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wanted to introduce myself... PLIF on 7/9

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in New Member Introductions

I'm a 37 year old female. have had problems for about 10 years... since a bad waterskiing accident that tore my right hamstring... and possibly a lower back ligament. that could have led to my 2 bad discs. before then, I ran all through high school and college. did hurdles in track. played soccer many years. ran cross country in college. after that wipeout, when I finally started running almost 2 years later, I had pain in my back, hip and leg (all rt side). still, I trained and ran my first two marathons before I hit 30. I quit running in June of 2006 because of the pain. In Oct. 2006 I had a laminectomy L3-L4, L4-L5.

that turned out to be like a bandaid. Last summer I had my nerves burned. helped for like 3 weeks. uugh! I can't count the number of injections I've had... which quit working about 3 years ago.

so... after many more tests... and a new neurosurgeon, I'm scheduled to have a PLIF (those 2 levels) on July 9th. pedicle screw instrumentation.

I could go on with many details, but I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with all that goes into deciding to go with something as invasive as this surgery. the fact is, I'm as ready as I'm gonna be! I feel like my life has been on hold... and I am ready to be actually recovering, and not just managing pain.

I have an amazing husband, and two healthy precious kids. 11 year old son, and 5 year old daughter. other than my back issues, I consider myself ridiculously blessed. :)

I truly believe I will be a success story.

having said that, I woke up this a.m. realizing just 3 more days til surgery, and I just cried. I want so badly to enjoy these last days as much as possible!

I do have some questions, but honestly, a bunch have already been answered by reading other posts... so thank you all for your invaluable experiences... and for sharing.

I'll move on to post on the surgery forum, and ask my questions there.

I look forward to getting to know you all better. :)


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