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new to this forum...long time spiney

queenjillybeanqqueenjillybean Posts: 46
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions
i am new to this forum, but have has spine issues since age 18 when i had my first surgery for 3 shattered discs...i was told at 18 that i had the spine of an 80 year old...
since then, i have run the gamut with 5 major spine surgeries, two of them were one year apart- i had an ALIF and PLIF with graft taken from right iliac crest in 2001 and in 2002 i had to have another PLIF with graft taken from left iliac crest... i have so much hardware that i set off metal detectors and must carry a card and wear a bracelet...i have also had 4 shoulder surgeries- but do not include my shoulder in my pain issues...it is irrelevant compared to my spine...
i have been on permanent PM since 2005...diagnosed with failed back...
i am a mommy of a 20 year old amazing young woman who is in college...married, animal fanatic...i have many fur children who make my life complete...i am self employed, and fortunate enough with technological advances, i have worked from home (my bed or couch) since 2005...i run my household and despite my situation, i REFUSE to allow my pain or my condition to define me... i still get frustrated with the whole Pain Management System, and the toll that the seekers and abusers have taken on something that is mandatory for my survival, as well as my fellow CP patients...I am about to do the trial for the SCS after years of procrastination, and i am always happy to share my experiences and learn from others...


  • Hi queenjillybean ( love that user name lol ).

    LOVE your attitude :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Queenjillybean,

    Welcome to Spine Health!! Sorry to hear you are such a spiney vet! My travels on this road started for me a month before I turned 23 (see below), 48 now. I found this site after my second cervical fusion, and is a true blessing of great folks!! I hope you find it to be one as well. Welcome aboard!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Welcome to Spine Health. I wish you the best for your SCS trial.

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