Greetings I am a first time poster. I had my first spinal fusion surgery in 2004 - T2-L3, steel rods and screws. After years of pain, I found out that three of the bone fusions did not take and as a result of the motion, one of my steel rods snapped in half. The other was bent and about to break. I had my second surgery this past August. They removed all old hardware, repaired the failed fusions, and installed new hardware from T5-T-11. I just went in for a follow up. I have been in excruciating pain since the surgery (I thought it was par for the course), have had full back spasming (sp?) without relief (yes, I take muscle relaxers), and have been experiencing low back pain like never before. I just found out that the lumbar below the fusion is deteriorating quickly. I have an MRI and more x-rays coming up (not only am I bionic, I am sure I must glow in the dark from all of the radiation by now - keep waiting for my super powers to kick in to make all of this worth it) and according to my surgeon, a lumbar fusion is inevitable. I am 37 years old. If what he is saying is accurate, and he is an absolutely amazing surgeon (he only did the second surgery), I may end up being fused from T2-S1. I can't even imagine this. Has anyone had a fusion of that size? For those with lumbar fusions, what is your range of motion like? Does anyone have any advice? I am admittedly freaking out and just heartbroken. I am so tired of the pain, so tired of going to the doctor, just tired of it all. I know many of you can relate, which is why I am turning to fellow fusies (yes, I just made that word up!), because others just can't understand (and I thank God that they can't!). Anything you can tell me will be appreciated. Much peace and love to all!View Thread
Have you tried yoga? Hot yoga in particular can be really amazing because it loosens the muscles for good stretching! I would do everything you can to avoid surgery, especially at your age. Like the poster before me, building core is hugely important. Does the pain radiate down your leg to your knee? I ask because my much better half has major pain after sitting/driving for extended periods of time, has low back pain, and radiating pain down his leg. I am wondering if he too might have a herniated disc. Anyway, please let me know if I can offer any insight into the world of back surgery. I have had two spinal fusion surgeries. And I thank you for your desire to serve our country! Whatever life brings your way, I wish you all the best!!View Thread
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