thighs that is tightly being screwed, if that makes any sense.
We are quite sure that my screws are the culprit of all of my pain and discomfort, I have a 2nd opinion for that on 5/27, so hopefully somebody will fix me up soon.

I'm here for you anytime you need a shoulder or two to lean on, just give me a shout, and I'll try to help anyway that I can [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

I hope that you are feeling well today, and I hope that you have a great Memorial Day weekend :bouncing:

Be Well,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/love2.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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