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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 Joy, I am glad it sounds like you have turned a very positive corner. I truly hope...More
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Reply: Pretty Upset Right Now With Surgeon
Hi Joy, I am so sorry to hear of your frustration, I know when you mix pain and...More
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Reply: Let It Snow???
Happy Birthday Dave! You share a birthday with my Dad, who is my hero! He is however...More
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Reply: VENT: I Am So Sick of Being Sick!
I wish I could box up some sunshine and warm temps for all of you! After a cool and rainy...More
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Reply: T12-L1 fusion
Hi Victoria, BJ has given you some great guidance here, and let me reiterate please...More
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Reply: LARGE Increase in medication price
That's a heartbreaker Joy! I would keep shopping around to the different pharmacies. I...More
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Reply: D-Day is early in the morning~~
My very best to you, I am sending good thoughts for success, speedy healing and the best...More
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Reply: Update On My Wonderful Wife
Hi Dave, I am sorry to hear you are still having frustration and trials with this but am...More
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Reply: New Doctor
Hi Bianca, Sometimes a doc that listens may be a good/better doc just because you believe...More
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