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Old 12-19-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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I have a L4-5-S1 fusion due to a ruptured disk. Worked wonders for me.
After becoming unemployed because I could not sit, and finally not being able to walk...and one horrible weekend trapped alone in bed in my apartment in agony, unable to reach the phone a foot away for over an hour, I had the same.

The double fusion gave me my life back: a new job, a social and sex life, no agonizing pain and I even used to go out dancing at clubs during the era of Hi NRG music. I had no serious problems until I reached 70's, so decades of normal life handed back to me!
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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Yeah...doctors cant cure much these days...the best they can do is keep giving you shots and other forms of money draining, lifelong "treatment"
..not even worth the bother if you ask me.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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Back surgery scares me!!
Well, as my neurosurgeon said, "It's not a walk in the spring rain."

Yes, be scared, but yank up your trousers and approach this methodically whether you are scared or not. Scared gets you nothing but paranoia on top of your physical pain.

See a couple more doctors with your results, no reputable surgeon will object or pull a hissy fit if you consult others.

If you are still a flight attendant, ask every medical person how this will affect you on the job. My first though was that attendants do a great deal of repeated bending over, and lifting luggage into overhead racks while passengers try to bulldoze their way past you, pushing and shoving...is this going to be the wisest occupation even after the surgery? Ask. Can you transfer to a ground job, etc.?

As someone else has mentioned there are disc replacements done now, which attempts to reach the same solution as the fusion but via a different method. Have you asked about this? It was not in existence when I had my very successful double lower spine fusion, but had it been I would have been interested.

I was in my early forties, and things went very well and this was in 1978. Surgery has improved, rehab has improved and you may be younger. I have had other much more complicated spine surgery in my sixties as a result of an accident, and three more times in my seventies. And, yes, I can second the doctor's quote I began with, but even the most recent radical and totally invasive surgeries in my seventies have given me a quality of life I could not have had without them.

Ask neuro and orthopaedic surgeons about this, and anyone you can find who has had such surgery whom you can talk to face to face. I have found that a lot of what you come up with on Google in forums crowded with negative input on ANY medical or drug question. People with successful outcomes across the board have no reason to resort to these forums. That's why you need some good face-to-face talk about the experience. Don't feed your fears, get information and feedback.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Back surgery scares me!!
I can understand that, any surgery scares me.

A lot of back surgeries fail.

I'd recommend getting a 2nd opinion, preferably from a medical specialist, see what your alternatives are for your particular case. Further, you'll want to vet your surgeon, make sure you got the best man for the job, someone with a lot of experience in the operation you are going to be getting.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:33 AM
 
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Everyone's case is different. I too, have scoliosis and many other back issues (disk compression, nerve impingement, stenosis, sciatica) I have always lived with some level of pain. Surgery has been recommended to me by doctors, however others say it is risky and no guarantees.

For myself, I would consider it a last resort. I am now 65, for the past year and a half I have been seeing an acupuncturist weekly who gives me treatments plus some amazing bodywork. I also have taken up strength training and yoga, and believe me all this has made a huge difference for me. Also in the last several years I lost a lot of weight (I was overweight). I still have some pain issues, but nothing too terrible, and it is usually after I have worked. But the stronger muscles along with the yoga stretches and the special massage I get go a long way toward keeping me feeling good.

For the record, my acupuncture doctor says it is very risky and really should only be a last resort (like if one were really incapacitated. But as others have said here, many do have surgery and are fine. Perhaps seek some other professional opinions before you do anything.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Back surgery can really help. People are warned not to have it, but it can really improve the function in those who need it, especially if you have tried other more conservative treatment approaches without success. As with any surgery, it helps those people who need it, and not those who don't
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: State College PA
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I just had urgent (scheduled in 5 days) neck surgery for spinal cord compression and resulting myelopathy. I was rapidly going from a healthy, active 43 yo, to could barely stand after a couple of hours. I had no clue that this was an issue for me, and quite honestly, has been a bit overwhelming.

Mine is neck surgery, which is different then other areas of the spine, and I am 2 weeks out from my surgery. I am stunned by how *not* painful this is (it IS painful, just not nearly as bad as I expected). I actually was scheduled for surgery 3 days earlier, but walked out of the hospital to get a second opinion. The first surgeon had graduated in July, and did not present things well. I am grateful I got a second opinion from the said best surgeon in the area. I would like to think going with the more experienced surgeon cut down on my side effects and surgical time, and increased my prognosis (which is guarded).

I am extremely grateful to my surgeon for perhaps saving me from a lifelong disability. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just get a few opinions if you have time, and get the best surgeon you can. It is absolutely amazing what they can do.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Op- if you are still around does your doc want to put rods in to straighten your back as well? I'm in my 30s and my curve is still progressing as too the pain and i think about this sometimes. ...

Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was in a wheelchair at the end of her life due to scoliosis?? My doctors have always minimized mine and they probably did to her too. I do NOT want to be confined to a wheelchair due to this!

It blows my mind that this is so common yet when was the last time a new treatment came into use? I would think that at the very least they could find a better material to put in our backs than "metal rods. "
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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Op- if you are still around does your doc want to put rods in to straighten your back as well? I'm in my 30s and my curve is still progressing as too the pain and i think about this sometimes. ...

Did you know Elizabeth Taylor was in a wheelchair at the end of her life due to scoliosis?? My doctors have always minimized mine and they probably did to her too. I do NOT want to be confined to a wheelchair due to this!

It blows my mind that this is so common yet when was the last time a new treatment came into use? I would think that at the very least they could find a better material to put in our backs than "metal rods. "
Elizabeth Taylor had many, many surgeries, and sadly they did not help her - so no, no one "minimized" her issues. She also broke her back when young filming National Velvet.

Elizabeth Taylor Scoliosis | Hudson Valley Scoliosis

Here is a good article from the same source (above) on scioliosis:

http://www.hudsonvalleyscoliosis.com...thic-scoliosis
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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^ Ty. This makes me feel a bit better.

Gyp- have you tried the CLEAR method?
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