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ShanCBSShanCB Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all, I'm Shan.
I posted a lengthy diatribe in the Surgery area about my back problems, which I won't repeat here, other than to say, I had a laminectomy/discectomy Sept. 3, and am still in a great deal of pain.

I'm a 1/2 time Librarian, a full-time grad student and was planning to enter a doctoral program next fall (delayed due to back issues), and I homeschool with my kids. I always jokingly say "and sometimes I sleep" when I give that spiel.

I was fairly fit when I injured my back last April, and actually hurt it in a fall while stupidly jogging at night. So it's been a challenging change in lifestyle to constantly have to lie down (sitting & standing hurt) and not work much.

Thankfully I have a fantastic family--husband & 3 kids--who are helpful and empathetic. From reading these boards I can see I am by no means suffering the full range of back issues (lol) though in dark days it seems like it couldn't possibly get any worse! So glad to have found this site, though. And I look forward to meeting you all (or some anyway).


  • Sorry to hear you were injured and had to get surgery. I hope your recovery gets better. I hope you can call your Surgeon if you need a muscle relaxer or more pain medications. It's great you have a supportive family. we're here to support you when you need it. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • HI Shan :wave:

    I home schooled my children for many years and have no regrets :)

    I am sorry for all you have been & are going through. I hope you find the support, information, and friendships that I have been blessed to find on this forum board :D
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.it sounds like you had a very full life until you wound up on your back!! everyone heals at a diffent rate and this could be the case for you.. remember to talk to your doctor if you are unsure of you recovery!! it is so good to know you have the support of your husband and children.. good luck to you! i hope you are feeling better soon! stop by anytime, it can make recovery go by a bit faster when you visit SH!! Jenny :)
  • I appreciate the welcome & the support. Hopefully I can offer the same to others.
  • Hello Shan and welcome to SH!! There are some wonderful and supportive people on this site!!
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