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Wed Aug 29, 2018, 11:27 AM

8 years ago I had a spinal fusion L5S1.

For the past few months, I am once again dealing with sciatica on the right side. It is miserable, I can't walk a long distance, I cannot sit for a long time or I have terrible pain. I am terrified I will need another fusion. The last one cost us over $10,000 out of pocket and 12 weeks out of work.

Have any of you had more than one fusion?

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Reply 8 years ago I had a spinal fusion L5S1. (Original post)
redstatebluegirl Aug 2018 OP
SWBTATTReg Aug 2018 #1
redstatebluegirl Aug 2018 #2
Sunny Daze Aug 2018 #3
redstatebluegirl Aug 2018 #4
Sunny Daze Aug 2018 #5
redstatebluegirl Aug 2018 #6
Sunny Daze Aug 2018 #7
redstatebluegirl Aug 2018 #8
Sunny Daze Aug 2018 #9
Sunny Daze Aug 2018 #10

Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 11:33 AM

1. My other half had just one, but now experiences pain too...I hope we don't have to ...

go thru another fusion or the like again.

My heart goes out to you...

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 11:45 AM

2. I went a long time with limited pain, it just started getting worse in the last year.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:20 PM

3. So sorry you're having these problems and hope you don't need more surgery!

I need to have one L4L5 but keep putting it off because my doctor told me chances are good once I have it Iíll have to have others because it will pull on vertebra above and below the fusion although he didnít give me a time frame. Iíve heard itís a very hard surgery so I dread it like crazy. Was yours really bad and hard to recover from?

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Response to Sunny Daze (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:22 PM

4. Once I got through the 12 weeks I was good for 7 years.

I was the poster child for back fusion. It is just the past few months I have been suffering again. They told me the same thing, that I may at some time need another fusion, but I would do it again, I had 7 good years that I would not have had.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:30 PM

5. Thanks, that makes me feel better!

I hope if you have to go through it again that it goes just as well or even better!

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Response to Sunny Daze (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:31 PM

6. I will use the same surgeon that is for sure, he was fabulous!

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:38 PM

7. Once I'm not new anymore

and can get messages I would love to know who and where your surgeon is!

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Response to Sunny Daze (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 03:40 PM

8. You should be able to send me a private message.

My Dr. was in Oklahoma City, his name was Robert Wenike he was at the Spine Hospital across from Mercy Hospital. Feel free to send me a private message. It helps to have someone who has been through this.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 04:33 PM

9. I tried

but think I didnít do it right. Will try again

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Response to Sunny Daze (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 04:42 PM

10. Must not have posted 50 times yet

because it wonít let me send anything to anyone yet.

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