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    Jan Sadler

    Thanks for your update, Alan. What great news! Good to hear things are going so well for you. You’re doing all the right things, keep moving as much as you sensibly can.
    Jan at PainSupport 🙂


    Hi Alan, great to hear that things are going well for you and keep doing gentle stretching exercises also keep mobile as much as you can by listening to what your body is telling you. Also listen to what the surgeon says you can/cannot do. it is nice to hear success stories, and how quick they have you up,
    sadly I had mine done about 23 years ago now and after badly fracturing /dislocating pelvis with surgery and first spinal op on L4/5 among broken ribs ect. I was in hospital about 2 weeks, then they sent me home to recuperate and was on crutches and sometimes a wheelchair, for about 18 months as I was not allowed to weight bear for a year on right side,after about 6 months i was doing hydro-therapy 3 times a week for 7 months.the rest of the months I was just laying down /sitting and just going to toilet.after 18 month I was allowed to go back to work when i felt like it, but went back earlier than that thinking I was ok. so off I went, after about 2 weeks I collapsed at work on light duties and lost bladder /bowel control and was rushed in. I was screaming in pain and ended up with fusion on L4/5 to S1. the surgeon went ballistic at me, when I came round. I was doing so well I thought until this point. after all this, I was not able to go back to work as an electrical/mechanical engineer. because of the pain I was in. Sadly I
    all this time down the road. I am left with persistent chronic pain, nerve pain/damage and now with SIJoint problems and arthritis in all where I had injured.Sadly for me mainly because I had over done it at work. and did not listen properly. well thats youth for you. they Never listen. LOL. But it is really nice to hear success stories. and that people are doing well after surgery. this all happened as a rear passenger in a car accident. and a lorry went over the top .we were doing about 80 mph and lorry was 60mph when we collided. basically I took fall force and was the worst one, as the lorry hit where i was sitting.and went over the top, very lucky to be alive and did die for a short while.but thanks to the emergency services, Im still here. this is the first time outside my family and therapist that I have spoken about it, fully well in the shortest way possible.
    Good Luck with your recovery and to others who are going to have this op. done. also best wishes and take care to the rest on this topic. Lee


    Just wanted to follow up my previous post to say I’m doing great. I improved daily after surgery. Went off all pain meds after two weeks. Started driving and went back to work at the same time. During the first week of work I’d leave mid-morning to lay down for a while and left mid-afternoon to do the same. Lots of walking.

    At the 3 month follow up the doctor cleared me for regular activity with no more restrictions. Basically he said there was little chance of me damaging the fusion at this point and that if it didn’t hurt then I could do it. So I started doing things and I started to feel even better.

    I still have some pain and stiffness and have to be careful how and what I do but for the most part I’m back to leading a normal life (3 1/2 months post surgery). I’m seeing a physical therapist to help with posture and technique to hopefully keep this from happening again.

    Currently in the process of building a new work shop. Sure feels good to be working hard and getting something done.

    Best of luck to everyone else out there!



    Hi Alan , Nice to hear your doing so well, don’t go to mad and over do things, and put yourself backwards, but glad to hear to have come through a difficult time and getting back to your self. take it easy and Take care ,best wishes, Lee


    Hi I am Gary and I have just joined the forum with the hopes of finding some support regarding my pain and various symptoms suffered post L4/L5 spinal fusion carried out on 15th march 2015 in the UK. It has been 4 years of systemic deteriation of my health which has seen my back,hips and leg pain increase post surgery in comparison to how it was prior to surgery. I also have various secondary symptoms caused either directly as a result of the surgery or long term use of Anti Inflammatory drugs and pain medication.

    My on going symptoms in addition to the constant pain, lower back spasms and restricted mobility can be just as destructive to me as my original condition. I have constant headaches,dizzines,stomach cramps,Hyetas hernia, Indegestion ,dioherrea and nausea. My GP recognizes my back condition as Degenerative back disease and this is how it is described to various agencies when asked which has in itself caused me financial,physical and mental stress as this description doesnt in anyway describe my disability and fails to describe just how life sapping my back condition and associated symptoms are.

    I have self harmed and attempted suicide with firstly the pain prior to surgery and more recently due to my perception of the utter hopelessness of my situation compounded by my inability to secure financial support to enable me to live despite my disability. The system only sees I have degenerative disc disease and have had a surgery which was a success mechanically. My symptoms are all of a nature that can be controlled with drugs and I should be able to work. If I could work and hold down a job for more than a couple of weeks before I have a Spasm or any one of the related symptoms occurs rendering me immobile for days sometimes weeks at a time I would.

    I have a question! Could my symptoms be better described as a Failed Fusion Surgery or similar and are we aware of how this is diagnosed. The nuts and bolts of my surgery are all inplace but my condition has deteriated to the point my life feels its not viable in my present condition.

    Thanks and sorry for the long post.


    Hi Gary,

    I’m pretty sure I can help you and point you in the right direction.

    Email me:



    Hi everyone my name is Wayne 48 years old with stage 4 cancer. Have tumor that is pressing on L5 and has eaten away the bone there also. Going on for emergency surgery on Wednesday to debreed tumor around spine and fusion of L4 and L5. I’m scared to death I’m physically fit and active now but pain is getting worse just wondering how long recovery will be I know everyone is different but I’m determined to get back on my feet ass soon as possible. Any tips or advice will be appreciated.

    Helen H

    Hi Wayne
    I don’t have specific experience to your question, I just wanted to welcome you to the Pain Support forum, and to wish you well for the surgery on Wednesday.

    I’m sure other folk on here will have more useful info on rehabilitation time after spinal surgery etc.

    Take care


    Hi Frankieb and Wayne, welcome to this site , Frankie I understand you fully as I been through similar,also with mental health depression and suicidal thoughts what got me though was not the counselling I had but one to one CBT and mindfulness also talking to others on this site has helped so you don’t feel so alone.
    Wayne, i have had spinal surgery l4/5 s1 fusion. But not cancer but now a woman that had the sme as you in the lower back and neck and she had fusion and is now working but she is self employed as a hair dresser so does the hours to suit, , my advice from my experiences is don’t rush yourself to get back to work as this is what I done and 2 weeks at work collapsed and rushed back in for second surgery , my surgeon went ballistic as i had undone all his hard work. and after that had nothing but trouble , so do exactly as your surgeon tells you to and ask questions, Hope your surgery went fine and now on the slow road to recovery, don’t rush and push yourself to hard. take care the both of you best wishes, Lee


    New to this forum. I had surgery for L4-S1. I am three weeks post op and I actually feel pretty good. The first week was of course painful but that was to be expected. My incision appears to be healing good. No signs of infection which I am happy to report.


    Hi Vanessa and others who may have my condition. I suffer from Degenerative disc and shallow disc protrusion. It is so bad that I can hardly stand on my feet. I was told by the surgeon that I can opt for epidural injection but my physician who saw me for Fibromyalgia said I should avoid the injection as the problem will come back although the spinal surgeon warned me of bleeding after the injection. What would be your advice on this? All I know is that I am in constant pain and can hardly do anything. Almost 24/7 in bed. Any help or advice is appreciated.


    Hi Gary I am new to this site. I have just read your message and got touched by it. I am in a similar situation and think life is not worth living with debilitating pain. I hope things are better now. In terms of financial support have you tried getting help from DWP for Personal living allowance (PIP)? I have completed this form and yet to hear from them. In my situation I eat only one meal a day simply because I do not have the money. I made 30 applications since I lost my job few months ago but deep down I know my brain does not have the capacity to enable me to do a job. It’s catch 22.
    With best wishes M


    Hi All
    I have been reading the stream of emails and whilst I am sorry to hear about your pain I think these posts are helpful for people to weigh up the options before deciding about the next steps for eradication of pain. The pain I have is both mental and physical. All impairments feed into each other and make my daily living a chore.

    Awaiting further update from Steve and wish everyone a pain free life.

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