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Not posted in a while but been battling on trying to get my pain under control and my back 'fixed'. Brief history:- 2 spinal surgeries, one in 2007 (Microdictomy) and one in 2012 (Microdictomy and Laminrctomy due to CQ). After the last surgery my back has never recovered. I'm currently on BuTrans 15mg, Diazepam 10mg, Amitriptyline 100mg, Carbarzipan 60g, Anti-sickness pills, ibuprofen 1600mg and paracetamol 2000mgs daily.
Latest MRI two weeks ago showed that discs at L5/S1, L5/lL4 and L3/L2 are totally gone. Had a diagnosis of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Spondylithesis and DDD.
Pain has been horrendous even on all those meds. Still have no reflex in right ankle and numbness in right foot and calf.
Spoke to my Orthopaedic Surgeon last week and he's sending me for a double Discogram with the plan to follow this with a double fusion at L5/S1 and L5/L4 if the results are positive.
Has anyone had this procedure? What can I expect? I know it's going to be painful, but how painful? Does anyone have a double fusion at these levels with my conditions? Has anyone returned to normal daily activities? I was a PE teacher and played a 'LOT' of sport, hence the wrecked back.
Your thoughts would be most welcome.
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