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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Lower Back Pain
Please, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the community. IzzyAbdul al-Sharif is my name, I am a 39 year old male who has spent the last 5 yrs of his life dealing with spinal issues on at a very intense basis. These issues actually started some 17 yrs back, when I was involved in a low-speed, single automobile accident. I was in the process of assisting some friends who were moving into the dorms at the college we all attended. Then while driving across the campus lawn, at a speed no greater than 5mph, our vehicle snagged on an unmarked drainage pipe. I broke every vertebrae in my neck except the 1st, and with my A-C process in my shoulder. So today my neck is fused front and back,3 up front with plates and screws, 2 in the back with rods and screws and grafts.I suffer from stenosis in my entire spine, and have degenerative disk disease throughout.

I am having the time of my life trying to get beyond spinal issues, and find a decent quality of living after a series of major spine surgical interventions. It is nice to have the support of those who have experience with this sort of thing. It is my hope that I will find the benefit of support here, and be able to reciprocate that support.

Thanks out front everybody for being there,
IzzyAbdul al-Sharif
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  • and welcome to the forum. What a terrible thing to have to go through , I am so sorry for all that you have suffered. The member community here is wonderful and you will find support and understanding. If there is ever anything that I can do to help you then please do not hesitate to let me know. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. Take care...Miki
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. it is so difficult to live a life with pain but perhaps with the comfort and companionship of the forum you can start to feel better. i have some of your issues, some different, but we all have pain in common. good luck with your journey and i hope you find adequate pain relief both in your body and in your spirit soon. Jenny :)
  • Welcome, and Wow! :jawdrop: You just never know - you were only going 5 mph??! Did you have a seatbelt on, I am wondering? Sometimes, it's just the right (or wrong!) amount of force and it can do A LOT of damage. Sorry to hear about that.

    Has your surgeon come out and said that the DDD all the way down the spine is the result of the fusions in your neck? Just wondering...

    Best wishes.... :)
  • You will find support and understanding here. Sorry about all your pain. I have no cervical issues, only lumbar problems, but do understand how pain can affect your life.
    Welcome to the forum, but sorry you have had to find it! Good luck to you!
  • we are glad to have you here but not glad to hear of how much suffering you must endure. I will look forward to reading your posts and seeing you around the forum.
  • Hopey:
    Please allow me to add that I was riding in a 1971 Buick Skylark. Cherry of a ride before this frame-bending and neck breaking incident. All originally outfitted, right down to the buried seat belts. They came standard on all vehicles prior to 1975, buried seat belts.If you found 'em you could keep 'em or bury them again and start the game anew. When you found the seat belt on these vehicles it was if you solved some great mystery, or won a game show. You almost expected balloons and confetti to rain down from the ceiling. I assumed them to be in China someplace, just buried, like all the other belts from all the cars from this era. On those vehicles it was never really intended to use belts, come on- with a spring loaded coach for front seat and a lap strap buried to China-Good Luck! Certainly I'm not the only one remembering these boats? I recall the front seat having one setting for all in the front seat, not just the driver. It was a group effort just to adjust that seat,with that synchronized heaving thrusting back and forth to get it just right. It makes my head hurt thinking about, "is that your count of 3 or mine?".It should have been some Olympic team sport for all the goings on's. And good gracious,If you were a tall passenger, you'd better damn well have a driver just as tall or taller, or your ass ended up knee deep in the glove compartment, all folded up like a map and going on.Boy, I know from experience, back in the 80s I dated a girl who was 4ft something or another, I was 6 2 then. She drove 71 Chevy Impala, she may as well have driven a Chevette, once she pulled that coach underneath that wheel.Why did I have to sit up in the back seat like some overgrown child being shuttled about by his momma. I could see right out front that this relationship was going no place at an awkwardly alarming rate. I was a teenager, with teenage thoughts, designs, and motives. And sitting there in the back the car like that presented an insurmountable impasse. And furthermore, it just wasn't the least bit cool.

    But to answer your question Hopy, no I did not utilize the lap strap that day. I'm still searching for it, let me know if you happen across it.I would describe to you, but there in lies a another problem, how do you describe something you have not seen hide nor hair of. If you can't describe it, it is a real trick to find, you dig? Its more like the legend of Big Foot "have you seen it, huh?", than a legitimate safety measure. I am quite sure that others have experience something similar to my ordeal because the ingredients were present in abundance and the temperature settings were right.The attitude was death on wheels boy,"Who wears a seat belt?". Somehow along the way seatbelt wearing came to reflect something about your manhood and all kinds of nonsense.The idea seemed to be more along the lines of, Let's get this concept of the car up to speed and think about safety some time down the road.This attitude was pervasive as wellas perverted. It took concerned lobbyists to push the safety component onto the table for consideration.They had overwhelming evidence to support the need to emphasize safety even though it is not sexy like speed and horsepower. My injuries are the product of a lackadaisical attitude were safety safety is concerned with vehicles.Safety hasn't been sexy, and sexy sells. In a sense I'm all messes up today because there was no way to make a seat belt sexy. Hey I know how, it is quite difficult to be sexy and dead at the same time. Unless of course I'm missing something here.
  • I just wanted to thank you for posting your description of the vehicle with the couch and missing seat belts. I am only 32yo but boy have I been in my fair share of these vehicles. I am not trying to make light of your situation at all but wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading your description of the good ole skylark. Not only did it bring back memories but it made me smile. For some reason whenever my friends and I would do the "on the count of 3" thing, there was always someone in the front seat that was either off on the count or was not as strong as the rest of us and the seat would be at an angle. Then it was like dang it let set it back and do it again. LOL
    Anyway I wish you luck with your back issues and welcome aboard! :H Mel
  • A seatbelt might be sexy if worn on a naked person; other than that, I guess not! =))

    I remember both car seats that all moved up and back "as one", and the buried seatbelts as well. I don't know when people started figuring out what a seatbelt should be used for but that might have made the total difference in such a simple accident as yours. I'd imagine, too, that the bumber on that 71 Buick was made of steel; without any give to it, your poor neck took all that force.
  • Mel I had an opportunity to check into your self-reported medical history as it relates to your spine, and I see that you have had a fusion at the dreaded L5-S1 level. My question is one of which type of procedure you had conducted:Was it anterior, posterior, or a combination thereof? Did you utilize the services of a neurologist, neurosurgeon, or bone specialist?Please anyone with experience here in this area can feel free to get in on this line of questioning. I would hate to limit this to Mel only. And Mel, I'm not about to ask you how it came to be injured. It may lead to more long-winded stories about the things back in the 70s. My L5-S1 injury story involves sliding off the back end of a pregnant horse back home in Kentucky.In all seriousness, y'all all feedback is greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.
  • WEll my injuring was caused when I was about 18! At least that was the first time I ever experienced pain. I know you said you were not asking how I was injured but I am not listening to you. LOL I was actually playing tackel footbal with a few friends, yep I was a tomboy since I had 2 older brothers. We were playing for about 10-15 minutes and I had not been tackled yet. I was getting ready to pass to my teammate and when I pulled my arm back and launched the ball I couldn't move from the "just threw a football"position. I had severe severe pain in my lower back, I literally couldn't move my legs, back or anything without wanting to collapse in pain. Of course the guy's almost didn't believe me and thought that I was trying to get out of being tackled since I was the smallest one playing, but then they seen my tears, which I never cried from pain, and my face drain of the color. I had to have the guy's carry me to my bedroom and my roommates boyfriend stayed for the week so he could help me get in and out of bed. Anyway, that pain lasted about a week and then I only felt a little pain about once a year. It got worse and worse before I actually went to the doc. I seen a neurosurgeon for the surgery. I wouldn't have ended up with this doc except for the fact that he had remove a tumor out of my hubby's spinal cord. If my hubby would have mustered it up like he had for 2 years and not went to the doc he would have been paralyzed. That is a whole other story. So after his surgery I really liked and trusted that doctor. Turns out that my disk was torn, bulging and had leaked so much during the 10yrs after the initial injury that if I didn't get the surgery right then he said I would be in so much pain I wouldn't want to walk at all!!! He did the surgery through my belly, but way low, right above the pubic bone. It is a fusion done with the titanium cage, screws and plate. I am so glad that I had the surgery. When I was going to an ortho he wanted to use this electrode thing and coterize(sp?) the disk. I told him I wanted a second opinion just to cover my basis and that is when I went to the neuro. Thank goodness I did because he said that wouldn't have done anything but make it where I would have to have surgery further down the road. Sorry this is such a long winded story, LOL, but please feel free to ask anything about the injury or the surgery or post-op. HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! MEL
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