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Spinal Fusion

So i've been going to doctors for approx. 4 years to figure out just WHY my back has been causing me so much pain. It would get so bad that i would break down in tears wherever i was. We finally found out that my hip is fused with the bottom of my spine. Nothing good. The doctor recommends some wacked out surgery that would require me to learn how to walk again and that's just not okay with me and this point in my life. I'm going to be a Sophomore in high school, i'm on the Color Guard team, i have a good social life, and i don't know if i want to give all that up just yet. Tough decisions.

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Nicole201287's picture
Nov 2

About ur spine? Did u get X-rays done? Or did they say it was an extra joint?
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Edward here's picture
Dec 5

I am facing fusion surgery (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion), scares me to death. I've had open heart surgery so I know what incredible discomfort lies ahead. I'm taking oxycodone regularly and getting epidural injections. I know I am dependent on the medication, just this morning went through mini-withdrawl. It really sucks. I live alone and at some point have to face this surgery and the subsequent ceasing of the oxycodone. Anyone feel like giving me some support on this?

Edward here's picture
Dec 5

Sorry ShelbieGinger, didn't mean to totally ignore your post and launch into mine. I have great empathy for what you're going through. These are very tough decisions indeed. I hope that with your young age, this can be resolved with the surgery and let ypu get on with your life which seems to have great potential, and yes you are a very brave girl.


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