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Mandy36MMandy36 Posts: 2
edited 10/11/2015 - 3:31 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi my name is Amanda, I'm 36 and on August 16th, I injured my back and neck. I herniated my L5/S1 and my C6 and 7, And I meet with the ortho surgeon Dr on Thursday. I'm hoping for some kinda of good news or a plan on what his plan is to fix me, I've been in nursing for 15 years, I'm a certified nursing assistant and I love it, but since my injury I've not been able to work or really do a while lot of anything without paying for it later, this pain has been something else, burning up and down my arms and legs, and now it's like my neck isn't strong enough to support my big head, lol so I'm just trying to research what kinda of treatments and or surgeries are used for these kinda of injuries. So nice to meet everyone, and there's my story.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 10/12/2015 - 8:31 PM
    There is a video on this site, ..What to bring to surgical consultation...
    You may find that helpful to you, and to have the information lead you to questions you may want to ask doctor about.

    The video library is huge, or you can use search, on this site, upper right on page.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    It's nice to see another certified nursing assistant on here! I was first certified over 30 years ago. I was working as a Hospice Aide since 2007. I was injured on the job in 2013. I've had 2 neck surgeries & rotator cuff surgery as a result of that injury.
    My surgeon has told me that I will never go back to doing that line of work again. Too much lifting & too much strain on my spine.
    Have you tried any physical therapy? Are you on any pain meds?
    Let us know what your doctor says. Good luck!
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