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    Spinal Fusion
    An_240070 posted:
    I Had A Spinal Fusion In Fact I Have Had Four Of Them,One Was A
    Cervacal Fusion,Next Was L-2 And L-3 Next Was L-3 And L-4 Twice
    First One Came Apart And To Go Under The Knife Again,This Time He Put A Bone Stimulator In To Help With Bone Growth.My Last Surgery Was August Of 2010,I Am Still On Morphine 90 Mg Per Day
    Also Percocet Between Morphine Pills.Still In Lot's Of Pain Leg's Are
    Still Numb And Hurt Am Having Balance Problems.Waling And Sitting Too Long And Going On Long Car Trips.I Can't Drive Because Of Risk
    Of Getting Dui Because Of Morphine And Percocet. I aM aLSo On
    Social Security Disability And Disability Fron My Old Company Because Of Pain And Sitting If I Knew Theb Result's I Would Never Would Have Had Them
    bj1208 responded:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    first - sorry you have had to have so many surgeries -

    just remember - there is no guarantee that surgery will work - either by fixing the disc(s) problems and/or reducing the pains and nerve damage issues -

    I had a fusion, Anterior Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 back in 2/2008 - my surgeon stated he could fix the disc problem but could not guarantee a reduction in pain - said it may be 50/50% chance - my first 3 months post op were great - reduced my pain meds and was doing very well - then after the 3rd month post op my pains came back worse than before and I was still having problems with my legs - I knew the surgery was a risk but I had to have it as my disc had ruptured and splintered and I also had degenerative disc disease - so really there was nothing I could do but have the surgery and even though I am disabled I am glad I had the surgery.

    2nd - I do take a lot of pain meds daily (60mg morphine 4 times daily and 30mg oxycodone 4 times daily) and I do drive - I'v never thought about the dui as it does state on the med bottle, etc., to not operate heavy equipment etc until you know the full effects. So there is caution to be taken.

    Again, I am sorry that you have gone thru all these surgeries - have you gone to get several opinions - from Orthopedic Spine Specialist and Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist? What type of pain management physician are you seeing? Have you had an EMG Nerve Conduction Test done (for numbness/pain in legs)? Have you tried physical therapy and/or chiropractic treatment care?

    Please let us know a little more bout ur treatments etc., the more we know the more we can help you -

    take care - Joy
    MMMarta replied to bj1208's response:
    Spinal fusion scares me...
    bj1208 replied to MMMarta's response:
    hi and welcome to the support group -

    Yes, fusion surgeries scare everyone - any surgery, no matter hos small or big, there is no guarantee it will work - but there are times when it is unavoidable.

    Do you have something to share with us that we can help you with? Has this been mentioned to you? Please let us know your full thoughts etc.

    Take care - Joy
    MMMarta replied to bj1208's response:
    What is a fusion exactly? and what is different about a laser surgery or "minimally invasive"? I guess that means they don't cut into you as much.
    davedsel57 replied to MMMarta's response:
    MMMarta -

    You can do your research and find a great deal of information about spinal problems by going to the sites listed in this Tip:

    Look up the terms in these websites for the information you need.
    Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.


    Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
    Sorry about all your trouble. Is there a specific question here? Impossible to make any conclusions based on the limited information. Good luck
    Dr. Ben Yishay

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