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Old 06-16-2020, 01:45 AM
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Looking for some help , guidance . need spinal Fusion . Thanks In advance. Pain is off the charts,

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MRI 2020 10 days ago
Moving to North Carolina
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Looks bad. Have a friend that sought out an expert at Johns Hopkins. Prior to surgery he couldn't walk without 10 pain. After surgery he is pain free. Do your homework on doctors.
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I got 1 data point, not me.

Buddy had it done around 7 yrs ago.
At first he raved about, said he should have done it years earlier. Felt like a new man.
A year or two later....in pain again.

I was telling this to a PT friend.
She said...Duh.....by locking some vertebrae, remaining have to move more to take up slack and keep range of motion... You just create a new problem somewhere else next to the fused ones. She preaches 2 things.....no one said life was supposed to be pain free...and....never ever let someone operate on your back if you have ANY option.

That said, nerve damage and loss of use of legs and such can be a possibility. Consult best Dr you can, wouldnt hurt to try PT too...and dont expect miracles and you wont be dissapointed. Good luck. I got my own problems, that i manage with excercise so far. I lean toward my PT friends opinion....drs are quick to cut. If all you have is a hammer....everything looks like a nail.




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I can weld that....no worries! I got this!!!
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I can weld that....no worries! I got this!!!
lance is great at welding titanium screws. And rotted metal!!
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My sister had an artificial disk implanted in her back not sure if this is an option? Just a thought..
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It looks like a warped piece of olive loaf!!.

Unfortunately my back feels the same.....Ken get a second opinion...never heard good outcomes from fusing...I use a inversion table too....back pain is awful....all the best Bud.

Great day all!!!
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Do you know what caused your back to be in the condition it is in? Was it a one time traumatic event (car accident, sports injury etc.) or is it posture/lifestyle related (daily work or recreational activity over a long time period) What has been done to mitigate the cause?
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I had one 11 years and am very pleased and pain free. I'd rather have a minimal change in range of motion if even noticeable, that a significant impact on range of motion due to pain.
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Had any L5-S1 done a few years back. Recovery was the worste thing I've ever experienced from any previous surgery (knee, ankle , shoulder etc). In addition to basic getting up and stretching problems, i developed severe nerve pain(burning) in my right foot for a month that had me crying at night.

Fast forward a few years. I'm limited in range in motion, can't touch toes from a stand up position, certain crunch movements, etc. Also I'm not 100% pain free. If I'm doing a physically active job that day involving my lower back, it will stiffen after a while and then when I stop the activity it will lock up and have a 5 out of 10 pain in the area. I've also noticed that the middle of my back starts to feel more pain as well, which I contribute to the limited range of motion forcing me to put pressure on other parts of my back. I'm honestly not sure if I was better off before the surgery.
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Do you know what caused your back to be in the condition it is in? Was it a one time traumatic event (car accident, sports injury etc.) or is it posture/lifestyle related (daily work or recreational activity over a long time period) What has been done to mitigate the cause?
I was a Middle linebacker in High school, This was back in the 70's when they didn't pay much attention to concussions ( My kids tell me that this explains a lot ) I had an injury to my lower back as a junior . I used to launch myself especially on goal line stances. I can remember a time when the defense was leaving the field and I said " hey its only second down " And they told me " that was 4th down.

After the MRI in 2015 I was told I needed surgery, But I dealt with the pain, Now 2020 the pain is constant, effecting sleeping and standing/walking. I finally saw a Nero surgeon but because I'm moving to North Carolina in the next 2 to 3 months , he said to do it there. Too much to do anyway.

So I need to find a Doctor with a Plan and experience somewhere in North Carolina, I'll prob's do it in a Year , still working and I plan on doing the inside of my new constructed home. Plumbing electric etc.

I have been losing weight, still need to lose more, I'm 6' 1" and weigh 235lbs. I need to get to min 220 lbs . And stop lifting heavy things. I have two sons , One will help me on the build. Thanks Guys
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what options have you already attempted?

cutting on the back is 100% last resort in my book! you better be bed ridden before i even think about sending you for surgery on the back!!!!
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I suggest you cover your name on those scans. Generally good practice to not have your medical or private info out on the interweb.

Hope you feel better. I've been told I had to have spine surgery by (supposedly) top doctors twice in my life: once C4-5 major herniation, and again L5-S1 degeneration. Both times I waited and did PT and both times things stabilized enough that I could live life largely pain free.

I've reach a peaceful coexistence with my spine: I don't bother it, and it doesn't bother me.
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I suggest you cover your name on those scans. Generally good practice to not have your medical or private info out on the interweb.
he has a plumbing business, pretty sure his name is already out there! and he has a bad back, which 90% of the folks in construction type of trade have anyway! so at this point they know his name and he has a bad back! i could have guessed that myself!

so probably a little blown out of proportion you think?
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I had L-5 S-1 done as well, as I am not in pain anymore, I will never be the 100% even though I am in really good physical shape. Make sure you get a good doctor!
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If I was having back surgery, I would do it at DUKE. World class health care...
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I'm 44 and had a L5-S1 fusion 9 years ago after trying everything else. I have been very pleased with the results and have zero restrictions on activity.
That said, the recovery is a long and slow process. Be prepared for a year or more and make sure your willing to put in the time on the physical therapy.
Not being sedentary is a key to recovery.

All the best!
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Had it don a t the Spine Center in the Twin Cities. Wonderful relief instantly.
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My only advice would be not choosing a doctor by geographic location. If you have a broken leg, yes just about anyone can set it. When you are having work done that can have a major impact on your life, go wherever the best guy is. Do your research. I had major surgery on my right hand last year. (I'm right handed) I'm in NC, so I talked to Duke and Vidant. Ended up going to Baltimore to have it done by the top hand guy at Johns Hopkins. 100% success. Well worth the hassle of a bunch of trips during the process.

Good Luck!
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I would say to find a good neurosurgeon, not an ortho. I consulted one a REX in Raleigh, in the UNC system. Very skilled and to the point. Fortunately, my issue was muscle related so he diagnosed and directed my fix w/o surgery. PM me if you want contact info.

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