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    l4 l5 fusion with cage surgery
    mosey12 posted:
    I had the surgery about 3 months ago. Needless to say recuperation does take a while. I had 6 cortisone shots prior to my decision, acupuncture, chiropractor, massage therapy, many pain meds. Everyone agreed that I needed to have surgery, saw two top notch neurosurgeons, prior to my surgery.
    My post surgery xrays show that I now have "slippage" for l3 - l4 which may require surgery in the future. I am having pains on my left buttocks, down leg, etc.
    I now need to contact spine doctor for cortisone shorts, possibly to hold me over. I know this pain I feel now does not compare to my prior excruciating pains and feel somewhat better. I am pushing my doctor so that I return to work, hoping mental will help physical well-being.
    Also, my insurance company will not pay for any more PT appointments. No one is fighting for this. I need to wait for the new year.
    I know everyone is different, but one of my worst fears was that something would happen and I would need to go in again.
    Time will tell and I will wait until I see my surgeon in 3 weeks.
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Mosey12 - welcome to the support group -

    Please try to take it easy and don't get over anxious to return to work too soon.

    I would contact your insurance and find out what needs to be done to have them approve more treatments then have your surgeon request this. There could be too much muscle tightness etc if left untreated properly.

    I too had an L5-S1 fusion (2/08 - fused 100% and bone was growing back!), however I was not released for any PT until after I was released from my surgeon's care and that was about 7 months later. I was then sent to PT and also pain management (failed back surgery syndrome) since my pains came back worse than before surgery. I was told I had mild bulges at L4-5, L4, L3 and L2 - however surgery was not crucial at this time. I also have permanent nerve damage in both legs.

    Because of the pains being worse and the types of pain meds I was put on, I could not return to work (Accounting Manager).

    Please don't be in a hurry to return to work - I did everything I was told to do but I was in that 1% of having a failed surgery (only means surgery did nothing for my pains).

    Walking is one of the best treatments for fusions so see if you can walk outside or inside a mall.

    Keep us posted how you are doing~~
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    gailacerra replied to bj1208's response:
    I also had a fushion and nerve damage in both legs, and with that my legs are deforming, when my legs are stretched out they are to the side (my legs are on sideways). No painkiller really works for me I'm screaming in my pillow. I dislocated my right knee the other day, i screamed so loud the police came, and made me get into an ambulance fortunately i popped in back into place before they got to my house and yet another loud scream. They told me when it went back into place the pain should have went away, as i type here my knee is killing me, I dont know why the medication isnt working, I'm dying here. Two years ago i was in so much pain i had a heart attack and didnt know it till I had the second one. I talk to my Dr., I had taken an extra10mg percocet and he had a fit,now its urine checking everytime i go and pill counting everytime i go before this happened to me i was never on medication, Why dont the meds help me am i an alien any comments. Thanks so much.
    bj1208 replied to gailacerra's response:
    Hi Gailacerra - welcome to the support group -

    from what it sounds you are seeing the wrong kinds of physicians -

    first - since it's been a while since your surgery you should see a spine specialist (Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist) have current MRI or CT Scan done

    second - you should be seeing a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist

    They go deeper onto pain management control based on client needs. I've been seeing one since 12/08 and they are a life saver.

    Being on the right meds makes a big difference.

    Also, have you ever been fitted for leg braces? I have one on my left let as I have drop foot - it makes a big difference. I also take Neurontin (gabapentin is generic) and that helps with the nerve damage in my legs.

    Let us know a little more - hopefully this will help.
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~

    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~

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