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shona66sshona66 Posts: 1
edited 04/27/2013 - 6:28 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, My name is Shona, a Brit living in Michigan, and on April 15th underwent emergency surgery for a lumbar disc herniation. It has been a really frightening experience going through this. I initially went to the ER with severe chest and back pain and . I honestly thought I was having a heart attack as my whole mid section felt like it was being squeezed and I was struggling to breathe. The ER doctor thought it was either kidney stones or gallbladder and after a morphine injection was sent for an ultrasound. The results showed nothing wrong so I was tested for a heart problem. Everything came back fine and he finally diagnosed me with acid reflux and sent me home with vicodin and prilosec.

By Sunday, two days, later I was still in some pain but noticed that my legs were weakening and when I pricked the tops of them with a needle I couldn't feel anything. Back to the ER. This time I was sent for an MRI and wastold I had a huge disc hermiation and needed emergency surgery or I could be paralyzed. I had surgery the following day and so here I am going through the recovery stage.

I can't walk unaided and use a walker, have to wear a foot brace due to foot drop. My left leg has sensation but I cannot move it from the knee down and my right leg is really weak too. I'm having lots of weird sensations, numbness yet hypersensitive, muscle spasms, pain and general exhaustion. Despite this, and the long road to recovery/ rehabilitation, I am fortunate not to be paralyzed. I thought it would be great to join this forum and meet others going through this, not only to be supported but to support.


  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835
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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Wow, quite an ordeal. Just a good thing your Dr's found the problem before it was too late. Just follow Dr's orders and don't over do it even if you feel like you can do more. Set backs are no fun either, also puts you in a bad mood. ;-(
    Hopefully within time you will be feeling much better and have your life back with no pain or discomfort.
    Take care,
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