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spookypt started the topic in Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 at 9:53am

Hi everyone, just chasing some real time life experience from anyone who has had their lower back joints fuzed. Namely L5/S1 or L4/L5.

I'm 47, surfed all my life and always had a sore back of various orders. Since turning 40, my back has become pretty bad. Ive been to see everyone and anyone from Nerve people to Arthritus people to every specialist in between. Spent $1000's trying to find out what was going on with varying misdiagnosis. Did a trip to PNG in December (It was OK but nothing spesh except thumbs up to ZERO crowds) and found my back was just making life and surfing impossible. Was having 2 endone and an anti inflam before breakfast and after 2 waves simply couldnt move.

Came home, went and saw the GP, my 100th MRI and Bone scan revealed my L5/S1 joint basically had no disc and was trying to fuse itself together. Why no other "specialist"saw this in the previous 2 years after intense MRI, Bone Scan and Xrays has me stuffed.

So off to see a Neuro I saw back in 2008. Ive seen a few more since him! He said after fresh MRI'sand Bone Scans that fusing the L5/S1 joint was the only option. Ive tried everything else! So apart from the insane GAP you have to pay to have it done ($15000) yes 15 x 1000 out of pocket $s, can anyone with experience with this operation chime in on their results. For me, I have no option as my boards are dust magnets until I can get this fing back sorted.

Thanks in advance.


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Balance commented Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 at 9:55am

spookypt wrote:

Hi everyone, just chasing some real time life experience from anyone who has had their lower back joints fuzed. Namely L5/S1 or L4/L5.

Hey mate I really feel for you, and am unfortunately all too familiar with this world.
Had l5S1 fused about 17 years ago, when I was 32.
It functioned pretty well for the first 12 years, I think I was surfing about 8 months after the op. I hadn't surfed in the 2 years prior...and like you, I was no chance of surfing again if I didn't have it done.
Unfortunately things have gone south in the last fews years, and I am pretty much now in the same state I was prior to my operation....slowly dealing with the reality that surfing is now a thing of the past. Due to the fusion a lot of stress gets put on areas and joints around the now my l4l5 disc is really bad, and I am on that scans and doctor appointments run all over again, thankfully a bit wiser that I was 20 years ago
Really is much advice I think I could give you and more than happy to give you my phone number if you want it.
Seriously buddy take care of yourself, and I wish you all the best

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 at 10:35am

tbb is sorry for dropping in...just waving spookypt thru... earlier link for spookypt by udo...linking that one back to here for replies.

Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Crew wish you good health spookypt.