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Back pain and Surgery

slowpoke60sslowpoke60 Posts: 139
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new to this board. I have had back pain and headaches for several years. Was told it was just arthritis. Finally went to a specialist and had an MRI and xrays and they found several things wrong. Problems with my neck, middle back and lower back. Will be having surgery in all three during 2009.

Am looking foward to talking with other's in this forum about their results with surgery and what to expect.



  • Hi and Welcome to Spine Health. I've had C-spine and L-spine surgery, thank goodness no T-spine surgery. 10 total and I'm back to working out and scuba diving. I'm of the mindset that if you put your mind to something, almost nothing is impossible.

  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Hi, and welcome to s.h. My issues have been lumbar. I' sure you'll get all you questions answered here and all the info and support that you will need.
    Good Luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • Get all the info you can before surgery. This site is very informative. Hope you now feel not so alone. 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
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you certainly have a big year coming up. <:P getting all the information you can, beforehand, is your wise choice. this is a great place for that. check out the "Good News" forum for a good read on successful SH surgeries. visit the "Back and Neck Surgery" forum as well. good luck with your upcoming surgeries! did you get more than one opinion? it is so important!! have you tried any conservative measures to help with your pain? just a few thoughts i am having. :? Jenny :)
  • I will look forward to seeing you around the forum.
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  • Hi
    I have decided to have the neck surgery first. Will be in February as soon as the Doctor can schedule it.

    I have read a lot here on Spine Health and it has helped. A lot of information.

    I checked out the Memory Foam Mattress Topper yesterday in town and not sure it would work.
    When I pushed on it, it went completly down and stayed there.
    Going to go to a mattress store and try laying on one.

    Have any of you the mattress topper?
    If so, how do you like it?

    Was also looking at getting two egg carton toppers for the mattress.

  • Hey there first timer...oh that's right me too! :) We have been thinking about foam mattresses for years and I went and layed on some tempurpedic's ...they sure were nice AND EXPENSIVE too. Long and short of it this was just before christmas and was on the wal-mart site and saw 8" foam mattresses for less then $200 so i ordered it and it's the best da*& mattress I've ever owned! I'm 6'1" and 250 (+, but don't tell anyone) and it has great support. I just wrote a review of it the other day on the site the name is still the uper go read it...almost every review of the mattress says what a great deal it is...just hope it lasts a while before it's flattened by my big bu*&! take care
  • Thanks,
    I will read your review on the mattress.

  • Hello, I hope all goes well for you. I bought a 2" memory foam mattress at W--Mart and love it. It provides good support and doesn't stay sunk down when you get up. I think I remember seeing different sizes available at the store.
  • We looked at the 2" mattress topper and I am thinking about getting it.

    Will be seeing the doctor 1-27 to make the surgery appointment.

    I have posted a new topic about how much help a person will need when they come home from the hospital, not with neck surgery, but with my lower back surgery and any help will be greatly appreciated.

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