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9/14/12 6:23 P

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Hi, I just joined today. I had a discectomy and fusion L5-S1 in 2003. Helped with a lot of my problems but have been in pain of some degree or another since my injury in 2001. Good luck with your surgery and with your weight loss goals. After my surgery it took 6 months before I could return to work and it was a year before I felt substantially better. Be patient. You will not feel better as quick as you think but if it all works out it will be worth it.

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9/3/12 4:54 P

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I hope everything goes great for you. I know it will start to get better.

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9/3/12 6:47 A

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Hi. I have herniated/ruptured discs at L4/L5-S1 that are digging into my nerves, I am actually having surgery on it tomorrow, and then begins the long process of recovering and trying to lose weight, I have been struggling to get anything off because I'm under all these restrictions, and even without the restrictions it hurts too much. Here's hoping after tommorrow things will start to get better!

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1/13/12 10:46 P

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Hi, I am new to both this group and to SP. I have extensive osteoarthritis, and have had both knees and a hip replaced, as well as L2-S1 back fusion. The back fusion was the latest surgery, about a year ago. In that year, I have had difficulty getting back to "normal" physically. I also picked up weight, which hasn't helped any of the joint issues, or the lack of stamina. While much of the nerve damage has resolved following my back surgery, I still can't walk as far as I would like because of pain. I hope to lose about 100 lbs. My doctor has strongly encouraged me to log my food as a starting point, so here I am!

Sheree

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1/5/12 4:28 A

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Hello. I'm Carmin and I've just started SP. I have neck (a straight neck) and upper spinal pain. Some days are better than others but this limits my exercise ability and intensity. I get so tight and get bad headaches. I'm hoping I can maintain motivation even when I am held back from my pain. Plus maybe some of you have some tricks or tips for me

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10/8/11 6:43 P

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Hello Ruth and friends, I'm back. I was in an accident while working on roof ''I"'s' I was struck
by a large section of wood from the ajioning buildings' roof hit me on the top of my head, knocked me right out and good for that,I fell off the ''I'' beams on down to the next door's roof.
I landed in insulation debris. I manged to herniate my neck,thoracic and lumbar spines, 13 in all. I now have spinal stenosis in all three regions and a Myelopathy to the cervical spine. A myelopathy is when an osteophyte(bone spurs) are either touching the sppppinal cord or are touching the dura matter.I have three levels of that. When my coordination goes and I loose control of my bladder, well, it's time to operate. I'm not looking forward to that one. I'd have to get a laminectomy to those three levels,I just hope they put a big enough cage over the opening so That I wont have any other accidents,lol.
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9/23/11 12:36 P

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Hello , I'm 44 and have L3,L4,L5,S1 left Lumbar herniated disk and L4,L5 right lumbar herniated disk also I have spinal arthritis in lumbar. they currently have me on Lyrica 50 MG twice a day which I sometimes have to take 800mg of Motrin to get by, Im using a cane to help me get around and I'm out on leave from work. Doctor is suggesting surgery but for me thats last resort.. want to lose weight and see what happens

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Hi there, I'm Tammie and I've been a member of SparkPeople for quite a while; however I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks and decided I should finally introduce myself. I'm 40 with 4 children aged 19, 12, 9 and 7.

In 2005, I was in a car accident. I had pretty bad whiplash and I underwent physical therapy 3x a week for months. Towards the end of the PT, I finally had a c-spine MRI and it showed some disc degeneration, but nothing was really remarkable.

Fast-forward to the present, I have been in physical therapy for neck, right shoulder shoulder, and upper back pain since May. We've tried just about every modality without much success. My range of motion is limited and there's a lot of pain, but once I started to have pain in my upper arm and numbness along the top of my forearm and my thumb, index, and middle fingers, along with some dexterity issues and even some swelling with my right hand, my PT asked my PA to order an MRI. The MRI came back showing quite a few things:

My spinal cord has some flattening deformation at C5-CG due to bone spurs and enlargement of the joint.

C4-C5 is dessicated, with minimal signal, with prevertebral osteophyte and left side foraminal stenosis. There is low-grade foraminal stenosis on the left side caused by enlarged uncovertebral joint and osteophyte.

C5-C6 disc has collapsed, no signal, with near complete loss of disc space. There's an anterior osteophyte, uncovertebral osteophytes, along with a broad-based hard disc osteophyte complex. There is high-grade right side foraminal stenosis and low-grade left side foraminal stenosis, mid-grade right ventral nerve root compression, and low-grade right paracentral canal compression.

I have a marked amount uncovertebral arthropathy on the right side of C5-C6 with minimal left side uncovertebral arthropathy. I have facet joint arthropathy throughout the mid to lower c-spine.

I'm currently taking so many medications for my neck/shoulder/back/arm pain. I'm taking Skelaxin to try to relieve trigger points in my neck and shoulder, Celebrex to try to reduce inflammation, Neurontin for nerve pain, LidoDerm patches, and I have Vicodin for the really bad days.

No one has really interpreted that into official diagnoses for me. I actually had the results in my own hands first because I needed them for a PT visit, since my PA hadn't called me after a week had passed. The PA actually had the receptionist call me eventually, and had her tell me that I have arthritis and she wants me to see a pain doctor.

Yeah. Whatever! I ended up relying on my PT to give me recommendations for follow-up and I was accepted by a Spine Institute in my area.

I just saw a physiatrist a couple of weeks ago for my first visit to explore a conservative approach. He told me that it's not going to be easy, it's going to take a long time, and that I shouldn't be shocked if he tells me that he's referring me to a surgeon at one of my appointments. He said that we would talk about injections at my next visit, but he wasn't sure that he wanted to use them. Right now, he's focusing my treatments on exercise, physical therapy, and medication.

My husband's fairly upset, he doesn't like to see me in pain, but he also isn't a fan of treating the symptoms. He's bothered by the fact that there is bone on top of nerves and also that there is bone causing spinal cord deformity. He thinks it should just be fixed because he doesn't see how masking the symptoms is helpful with high-grade stenosis.

Now I'm trying to figure out what cardio exercises I can do, since they physiatrist says he wants me to be active.

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Sorry i posted in the wrong place.

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3/30/11 2:02 A

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Dear Brave One,

Thank you for your words of support. I hope you will have a solution to some of your back problems soon.

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GlamGal, I am sorry to hear that you are suffering so much.
Chronic pain is what most of the members on this team has
in common. That is my number 1 complaint for years and
as I get older, it will become worse.

I have bulging 4 bulging discs in my spine. All kinds of other
problems as well, from a car accident of 2003. I had fusion
surgery in 2006. But my pain is worse again. I saw my
neurosurgeon yesterday. He looked at my MRI & told me
the surgery looked good. Told me that the bulging discs
weren't that bad. I got the distinct feeling that because of
my age, soon to be 71, he doesn't want to do surgery
of any kind of me. The pain clinic where I have been going
for injections for my SI joints, wants to put a Spinal Cord
Stimulator in. It is an implantable device. I think that I
will probably go through the trial version and see if it
helps my pain. My neuro did some Xrays, and is going
to look at those. He says if there is something that he
can do, to help me, he will call & let me know. I already
know how he feels about helping me. So, I don't expect
anything more from him.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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3/29/11 1:34 A

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Hi! I have a bulging disc at C4-C5 from a car accident 6 years ago as well as other disc problems in the neck region. Just went to the doc last week and am going to have another MRI because it has become chronic and causing almost daily debilitating headaches. I just started working out again 3-4 times a week and now my back aches a lot too! There is rarely a time now when I feel "pain free". Dealing with chronic pain is frustrating because I want to be active but often my body limits me.

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3/8/11 12:32 P

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So am at end of week two. I am so stoked. Lost almost another 1.8 pounds and can do thirty minutes chair marching and made 1000 points On to next week.

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Debbie, I am glad that you are doing so well that you don't have to take medications. Walking is the best thing that we can do for our backs. In the event, that
you did not read about me. I was hit by another car
while riding as a passenger in 2003. I had spinal fusion in 2006. After healing that took about two years, I feel better. I do take medication, twice
daily, but not strong meds. I really do well except
when my SI joints get sore and painful. I recently had injections in both sides. I feel much better.

SNOWFLAKE, It is very unfortunate that the trainer caused you be injured again. Of course, it seems to make us lots worse when we re-injure an old wound.
I am so sorry that you are suffering so much. I hope that your surgeon has a good plan in mind that will help you to be more comfortable.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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1/7/11 10:07 P

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Hello. I am 42 years old. I was a nurses aide then an RN with many back injuries during my working years. I also had a major car accident (rearended). My back pain didn't really start til 2002 with a herniated L5-S1. Had a microdiscectomy in 2008 was pain free til i started working out with a trainer and had me do some twisting exercise and re-herniated the disc. Have had multiple flair ups, take pain meds daily and steroid injections. Just getting over a major flare up waiting for MRI results and will meet with surgeon on Tues. My weight certainly does not help and I know I need to lose at least 100 pounds to help with the pain and the disease process. So back to drawing board and try to lose this weight. NO, I WILL lose this weight.

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Hi, my name is Debbie, I'll be 56 in January.
This May my right leg was numb from my hip to my toes. I just had back surgery Aug 5. for my spinal stenosis & sciatic nerve injury. My first sciatic nerve pain was in 1983 from bowling. My surgeon told me that he wanted me to walk 1 miles by my 6 wk ckup. I was past that in my 3rd wk. At my 6th wk ckup I was told I had the MRSA infection from the hospital operation day.
I had to wear the I.V. bag for 2 wks. My walking today is 3-4 miles every other day. My strength training is ok for the upper, the right leg & back I'm still having pain. I am losing inches and feeling better from my walking and eating healthier choices.
Sleeping at night I need a pillow under my knees. I take no med's or pain pills.
High Hopes, I hope you have a blessed day.
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Hello. I'm just "coming back", it's been 11 months, so here goes.

My back "problems" started early in life.. bucked off a horse at the age of 10, into a rock pile. Couldn't walk or stand up so was taken to a chiropractor. That was very innovative at the time, since I'm very old! I was always athletic but would just go to the chiropractor when my back "went out". In my 20's I was struck down by a car, which really did a lot of damage, which wasn't diagnosed at the time... early 1970's. I still skiied, wind surfed, played softball and was extremely active. Never worried about protecting myself and took all the rough stuff in stride. Then in 84 I had a severe car accident and was told I would only have an approx. 75% recovery. I was shocked! How can this be?

In my late 40's I was dx'd with arthritis in various joints, and it was a slippery slope....... By my 50th birthday it sort of fell apart on me. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, severe advanced osteo-arthritis in my spine..... if they had scanned or MRI'd my back they would have seen spinal stenosis. 3 years ago I was on vacation with MDH and while walking was overcome with debilitating pain. Went on morphine to cope. Got scanned, dx'd etc etc. Got off the morphine... TUFF!

Right now I cope by spinal epidurals every 3 months, and it's a real nail-biter getting within the last few weeks before the epidural. I take a lot of Tramidol. I have wonderful YES people in my life. Phsyiotherapist, massage therapist, BFF, MDH (most days). But as you might know, there are days when the world can tell you yes, and you just can't hear it....

I will eventually have surgery. Back surgeon told me when my legs become numb, when they buckle from underneath me, etc, then they'll operate. These have all happened to me. But I'm scared. The recovery process really intimidates me. And no guarantees.

I'm looking fwd to sharing thoughts, and daily observations with you. The good, the bad, the ugly... so to speak. Wishing you a good day!!!






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Hey there!
LadyCocoa here. I have been treated for Chronic Back pain for 5 years now. Recently told All the disc in my neck are bulging outward. Somewhere in the center of my back(I forgot the numbers) there are 2 bulging and one hairline tear. And L4 and L5 are gone. The lovely Deg.Disc Disease.
I am looking forward believe it or not to my Epideral on Thursday morning the 16th. Tired of hurting you how it is.
On the up side....I am a Certified Personal Trainer and have been one for 4 years. I teach A Super Circuit Class and train folks. I try to teach them that....Failure is not an option and I will not let my pain define who I am and what I become"!.... You move through the pain and do the best you can to the best of your abilities.
I am very glad to find this team. Because yes I do have BAD days. Bad pain days and its great to be able to come somewhere that others understand how you feel. And maybe even I can help a little also!
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Hi, I suffered a C5 & CS total fracture on Friday October 17, 1986, which was the date of a total lunar eclipse. I was walking with a friend after a H.S. football game and was hit by a drunk driver, my friend was not injured. I woke up in the hospital on a tilt table with a stabilizer screwed to my head.

I was told that I would never walk again, ironically I laughed at that, well I had tubes down my throat but the effort was there. I started to regain movement in all of my limbs, though my left side was faster and worked better. I switched to being left handed to improvise, adapt, and overcome...

I am now 41 and I have gone through many phases of fitness. I have unfortunately let myself go to the point that I am having problems walking again. This is due to muscle weakness and stiffness. I have started over again and am rebuilding my strength. Ironically I was walking very close to normally at one point, and my strength was considerably higher. I will go beyond that this time with the help of friends...

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Hi all!

My name is Ashley, and I am a young 20yrs old. I was in a soccer accident in 2006, and since then my back pain has gotten increasingly worse. It is now to the point where I have been diagnosed with IBS, and cannot lift more than ten lbs, cannot stand, and cannot sit without my back hurting.

I got an MRI and x-rays this week, and the results are in that I have degenerative disc as well as a bulging or herniated? disc.

My back pain is not only affecting my quality of life, but also my ability to be healthy and happy. Working out is difficult, and depression and fatigue from constant pain nag at me constantly. I am hoping that through joining this team I can realize I am not alone with this, and that plenty of people have overcome the obstacles it presents.

can't wait to hear from you guys!!!!

♥ ash

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Hi All,

I'm Sharon.
I was in an auto accident 2.5 years ago which damaged my cervical spine resulting in chronic, blinding headaches, spasm and frequent flare ups.

Prior to the accident was was pretty active, not necessarily lean, but able to run, elliptical train and get around; I lived my life mostly pain-free. It seems the further away I've gotten from that level of fitness, the more I hurt.

I've had 4 rounds of PT, 4 rounds of facet blocks and trigger point injections. A few times it helped diminish the pain and at one point I was reminded what it was like not to have a headache.

Until recently I've let the pain, frustration and depression dictate how I live my life. I've gained weight, isolated myself from others and hoped for that somehow this bad dream would end. I realize now that it is up to me, and with the assistance of my physicians, I'm taking my life back.

I'm not sure how successful I'll be at working through the pain, but my goal is to move, even if it means crawling.

Anyway, it's nice to meet you all. I hope we can be a source of support, encouragement and knowledge to etch other.

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Hello. I injured my back in the summer of 07 and I had surgery in October 08. I had 2 herniated discs [L5, S1] and sciatica. I did physical therapy and cortisone shots before the surgery and it didn't really help. 3-4 months after the surgery the sciatica went away and I feel pretty good now for the most part. My back will flare up once in a while but it usually goes away after a week or so.

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I am dealing with a ruptured L4 and a torn L5 or vice versa. I have degenerative disc disease, whatever that means. This is an old injury and it keeps getting better and then really worse. I just recently injured it again and this time it's been 7 weeks. No gym. No exercize. I am really starting to feel it. I am scheduled to go to a pain management clinic, I have never been to one of these and am not sure this is what I truly need. We shall see.


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XENA65, so sorry that you are having so much trouble.
Do the MRI's show that your fractures have healed?
I know what an accident can do to your back. Mine was an auto accident. Luckily, I had spine fusion, and considering the pain I suffered before surgery and now, is at least 85% less pain. I still take medication but not a lot of it. I was older than you when I had my accident, but definitely the back problems will give you early retirement. Have you signed up on your disability?

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Hello,
Well I have been in back pain since 2005. I had back surgery in 2006 which didn't help then, I was in a motorcycle accident if you want to call it that and that is when all the real damage occurred. I had a stimulator implanted in 2008 which I was hopeful would take care of the pain, didnt. I have been on pain medication all this time and about four months ago I had a second stimulator implanted and the old taken out and still no real relief. I am done with people cutting on my back. To have to face the realization that at 44 I can no longer work is no fun at all. I have bulges up my spine, my L1 L2 is fractured, my L5 is torn and I have degenerative disc disease and more stuff I can't remember it all without looking at my MRI. I do so much research on pain management etc and have yet to find anything that will really work for me other then the medication, which I wish I didn't have to take. I am glad I found sparkpeople because I am also working on getting some of this weight off I know it will certainly hopefully help take some of the pressure off of my spine..:) Bless each of you that suffer with pain it is not a fun way to live..

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Hi, Cuttinabby:

Please see my post in the discussion board on "how do you deal/manage your pain." I discovered something called the McKenizie method.

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I joined this team yesterday. I had spinal fusion in 2006, as a result of an auto accident. I was about 64 years old at the time. My neurosurgeons last warning, at the last visit was, "take it easy on that back, because of your age and an already deteriorating spine." One surgeon advised me not to use a tredmill even. I have started using it now, hoping it will help me to lose weight and gain strength. I was advised to use a stationary bike only, and lots of stretching.

I now have developed sacroillac joint prolem on the right side. The pain is terrible, when it becomes inflamed. About two months ago, I had to go to the pain clinic and get an injection for it. That needle hurt me so bad, that I did a lot of moaning. Even after that, it took so long to heal. I am doing okay right now, until it gets inflamed again. That was my second injection.

Edited by: BRAVEONE92 at: 4/15/2010 (23:41)
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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Oh my gosh some of you must be in a lot more pain than me .
I'm new here,and looking for ideas for stretches and exercises that I can do for my back in order to do the walking my doc recommended for cholesterol.
I have seen a chiro for a few years dealing with my sacroiliac joint pain.There is probably other stuff going on with my back too but I just don't care to know what it is right now.
One thing I have didcovered lately ...the heavier I get the more it hurts any support in weight loss would be a huge help.
Looking forward to getting to know you .
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Hi - new here - had spinal fusion in July - did great - but now with exercise, I am feeling it! I can do a 3.5 mile walk and feel great but not I need to rev it up a bit. anyone out there with a similar issue?

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I just joined this team. I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis this summer (L4,L5 almost totally closed), went through PT. Just completed the 3rd epidural cortisone shot. I am still in intense pain. My stress level is through the roof! I hope this team can help me learn to live with my pain - maybe find relief. I am at my wits end. I joined SP last spring - lost 15 pounds, have probably gained it all back - too depressed to do anything.
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I am so glad everyone willingly shares their experience. Doctors are pushing for me to have spinal surgery, and I need to hear other patient's experiences with this and other symptoms.

Some doctors told me, I never had a patient complain about that problem. Then, I read posts from other patients with the symptoms.

Sorry you have to deal with back spasms little mamma. Have you found anything that helps?

I take Robul Forte for rib spasms that stops them in their track.




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hi,i'm littlemamma123 i had back surgery done i had a vertibra that over lapped another and the doctor fused them together and i get backspasms every time i ride in a car.

i am makeing blankets to donate to the homeless shelter because everybody needs a little love and kindness.


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Hi and Welcome
Thanks so much Tee for sharing. I hope you are comfortable with us here and share much more.
Sounds like you have things under control and I am so glad you find what works for you.

Welcome to the group
HUGS Embersidhe

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Hello,

My name is Tee. A fell off a ladder in 1996 which resulted in fracturing several lumbar discs. Doctors insisted I only sprained my back and operated on my knees instead. Diagnostic testing thru private insurance showed I had damaged L3- S1 and have spondylolisthesis and radiculopathy. Spinal fusion from L3 to S1 was proposed in 2003, but the ins company still has not approved this procedure.

Being involved in three auto accidents caused T areas problems.

I have had 3 sets of epidurals. My first set was done in a doctor's office and left me more disabled then before them.

A second set of epidurals and a facet block done in a hospital was good, but did not last since the I did too much after them.

A third set of epidural last January thru private insurance was great. The doctor would not allow me to do anything for 3 days after the injections, prescribed a muscle relaxer since epidurals tightened muscles on the opposite side plus physical and water therapy.

I have been attending arthritis and waterize classes for 10 years and can not do without these classes. My gym added a pool core strengthening class this year to firm the belly and spinal muscles, which I attend twice a week and find it decreased back pain. I have also been working with a kenisologist for three months to strengthen core muscles, which is helpful too.

I underwent 5 surgeries since my fall on other damaged body parts and am determined not to have more surgery.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had choosen it. That frees you


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Hey all, NC here. I have 8 bad disc at this time ( 4 cervical and 4 between the lumbar and thoracic areas). It is degenerative so stuck with it.
Are there any excercises I can do for the abdominal region - got to get rid of this belly! It does not help my back. emoticon
I do use my ellipitical - right now 5 mins a day but hoping to build that up.

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Hi, my name is Judy/texasgal, and over the years my systemic lupus has caused many maladies. This passed week, I was having severe pain in my lower spine and down my left leg with muscle cramps and numbness, heat and spasms, had a back x-ray and STAT MRI which revealed spinal stenosis on the left. I have an appt. coming up with a Neurosurgeon..Where do I go from here?? emoticon

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hi, i'm littlelady12345 and i had a spinalcord injury when i was a baby it was called mennigicel at the base of the spine and i also have a shunt in my head and as an adult i had to have 2 vertibras fused together .

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Hello Lindaloo80,
Has your doctor ever mentioned using an "ice pack"
on those painful nerve pain sources?
It sounds like your arm/hand pain was/is the same as mine. I use an ice pack on my neck for twenty minutes
at a time, then rest for an hour or two. You can rotate the area's, neck first, upper thoracic second, lumbar third.
I would definitely ask your doctor about this.
Take care and feel better. John/New York

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Hello Ember,
Long time, no write. I was away for approximately three months. My computer caught a virus from Germany
and that was all she wrote, it died a tragic death,why tragic, it meant I had to get a new one. It took me three months to save enough for a new one.
It's a compaq presario PC with lots more space and windows vista.
It takes some getting used to but it's all right now.
My old 'user name' is Joco50, it now is Joco112.
Pain wise, still the same, but physical therapy helps in that .
Joco50/Joco112/ John NEW YORK

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Hi, I just found this group while looking for info on inversion tables.

I had a cervical herniated disk and a bulging cervical disk in 2006 and PT with traction helped me immensely. A year later I had another round of PT, but I've been pretty good with it so far. I herniated mine while drawing, but I've always had neck issues and have severe muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders. Drawing is not conducive to good posture, let me tell you!

I have arthritis damage to my nerves so my hands are numb, and I also have the same kind of damage to my hips, so my feet are going numb also. Not quite as bad as my hands (yet). Some of you talked about shots, I've had a cortisone/anesthetic shot in my neck and my hip, (my elbow also but that is another group maybe? LOL) due to the pinched nerve pain, and boy every time I was SO glad I did it.

I see many of these posts are now a few years old! We should post how everyone is doing now, or is there another thread that covers this?

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WELCOME WELCOME all new members. WOW !! We have 13 new members and I would like to say I hope you all enjoy your stay. I wish I had photgraphic memory, LOL but I don't so I won't mention names I have seen here in case I leave one of you lovely souls out.
I recently moved back to Canada from the US, so I hope this excuse will fly for my absence LOL

I hope to get to know you all though, and in the next few days will post at your page too.

Warm hugs
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Just got my cortisone shot in my spine to help with a bulging disc causing sciatica. It seemed to go great, loved the tech and the radiologist and only took an hour total. I'm off tomorrow for 10 days in the warm Arizona sun and want to be able to walk around a bit.

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Hey welcome back John! And welcome to those who are new and just reading... don't hesitate to post. Good discussions and information here.

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we grow old because we stop playing.
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I just rejoined the team, I was knocked off by another team that I had to join in order to get a letter sent.
The topic was;Narcolepsy drug curbs Fibromyalgia!
the name of that drug is; SODIUM OXYBATE.
If anyone here has Fibro,please contact your doctors and ask about the drug.
John/Joco50beer@yahoo.com
PS, I can send you the article just let me know.

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Trish - I know what you mean by this all being new to you! I was in a car accident in Dec. of '07, and have had surgery to fuse my neck (from L5 through T1), and to put in metal plates and screws...along with the removal of 2 discs that ruptured (and the plastic "spacers" that were put in to help w/ avoiding compression of the levels).
So, I'm still also learning as to what I can do vs. really shoudln't do. and, how far I can push myself w/out being laid up for the next few days in pain...

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Good for you on the weighloss Joco, fabulous!!
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Welcome to the team! I was in a car accident in February with a compressed fracture of L2. So I am very new to the back pain. There are a lot of good ideas on this forum!


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I just joined this team. You can look at my Spark Page anytime. If you have questions, ask. My back injury was in 2001 and I've been on disability since. Details available as you want them. Hope to make some friends who understand what constant back pain is.

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I'd like to welcome all newcomers to Spark People. I was fortunate enough to get an invite from one of my other groups to join Spark people and I'll tell you, it's very inspiring to know others are going through the same problems as I am and they have shown me how to deal with those problems too.
I've reached another goal of mine, yup, I lost ten pounds in October and plan to loose much more.
I'd like to get down to a comfortable weight so my back isn't as painful. I've over a dozen herniated disc's with neuropathies to boot. If /when I reach those goals, I know I'll feel better because I did it, on my own, three years ago.
A few prescriptions later, and my weight ballooned. I know plan to work with Spark People to get my weight back down. I hope you will too.
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Just stopping in the check out everyone's posts. It sure ain't easy, these rows we are hoeing, but it's always better than being planted under one of those rows!



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Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.

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Kirrian,
Thanks for the information, I will definitely talked to my pharmacist tomorrow about it.
Again, Thanks.
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Hi John, Boy is your back a mess!
You might want to try magnesium for the spasms. It is great for cramping and as a general muscle relaxant. It was my best friend after my back surgery. Adult males need about 300-350 mg per day but check the equiv. value on the label eg might say 1000mg equiv to 150 mg which means your body will only absorb 150 mg of the 1000 mg dose. The chelate forms are better quality and powders are absorbed better than tablets. If you are getting too much you will get diarrhoea so just stop taking it for a few days then resume at a lower dose. It can interact with a couple of drugs, mostly kidney ones, so check with your pharmacist if you are taking other meds. I can't give you more precise information because I only know about Australian drugs and doses. You should notice an improvement in 1-2 weeks.

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Hello all,
My name is John also known as Joco50,
I've been disbled since 1995 when I was in a terrible construction accident.
I now have herniated discs in my neck at C-3,C4,C5 and C6 and 7, with Osteophytes at C4,5,6 &7.
In my thoracic I've got T-1,T-2, A left sided herniation, T7,8,9 and 10 are centrally herniated with osteophytes(bone spurs) at each disc.
And finally,in my lumbar spine L4,L5 S1 herniated and bone spurs at the nerve roots.
I've managed to deal with the pain via medication, TENS unit use and meditation. Believe me, when I learned how to meditate, it saved me from having to go on major pain killers. I put myself in a calm state and feel better from it too.
the spasms are something I can do without though. I can't seem to rid myself of them. Any suggestions?
Joco50

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Hi Everyone. My name is Melissa. I am a single mom of 2 great boys. I am disabled due to back problems. I have many disc problems that are due to arthritis. I had my first back surgery in January of 06. I have been in more pain since that surgery then before, I found out 2 months ago that the surgery was not a success and I will have to have the surgery again. We are looking to have it done in about 3-4 months and my doctor would like to see me lose as much weight as possible before then. Its really not easy, My eating isn't very bad, but its incredibly hard for me to exercise at all. I am trying to stay positive and i know that i can do it. I joined spark people to help with my goals and for support...we all need support, so i am here for anyone that needs it as well!

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Hi Guys,
My name is Kirrian and I am in the unusual situation of sitting on both sides of the fence. I had an L5-S1 disc replacement surgery (an artificial disc is implanted) which is the 'young persons' alternative to a fusion. This was done 18 months ago when I was 29. I am also an osteopath (and I do cranio-sacral work) so I spend all day trying to help people with back pain.
I am happy to report a fantastic result from my surgery, although I have a very slight foot drop on the right, and now keep rolling my ankle in step aerobics!
I have noticed that a lot of you seem young to be having fusions. I am in Australia so things might be different here. The issue might be cost as the fusion is cheaper than the replacement but they both treat the same problem. From what I understand your medical insurance situation in the states is less than ideal. Anyone would get a fusion here under our medicare system but to get a replacement you need good private insurance or pay the $20 000 yourself (I had great insurance!)
I love being a spinal surgery success story and I hope I can help some of you make progress. If anyone has questions about the procedure I had, I would love to be able to help. For any of you contemplating surgery my three tips for the best outcome are:
1. Get as fit and healthy as you can before the surgery so that your risk of infection is lower and your recovery is quicker.
2. DO YOUR REHAB! it isn't all up to the surgeon. It is your responsibility to regain your strength
3 (this is the hardest) Accept help from others when they offer and don't do too much to soon. You think you can get away with more activity than you are actually capable of and set your recovery back a few steps.

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Thank-you for that information, I don't know much about DDD, and I didn't know that it usually just stays what it is! That was VERY encouraging news I've gotten in a long while! I'm sorry to hear it was a hard week for you! How are you holding up with it being such a hard week? Yesterday was a hard day for me, and I found myself eating really bad for me foods :-( But today I'm uplifted that its a new day, I believe I will hit the track here and walk the 3 mile course! Hope today is an uplifting day for you as a brand new day and a start to a new week!!
Emily

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Hi Emily

I hope you can find a career that will help you, rather than futher the damage in your neck. Most DDD's don't get worst, they are what they are. SO long as you don't get a job lifting etc. I hope you will be ok. I was finally discharged after 6 years this week from my surgeon, who told me he will miss my visits. We are moving back to the US from Canada so really, I guess I would still be in his care. I love my surgeon so much, it has been a hard week.
Anyhow, LOL here I am going on, I hope you find great benefit from being in the group
hugs for now
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tread softly, for you tread on my dreams~-

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Hello everyone!! I'm Emily, 24. And was told in the last few months that the chronic neck/upper back pain is actually degenerative disc disease in my neck. So, being in the Army, I'm now being discharged, and am not allowed to work out anymore for fear of injuring myself further. So I'm branching out on my own to get the extra weight off that I've put on. I was scrolling down the list of introductions, and I can't tell you what a relief it is to find more like me out in this world! I'm excited to see what works for you all without causing un-needed pain and going through our weightloss together!!

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Hi Alicia

I am first gald you found us, but so so sorry this happened to you. We are the same age and although I am not completely numb, I have many difficulties. I have cauda equina syndrome and Chronic fatigue, and chronic pain syndrome as well.
I hope you will find comfort here and be able to get some of your feeling back. Nerves are funny things, mine are still mending after 6 years. Don't give up ok
here for you, hugs. Ember

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tread softly, for you tread on my dreams~-

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Hi all. I am a 40 year old woman and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. In October I went to the Emergency room because my GP could not tell me why I was going numb from the feet up. I waited almost too long to go. I have been diagnosed with Spinal Spondylosis with Myelopathy. I had emergency surgery to remove abnormality in my 5/6 cervical vertebrae. I am still numb, nothing has changed. I hope to find insite into my disability through this team.

Thanks for listening.
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Welcome to the group all new members. We are growing so much.
See you all soon
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