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
The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.
Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.