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Anyone here living in MO??

EvelynEEvelyn Posts: 356
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Water Cooler
I just moved to Rolla, MO and i was wondering if there are any spineys living here! I had my spine surgery 13 months ago!! :H
Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.


  • I'm about an hour south of you outside a tiny town. There are a couple of others here too that I know of, none from Rolla though.

  • Hi Thumper and griff

    Thanks for answering, i was starting to wonder!! Thumper, i'm real sorry to hear you are depressed, i wish there is something i could do to help! Before my surgeries i was depressed as well because of the pain! Thank God the surgeries helped! Because of my age "62" and lack of exercise i have some pain but i can live with it!! I'm ready to go back to working out like i used to!! If talking helps please contact me!! Hope to hear from you soon! :)))

    Hi griff

    At least its a start to know someone is an hour away! Thank you for answering! I used to live in MO two other times, first as a child and second as a young adult, now i'm back as a senior and i hope to stay! I have family in a small town called Salem! I'm in a Senior Housing Complex and i so love it here!! =D> If i can answer any questions about back or tumor surgery please ask away!!

    Take care and God bless you both and i hope you both have a great holiday even tho you are in pain! I have long ago learned to do things to help block the pain instead of accepting it!!

    Evelyn :)))
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
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  • Hi Evelyn and Griff,

    I was thinking (dangerous thing to do) that maybe my depression would get better if I talked about it. I have been pretty much silent about my condition for over a year. I have made myself a hermit for quite a few years now. I am still working and do have a friend at work that I talk to a little, but she is the only one. I don't even tell my sons.

    I have not had surgery yet. I am still in the diagnosis and treatment stage. I do know that I have a herniated disk in my neck and the one in the lumbar is gone. The space there is filled with air. Due to insurance ppl who don't know anything I have just seen my 3rd neuro surgeon. At least I have more than 1 opinion now. One said immediate surgeries (x2), one said physical therapy and the 3rd wants more testing first. I have already had the myleogram from hell (pardon the spelling) but he wants a nerve conduction test first since I have so many other things wrong with me.

    I also take pain meds. I could not continue to work without them. Which bring me to the reason I came online today. I am headed to the medication forum to see if anyone has had severe leg pain with Vicodin. I was thinking about that last night and trying to remember my worst pain of the day schedule. I am wondering if it it causing some of it. It gets so bad I can't even move my legs which turn into concrete sticks. I will be interested to see if anyone else has this problem.

    Catch up with you later!!

  • :))) :H

    Hello again Thumper

    Thanks for returning! I find that talking to someone "even via forums" helps alot and as you can see it's working!! I choose surgery over waiting because of the pain and i lost whatever social and employment life i had because of it. I am not good at waiting so i had it done A.S.A.P.!! I was lucky enought to have the best surgeons and nursing care there was! When i quit working i lived on a loan from a family member which saw me thru two surgeries! I am now living on Soc. Sec. and some day i will return to work!!

    I do understand about those stinking insurance people, wait till they need surgery and their insurance refuses to pay!! Do i understand you when you said Vicodin causes leg pain?? Please correct me if i'm wrong! As you can see i'm a talker and a subject jumper, heehee!! I have read so many things in this forum that has helped so much anywhere from large to small advise about my problems with my health!

    So many peoples have gone thru the same or almost the same health issues i have therefore we understand each others pain!! I sure hope you talk to you family about how much you are suffering, i'm sure they will do whatever they can to help!! Until later! :)))
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • Back atcha Evelyn :H

    I just posted my question in the medication forum. Strange huh? Why does increased leg pain and weight of concrete happen after I take it? I'm beginning to think it's a mental thing... I've gone off the deep end :))(

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  • Hi Evelyn,

    I am in Osage Beach on the Lake of the Ozarks. I check in every once in a while and browse. My depression has gotten so bad I don't even turn this thing on much anymore. One day it will get better.

    Hope you are doing well and having a safe holiday weekend. I am holed up in the bunker until the tourists leave on Monday.
  • You made it to the forum so there's hope for you yet, 8} It may take awhile for you to get an answer to your question, i hope it helps! After my back surgery my legs and feet hurt something awful :''( , also my ankles and feet were like ice!! My sister and best friend would come over and each would put a foot under their shirt and rub my feet! That helped but they couldn't do it for very long! :<

    After the tumor surgery the same thing happened, i think it was a nerve problem! Some of the problems i had with the back didn't go away until after i had the tumor surgery which caused me to believe that the back was not causing the problem after all! Oh well, it isn't like the can undo the first surgery but my back does feel alot better now!! :)
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • Thumper, I have leg pain caused by damage to the spinal cord in my cervical spine. I take Vicodin and have never had the leg pain happen because of it- do you think it could just be coincidence? In any case I would definately bring it up to your doc or surgeon.

    I've suffered from depression too and know what you're going through. Depression can actually make your pain worse too and needs to be addressed. I finally got talked into taking an antidepressant and do feel better mentally. It does help to be here talking to folks that are in the same place too.

    Evelyn, I'll be going through Rolla tomorrow on my way to St Louis to my follow up with the surgeon. All I ever do is take 65 to the Freeway LOL. I've never really stopped there! I live off 65 between Houston and Cabool in the woods. We love it here and have only been here a little over 2 years. I'd love it moe if I could still do all the things we moved here for but, hey, no use crying over spilled milk now is there?

    Hey, we have our own thread now...our very own LOL!

    You ladies both take care,


  • Hi Griff

    Gee, i so sorry i didn't read you post sooner, i guess i missed my chance to meet!! :''( Maybe another time, i sure hope so!! I have heard of the town called Houston! I hear it's about an hours drive from Rolla. I will PM you if that's ok!!

    I am sure that your pain will stop and you will be feeling much better and then you and your husband will be able to do all the things you planned!! :) Take good care of yourself and God bless!! Talk to you soon!!

    Evelyn :)
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • PM away Evelyn!

    It took me over an hour and a half extra time to get to St Louis because of the rain and accidents on the road. It's the longest I've driven since my surgery and I was NOT a happy camper so meeting wouldn't have happened anyway. We'll have to pick a time when I don't have anything else to do!

    I didn't get great news from the surgeon unfortunately. I posted it under the Depression and Coping forum if you're interested.

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