So after 6 years of back pain; trying to get doctors to believe me and finally get me to a couple of specialists I have spent the last 2 years on all kinds of meds, doing physical therapy and having epidurals (6 in the last year). I finally got to see a neurosurgeon who explains to me that I have spinal stenosis. I was born with it...the narrowing of the spine. And over the years it has just gotten worse. So now I'm scheduled for a decompressive laminectomy and a probable spinal fusion on Dec.12th. Let me tell you firstly I'm elated that someone now believes and sees that it's not just in my head and that there is a cure (possible) for what I have. Secondly, I'm scared to death. This is a serious surgery!!! I guess I'm writing to someone out there who has had the surgery(s) and if you can tell me what the days are like after. I'm so terrified of the pain being too much or not being able to do anything for myself and being totally dependent on my family for help. I know everyone is different, but I would appreciate any insight you may have.View Thread
Joy ~ I have done quite a bit of researching online and found quite a bit about the operation(s) itself, but not much on what to expect after. Thank you for the links, I will check these out as well and maybe I'll find something new. My neurosurgeon says I'll be in the hospital for at least 4 days post-op and my pc physician says I'll probably be on at least 3x the meds I take now. I take a lot of strong meds now and any more will definitely make me unsteady for sure, let alone the back issues. Your lumbar fusion sounds so intense! Did it help? If you were going to do it all over, would you do the operation? Thanks again for the tips & helpful info. Regards, JessView Thread
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