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tlh509

Joined: 08/14/2013
My Story:
had a bad back for years, runs in the family, along with arthritis. Diagnosed with DDD years ago, things came to a head with back pain this year after dealing with a huge change in the amount of pain, so had an mri done which revealed a protruding or herniated disc. Went to my Neuro Surgeon a few weeks back and he said I would not need back surgery, but would recommend an epidural steroid shot. He also said that about 80% of herniated discs go away by themselves and that I would not have any ill efects with the epidural. I had that done weeks ago and it has allowed me to do alot more things that I was not able to do anymore before the shot. Mainly, standing, walking and some exercising. So very grateful for the shot. Approach things now cautiously regarding anything related to the back, and certainly not overdoing anything from here on out!

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Reply: Update - Countdown continues
Hey Joy, just wanted to send a few thoughts. Take it easy, and hope you are able to enjoy...More
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Reply: getting to the end of my rope.
Yes, and just take things as best as you can one day at a time. Sending some positive vibes...More
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Reply: Is my back pain arthritic?
hello and welcome. It does sound like you have alot of things goin on. I do not understand...More
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Reply: Just an update
Joy, I hope it goes well!! Sending some positive energy your way. Take care, Tom
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Reply: Well, I Did It...
Hey Dave. Sounds like you got yourself a good chair, and from Walgreens online? I didn't...More
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Reply: getting to the end of my rope.
I can identify with your pain issues like most everybody else here. I am just going to throw...More
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Reply: Just an update
good luck to you today!
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Reply: Lumbar surgery
Mayborn. Hello. Like you I have the same problems with my back and the same issue with L-5,...More
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Reply: Hello
welcome! I was diagnosed with DDD way back in the early 90's. I could offer a couple of...More
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Reply: Broken Back- vertebra fractures
and me as well. Hang in there and keep us posted. Tom
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