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Hello everyone. I am new to this site and I thought I'd give it a try. I just survived cervical spine fusion on Jan. 19th. I was fused at C3-4 and C4-5 as a result of an auto accident in Dec 06. Doing ok with that now preparing myself for my lumbar fusion. Let me just give you a brief history on me so you have som understanding. I fell at work in 09/05 off a stool I was sitting on. Hit tailbone really hard and jarred my spine. I back pain instantly and I worked in an orthopeadic's office at the time. I wasn't checked out by any of the doc's and figured it would just go away in a couple of days. I was very wrong thinking that. I continued to work with the back pain until I couldn't take it any longer and had to start seeing someone at work. We have one doc that treats nothing but back issues and he has a PA that does most of hie work. He won't even say hello to you unless you are in need of surgery(*******). After several months of PT and numerous MRI's, CT scans, and xrays I was told there really wasn't anything wrong with me. I figured they were just giving me the run around because I worked there and went and got another opinion. First appt with NS I was hunched over in pain and on the verge of tears. He looked at my MRI films and pointed out a tear in the disc at L4-5 and that L5-S1 was bulging pretty back. He recommened epidural shots to start with. The next day i slipped at work on a wet floor and really messed my back up. I had the first shot with no luck. I went in for a 2nd shot with not luck. Then in 11/06 I had the awful discogram done. It was confirmed that it was the 2 disc he had stated from the beginning and its possible that L3-4 is also bad. He told me at that point spinal fusion was my only option. Well since I am a work comp case and haven't been able to get a hearing for treatment( first lawyer I had was useless)and have since gotten a new lawyer and have my hearing in MArch 07, I have to wait on the surgery. I can't go through my private health insurance not only because its work related but because the wonderful company I worked for fired me the beginning of Jan 07 and I lost my health insurance on 02/07. Thank goodness i had it to cover the cervical spinal fusion($57,000) is not easy to come by. While I wait I am scared and looking for answers, good or bad. I really want to know what to expect when I have this surgery from start to finish. If there is anyone out there that can help me, please let me know. Thanks and sorry so long.
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Hello everyone. I am new to this site and I thought I'd give it a try. I just survived cervical spine fusion on Jan. 19th. I was fused at C3-4 and C4-5 as a result of an auto accident in Dec 06. Doing ok with that now preparing myself for my lumbar fusion. Let me just give you a brief history on me so you have som understanding. I fell at work in 09/05 off a stool I was sitting on. Hit tailbone really hard and jarred my spine. I back pain instantly and I worked in an orthopeadic's office at the time. I wasn't checked out by any of the doc's and figured it would just go away in a couple of days. I was very wrong thinking that. I continued to work with the back pain until I couldn't take it any longer and had to start seeing someone at work. We have one doc that treats nothing but back issues and he has a PA that does most of hie work. He won't even say hello to you unless you are in need of surgery(*******). After several months of PT and numerous MRI's, CT scans, and xrays I was told there really wasn't anything wrong with me. I figured they were just giving me the run around because I worked there and went and got another opinion. First appt with NS I was hunched over in pain and on the verge of tears. He looked at my MRI films and pointed out a tear in the disc at L4-5 and that L5-S1 was bulging pretty back. He recommened epidural shots to start with. The next day i slipped at work on a wet floor and really messed my back up. I had the first shot with no luck. I went in for a 2nd shot with not luck. Then in 11/06 I had the awful discogram done. It was confirmed that it was the 2 disc he had stated from the beginning and its possible that L3-4 is also bad. He told me at that point spinal fusion was my only option. Well since I am a work comp case and haven't been able to get a hearing for treatment( first lawyer I had was useless)and have since gotten a new lawyer and have my hearing in MArch 07, I have to wait on the surgery. I can't go through my private health insurance not only because its work related but because the wonderful company I worked for fired me the beginning of Jan 07 and I lost my health insurance on 02/07. Thank goodness i had it to cover the cervical spinal fusion($57,000) is not easy to come by. While I wait I am scared and looking for answers, good or bad. I really want to know what to expect when I have this surgery from start to finish. If there is anyone out there that can help me, please let me know. Thanks and sorry so long.[/QUOTE]





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