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shzannsshzann Posts: 25
edited 12/16/2013 - 9:39 AM in Recovering from Surgery
This is my first post. I am 40 years old and have suffered from chronic back and neck pain for years. Due to tailbone pain and success with pain injections at this level I had my coccyx removed July 2012 with no relief. I have been diagnosed with DDD. 2.5 years ago my L5-S1 disk bulged and eventually herniated. I used every technique known to my doctor to prevent an additional surgery such as physical therapy, decompression therapy, bilateral steroid injections at SI joint, and at L5-S1 level, I bought an inversion table, I wore a TENS unit all day long for two years. I've tried multiple medicines but since I chose to work 12 hour shifts in the hospital I usually stayed on Aleve and Hydrocodone for horrible numbness down my left leg. Now, as of December 3 my doctor finally convinced me to have an ALIF procedure. I am recovering but would love to compare notes with others in my shoes. I am only 130# so weight was never an issue. Where should I look and what forums would you suggest for me to browse through?
Coccygectomy 07-12-12
L5-S1 ALIF 12-03-13
Bilateral Rhizotomy L4-S1 02-24-15


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Sorry to hear you have had such issues. One tip is to use the Subscribe button on topics that you like. It is in the very first post of a thread that you read. You can then follow these under My Account > Subscriptions > Pages/Threads.

    Typical feature of most forums but just placed a little strangely here. Lot of great information here and best of luck!
    C7-T1 ACDF 12Dec2013
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