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Old 02-18-2017, 11:58 PM
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Evidently my issues I've been having with my left side are due to spinal stenosis. It's evident that surgery is required and wonder if anyone here has had spinal fusion. Two separate neuro surgeons came to the same conclusion that surgery if the only option. Appears that 6 weeks is when I can get back to full duty as a firefighter ( actually my job is to pump fires or work on the Tower/ladder truck). Has anyone here had any back surgeries or a family member had it? My goal is to retire in 3.5 years and would appreciate any feedback with someone who has had the procedure or knows if someone who has had the procedure. Thanks!
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My wife has had 4 back surgeries , and a fusion at the L5S1 level being one of them. She is now having problems with the level above ,which is very common. I watched what my wife my wife has gone through with surgeries and that is why I have skipped it on my 5disc in my neck and 3disk in my back.
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:42 AM
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My daughter has had 3 spinal fusions to correct severe scoliosis
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:08 AM
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:07 AM
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Good luck Gio!

I have never had it done........don't know anything about it.

I think Loyd had it done.
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Old 02-19-2017, 02:58 PM
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I also have spinal stenosis Gio. I have lived with the pain though, and it sucks as you well know. That is one thing I would to hate to have surgery on is the back or spine. Good luck my brother, and hope you get to feeling better.
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I just had Bi- Lateral decompression on L-3 on Feb. 1. This is my first back surgery. I had severe nerve pinching in this area. They have effectively removed the proverbial ice pick from my spine. My legs feel normal again with no pain, no weakness, no tingling or numbness. I went Thursday for my follow up, and just so happened, that morning I had some pain in that same area. They explained to me that my nerves were so pinched, for so long( many years), that it would take some time, 6 months to a year, for things to fully heal. They said, in my case, I may never regain some nerve function completely. I also have arthritis in my back, as well as degenerative disc disease. Disc between L4-L5 is almost gone. We discussed it probably needing to be fused in the future. Be glad to answer any questions you may have if I can. My recoup is going great. I walked a mile yesterday, and about to go do it again.

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Old 02-19-2017, 11:17 PM
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Hope for the best for all you guys. Back problems are terrible and one reason why I'm trying to keep some strength in my core. I figure that might at least help with the muscle I injury aspect at least.
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Yeah, Ive had back surgery



Of course two neurosurgeons have come to the conclusion that surgery is the ONLY option. Thats generally what they all say and about 50K in their pockets or more.

Man, I dont know what your issue is but personally, it would have to be an absolute last resort and Id have to be dying in pain. Back surgery aint all its cracked up to be. I understand in JBs daughters case but no way in hell would I go through it at 50 or however old you are now. Good luck
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Ryan, I know you want no sympathy, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. I get encouragement from you as you stay as active as possible. My story is a little different than you describe. I was turned down by a neuro surgeon to fix my problem. I took my wife with me for that appointment. I didn't realize or know at the time, that he was a ***** hound, and couldn't keep his eyes off my wife's tits the whole time we were in there. I wanted to say something, but thinking he might cut on my back, I stayed quiet. Besides, I can't really blame him, she has a rather nice rack. So then I went for pain management, that lasted a couple years. Ice pick in the back returned to the point that I was back in the chair quite a bit. For me, as active as I usually am, that is difficult for me. So I sought out a second opinion from a orthopedic surgeon. He blew me off at first as well, but said come back if it persisted. It did, so here I am. I likely have more surgeries in the future, next will probably be to fuse 4-5. That is NOT my desire, but if necessary, I'm there.
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Ryan, I know you want no sympathy, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. I get encouragement from you as you stay as active as possible. My story is a little different than you describe. I was turned down by a neuro surgeon to fix my problem. I took my wife with me for that appointment. I didn't realize or know at the time, that he was a ***** hound, and couldn't keep his eyes off my wife's tits the whole time we were in there. I wanted to say something, but thinking he might cut on my back, I stayed quiet. Besides, I can't really blame him, she has a rather nice rack. So then I went for pain management, that lasted a couple years. Ice pick in the back returned to the point that I was back in the chair quite a bit. For me, as active as I usually am, that is difficult for me. So I sought out a second opinion from a orthopedic surgeon. He blew me off at first as well, but said come back if it persisted. It did, so here I am. I likely have more surgeries in the future, next will probably be to fuse 4-5. That is NOT my desire, but if necessary, I'm there.


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Ryan, I know you want no sympathy, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. I get encouragement from you as you stay as active as possible. My story is a little different than you describe. I was turned down by a neuro surgeon to fix my problem. I took my wife with me for that appointment. I didn't realize or know at the time, that he was a ***** hound, and couldn't keep his eyes off my wife's tits the whole time we were in there. I wanted to say something, but thinking he might cut on my back, I stayed quiet. Besides, I can't really blame him, she has a rather nice rack. So then I went for pain management, that lasted a couple years. Ice pick in the back returned to the point that I was back in the chair quite a bit. For me, as active as I usually am, that is difficult for me. So I sought out a second opinion from a orthopedic surgeon. He blew me off at first as well, but said come back if it persisted. It did, so here I am. I likely have more surgeries in the future, next will probably be to fuse 4-5. That is NOT my desire, but if necessary, I'm there.
Sometimes there is no other choice man. Sounds like that is your case for sure and it may be the case with Gio as well. it would be a very last resort to ever have anyone cut on my back again though. Best wishes in your recovery bud
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Sometimes there is no other choice man. Sounds like that is your case for sure and it may be the case with Gio as well. it would be a very last resort to ever have anyone cut on my back again though. Best wishes in your recovery bud
That's a butt load of hardware Ryan and wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. You obviously had no choice and yes I agree with you about making it a last resort. I have a another opinion lined up more so for my wife who tends to be a web MD physician. Sounds like the two both agreed that C5-7 would need to be fused along with opening the area that is impinging on the nerve. My only symptom really is I'm losing all my muscle on the left sid including my pec. Both said the longer this is allowed to impinge on this nerve the greater the chances are that the atrophy will be permanent and left untreated could cause paralysis. I'm in no pain so to speak and they keep asking if I want oxys and they look at me like I have two heads when I tell them he'll no (hypersensitivity to narcs). Both said they would go through the front and procedure would be two hours. Thanks for the input and my only concern is getting back post surgery and do 4 more years and get the hell out of here!
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Best of luck dealing with this situation David! Reading your last post made me think you should go ahead with the surgery..
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