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I Had Back Surgery

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 48 People

    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 18-21, F Mar 31, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I'm hurting so bad my back

    and legs and arms hurt :(
    funnygirl32226 funnygirl32226 16-17, F Apr 7, 2014

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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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    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 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 2 Responses Mar 9, 2013

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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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    funnygirl32226 funnygirl32226 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2014

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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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    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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    I broke my spine and ankles in 2006

    after jumped off a motorway bridge and had surgery to fix it. My scar is my symbol for my strength.
    IsleofSophia IsleofSophia 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 was 15 when I had scoliosis surgery. My spine was at an 85% curve and wasn't detected for many years. It was so bad I had to have brain surgery first for a shunt so it would...
    XoXoJeSsA XoXoJeSsA 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 21

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    I had bunion removal surgery yesterday 4/21/15. Now that the numbness is fading the pain is noticeable. I take my pain meds every 4 hours. I have found Vicodin works better than...
    blessedmomma blessedmomma 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 22

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    And will be having more soon YAY. 1st ever surgery I had was on Remembrance day 2011 lol. 11.11.11. Had a Vascetomy. Not long after that I had a two level fusion in my lower spine...
    goodman72 goodman72 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I had shoulder surgery 12 days ago...bone spurs, arthritis, etc, and I am in EXCRUCIATING pain!! The pain has gotten worse the past two days. I layed in the recliner last night and...
    Bubblez2020 Bubblez2020 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 22

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    My first experience with this awful disease was about 4 years ago. I had a terrible pain that got increasingly worse over the course of a week. I initially went to the doctor and...
    Imnothomeyet Imnothomeyet 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    First of all i want to assure everyone reading this that i have thought about this condition.......just a bit........these past four years. Yeah, so i've made up my mind...
    ivandrago15 ivandrago15 16-17, M Apr 8

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    In October of 2014, while travelling in Peru, I had a seizure in the middle of the night. My spouse, who happens to be a medical doctor, woke up, finding me convulsing and...
    runlerun runlerun 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    In October of 2014, while travelling in Peru, I had a seizure in the middle of the night. My spouse, who happens to be a medical doctor, woke up, finding me convulsing and...
    runlerun runlerun 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    I had rotator cuff surgery Nov 12, 2014, after bench pressing more that I could handle. The surgery happened 7 weeks after getting hurt and the shoulder was feeling better by then...
    under180 under180 46-50, M Apr 3

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    I'll never know exactly what I did, but I'm constantly living with the pain of a bad back. It was Halloween. 2006. I woke up so excited that it was my favorite holiday. That is...
    SheepishlyMe SheepishlyMe 26-30 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Put to sleep. When I was told some years ago I would have to have a general anaesthetic for a hernia operation, I was very upset. I’d been knocked out for an operation when I was...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Apr 14

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    Put to sleep. When I was told some years ago I would have to have a general anaesthetic for a hernia operation, I was very upset. I’d been knocked out for an operation when I was...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Apr 14

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    Put to sleep. When I was told some years ago I would have to have a general anaesthetic for a hernia operation, I was very upset. I’d been knocked out for an operation when I was...
    macmann macmann 56-60, M Apr 14

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    I've never actually had surgery... But I have an infection in my finger... And the antibiotics aren't working... I might need surgery to remove and infected material that may...
    MrCutBleedSmile MrCutBleedSmile 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 25

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    I usually see a male doctor at my surgery although on a couple of occasions have seen a female and not noticed much difference in the service. However, recently I went in with a...
    Spendlover1 Spendlover1 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Had Lots Of Surgery s over 30 surgery's it is painful
    hope1022 hope1022 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    I had surgery today. Ive been having on going stomach/side pain for 7 months. We thought it was my pcos and so did the doctors so they did nothing. i was having issues with my...
    PCOSstrength PCOSstrength 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    Pretty much the story is that I had gauges around the age of 13 or so and then got sent to a program which I had no choice but to take out my gauges so my ears shrunk and when I...
    wetoded wetoded 22-25 Apr 18

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    I've had surgery five times on my right eye to try and attach my Retina but none of them worked sadly.
    Just1n12345 Just1n12345 18-21, M Apr 20

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    I had spinal fusion c2-c6 on January 12. Inpatient rehab and was in the hospital until 3/6. I have worked hard throughout this process doing everything I can to get better...
    Stevegriffey3 Stevegriffey3 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    I'm having surgery tomorrow yet again. For as many times that I've had them you'd think I would be use to it by now. It still scares me. Having an organ removed is always a bit...
    hadyourchance hadyourchance 36-40, F 31 Responses Apr 23

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    I once worked it out and came to the conclusion that I have had over 100 general anasetics in my life. I am so used to them I can literally walk back to the ward from the recovery...
    smiler2015 smiler2015 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I was Seventeen, Diagnosed with an ASD. The surgery was preformed at Doernbechers Childrens hospital. I nearly died twice with in post op care because of complications. A-fib and...
    crackedopen crackedopen 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    While I respect a woman's right to her own body, I don't believe in plastic surgery unless it is for medical reason for example after an accident or to fix some kind of deformity...
    mayayayaya mayayayaya 31-35, F 1 day ago

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