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Aug. 18, 2012
rjd
4 posts
spinal fusion
howdy. wondering if anyone currently playing has had spinal fusion. have spinal stenosis have exhausted all other treatment avenues. need L3,L4, and L5 fused. been dealing with pain for over two years and is at point my left leg is almost always numb. if you had and returned to playing what was your layoff time, dr.says four mos. before any regular activity starts. had total knee replaced two years ago in Dec. was ready for opener in May. surgery for back set for Sept. 10th. am hoping to play by May. any input greatly appreciated. thank you for your response. rjd
Aug. 18, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Same disc are my problem. I was told I needed that also. Before Dr came into room I looked over the hardware that would be used as well as the other one for a rod insert. Knowing one player who still plays that has had BOTH done on his bak over the years, but would never had know it I was surprised that it worked.
For myself I'll not to it only because I know what that use and quite frankly it scares me. Had two epidurals to relieve the pain for a bit. Soon after that they wanted to do another round soon because it should have lasted longer but I said I'll wait until it is like before which is where I'm al now. So the end of year I'll do this again, 2 shots.
As for numbness I have neuropathy from feet to groin so I do not know if due to back or the disease for lack of feeling.
Tough hard choice here but what ever you decide is life long decision. I have heard the good and bad from people who had it done, for some it worked others it didn't. I choose the lest invasive. But still has risks. I already have a couple pins lift in me & two plates, so I don't need any more hardware. lol
Best wishes for which ever way you go.
Aug. 18, 2012
jwo-9
Men's 60
14 posts
I had L4-L5 fusion with the addition of 4 inch SS rods on both sides of the spine with two clamps and 4 screws. Did not play again out of fear for 15 years. I am now 66 and have been playing senior softball since I was 57. The only problem I have is the rods prevent some side bending range. Get a good surgeon and go for it.
Aug. 18, 2012
rjd
4 posts
appreciate the response. i know it is a tough decision but have had the epidurals also the first one lasted about seven months the second about a month and the third about two weeks. the pain is just controlling my life and i am not in a rush to become a couch potato where i have been way too much lately. as far as side to side range i don't have that now with the situation. i do a lot of lifting at work and have been beating up my body for quite sometime. screwed my knee up playing hoops had to give that up about ten years ago which led to knee replacement. but this is first year in long time i have only played for one team and no tournies, now i have too much time to work on my honey do list. as long as i can swing i know there a lot of teams always looking for catchers!
Aug. 18, 2012
rjd
4 posts
taits wanted to add if you have not tried it yet i have an Inversion table that has helped me a little more than a chiro has, maybe because i use it twice a day but it has helped me get through the last month and a half with the aid of some "good vitamins". good luck.rjd
Aug. 19, 2012
tinman
Men's 50
75 posts
I had my C6/C7 fused 3 years ago from a Kart Racing accident.I also broke my T1 and wore the chest/neck brace for 5 weeks.Hit the gym and made All-America at Phoenix 4 months later.Due to the single fusion I lost 7% hyperflexion/hyperextension.I do get stiffness in the neck area but no pain.My current teammates do not know.
Aug. 19, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Have had spinal decompression some years ago 2006-7, with a machine simuliar the one in link here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY94Wneuq2w

Tinman sounds like a 'halo'... I know that one.
Aug. 19, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Tinman, I used to race an enduro for fun. A different kinda trippin out.
Aug. 19, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
Have had spinal decompression some years ago 2006-7, with a machine simuliar the one in link here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY94Wneuq2w

Tinman sounds like a 'halo'... I know that one.
Aug. 20, 2012
dand
Men's 65
13 posts
I had spinal fusion L4-L5, spinal stenosis plus a slipped vertebrae surgery back in 2002. Did not play after surgery for year and returned in 2003 and have been playing since that time. A few aches now and then but nothing that has stopped me from playing again.
Aug. 20, 2012
jd29
1 posts

i had L4-L5 spinal fusion, spinal stenosis surgery in june 2011 started playing in april of this
year i do not have good side bending and lost some hitting power. before surgery i was in pain 100%
of the time although still have some pain i feel like i now have my life back. with this being my rehab year i started out slow and weak i feel i am getttng stronger with every tournament.
good luck and may the softball gods smile upon you
Aug. 22, 2012
SINY
Men's 60
2 posts
I had C6, C7 fusion in 1989 at age 44. I chose to have bone shaved from hip to fuse the vertebrae. I was back playing softball in 6 months.
I had a second sugary in 2000 to trim the disc between L4 and L5 at age 55. No fusion necessary. I was back playing in three months?
I was playing softball again in 3 months later and am still playing at age 66. I also have a outstanding Chiropractor?
Pat
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