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Old 01-11-2019, 06:37 PM
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I'm 57 and have had four spinal surgeries, all in the same location, laminectomies and discectomies beginning in 1994 and the last surgery in 2015. Not to mention over 10+ steroid injections mixed in here and there. I will say the last surgery in 2015 was a game changer, a one inch incision and disk and bones cleaned up with a scope. The next day I could hardly tell I had surgery the previous day, almost completely pain free the second day. Unbelievable, considering my previous three surgery experiences.

Now I'm looking as a spinal fusion and oddly enough, somewhat incentivized by Tiger Wood's success. I'm considering doing it sooner than later, anticipating that my back goes sideways about every four to five years. I personally know of six people that have had fusions and are all leading normal lives, golfing, skiing, etc. I sort of lead a normal life, but my only activities are fishing and golfing. Oddly enough, fishing seems to bother me more than golf. The rocking of the waves and all the "gumby" moves required as a boater tend to bother me greatly.

For me, it's just a matter of time. I've exhausted normal surgical procedures due to the trauma and scar tissue, so I'll report back when I get this done
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dwightfarrington View Post
I'm 57 and have had four spinal surgeries, all in the same location, laminectomies and discectomies beginning in 1994 and the last surgery in 2015. Not to mention over 10+ steroid injections mixed in here and there. I will say the last surgery in 2015 was a game changer, a one inch incision and disk and bones cleaned up with a scope. The next day I could hardly tell I had surgery the previous day, almost completely pain free the second day. Unbelievable, considering my previous three surgery experiences.

Now I'm looking as a spinal fusion and oddly enough, somewhat incentivized by Tiger Wood's success. I'm considering doing it sooner than later, anticipating that my back goes sideways about every four to five years. I personally know of six people that have had fusions and are all leading normal lives, golfing, skiing, etc. I sort of lead a normal life, but my only activities are fishing and golfing. Oddly enough, fishing seems to bother me more than golf. The rocking of the waves and all the "gumby" moves required as a boater tend to bother me greatly.

For me, it's just a matter of time. I've exhausted normal surgical procedures due to the trauma and scar tissue, so I'll report back when I get this done
I am pulling for ya!! Please keep us updated. As for golf, I have not been able to swing a club because “ I dont swing that way”..lol
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:03 AM
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I want to apologize. I didn’t mean to derail your thread. It’s not every day someone posts about spine issues. I live through constant pain and getting worse as I get older. I know this site has some of the brightest and highly talented folks on the internet and maybe just maybe my case might peak someone’s interest. I wish you well with your quest as well.

Van....you owe no one an apology, and I appreciate you taking the time to post your experience here. I started replying to your first post the other day but a ringing phone and/or a shiny light went by and distracted me...and I didn't know what to say anyways other than "Wow...just WOW!". I guess since yours was a birth anomaly I felt clumsy trying to say something other than "God Bless...I wish you a positive future for yours, hope you find a Doc that can help you!".
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:43 AM
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Appreciate everyones input here. My take-away from this thread is...it seems like "fusions" have gotten better, higher success rate.

I'm going to do the best I can to hold my back status quo for about a year...and see about next year (fall/winter..hopefully more towards winter). Next year will be another huge year for our business, as since I'm in IT..we have the sunsetting of Windows 7 and Server 2008..so those clients that wait for the last minute will be having us rush hard. Our business is a staff of 5, 4x engineers and 1x office manager. My colleague and I are the two top primaries....so me being out for a period of time will be huge.

Also in the back of my head, aware of waiting too long, don't want permanent nerve damage. I have to discipline myself to use the inversion table every freaking day to help expand those gaps in the vertebrae and leg fluids in to sort of puff up those remaining potato chips of disks. I find myself being lazy with the inversion table, only using it when at extreme levels of pain.

And, it ain't my style, but my wife is big into yoga and telling me to do it.
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