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8th level fusion - worse decision of my life
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An_258458 posted:
I had an 8 level fusion in November, 2014 and have been house bound ever since and I'm really regretting what I have done, The pain and the loneliness have been unbearable. Lost my job because my FMLA ran out - and I am at my wits end. Started to go to a pain specialist but the ironic part (???) is that's why I decided on the surgery as I didn't want to keep have to take pain meds and get injections, so I thought. Stupidly thinking that the pain was going to disappear and not it seems worse than ever. I don't know about other chronic pain suffers - but,,,when will it END!
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group

unfortunately chronic pains seem to take over our lives but knowing to see the right pain docs can mean all the difference.

I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist as they go deeper into pain management control and will try to get to the underlying aspect of where the pains r coming from. There are numerous treatment plans from having a trial Spinal Cord Stimulator implant or a pain pump implant plus other treatments.

I've had 2"fusion surgeries and I hurt worse than the first one but am glad I found this pain specialist.

question - did you apply for short term or long term disability benefits thru your employer if they have it? Should help if they do.

keep us posted how you are doing
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trs1960 responded:
It's only August 2014...how'd you have surgery in November? If it was 2013 it's been almost 9 months. It takes a good year to recover from such an invasive surgery. Which 8 vertebrae were fused?

Things like this take time to heal, I guess your boss doesn't understand that


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