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Board: Back Problems 06-12-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 57,105
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: I have spondylolisthesis - and need advice

Mr Tinglefoot!!
So nice to hear from you!! I am ecstatic that you are getting better so fast! I started physio last week and am fuly anticipating some improvement soon. My nerve pain is still down...
Board: Back Problems 05-04-2011, 04:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,852
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: PLIF surgery coming up!

Hi again,

I spent a total of four days in the hospital, but it wasn't a rehab facility. I was in a ward room but had a physio and occupational therapist come by once a day or so. The hardest part...
Board: Back Problems 05-04-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,852
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: PLIF surgery coming up!

Hi Jane,
I noticed you checked out my blog here, and I don't know if I have much to add.
I was terrified going into my surgery. I tried to keep myself busy because if I didn't I would break down...
Board: Back Problems 04-30-2011, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 484
Posted By ssofalvi
Update on two level fusion

Hi everyone!

I thought I would post an update. I don't have much to report, I still have nerve pain all the way down my left leg. My incision finally healed and I go see the surgeon on May 18...
Board: Back Problems 04-30-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,102
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: frustrated, growing impatient and pain meds don't seem to be working anymore...

I wasn't going to reply to this post, I had navigated away and everything, but here I am.
Hausofmouse, we have communicated numerous times between my posts and your posts and I know that you are a...
Board: Depression 04-27-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: In bed with Easter chocolate and a book

Hello,
I have no answers to your questions, I am sorry. I struggle with the same questions and problem. But I wanted to let you know you arent alone, ever. Don't blame yourself, you are not at...
Board: Celiac Disease 04-27-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: What do you do in a house full of gluten?

There is a great book by Elizabeth Hassleback about her struggle with going g-free. I found it inspiring, practical and full of pertenet info, like how to get out of eaing gluten at dinner parties!...
Board: Back Problems 04-27-2011, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 501
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Update on my back

Glad to hear you are getting somewhere. Your doc is right, though. try all the non-invasive methods first, have you seen a physiotherapist??

Stay postive, you will need you positive attitude to...
Board: Back Problems 04-27-2011, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,641
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Does anyone else feel this way about their pain?

Hello,

You are certainly not alone. I am 25 years old and I herneated two disc in Feb 2010, severly. I had compressed nerves at S1 on both the left and right sides. I had no feeling, no sensation...
Board: Back Problems 04-26-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,133
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: sexual/control/mental issues ? not sure - please help

Hello,

I have been reading your posts for about a week now, and I didn't really have anything to add, so I hadn't commented up until now. I still don't have much to add, but still wanted to offer...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,064
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Herniated disc dilemma

Hello,

Ummm.... No, it was mostly my fault that I didn't get in for a consultation earlier. Although Canada's HC does require some tinkering with wait times and the number of available surgeons,...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 08:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,959
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Hi new here any advice??

Hello Ttugrl03,
I don't have much advice to add that hasn't already been stated, but I wanted to encourage you to seek a second opinion as well. Through my entire back ordeal I constantly had...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,064
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Herniated disc dilemma

Hi TopGeek,
I am with you on the conservative treatments. I have had surgery, March 03, 2011, but only after following a conservative treatment plan to the letter for almost a whole year. I was...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 07:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,601
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: 2 Weeks Post-op L4-L5-S1 fuson: depressed and frustrated.

Hello tetonteri66, Maltluver, Twohands, Shelsers, Karen and all the other amazing people who have responded...

Here is the long awaited update and apology for being woefully negligent of people...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,667
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: 9 weeks post-op L3-L4-L5

I have seen him twice since the surgery already the last time was around the 22 of March, he doesn't want to see me again until the 18 of May. Unless I have more problems. He seems happy with my...
Board: Back Problems 04-19-2011, 07:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,690
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello,
I did have the surgery. I am now six weeks post op and.... well... I am okay. I have had a hard time with the recovery, I got an infection in week three and I have been rejecting my...
Board: Back Problems 04-18-2011, 07:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,667
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: 9 weeks post-op L3-L4-L5

Hello Karen!
I have been woefully negligent with this forum. It was unintentional, yet intentional. I have been having... a normal time with this I suppose, it hasn't been a walk in the park, and it...
Board: Back Problems 03-17-2011, 08:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,607
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: My Back is a Huge Mess - HELP!

Hello,

I have just read all of the posts in this thread and wanted to throw my 2 cents in...

I am so sorry you have had to deal with this pain, and WC! I am Canadian and after my injury and I...
Board: Back Problems 03-17-2011, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,215
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: ONE DAY POST-OP!! Feeling g-g-r-r-e-e-a-a-t-t!!

Hi everyone,
Thanks so much for all the encouraging owrds! This injury has bee like a rollercoaster ride. I wasso upbeat to begn with and now I find myself in a black pit. My left leg nerve pain...
Board: Back Problems 03-17-2011, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,601
Posted By ssofalvi
2 Weeks Post-op L4-L5-S1 fuson: depressed and frustrated.

Hello,

I have posted pre-op about my anxiety going into this and you all helped me enormosly, do I thought I would ask for your help, advice or support again.

I am currently two weeks post op,...
Board: Back Problems 03-04-2011, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,215
Posted By ssofalvi
Talking ONE DAY POST-OP!! Feeling g-g-r-r-e-e-a-a-t-t!!

Hi all,
Just wanted to let all my spiny friends know that I had my operation yesterday, and it was successful as far as we can tell right now. I am in a aweful lot of pain, but that is from the...
Board: Back Problems 03-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 57,105
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: I have spondylolisthesis - and need advice

Hey There Tinglefoot and Bug,

Coming to you directly from the hospital... 24 hour post op and I feel GREAT! well, not really great, I am really very sore at the incision, but I HAVE GOTTEN RID OF...
Board: Back Problems 03-02-2011, 05:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,514
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Spinal Fusion and Laminectomy TOMORROW

Karrenlynne,,
thanks so so much for keeping us updated!! I go in tomorrow at 630am for my fusion! EEKK!!!! `
Board: Back Problems 02-24-2011, 05:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,514
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Spinal Fusion and Laminectomy TOMORROW

Thanks Karenlynn! I ahve been thinking about you and sincerely hope that all is going well. Im sending all my good vibes and a hug your way!
Board: Sexual Health - Teens 02-23-2011, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 15,753
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Masturbation can cause memory loss?

No. It doesn't cause memory loss... You might lose you train of thought at the moment of release, but that can hardly be considered 'memory loss'.
Masturbation causes absoloutely no ill effects...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Donny Girl,

Post more on other threads! Thank you for the pictures! how are you doing this week? Is it always a little better or up and down? i m curious as to what your lifestyle was like pre...
Board: Back Problems 02-22-2011, 07:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,514
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Spinal Fusion and Laminectomy TOMORROW

Hi KarenLynnn,
I feel your pain! And I'm sorry you feel it. I am scheduled for a fusion L4-L5-S1 March 03 and it is like looking at my doom. I know it is for the best, and I need it. Just like you,...
Board: Back Problems 02-22-2011, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,170
Posted By ssofalvi
Back pain sufferers: Two muscles you can't live without

Hello,

I have been reading more and more of these posts as I prepare for my two level fusion at L4-L5-S1. I see that most people have attended PT and I am wondering as to the quality of their...
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 682
Posted By ssofalvi
Pre-Op Testing Done! Guilt?

Hello Again!

I wrote previously about my injury and upcoming l4-l5-s1 fusion and the anxiety, fear and guilt I feel going into it. (Check it out here if interested:...
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2011, 09:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,305
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Sciatica Problems - looking at fusion

Hi Hobbes,
Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in... I have a similar problem... Herniated discs at l4-l5 l5-s1 my sciatics are both compressed and their thinking may the L5 on my left side as well......
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2011, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,257
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Annular L5S1 Fuse with Discectomy Pre-Op/Post-op

Hello Burbmam,

Thanks for posting! Two hands got it right, I have spent hours on this and the spinal disorders board in the last week and the best place for post op is the sticky at the top of the...
Board: Back Problems 02-16-2011, 08:19 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 57,105
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: I have spondylolisthesis - and need advice

Tinglefoot,
I'm sorry to hear you have been having such a rough time. Fourtunately, or unfourtunately, I can relate and truly empathize with your stuggle! I am amazed at how much your feelings echo...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-16-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hi DonnyGirl,

When was your surgery? Are you completely recovered? Any tips for keeping the depression at bay?
Thanks for the reply, and stay in touch!

Sarah:wave:
Board: Back Problems 02-13-2011, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,467
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: [B] menstral cycle and back injury[/B]

Hi Starburst,

I injured my back a year ago and am currently waiting for my spinal fusion on March 03. I experience the same thing, and my doc gave me the same diagnosis. My pain level in both back...
Board: Back Problems 02-12-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,690
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hi All!
I usually try to write seperate replies, but I seem to repeat myself, so here is a general but specific post...
Thank you very much for all your input... as I prepare I am starting to feel...
Board: Back Problems 02-12-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 830
Posted By ssofalvi
Intimacy post fusion?

Hello,
This is a bit of an awkward question... I am wondering if anyone was concerned about losing the intimacy in their relationship during spinal fusion recovery. Were you worried that your sig...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-12-2011, 12:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello DonnyGirl!
Thank you so much for your reply!! It gives me hope that others have faced this and overcome it. I know that one of the most important things is to actually take it easy forthe...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-12-2011, 12:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hi Krazy2Day,

Thank you so much for your reply!! I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me. At this point, I have so many various appointments scheduled and I need to get so much...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-11-2011, 06:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello SpineAZ,

Thanks for the reply! I appreciate the advice. I do know that my fusion is pretty routine in the medical community, but way out of routine for me. I feel kind of stupid that I am...
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2011, 11:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,690
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello TwoHands,
I really appreciate the quick reply!! I totally agree that I don't really know what I am afraid of. I can't define the fear... It is just there. It is going under, recovering, being...
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,690
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hi Kristi,
It was great to get a reply so quickly. You are right, I have been stalking (as another user put it) around these boards for a few days ago now and have come across your post. I really...
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2011, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,690
Posted By ssofalvi
Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello,
This is my first time ever posting on a message board... Bear with me!
I am getting a spinal fusion on L4 to S1 and a laminectomy (removing bone spurs) on March 03, 2011. I hurt my back on...
Board: Back Problems 02-09-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,347
Posted By ssofalvi
Re: Having l4-l5 spinal fusion with hardware and needing some reassurance!

Hello,
You gave such a comprehensive answer to this person, I thought you might be able to help me with my questions... Would you mind reading my post?...
Board: Spinal Cord Disorders 02-09-2011, 08:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,674
Posted By ssofalvi
Terrified of my L4-L5-S1 spinal fusion

Hello,
This is my first time ever posting on a message board... Bear with me!
I am getting a spinal fusion on L4 to S1 and a laminectomy (removing bone spurs) on March 03, 2011. I hurt my back on...
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