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delta_dawn67ddelta_dawn67 Posts: 76
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm really not new here, I've been hanging around for about a year. I just never bothered with an introduction, because I convinced myself that I had a "simple reherniation" and would be cured soon. My most recent MRI and visit with the NS make it clear that I've been so wrong and boy am I scared! I know that I will make the best that I can of all of this, because I generally have a very positive attitude and I know that I have found a great place for knowledge and support!!

So "hi" and get ready because I have LOTS of questions!! And I know that none of you are doctors or can offer any medical advice, but I will certainly appreciate anyone who is willing to share their personal experience and opinions based on them. Thanks in advance!


  • Welcome to SH :H We're glad to have you onboard. What happened to you after your disc herniation, and what part of the spine did it happen? Did you have surgery and if so what type was it?

    I had complications after my decompression surgery on L4-5 including recurring disc herniation, nerve impingement, vertebral slippage, and severe DDD of L4-S1. A 2 level fusion came along after that but I'm still struggling with chronic severe lower back pain, sciatica, post op scar tissue, and permanent nerve damage.

    Well, that's my intro and I look forward to getting to know you better. Take care :-C
  • Thanks for the welcome! I'm trying to get this info in my signature but its tough! I can only sit at the computer for a few minutes at a time because of pain. Most of the time that I am on here is with my BlackBerry Not-So Smartphone, and it is a pain to type on! Especially words that it doesn't recognize!
    My previous surgery and now upcoming surgery is lumbar. The major bulge is at L3/4 where there is only 4mm space left in the thecal sac. They are supposed to call me Monday with the date for surgery: laminectomy with 360 optimesh. Is there an abreviation/initials for that? They also said I have "fairly significant hypertrophic facet disease" which he said isn't going to go away. I also have issues in my cervical area which have been helped with injections but only for about a month. NS said we will need to address that next because there is narrowing to 10mm.
    Sorry so long!!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. well, we are so glad you have officially stopped by.. =D> sorry to hear you are having pain problems.. ~X( you know your way around so make yourself at home. :D good luck with your pain problems!!! by the way, what about something like Lyrica for your sciatica? :? it works wonders for me. :D talk to your doctor!! :-C Jenny
  • good luck with the surgery ..i too have extensive facet joint hypertrophy and its very painful {especially in the morning} as yet i have not found a way of beating the facet joint pain ..even with pain killers its still very bad ..i dont envy you having back surgery i have had two lots and just refuse a third ...anyway good luck
  • Thanks for the welcome! I've enjoyed reading many of your posts so I feel like I kind of already know you both. But it is great to "officially meet" you!
    Jenny- I am on Cymbalta for the nerve pain and it does help. We stayed away from the lyrica because of the possible weight gain issue. I have gained A LOT of weight already!! I guess its from the steroids and decreased activity. I try to be careful what I eat but it doesn't seem to matter! Very depressing! I was so careful being pregnant at 39 to gain only baby weight and then to have this happen afterward!
    Straker- yes! This pain is awful! First I need to deal with this surgery. But after that, I reserve the right to pick your brain for all that you know about this facet disease. :-)
  • :H Welcome aboard! You're in the right place for lots of community and support.

    Maybe after we help you with your issues we can figure out a way to lose weight by lying in bed (LOL)- boy, we could make a million! :))(

    Look forward to more communications. By the way, don't apologize for long posts, it's pretty common around here. I'm still trying to figure out the abbreviations for all the operations too. I have to go look things up all the time.

    Take care,

  • Thanks for the welcome!
    Now what do you think about us inventing a heating pad that burns off fat?! With all the quality time I spend with mine, I'd be as skinny as a toothpick! Lol! We will have to work on this!! :)
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