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I've just found this site and read your story and could well be too late with this reply but I thought I would give it a go anyway.

Reading your story was a lot like reading my own. I've had a history of back problems for the last 5-6 years which came to a head in Jan 2001 when an MRI showed a herniated disk. I too had the Epidural, which in all honesty did help with the leg pain, but I was left with lower back pain 100% of the time. Sitting, standing, walking, driving - all became a problem. Following the epidural and a course of PT I also had steroid injections into the Facet Joints which provided no relief whatsoever.

I am now 10 weeks post-op having had a 2 level fusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 and can already say that it absolutely was the right thing to do. I feel more 'upright' than I have in years, and with my PT about to start I know things can only get better. My pain has all but gone and I know that what I am feeling today is healing pain and that it will come to an end.

I shared your concerns before surgery regarding the long term possibilities and requested case studies from my surgeon. He gave me the names of 2 others on whom he'd performed the same surgery (one was 6 months post op, the other 3 years post op) and I spoke to them at both length. Now I suppose you could say these were hand picked (and they probably were) but at the end of the day they were just ordinary people searching for that normal, pain free life they once had. Both gave good accounts of their experience, had no regrets and would go through it all over again if they had to.

Pehaps you could speak to your surgeon to see if he/she would be happy for you to talk to previous patients......?

Everyone is different and will respond to surgery in their own way and I agree with the other reply posted to your message that this is major surgery and should not be taken lightly.

I know I have done the right thing and hope I have given you some help in making your own difficult decision.

Keep well, and good luck!

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