M, y name is Marci123, and I live in Melbourne. I have been an LPN for the past 36yrs., and now I am like the patients I have cared for all those past years. I'm not very happy, since I'm not able to work now. My big day consists of Md. visits, or grocery shopping trips, usually to Wal=Mart, where there is only 2-3 carts for the whole store. That's always a hassle. I have been out of work since last Nov. I thought about volunteering at the hospital, or something. Mostly, I do my exercises from my chair, watching Tv, or on the computer. I can't walk for very long, I have 3 herniated L/S disc's, from falls last Oct. and a severe scoliosis , pain down both legs now, and weakness more on the L leg, and now some on right. My MD here wants to do an ant/post. TLF, and soon, and I am really scared to have such a drastic surgery, and keep putting itoff. I am planning to have a partial L knee surgery done soon, to fix that part, I hope. I can't stand all this pain. My MD has me on M/SIR/ MSER, neurontin,flexeril, paxil, and a lidoderm patch. He did restart my epidural injections this past week, he did 3, one into the sacro/iliac nerve this time, and I had so much steroids I felt like crap all lasty week. But it did help the pain, and swelling. I was doing some studying on the spine-health site this aft., and was enjoying some new info on some meds, I didn't knowabout. I'm looking forward on learning more, with time.