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Looking for spinal fusion success stories

Hello.

I have severe spinal stenosis affecting both legs and require multilevel spinal fusion l4, l5 s1with screws and posts, a graft, with decompression surgery.

I am a 62 year old male. I am still able to walk.

I have read through your spinal stenosis forums and have found only a few cases where members say that their back and life are better off than before having the spinal fusion.

I would appreciate some positve encouragement regarding spinal fusion.

Thank you

Steve






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  • Thanks for your success story in the making!
    It is very encouraging.

    I will try and keep a positive mental attitude.  
    It is tough to maintain, but hopefully my surgical  procedure will allow 
    me to keep walking and reduce some of the pain and other symptoms. 



  • bugslybbugsly MinnesotaPosts: 36
    Hello Steve,

         I am also a success story in the making.  Fusion from L3 to S1 almost 6 months ago.  My pain before surgery is gone with only minor pain from nerves getting back on track.  The only advice I can give is do as they say and don't over do it.  Recently I met a lady who had a 7 level fusion and she made the comment that she is doing things she thought she would never do again .  Good luck and keep your spirits up!   :)
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,496
    Hey Steve

    I am getting there. To read my story, follow the link below in my signature.  The short of it is that I am a cervical patient including stenosis.  I needed two surgeries, because we should have done 3 levels the first time, but it is all good.

    I am at 9 months post op and doing very well.  I still have some nerves that are working on healing, but much of my pain is gone - in fact I describe it now as discomfort, not pain.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Hi.

    I am going back to the neurosurgeon on Tuesday with a more positive attitude.

    I will keep you updated.






  • Hi.
    I signed the surgery paperwork with my neurosurgeon.
    I am looking at about a 4 month wait.
    Any strategies to get me through the wating period?
    Walking more than a very short distance is too painful.
    I am still working, but it is not easy.
    Thanks
     




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  • Birdie123BBirdie123 Rancho santa Margarita, caPosts: 4
    I tried to post a response previously but must have done something wrong. Anyway, I had the same surgery as you, am 66 years old and it is 2 years post op and I am doing great! Walk all the time, swim, weekly core strengthening class and am pain free. So - yes - you can have success stories. I've worked really hard to keep my back strong. Lots of walking !! Good luck and stay positive.
  • Birdie123BBirdie123 Rancho santa Margarita, caPosts: 4
    Yes there is much happiness after a spinal fusion. I had mine 2 years ago and am 66 years old. But I will tell you - you have to be proactive and work at it. I walked and did all the exercises they had me doing after surgery. Now, I walk at least 10K steps almost every day and do a core strengthening class weekly. At times, I had to push myself as it did hurt sometimes but it's all worth it as now I am completely pain free. The only time I have a  little pain is if I do too much  like moving furniture around, lifting boxes, so be sure and wear you brace if doing anything like that. I would have it done again in a heart beat. So don't give up - exercise and walk a lot! 

  • melstebar said:

    Hi.
    I signed the surgery paperwork with my neurosurgeon.
    I am looking at about a 4 month wait.
    Any strategies to get me through the wating period?
    Walking more than a very short distance is too painful.
    I am still working, but it is not easy.
    Thanks
     





    Keep your legs moving as much as you can...because after the surgery they will tighten up.  I didn't do this and my legs felt like the were wound up tight as a drum...it scared me...I thought they would snap when I lifted them...I am so glad I did the surgery...I am walking all over just getting through the tightness and leg spasms....back is great  6 months out  S1 L5
  • What does your nerve damage feel like..I am 6 months out with a lot of tightness and muscle spasms..
  • Did you have leg tightness or muscle spasms...my back is great..spasms are driving me through the roof...6 months out
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