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I've been reading a lot on here lately and decided to join.

I'm 29, from Ontario, Canada and have a wonderfully supportive husband and 1 year old baby girl.

I've had back problems for several years now. I've suffered from sciatica for at least a year now. Just this passed august I had a back X-ray and was told I have scoliosis. (Not a huge surprise, people could tell by looking at me that I have a bit of a crooked spine, and I have two uncles with scoliosis as well.). Then this passed summer the pain increased to the point that I can't stand for more than 3-4 minutes. ( I have pills and a walker that helps.)

After the X-Ray I was sent for an MRI. Turns out I have a herniated disc that's completely finished and another disc with a small tear. The Herniated disc has now caused nerve damage that may or may not be permanent. The specialist is worried that if it continues as is I could end up incontinent.

So I am scheduled for surgery this Thursday. It's been a long, hard, even sometimes sad journey thus far, and I'm sure it's a long, scary journey ahead.

I guess why I joined here is to talk to others like myself. As supportive as my husband is, he has no idea what I am going through. I don't know anyone else who has been through this, and at the specialist's office I always feel out of place because it seems everyone else there is at least 70.



  • i am sure that you will find your time on spine-health very rewarding. this site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
    here are just some of the highlights:

    - detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal conditions and treatment

    - the wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - under the resource tab, there is a section doctor advice health center which can be invaluable.

    - as a bonus, spine-health provides these patient forums. here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. you will soon become part of the spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. you are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 international members and growing daily.

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    here are some you should take a look at:
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    i am including some links for you to read that may help you with what you might need pre op and post op while you recover. you also should check out our treatment forums and the back and neck surgery forums in particular. the members are very supportive and will be there to help you during the recovery period......
  • Welcome! What kind of surgery will you be having? I hope it brings you lots of relief so you can get back to raising and enjoying your daughter.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • I will be having a discectomy. And I hope it helps as well. Up until around the time she turned 1 we used to walk everyday together with some mild-moderate pain mainly from the sciatica, but now I can't walk for more than 3-4 minutes unless I have a walker without excruciating pain. Luckily we take family walks, me with my walker and hubby pushing her stroller.
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