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new and frustrated!

ballmombballmom Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in New Member Introductions
I am an active 40-year-old mother of two going crazy!! At the age of 24, was diagnosed with herniation at L4-5. Went years dealing with flare-ups of intense pain, numbness, weakness, etc. Went through the physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, epidurals. At age 30, diagnosed with severe DDD L2-S1 on top of the L4-L5 herniation. Finally had L4-L5 diskectomy/laminectomy back in August 2009. The herniated disk had actually calcified to the nerve because it was there for so long. Felt GREAT for 4 months. Jan. 1 of this year, reherniated L4-5 and also L5-S1. Had redo L4-5 lami/diskectomy(disk is now completely gone-so have bone on bone) as well as L5-S1 lami/diskectomy. MD did not want to do fusion due to severe DDD at levels above, age and activity level. Now, 5 weeks postop, have reherniated L5-S1! Am frustrated now that i have no option other than to live with pain the rest of my life. I am very active, and the thought of being sedentary scares me more than anything. Quality of life is very important to me. Anyone else with this issue?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832

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    As you start to read the various forums here, you will see that there are so so so many other people out there that share your situation and worse.

    There is no secret or magic in turning the clock back or making the pain disappear. The key is learning how to deal with chronic pain and manage/control the pain.

    Pain medication may be only one part of the total package that people need. Take a look at my FAQ topic The Blend That just goes a little into what is needed.

    Maintaining a positive attitude and approach to all of this which is negative is so very important.

    It is so easy to give up, throw in the towel and just let your spinal situation take over and control your life.

    Its hard, so very hard, but so very important that we find ways to combat this. Each person may have their own arsenal in fighting this, but we all must do that to live a happier life.

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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. Ron has covered alot of info for you!! drop by anytime! Jenny :)
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