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Hi Everyone from sunny Florida!

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Just wanted to say hi and let you all know I'm having my surgery this Thursday, 1/8/09. I'm having L-5 and S-1 fused. Then they will roll me over and install "shock absorbers" to support the disk between L-4 & L-5. I've been living with chronic pain for over five years and have just had enough. I've been lurking here before and decided to take the plunge and sign up. It's obvious to me unless you are going through what "we" are it's hard to understand. The depression, the fear and all else that goes with living with chronic back pain. Any advise would be appreaciated. I'm a big boy but still somewhat fearful. This will be the most intense surgery I've ever had. Thanks and looking forward to some good conversations. =;


  • Welcome to Spine Health. Best wishes for your upcoming surgery. Do the boy scout thing and "be prepared" and it will be much much easier on you.

  • Thanks haglandc! I suppose just by being here I'm trying to do the boyscout thing and be prepared. That's good advise and is exactly why I'm here. :D
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  • Good luck with your surgery!! I hope it stabilizes your back and helps the pain.

  • I know surgery is scary but after 5 years of conservative treatment I know you're ready. I like how you picked Hilander as your name and aviator. Is Mel Gibson the one who played Highlander? Anyways I believe in positive affirmations and each day you're getting stronger and you're becoming a better person. To have a positive outlook sometimes helps the negative scripts in the mind. And it always helps to have a support system like here at spine health. I wish you all the best for your surgery on Thursday. 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 have made a big decision and done all your homework i am sure. be sure to drop by the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for alot of good information. =D> good luck on your upcoming surgery and keep us informed of your "perfect recovery!!" Jenny :)
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  • Good luck with your surgery! Us Floridians are tough, you know that! Keep your head up high, and everything will be just fine! :)
  • You may want to take a look at the surgery section and the thread there called post op needs. It is sooooo much easier if you are prepared. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • You will love it here especially if you have questions after surgery you will find tons of support here. I've been trying to talk my brother into letting me move in with him since he lives in FL but so far it's a no go. :W But lucky you! Make yourself at home and stay awhile. We'll be here waiting to hear how your surgery went.
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