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I Had Back Surgery

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    Will I Ever Be Pain Free?

    Following 4 minimally invasive surgeries, I was diagnosed with nerve damage. Then it was discovered by an extremely excellent hospital that 3 pedicles had been removed by the minimally invasive clinic, and my spine was collapsing, 18 degrees to the left in 1 year. This required...
    Spindeb Spindeb 56-60, F Aug 7, 2013

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    Hoping The Pain Will Stop

    I had back surgery on December 6, 2010. The surgeon said he was going to go in and remove and replace 2 discs and graft a vertibrae back together, but after he opened me up he replaced 2 more discs. it has only been about a week but i spent 3 days in icu because my pulse was...
    tommydavis tommydavis 36-40 1 Response Dec 13, 2010

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    I'm Afraid.

    I turned 18 at the end of december and had back surgery on Feb,16th/11.I haven't even been 18 for two months yet. I got a discectomy because I had been experiencing pain for the the whole 17th year of my life. I was young didn't want to be hooked on pain killers for the rest of...
    MissIncomplete MissIncomplete 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 28, 2011

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    Too Much Pain Still And Complications

    I inherited a form of scoliosis from my dad and my mid and lower back started really curving in my early fifties.  By my late fifties it had progressed a lot and it was causing me a lot of difficulties.  I had bad back spasms and could not lie on my back.  I...
    nunaka nunaka 56-60, F 3 Responses Feb 15, 2010

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    I Had Back Surgery

    i had back surgery on my back at l4l5s1  on 9/20/11 it 10/23/11 i doing soso
    joesmith2 joesmith2 46-50 Oct 23, 2011

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    5 Weeks Post Op

    My name is Tabatha and i'm 19 years old. Around three years ago I was in a car accident that fractured my T-11 and T-12. What the doctors overlooked was a torn ligiment outside of the verterbrates. After two rounds of physcial therapy my back was still getting worse and what I...
    Tabatha1249 Tabatha1249 18-21 3 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    Is This Ever Going To End?

    Hello. I was always the most active person you could know. 2 jobs, worked out, 4 grandchildren etc. i am only 58. when i was 20 the doctor told me i had degenerative disc disease and would someday be in a wheel chair. i'ved lived with back and leg pain my entire life. in 2010 a...
    fisher8 fisher8 56-60, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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    Should I Go For Back Surgery??

    Hey Everyone,  My name is Tabitha and i am 21. I was working one day and messed up my back. Its been a year that i have been having these problems. I been going to the dr wants me to go for surgery on my L5 and L6 because the disk is not there, and the bones are rubbing...
    tabs08 tabs08 18-21 3 Responses Dec 9, 2011

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    Fighting The Possible.

    Approximately 2 years ago I went through a scoliosis surgery, a lumbar fusion of my spine. I was one of the worst cases my physician had seen and I remember he told me about the risk of becoming paralyzed by the surgery. But then, he also told me this was a loophole for me, a...
    violasofie violasofie 16-17, F Mar 31, 2013

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    Boyfriend Post OP Almost 4 Weeks

    Hi there, My boyfriend is the one who is having the back problems.. and I am worried about him not just physically but the mental part. He was in snowboarding accident and broke his T7 vertebra and injured a few around it.. They had to put rods in his back and he is now...
    supportivegf supportivegf 22-25 1 Response Mar 29, 2013

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    I'm hurting so bad my back

    and legs and arms hurt :(
    funnygirl32226 funnygirl32226 13-15, F Apr 7

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    Any Feedback Appreciated

    I am 62 years old, and was very active.  In 2008, I had my first scoliosis surgery that pretty much encompassed my entire spine, except for the L4-L5 discs.  I knew the L5 was in bad shape, but I had heard such horror stories from other people who had their L5 fused, I decided...
    wascaly wascaly 56-60 Apr 30, 2012

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    And It Was A Total Success

    I had severe sciatica starting in Jan. 2013. The doctor I saw said it was a muscle strain and put me on muscle relaxants. They didn't help and the pain eventually got so bad it would actually make me cry. Finally had an MRI in March and when I saw the images I knew right away I...
    hyperspaz hyperspaz 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    funnygirl32226 funnygirl32226 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 21

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    A Successful Surgery!

    I had a great surgery that fixed a pinched, compressed sciatica nerve. It was a partial discectomy. Very easy, some pain after two days, still on meds, will not need p/t....!!!! I was in hell, my leg hurt so bad, and my toes and top of foot were numb, no it is all better.
    simonbirch simonbirch 56-60, F 2 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    2 Fusions In Two Years

    I have had one laminectomey in 2005 and that helped a little. But six months later the pain came back and at that point I went and saw a pain management doctor. He put me on medication and it helped while he was trying numerous injections, facet joint, nerve blocks, nerve burns...
    chris0013 chris0013 36-40 Jan 23, 2011

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    Need Back Surgery And Advice

    i am going to be 21 years old in a few days, have a daughter whose almost 2,  and i have to get back surgery for scoliosis. doc said that i have to get 2 poles in my back and i am really scared and i wanted some opinions from people that had went through this already so i no...
    mandy91 mandy91 18-21 1 Response Apr 10, 2012

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    2 Level Anterior/Posterior Fusion L4-S1

    I am 3 weeks post op and am looking for anyone who has had something similar to the surgery above to share some info with. Thanks.
    rockypointer rockypointer 41-45 1 Response Mar 9, 2013

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    I really thought I was facing the real possibility of death with this one, but thank you God I'm alive! 😁 Going to be healing for a long time and it hurts like crazy to laugh...
    Mirandaluvslife Mirandaluvslife 36-40, F Jul 13

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    Eye sight is perfect. Best move ever
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    had surgery on my dominant shoulder on april 24. it was arthroscopic, had 10 incisions which were done to treat/repair 1 full thickness with a graft and two partial tears, remove...
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    I got fired from a desk job at a nurse call center in February. I had the job for 6 years. It was right after my last back surgery. The doctor said I had to leave floor nursing b/c...
    msrani msrani 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    I just had my surgery two days ago. I'm still in the hospital and should be going home soon. I'm still in some pain but I can walk around on my own. My fibroid was huge, it was 12...
    msjackson10 msjackson10 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    So tired of this. I'm only 32 but I've had back issues since I was 12 after repeatedly lifting 70 lbs boxes. It severely messed up my back and and has followed me throughout my...
    Imnotreelyhere Imnotreelyhere 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 12

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    About 17 days ago I went under for corrective surgery on my spine. I decided to go minimal invasive instead of open back (traditional). Today I'm proud to say that laser spine...
    tpike88 tpike88 22-25, M 2 hrs ago

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    I am currently on Day 11 recovery from a tonsillectomy. I have to say, a tonsillectomy is not for wusses! Having suffered for as long as I can remember with constant bouts of...
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    I hate how money can change a person. It's crazy but some how it happens. My ex boyfriend was one of a kind. Our freshman year, he was quirky, a band geek, down to earth...
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    I'm 17 and 18 in about 7 months. I left school at 15 as I wanted to get into the workforce than be sitting In a classroom mucking round. I got straight into a job of a house...
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    In February 2013, I had Spinal Fusion at L3, 4, 5 and S1. Shortly after surgery I begin experiencing severe pain in my pelvic area, buttocks and down into my legs. My surgeon...
    Klewis1968 Klewis1968 41-45, F Jul 15

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    You'll want to guarantee your cosmetic surgeon is a professional and registered plastic surgeon and that you just really feel snug with them.The clinic you are searhing for is no...
    Lillafyq Lillafyq 31-35, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I've injured my back twice now within the last year and a half, among other things, but I'll focus on my back specifically for this. The first time it happened I was working for...
    KashikH KashikH 18-21 Jul 1

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    I had an abdominal myomectomy on June 25, 2014. What an experience. So far my recovery has been easy. But I think I have been moving around far too much. Because the staples that...
    moniqueshea moniqueshea 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    About 5 months ago, me and my boyfriend broke up. I am over him for the most part but lately, I think about our old times. Not necessarily the relationship part but the friendship...
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    Just had general anesthesia. What a trip. I cut a tendon in my finger. And I had to have surgery to reattach. Surgeon wanted me out for the operation. I went out just as they...
    baubaloo baubaloo 36-40, M Jul 13

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    Just happened today. Major surgery in a few days with people who have requested their vacation in order to come help...yikes. I want to get this surgery over with....tell or don...
    Mirandaluvslife Mirandaluvslife 36-40, F Jul 2

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    Few years back while playing football i twisted my left knee and had a ligament tear and had to go for a surgery....it was painful
    somphenomenon somphenomenon 26-30, M Jul 3

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    I believe that everyone is beautiful in their own way but if a small plastic surgery makes you happier with yourself isn't it only a good thing. I have always hated my big&ugly...
    LiNdA922 LiNdA922 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 6

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    I'm considering getting the gastric sleeve but an petrified about the actual surgery
    toinfinityandbeyondx3 toinfinityandbeyondx3 18-21, F Jul 15

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    My surgery date is 8/16/14... I have 17 days left before I start my pre-op liquid diet. Ready to change my life. CW/HW: 270
    ilauren18 ilauren18 26-30, F a week ago

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    I had pain a few years ago had two surgeries and everything was good until I fell at work and broke my l5 vertebrae and was in so much pain that fusion surgery was my only option...
    ddriver1123 ddriver1123 41-45, F 5 days ago

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    If I could go back in time, I would go back to the first day of 7th grade and would tell myself not to throw away my future to skip school. I would tell myself that the only one...
    MaryLiz94 MaryLiz94 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    i might need knee surgery on my right knee. i crashed riding my bike and now my right knee tries to give out when im getting up or down stairs, at work, and bike riding. im going...
    jerryridesbmx jerryridesbmx 18-21, M Jul 5

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    Do you desire plastic surgery? Are you planning on attending your High School Reunion? Tell me about it!!!
    KelCasting KelCasting 31-35 Jul 7

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    I'm finally going to get the plastic surgery I so desperately need When I was younger my neighbor pulled my earring down and ruined my ear. Well I just received diamond...
    suzysleevereinvented suzysleevereinvented 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 14

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    I'm going to have shoulder surgery in a few days and I'm really worried about the pain and what to expect. If anyone has any knowledge of what to expect from personal experience of...
    clandastine clandastine 18-21, F Jul 15

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    I am 29. I had a major heart attack in March. I was rushed to hospital and had an angiogram straight away. They scented a 99.9% blockage. I had another heart attack during the...
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