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[QUOTE=musiccitygirl;4640269]Hey Parman,
It is me, musiccitygirl/nashville, tn. My surgery is upcoming on Jan 12th. I told my husband my only fear is dying on the table...I know that is silly but, I have only had one surgery in my life which was the birth of my 2nd son and then I was awake. I am also having a two level fusion at L5-S1, and L4-5. I have had terrible low back pain for about 8 years. My pain is primarily isolated to low back and left butt and hip area. But, I do experience heel pain and toe cramps. My L5-s1 is completely collapsed and I have a huge disc herniation as well as bilateral foraminal stenosis. I am so interested in other stories as this is so scary. Parman, I remember you from Bigdeez posts and he had his surgery on the 1st I believe. When they got in there they ended up fusing all 5 levels. Unbelievable! So, any words of encouragement or other stories I can get would be most appreciated. Take care ya'll and hope to hear from you soon. Heather[/QUOTE]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/images/editor/smilie.gif
Hi musiccitygirl! :wave:
I understand feeling scared when it's your 1st surgery. I've been through it 13 times. My back surgery last monday was my 6th. I had a NS and a orthro doing my surgery. My 2 days in the hospital was very comfortable. They explained everything to me before surgery.Baptist North Spine Center was the best.

You will do fine. I had a spinal fusion on L5-S1 in 2004. I had disc space collapse. My surgery went well. I went back to work after 4months recovery. Now it did take me 14 mos. to fully recover.
I'll tell you, I work hard and play hard. I had no problems until last dec. That was 5 good yrs. My L3-L4 level had a herniated disc and in march I had a discectomy that didn't work for me. So I visited 3 orthros and 2 NS. They all told me I needed a 2-level fusion.
So, if you have done your homework and feel comfortable with your doctors you'll do fine. You have visited more than 1 orthro haven't you?

Musiccitygirl, I haven't seen any post from BigDEEZ. You say he had a 5-level fusion. WOW!:eek: I didn't know that.Hope he is getting along fine.

Musiccitygirl, it's a rough road with a fusion. I didn't know what to expect back in 2004 when I had my 1st fusion. The 1st 2 weeks were the toughest. Alot of bed rest and taking medication. Walking some each day. As the days become weeks you will see improvement. It's just a long recovery. I don't know your age but I'm now 57 yrs old. I've always been in excellent shape, except my poor back. I was playing golf 2 to 3 times a week after 4months from my 1st fusion. So, I know you can do it. Thank of it in terms as it's your back not your heart or brain being operated on. Yes it sets us back some and we are never the same as before after surgery but we can still live productive lives after surgery.Good Luck and keep in touch!
Keith
[QUOTE=musiccitygirl;4640269]Hey Parman,
It is me, musiccitygirl/nashville, tn. My surgery is upcoming on Jan 12th. I told my husband my only fear is dying on the table...I know that is silly but, I have only had one surgery in my life which was the birth of my 2nd son and then I was awake. I am also having a two level fusion at L5-S1, and L4-5. I have had terrible low back pain for about 8 years. My pain is primarily isolated to low back and left butt and hip area. But, I do experience heel pain and toe cramps. My L5-s1 is completely collapsed and I have a huge disc herniation as well as bilateral foraminal stenosis. I am so interested in other stories as this is so scary. Parman, I remember you from Bigdeez posts and he had his surgery on the 1st I believe. When they got in there they ended up fusing all 5 levels. Unbelievable! So, any words of encouragement or other stories I can get would be most appreciated. Take care ya'll and hope to hear from you soon. Heather[/QUOTE]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/images/editor/smilie.gif
Hi musiccitygirl! :wave:
I understand feeling scared when it's your 1st surgery. I've been through it 13 times. My back surgery last monday was my 6th. I had a NS and a orthro doing my surgery. My 2 days in the hospital was very comfortable. They really took care of me. Even though it's only been 1 week, I would still go through with the surgery. If the NS gives you a high probability that he will make you better I would jump at it. Just about anything is better than being on meds, especially strong meds the rest of your life.

You will do fine. I had a spinal fusion on L5-S1 in 2004. I had disc space collapse. My surgery went well. I went back to work after 4months recovery. Now it did take me 14 mos. to fully recover.
I'll tell you, I work hard and play hard. I had no problems until last dec. That was 5 good yrs. My L3-L4 level had a herniated disc and in march I had a discectomy that didn't work for me. So I visited 3 orthros and 2 NS. They all told me I needed a 2-level fusion.Take care and I hope everything goes well for you.With your attitude and determination you will go through in flying colors.

Keith





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