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Hi, I'm Gigi!

GiannaGGianna Posts: 8
edited 05/05/2015 - 9:43 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, I'm Gigi. I'm a 29 year old female that has been living with degenerative disc disease and herniated discs since 2010. In November 2014, I learned that I have spinal stenosis. I've been to the ER several times since then because the pain was unbearable. I've been seeing a neurosurgeon regularly since November 2014, to keep close monitoring on it. I've had MRIs that were used to diagnose my condition and also X-Rays.

I exhausted all conservative treatment options including physical therapy for 3 months, 3 epidural injections, and medication (Norco 5-325, Percocet 10-325).

A week ago, my pain got SO bad, that once again, I was sent to the ER through ambulance to get my back pain managed. I was in the ER for 30 hours before being taken to get MRIs done. One was without contrast, one was with contrast. It was just a few hours after that, that I learned I'd be going into surgery. Just a month before, I told my neurosurgeon that I wanted to wait it out. I had many personal reasons for that. I was supposed to see him in two months. Little did I know that the stenosis would get worse, so quickly and I'd be so on board for surgery. I ended up having the surgery the day after I was told that was the treatment plan. I didn't even hesitate to agree to it. This was my first spinal surgery so I was nervous but hopeful.

According to my neurosurgeon, the surgery went as planned and as soon as I woke up from surgery, I felt so good!! My profile picture was taken just 2 hours after my surgery. I was all smiles and the leg pain I had was immediately gone! Woohoo!! :D

So, right now, the plan is to rest, ambulate with my walker, then add a cold compress to my back to help reduce inflammation. I'll be getting in-home physical therapy twice a week. My PT guy is going to look into getting a TENS unit for me as well. We're hoping my insurance will cover it.

So, that's where I'm at. I was in the hospital for a total of 6 days. I'm so happy to be home. I'm still very sore and stiff but happy and very optimistic about recovery. I joined this board to make some new friends and hopefully learn a thing or two.
Thank you for reading this far. :)
Micro disctectomy and Laminectomy April 30, 2015
(Lumbar L-4, L-5)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • You will find lots of support here. Your picture looks GREAT and I live your name. So glad you are feeling better. I know there will be ups and downs but thankful you have now been safely delivered to the other side. My surgery will be June 9. Liitle anxious but hopeful. What kind of surgery did you have?

  • ivym said:
    What kind of surgery did you have?

    Thank you! :D

    I had a microdisctectomy and a laminectomy.
    Micro disctectomy and Laminectomy April 30, 2015
    (Lumbar L-4, L-5)
  • Welcome Gianna
    So good to hear your doing so well after surgery :)

    Facet joint Arthritis L3,L4,L5,DDD.
  • Thank you, Pinkella! :)
    Micro disctectomy and Laminectomy April 30, 2015
    (Lumbar L-4, L-5)
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 05/06/2015 - 2:55 PM
    It is always great to share in good news!

    Keep us posted on your recovery. :)
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Hey Gigi,

    So good to hear your surgery was a success! I'm heading in for my first microdiscectomy at L5S1 next Thursday. I've been dealing with my back/leg pain for about a year now, and have tried every conservative method on the planet - with limited results. So I sat down with my neurosurgeon this week and we're going forward with the surgery.

    I'm an extremely active person, and just need to get on the path to recovery. I actually plan on getting back into sports, and fitness instruction when I'm healed up, so it's great to see other people having success from their surgeries!!

    Good luck in your recovery, and if you have any words of advice to someone getting surgery ... feel free to pass it along:) I need all the help I can get:) One thing I do know is I probably won't be taking a pic of myself right after surgery ... nobody wants to see this grumpy face coming out of anesthesia!

    Scott Giles
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