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Hello Drturf,

Welcome to the Healthboards. Before my fusion surgery it was made very clear to me that their was no guarantee of complete pain relief. There is only hope that the nerves will indeed repair themselves. Also fusion can take from 3 months to one year to begin, and there is no guarantee that you will indeed fuse. I have spinal stenosis, DDD, and disk deformity. Prior to my surgery I had so many problems with right leg and sciatica. I am having a very painful recovery. I also have pain in both my legs. My feet are so swollen you canít even see my ankles. My neuro surgeon thinks I may have a problem with a muscle so I cannot start physical therapy yet. Still not sure if I will have a successful fusion as itís to early to tell. But I will tell you that I am worried and in so much pain.

I have read many successful fusions stories. So donít let my moaning and groaning scare you. I hope that you get many positive replyís. Maybe a few months from now you will see me posting on how great I feel. Iíll never give up hope.

Take Care.

Lumbar MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorlís nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03

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