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Hi - I am from the uk - had laminectomy and now need operation for spine instability!

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there

I have just found this site as I have had a lamnectomy in April 2008 and have just found out I need some 'scaffolding' put into my spine too as it has become unstable. :jawdrop:

It was great after the op - but after about 12 weeks - my back has 'got stuck' making it difficult to walk very far. I walk with my bottom sticking out! Lol! :D

Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has simular problems!

Kind regards

Jo :)


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. we have several members from the uk as well. i am so sorry to hear your operation was not a success and you require another. chin up and i hope you know we are all here for you when the going gets really tough. you might check the "Back and Neck Surgery" section for some more input. at the least you will be prepared for this one. good luck and please keep us informed of your progress. we care! Jenny :)
  • Hi Jenny

    Thanks for the welcome!

    I will know what's coming this time - that's what worries me!

    I have put a note in the section you suggested. I am just on the waiting list to see another surgeon who specialises in this kind of spinal surgery. Will keep u posted.

    Thanks again!

    Jo :)
  • Welcome to spine health!! Sorry to hear that you ahve to have another surgery :( . As Jenny stated we are always here to offer moral support and friendship :). Please keep us posted.
  • I too am sorry to hear that you will need to undergo another surgery! A second opinion is always a good idea when it comes to surgery. I had a discectomy back in Dec 07 and I also have an unstable spine. I am not going through another surgery and am handling it with a lumbo sacral back brace for now. I wish you luck and please keep us posted.
  • hi jo,
    sorry to hear that things are not that good at the mo,
    i too am from the uk, i had a spinal fusion L4/5 last august. the surgeon told me at the time 'if he just decompressed - it would make my spine unstable so a fusion would be needed.
    this site has helped me enourmously - and i like yourself never discovered it until i was 4 weeks post op - and desparately trying to find out why i was experiencing sooo much pain.
    the guys here are great - anytime day or night,
    i made some great buddys in the USA.
    anyways - bye for now and ill look forward to more conversation again soon,
    take care
    AJ x
  • Thanks for all your positive encouragement - I feel very disappointed at the moment - I feel so weak and I am not used to that! X(

    Hi abbiejoy - I am interested to hear you have had the operation all in one go!
    How was your recovery time post op?
    How long was it before you went back to work?
    What was your mobilty like than and now - can you - say - put your socks on? :)
    I found that there was only a few days in the 12 weeks post op that the pain was very difficult to bear - I coped with 'layering' the painkillers i.e paracetomol, ibroprofen, codiene and even tramadol as well if needed. Got plenty of sleep!! :))

    Look forward to hearing from you when you have a moment!

    Jo :)
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