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Hi from a newbie

Hi all.
I am a 49 year old woman, and had surgery just over six weeks ago - spinal decompression at L4/L5, and discectomy at L5/S1.
I suffered with sciatica for nearly 30 years, and coped on Tramadol quite well, until late last year, when pain on a whole new scale, followed by loss of feeling in my left leg, left me needing surgery.
The op has been a success in terms of pain reduction and getting the sensation back, but now I feel a bit deflated as I think my expectations were unrealistic. I imagined a cure, I suppose, but the reality is I am left with limitations, and I have to adjust to them - mainly in my working life.
I have a job I love, but won't be able to do properly, and at 49 I feel a bit 'left on the shelf' if that makes sense?
Anyhow, realising there are people who are far worse off than me, I joined here to get some perspective, and hopefully find some support, and also offer it to others.
So that's me. I hope to chat to some of you soon :)


  • LilyCatLLilyCat Posts: 4
    edited 05/14/2013 - 1:32 PM
    Thank you for the welcome :)
    What do you mean by 'get a cookie cut'? I will do it gladly (I think!) once I know what it means :D
  • Hi Lily........welcome aboard!

    I can understand where you're coming from. 30 years is a LOOOONG time to deal with pain, especially from sciatic! I look forward to seeing you on the boards. Lots of great people to interact with here! :-)

  • LilyCatLLilyCat Posts: 4
    edited 05/15/2013 - 5:01 AM
    Thank you so much for the welcome :)
    Just looking at your list of surgeries, and you make me look like an amateur.
    I think this forum might be just what I need to start looking at the positives.
    Looking forward to chatting when I can make my way around here :)
  • Hi Lily........you're welcome!

    Ha! I dearly hope you never need this many surgeries. There are a whole lot of great people here to chat and discuss with and I have certainly enjoyed being a member. I look forward to chatting with you as well.

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