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Old 01-14-2020, 01:16 PM   #1
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First time on in a while, major back surgery

Had major back surgery a few weeks back
30 years back I had L6 bone fused to S1
12 years back I had L4 and L5 fused to L6 using screws, post and rods
This time I had L1, L2 and L3 fused to L4 also using screws, post and rods.
The L4 and L5 rods had to be removed to extend to the new posts.
I now have two incisions about 8 inches long. Entire lumbar section of spine is now fused.

This is first day I have felt like getting back on line. Things are getting better one day at a time. Don't know how long before I can get back on the road but a least a couple of months. Y'all carry on without me aod I'll be back. Still planning on the rally this year.
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I can sympathize with your back problems! My wife has had 11 neck and back surgeries in the last few years and is in constant pain now!
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Welcome back and i feel your pain. Now 6 months out from L4,L5 fusion and nerve release. Just starting to feel somewhat back to normal.

There is light at the end of the tunnel and I am pretty sure it is not a train
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Been there. Discectomy/ laminectomy at L5/S1. More to come as I have degenerative disc disease (since age 35!). Everyone's recovery is different, so here's to a speedy and complication-free recovery!
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Been there. Discectomy/ laminectomy at L5/S1. More to come as I have degenerative disc disease (since age 35!). Everyone's recovery is different, so here's to a speedy and complication-free recovery!
degenerative disc disease Is what I have had to deal with for the last 30 years
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Jerry: Degenerative disc disease is not much fun, is it? Biology is messy, with plenty of curve balls along the way, so I hope your recovery proceeds smoothly!
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My wife's had a laminectomy, and she's been doing pretty well--other than the knee replacement and a huge rod put down her shoulder held in by 4 screws.

When arthritis rears it's ugly face, it unfortunately seldom stops.

Main thing is to find a high quality pain management clinic and do exactly as they say.
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Had similar surgery mid November. Same incisions front and back. Also had narrowing of nerve openings prior so had pain down legs. I can now walk without pain again. It is a real relief. Will have restrictions until at least 3 months. Understand where you are at. Hope you heal good, and fast. Keep us posted on your recovery.

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