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I need serious surgical repair-wanting to talk to others who've been through it.

MarianaMMariana Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I am glad I found somewhere to talk about this. I am 67 and have had back problems for a long time, but the last several years I have been getting much worse. I now walk completely bent to the side, am in constant pain, and my leg and feet are numb. In the last 2 years I've had 3 surgeries for bulging discs and pinched nerves-discectomies and laminectomies.I've been diagnosed with degenerative bone disease and most recently late life scoliosis of 32 degrees. I was shocked the other week when I finally saw my x-ray and my lower spine looks like the letter S which has been stepped on. I say this with NO exaggeration. The Dr.s have told me the only thing I can do is have reconstructive back surgery with fusions and a Harrington rod or something like it for the curvature. Looking at the x-ray it doesn't even seem fixable. I would like to talk to someone who has similar conditions or has had similar surgery.


  • i could help if you are in the uk ...are you??
  • Welcome to spine Health. You have found a good place to learn about your condition and possible solutions to it. There are also a bunch of friendly people who will share their experiences with you and support you through difficult days.

    If you click on the button at the top of this page 'Pain Forums' there is a thread called scoliosis. That would probably be a good place to speak with people who know about or have experienced the type of surgery that your surgeon is talking about.

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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so sorry for the news you have recieved.. being older presents many different challenges than when we were younger, especially for surgery!! please be sure and get more than one opinion if this is possible.. you want to get all the information you can about your conditon and have it confirmed!! good luck and stop by anytime!! Jenny :)
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