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Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
I had back problems on and off for many years when one morning in April 2007 I woke up with a familiar pain in my butt and after a few days the pain progressed to where I could not walk. An MRI revealed I had a massively herniated disk, a laminectomy and diskectomy L3-5 got me up and walking. Three months later I had ruptured 3 more disks and ended up having L3-S1 fused.

I struggled for the first year after the fusion with pain and mobility issues. It took almost a year before I really felt good again. I have since lost weight and have been exercising regularly. I can do just about anything I want and will usually go for it.

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Hi, I am sorry to hear your father is having these problems. Be careful to not jump to...More
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Hi, I agree with the others, stomach sleeping is the worst, that said, try placing a...More
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I had my L3-S1 fusion in 2007 and since then have done well with minimal problems. I do...More
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Hi Joy, I had the appt today. My toes are always completely numb and I can bend all but...More
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I'm back... Well I went to my primary care doc today because my hmo requires him as a...More
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Hi Joy! I am a day late and a dollar short as usual! Thanks for asking, sounds like the...More
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Hi Joy, I am glad it sounds like you have turned a very positive corner. I truly hope...More
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Hi Joy, I am so sorry to hear of your frustration, I know when you mix pain and...More
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