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    Nov 2011

    considering being fused to my sacrum I need advise!!!!

    My name is Annabelle and I have been reading this forum for a while now. But I need to have some people let me know how their surgery went before I drive myself crazy trying to make a decision. I am 31 years old with scoliosis and I had my first surgery when I was 15. Since then it has not bothered me much til the last few years. But this last year my lower back has been killing me to the point I was stuck in bed for at least 6 months. I didnt have insurance so I couldnt see a Doctor. Well I finally got insurance a few months ago and saw a orthopedic surgeon. He took xrays and I had a mylogram done as well. He said that I needed surgery because my rod had broken at the bottom due to the bone never fusing at the bottom and the rod isnt meant to hold that much pressure. I have a antieor single rod in the mid area of my back right now. He said the few vertabres left at the bottom were leaning overlike they we tipping over to the left and that he would need to fuse me down to my sacrum. And that if I didnt have the surgery I would be in a wheelchair in 3-4 years! So that scared me. And then he took it back and said he never said that. But my case is really rare. He said he will have to go thru my sidie and take out 2 of the screws in my spine that are broken.
    Then do a second surgery to fuse the rest of my lower spine down to my sacrum. I am afraid I wont be able to sit and do thing like a normal person again with that fusion. Granted I know that some mobility will be taken but how much? I am afraid that I will go thru with this surgery and be in major pain for months to have it not help with my back pain and I am worse off. So I am waiting to have the surgery in Jan. after Christmas.....maybe. I really dont want to have it. But it looks like I do. Help me calm down about this. I keep myself up at night worrying about what decision to make. And what will the process be like if I do go thru with it.
    Last edited by annabeller; 11-16-2011 at 05:53 PM.

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