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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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Reply: Like A Bad Penny...
Bad pennies are the best kind. Good to see you back. I am sorry to hear of your wife's...More
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Reply: Back Brace
Hi, You may want to further speak with your doctor about what the brace will/won't do...More
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Reply: Inversion Tables before and after back surgery
Hi pooh, I have had L3-s1 fused and was warned against using an inversion table or boots...More
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Reply: one loss b m and lowerback and leg numbness
wingman, Loss of bowel or bladder control can be a sign of a serious problem, especially...More
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Reply: Physical Therapists and Medication
A PT can recommend a med but cannot usually prescribe it. If the PT has suggested...More
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Reply: Farewell
Dave and Deb, I will miss you both and hope someday will be the right time to return. If...More
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Reply: On a personal note
Thanks for posting this Tim. I know you have a lot of challenges but your closing remark...More
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Reply: Chronic Back Pain - Indiana
Hi Charlotte, I am sorry to hear of your situation. Unfortunately the Terms and...More
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Reply: pain turned to numbness
Thanks for your reply on this Joy. I thought I was going nuts. Some days my feet are...More
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Reply: Merry Christmas Everyone
Merry Christmas to everyone! Joy, take it easy girl! Please be careful and I hope you...More
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