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Old 02-01-2007, 11:37 AM #1
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I am 65 and am scheduled for anterior/posterior fusion L2 through S1 on February 7. I had laminectomies at L2-L3 and L4-L5 two years ago and this failed to correct the sensory and motor loss in both legs. I can walk with a cane, but have lots of instability. I have limited pain and have difficulty balancing if i close my eyes. I have severe left foot drop and loss of feeling in both feet.The surgeon indicates my lumbar spine is very unstable and without repair will surely cause far greater problems in the future. What would you do?
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I feel fairly certain, you need the surgery. The foot drop is my first clue. I had my 6 th back surgery at age 65. I think if you are otherwise ok things will work out for you. I am sure you know this will still be painful. It doesn't get any easier with age. Trust in your doctor and if you want a second opinion get it. I have had all your problems. I seem to grow scar tissue bad and have to have some surgeries because of it. They always fuse also. Good Luck with the surgery!
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I think age 65 is young today....My aunt just had her hip replaced at age 85...Go for it hon!
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Wow, you've had some surgery...sounds painful at the least but I guess if you need it then go for it. I had C5-6 bone fusion in 1990, no big problems until about 5 years ago and they told me the fusion was cracked? Just about 2 weeks ago my neck started hurting on the right side and I have no idea yet what is wrong, just that its hurting and painful and the muscles and ligaments are stiff, any idea? You've been thru so much you might have a clue to what's going on with me....later and good luck with it all, and if you have any idea about me then please post back, thanks.
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Jess, You are far from old. No one can tell you what to do. Surgery is scary. I know I went back and forth with my last one and 3rd back surgery. Double fusion and I was so scared. You just have to weigh your options and look at what your quality of life is and what you are willing to put up with now. Can you live the rest of your life with what pain and limitations you have? Is it going to get worse? Yes, it is a gamble. We are all in the same situation. We put our lives in the surgeons hands and risk, what? What getting better, what kind of life will we live and fight our way back afterwards. But please your age is certainly not an issue. It is the anticipation and mainly whe we have already been through back surgery, we know how hard it is to fight to recover. Only unless you are ill and that is something you and your doctor would have to discuss. If you are healthy enough to go through surgery then there is no problem. Also if you think if you can live the way you are now and tough it out, then push off the surgery. These are things that go through our minds. I am certainly not a doctor, but I am just another back sufferer who knows that fear and what we talk ourselves into and out of a million times before that date arrives. Hold on and talk with you family and doctor and take your time. The answer will come. I am 7-8 week post op now. Holding on still. I made it through my 3rd one. Am I thrilled no, am I hopeful yes, so I am just waiting and recovering. Warmly, lisa
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I am 65 and am scheduled for anterior/posterior fusion L2 through S1 on February 7. I had laminectomies at L2-L3 and L4-L5 two years ago and this failed to correct the sensory and motor loss in both legs. I can walk with a cane, but have lots of instability. I have limited pain and have difficulty balancing if i close my eyes. I have severe left foot drop and loss of feeling in both feet.The surgeon indicates my lumbar spine is very unstable and without repair will surely cause far greater problems in the future. What would you do?
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futurexboy, I have very simular neck pain and I too had surgery and now have a plate. My neck has been giving me fits and mine is on the right side. Had trouble with my rt pinky finger going numb a while back and now my left is doing the same. Also having nearly daily cervical headaches along with the pain in my neck. UGH.
Hope you get some answers...might want to try making a new thread and see if someone can help. I was checking here and thinking of posting about my C-spine problems myself. froggie

Jess, I think that age is not so much to worry over, but do think our health and condition are the main considerations. At 66 myself I am far older in my spine than my real age. I see folks in their eighties that can run rings around me.
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