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Going to Heart Dr today 2 see if its my legs/circulation or back problems hm UPDATE10/28



  • You all are a awesome bunch of indivdual human beings ok some of us =)) =))

    It was tuff Wed afternoon and Thursday.
    No sleep etc.
    BUT I do not like to bring up spiritual things on here as its a touchy subject for alot of ppl.

    I wrote my 2nd cousin who is a youth minister. WELL LET ME TELL YA he was better then any valium out there. I read it this morning while I was up at 3am. He put my mind at ease and well said the most awesome words that really sunk in.
    Cause we all have done it. Asking the question WHY ME?? Well there is no exact answer for that question never will be. Its just dished out to what we can handle. And dog gone it I CAN HANDLE THE WORLD B) B) B) B)

    I am very blessed to have had this dr find the problem Wed. Plus I am so very happy to have brought it up to my spine surgeon. Because for the last yr plus when I said my ankles hurt so bad then it progressed over months to my legs THE PAIN OMG you cannot even imagine if you have never had it. We/he chalked it up to possible back problems.
    Don't do that ya'all I am telling you.
    When you think something is not right. Ya have to get it checked out somewhere.

    I'm calm now. SCARED??? Ya bet ya I am!! :jawdrop: Who wouldn't be. I can say more scared then spinal surgery or anything else Iv ever had besides the kidney diagnosis.
    These are top notch surgeons in my area and well my fate lays in their hands.
    Not looking forward to my belly cut open (hopefully my case can be done laproscopic) but hey I havn't worn a bikini in 20 years so that does't matter =))
    Unless they are willing to do a tummy tuck to while there :D :D :D
    I do not remember what its like to walk in the rain, get through a whole song while dancing etc. We forget real easy when we do not have it anymore.
    I WILL BE ABLE TO DO ALL OF THAT :D =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
    So all this is probably why I did not fuse. VERY HUGE PART.
    As there was no blood flow. ~X(
    SMOKING stops tonight. Im having my last 'PARTY' with cigs today. I will go through horrible withdrawal the first few days, but while doing that will think about what the future holds without them!!!!! And no I'm not a basher . I won't be one of those non smoker advocates EVER. As some people turn into.
    Ya smoke that is fine with me, just like people who have a issue with chocolate, coffee you name it. Its all the same :D :D

    Will keep you updated. If they admit A.S.A.P Tues after my appt I will show hub how to post . ;) ;) ;)

    Lots of love everyone stay strong !
    Terri :X >:D< :*
  • Terri -

    I am so happy that you may have found the answer as to why you did not fuse. I know you can give up those cigs....you did it before...and this time I know it will be for good so your circulation has a chance of recovering, your back will fuse and you will feel so powerful.

    Hang in there.

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  • Wow Terri,

    I am so sorry! All of this is a lot to take in all at one time.
    I hae not been around that much lately and I feel I missed your posts when you needed some support an prayers.

    Welll I am here now with open arms and good thoughts for you. You are one of the stongest people I have met and I know that you can and will get through this.

    How is your Hubby and Family feeling about everything?? I will be keeping them in my thougts and prayers as well.

    Please hon call me anytime for anything...I may not be able to pop over and have coffe, but if I could you know I would...but I am a good listener!!

    >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I am so sorry that you are going through all of this. You can really be an inspiration to the rest of us with your great attitude! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and please show hubby how to post and ask him not to forget to keep us informed. It would be very worrisome if we heard nothing. Good luck to you and I just know that this is going to make a huge improvement in the quality of your life.
  • I think its all been said - but you must be somewhat relieved to have a sense of what is going on, we all wish you luck on Tuesday. You have such a positive attitude, and you ARE so strong, I have no doubt you'll come our even stronger!!

    Your cheerleading team will be awaiting updates.
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
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  • Thanks for more replies >:D<

    Everyone is still letting this sink in. I mean I am 41. And wow this is very rare.

    What my prognosis will be??? Not sure. But I do know once the blood starts flowing through these legs and my muscle tone gets built back up I WILL FEEL like a NEW PERSON.

    It takes awhile I guess. I will be laid out flat for 5 wks or so. Thats means alot of xmas shopping on the computer. I don't mind that one bit ;) ;) ;)

    I am scared about the breathing tube of course for 24 hrs or so, but I will for warn them about my high anxiety like I mentioned. Otherwise I'm pretty calm and want it over with.
    If you would like to read more about the procedure and whats involved you can click on my myspace link. To the right is my blogs. You can read the most recent one about surgery again. It explains the whole procedure and complications and all that fun stuff.

    Also browsing last night. I wish I kept the page.
    There was a lengthy story about Drs chalking this condition up to back pain and siatica. I found it surprising, but if you seriously think about it, and MRI's show nothing. Ya always should check into other things. Not saying this is the case for everyone at all. I do not like to tell people they have something that they do not.
    But I found the article very interesting. If I find it again and you want me to PM you the article Just let me know.
    As this is what happened to me. Drs saying it was my back.

    Thanks again. You guys are AWESOME >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • Hi Terri,

    I am glad that you have at least found out what is causing the pain. It's a pretty crappy diagnosis but at least they can do something about it. Hang in there and once you get through the surgery it will be so great to read posts from you with information about you finally getting better. Some of the more depressed folks on this forum should take a page out of your book, because you always seem to keep it together, no matter how bad it gets and you are constantly here for others.

    More prayers for a quick recovery for you are on the way,
  • I'm here for you girl! My fingers are crossed and you're in my thoughts!
    Everything will be fine! I have a 9 inch incision on my belly form the ALIF, but I had a tummy tuck!!! =)) <:P <br />Don't feel as though you shouldn't ask, my ortho surgeon wanted me to ask for it. He said "why not, he's already in there and has to close me up any way!" :))(
    You're strong! I believe in you! Just keep smiling!

    Kim >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • Fusion surgery + aortic surgery + tummy tuck + boob lift + tushy lift + liposcution = ONE HOT MAMA!!!! =)) =)) =)) =)) (8) (8) (8) (8) (8) <:P <:P <:P <:P <:P <br />
    Next time Kim I will come near you. Your not going to find a dr to say go ahead and do that to while they are there LOL LOL LOL LOL

    I just want it ALL OVER WITH WHEW #:S #:S #:S #:S
    I wanna be home back in my bed (ok I am doing that now) but hey. ;) ;)
    The point of showering, shaving, dressing , hair UGHHHH for Tuesday UGHHH do not even want to think about it :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :D :D

    I do have a new blog up on myspace for any of you that do have faith. Its a pretty cool letter I told ya my cousin sent me. :* :*

    Hope you are all pain free or semi pain free.
    Im home here all by myself. My Allie had a horse show all day I could not attend :''( But hub is taping it for me.
    Son is here doing some housework, ok whatever housework is considered for a 19 yr old X( ~X( =)) =))
    I heard the vaccum and the dryer go on , but no water running for dishes etc.. LOL
    Oh well mabye I will try to do some later. hmmm or mabye not :D
    The house is trashed we need new furniture, I of course wanted to do that yesterday. Ya know the rental places for us people that don't work :D :D So that is on hold till I am home recovering.

    Anyways I am taking up the page again.
    Ya'all hang in there. Your all AWESOME :* <:P 8> 8>
  • LOL all that in one surgery? =)) But really, I wish you all the best and may God keep you and watch over you. See you Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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