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Howdy Everyone!

I'm new to forum use in general, so I apologize ahead of time.  I made sure to read the stickies and the rules so I think I should be fine. 

So, hi! I'm new to Spine Health but I've read a few posts ever since I finally started seeing a doctor for my back issues and you guys are awesome and so helpful. 

I'm not sure what my diagnosis is as I've only met my doctor once before being sent to physical therapy and pain management. My pain management doctor keeps talking about surgery but always stops short of saying what type. The medication I'm on for pain doesn't seem to be doing much, which is fine, I've dealt with it this long, what's a little longer, right?

I've had an X-ray and MRI of my back just a few months ago.  In some parts of my spine, the disks are almost nonexistent and I'm close to bone-on-bone. Particularly the thoracic vertebrae.  My lumbar discs are all dehydrated and bulging except the L2-L1.  That one seems to have escaped the damage from my car accident.  It's like the little disc that could.  Poor guy. Doing most of the work. 

I I haven't gotten my neck looked at yet, though the pain and headaches do suck, they're not nearly as often or as bad as the pain in the back. So I'm trying to focus on one at a time. Seems to be working well for the most part. 

I was curious about people's experiences with surgery and other doctors to kind of compare to how I've been handled.  I have an appointment to see another specialist for a second opinion about surgery. Especially since the ESIs didn't work. Though they were a fun experience! The anesthesiologist used propofol and as I was coming out, I found everything absolutely hilarious.  I was all, "I can move my feet, see!".   Those poor nurses. 

Like I said, I'm a bit new here so I'm not entirely certain what to say/do. But. Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! And hang in there and be positive!


  • welcome to our site! 
    well, you definitely don't need to be told to keep your sense of humor...oh my goodness...those nurses probably thought you were the best patient of the day!!!
    i hope you find this site to be as awesome as i did when i first joined, and still do! 
    i can relate to the "bone on bone" pain.  i had l4-s1 fusion surgery in january, and my surgeon did an excellent job.  when you know more about which surgical procedure your doctor is recommending, be sure to let us know.  there really are no "strangers" here--even the "newbies" like yourself will find that this is a place of support and mutual respect amongst long-time and new members! 
    please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started here on the forums.
    welcome to spine-health
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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