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    Old 08-20-2003, 07:29 PM   #46
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    Hey all,

    Daubie ... so glad to here you're much better in the nerve dept. but keep using that tens like your PT recommends, it must be doing the trick. back problems, hmmm, me too. Driving maybe? I'm so surprised as I had no back issues right after surgery, I wonder if it's PT or sitting too much. Yeah, three days and only about six hours max. I'm squirming in my Aeron chair, so I'm not sure it's going to work out, but then again, it may be to soon after surgery to judge any chair, or maybe it's just me, hehe.

    I'm sitting in my recliner typing on the laptop and it feels like someone is passing a lit match around under the toes of my right foot, the "wrong" foot. Still nerve pains where the sun don't shine too. Was supposed to see my NS today, but they called and moved it to Friday, grrrr.

    Interesting where you use the TENS, my PT only puts them around my incision, and the muscles on each side if they are burning. I wonder how the tens works down that low if the damage is in your back. Does he ever put them on your lower back?

    Rosa, no I don't walk on a treadmill now, but I do find many "jarring" like you mentioned. Really good commercial (read expensive) ones are much, much better in that regard ... I don't have a problem with those, but have to travel to gym to use one. When I feel like getting back into the pool I'll probably be doing the treadmill too. I do have a recumbent cycling machine in the house and I'm starting to use it (after leaving it to gather dust for years) as walking is frustrating after about 10-15 minutes with the limp. At least I don't limp on the bike Cats like to sleep in the seat though, they are wondering "what's with all this" now.

    Well, hi to all ... seeks, linda (where are you?), dee, laura, lisa, and all of you that I don't know but read your posts with great interest.

    Take care,

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    I have 5mm herniation of L5-S1 on right side that is asymptomatic, no surgery recommended

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    Old 08-20-2003, 07:34 PM   #47
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    Ha, I wondered how people could double-post and somehow I managed to do it myself, arghhh!!!!
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    I have 5mm herniation of L5-S1 on right side that is asymptomatic, no surgery recommended

     
    Old 08-21-2003, 01:11 AM   #48
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    Hi everyone. I'm new and I wanted to join you guys because we all seem to be going through the exact same thing. I'm 24. I've had a herniated disc for the last 5 months and its been severe (4mm herniation) to where I've been in bed for the entire time.

    So I finally decided to do it, and I just had the heminlaminectomy with microdiscectomy (L4-L5) just last week.

    I guess I expected too much because I thought I'd at least be back on my feet by week 2. I don't see that happening just yet. Right now, I'm back in bed, and currently it is still too painful to stand or sit comfortably (because of the swelling around the area where they operated) so I'm not doing much of anything other than laying sideways in bed. The doctor gave me the mild vicodin and Neurontin to take today. The doctor said that I'm just where he expected me to be, not doing too bad, not doing too good since I've been in bed for so long. He's also starting me on PT because of my muscle imbalance due to the injury.

    What I was wondering is if anyone has been in a similar situation, but has had the surgery done a while ago:
    Moderately young age: ~25
    Severe herniation
    ~5 months bed rest before surgery
    hemilaminectomy with microdiscectomy

    I guess I'm just looking for success stories (and how long did it take to get there), because right now I'm kinda disappointed that I'm back in the same position (laying down in bed all day) that I was in before surgery, and I'm not sure when I'll be able to break out of my cocoon.

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    Old 08-21-2003, 06:49 AM   #49
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    Hi LM

    Please check out the L5-S1 Heminlaminectomy w/Microdiscectomy thread - the original one- (this one is part 2) - it's a few pgs back & was closed due to the length. You will find MANY stories of this procedure - from start to several months out in post-op. I'd suggest printing it & just getting comfortable reading it. You will probably find anything you're looking for info-wise there - including what not to do, what to expect, what tools/toys you shld have to make your environment post-op friendly, - & plenty of humor & support of one another.

    Are you on anti-inflammatories? -helped most of us. Golden rule here is using ice on incision to keep your incision swelling down & therefore lessen the pressure on the sciatic nerve which is causing most of the pain (smoothed out frozen bag of peas to lay gently on). It was most everyones's finding that sitting is the worse thing you can do during recovery -most pressure on spine. Several SHORT walks several x's a day (a bit of a challenge at first-but important to prevent muscle laxicity, scar tissues from adhering, and gets blood supply going to your back for healing) & lay down when you're tired. Drink plenty of water,take antioxidants/calcium/msm, eat fresh veggys & fruits (but don't eat your frozen peas like Daubie's hubby does or you'll end up with only frozen broccoli & other strange & less comfortable frozen foods left to 'ice your back' with!) eat nutrionally well -plenty of protein (fish/chicken) Think happy & positive thoughts of recovering & pamper yourself- this is your time to relax - work twd recovery, & full time job is getting better.

    Well, pls read that thread & come back & join us. I think you've found a home here!

    Take care & best of luck in your recovery!

    PS: Hi everyone - Coby how are ya guy?

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    Old 08-21-2003, 08:03 AM   #50
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    hey lucidmike ... you've found the right place, there are lots of folks here that can help you out, at least with what worked (or not) for us and then you can go ask your doc.

    Here's my .02 worth. Laying in bed, or any continuous inactivity, is not good, you probably know that. What's important is that you find a way to be mobile and that means walking, walking and more walking. I started out on day three walking (in great pain) around the first floor of my house, only for a few minutes and working my way up to 15 every hour. What I needed was pain relief so I could move and that took anti-inflamatories in the form of Medrol (steroids), lots of Vioxx (I used Aleve 3 ea. 3x a day before I got the Vioxx) and ICE (this groups secret weapon is bags of frozen peas ... although daubie is a fan of broccoli ) on the incision area and the muscles surrounding it. I found that the only time I hurt was when I walked, so Vicodin only kept me doped up when I wasn't moving (so why bother?) and did very little for the intense pain of walking so I quit after three days or so. Inflamation control, not pain management per se, was the key for me.

    I'm convinced that by pushing the walking, as little as it was (as I was told to so) early I was able to get some function back, at least getting around the house when I wanted to by the end of week two.

    You mentions muscle imbalance, did you have any nerve damage that affected your legs, feet, etc. in the form of weakness? Did you have what's called a "dropped foot?"

    Well I see while I've been pecking away and getting distracted, Laura has posted most of what I mentioned and lots of other good stuff, I'm sure you'll find lots of great support here. I know I did ... thanks all!

    Hang in there mike, the time will fly by, even though you can't even begin to imagine that at this point.

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    Old 08-21-2003, 03:46 PM   #51
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    wow, thanks for the replies.

    wow, it looks like i got a lot more recovery to do than i expected. i was under the assumption the swelling would go away in a matter of days and life would return to normal with the nerves calming down eventually after a couple of weeks. i guess i was wrong.

    i also didn't know recovery from surgery was going to be this hard. but i guess it is better to know now rather than just be worried about why i'm not getting better.

    As for anti-inflammatories, the doctor gave me Neurontin which is supposed to calm the nerves down and reduce tissue swelling. makes me drowsy though. i'm also taking 1 tablet of 5/500 vicodin every 6 hours. i think i could use more vicodin but i'm trying to reduce my dosage.

    what i have been doing is staying in bed all day....walking is a bit hard and painful but i guess doable (when both medicationss are in full effect) so i'll take your advice and force myself to walk for a few minutes every hour, increasing gradually, as much as i can.

    i do try to eat healthy, taking my vitamins, calcium, antioxidants and such.

    i'll be looking forward to everyone's recovery including mine. thanks for your support.

     
    Old 08-21-2003, 04:07 PM   #52
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    [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif[/img] Hello Onyx,
    I read your notes.. wiiiff... it is hard to keep up with everyone!! LOL
    But yea, I wondered, sometimes when I move, my bone goes: "plup or clock"... Like if a joint goes out of whack and then comes back. The good news is that it does not hurt. It actually happened a couple of time before surgery in front of my co-workers, and they went: "Wow, what was that?" I go: "I think it is my damaged disc, feels like it". After surgery I can hear it more often. I wonder if it is because the doctor finished taking all the gelly out. U know what I mean?

    Lucidmike78,
    Welcome. I have found this forum soooooooooooooooo supporting. I thought I was alone after I hear another person that had surgery after me and was doing so good and not taking pain killers. I thought, gosh then my surgery didn't work!!!! But after reading this forum, I found out we are all different, and it takes longer to heal for some people than others. I had a hernia for 2 years, and I was scared to death to do surgery. People scared that living hell out of me. Now that I went through it, I will do it again with my eyes closed if I had to. Luci, your symptoms are very similar to all of us.

    [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_down.gif[/img] Key NOT TO: DON'T BEND, DON'T LIFT, DON'T SIT, and DON'T DO MUCH AROUND THE HOUSE. For some reason that was hard for me not to do. I think I over did it. I hope I haven't created scar tissue. I guess, if I would have created the scar, It would be getting more painful than getting better. I don't know, I would imagine.

    [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img] Key TO DO: ICE IT, ANTI-FLAMATORIES, WALK, TAKE VITAMINS, SPECIALLY VITAMIN "C" TO HEAL. There is a drink called Super Energy Booster "Emer'gen-C and they have different flavors (e.g. Instant Tropical, strawberry) and 1,000 mg. Comes in little bags and you dissolve it in water. Actually I am going to start doing it myself. Why do I know all this and don't do it????!!!!! Cheezzzzeee Luizzzzzz!! :-)

    [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif[/img] This is my 5th week after surgery, and I still have pain. It feels is getting better tho, however, sometimes I can't tell :-(. Unfortunately, it may not be the same feeling tomorrow since this pain is like a rollercoster. I think it is too early to tell.

    Ttys guys,
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    -Started with back problems on 08/27/01.
    -Had 3 epidurals. First they missed, Second worked, however, pain was right back to square one by the fourth month. Third one didn't help much.
    -Went to chiropractor for 4 months, I was worse after each session.
    -Went to acupuncture for 3 months, Dr. told me I needed to go to a specialist that he could not help me.
    -Body massage, would relief pain for a couple of hours.
    -Did exercises/stretches, no help.
    -Changed insurance. Kaiser was just sending me home by saying: "It will get better" ...never did !!
    -Went to see a new NS with a different insurance, in w/in a week he was doing surgery on me.
    -2 first weeks post/op was feeling better (too drugged).
    -The next four weeks It became worse than before surgery. Dr. told me it was normal.
    -I am in my Third and half month post/op and it feels so much better.
    -I am glad I went through surgery. Life is better now.

     
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    Uh oh..

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    -Started with back problems on 08/27/01.
    -Had 3 epidurals. First they missed, Second worked, however, pain was right back to square one by the fourth month. Third one didn't help much.
    -Went to chiropractor for 4 months, I was worse after each session.
    -Went to acupuncture for 3 months, Dr. told me I needed to go to a specialist that he could not help me.
    -Body massage, would relief pain for a couple of hours.
    -Did exercises/stretches, no help.
    -Changed insurance. Kaiser was just sending me home by saying: "It will get better" ...never did !!
    -Went to see a new NS with a different insurance, in w/in a week he was doing surgery on me.
    -2 first weeks post/op was feeling better (too drugged).
    -The next four weeks It became worse than before surgery. Dr. told me it was normal.
    -I am in my Third and half month post/op and it feels so much better.
    -I am glad I went through surgery. Life is better now.

     
    Old 08-21-2003, 04:27 PM   #54
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    Hi everyone. ~Welcome Mike. Glad to have you here! For your questions on how people recover, definately go back and read our other thread (I'd print it though, it's very long). Can you give us more details on what you were experiencing before surgery? Pain (where?), numbness, tingling, foot drop, etc. And, what exactly are you experiencing now? Definately do the ice, a lot. Peas definately work better than brocolli, but as you've read, my hubby has a tendency to eat my peas as a snack!!! Regarding Neurontin, I didn't know it was an antiinflammatory? I know it is prescribed for nerve pain. Celebrex and Vioxx are 2 commonly prescribed antiin. that have really helped a lot of us. Maybe you could ask your doc. I think in about 2 weeks you will feel a lot better as far as your back goes. Mine didn't really bother me after about 3-4 days, but I had no back pain prior to surgery, just foot and some leg pain, and numbness. Anyway, feel free to ask away and I hope this helps!

    Hi Raiza, yes I sure do know what you mean about the cable/nerve pain. My therapist is really working on the whole nerve path, even on my right leg which doesn't have any pain, but I get a lot of left foot pain when I drive. He says the nerve has been "tight/taut" for over a year. We need to get it "sliding" in it's sheath again. Makes sense to me and I'm definately starting to feel better! Glad we're here to help, and glad you're here too!

    ~Thom, glad to hear from you. So, you survived your first few days back to work! The back fatigue is annoying, isn't it? With regard to the other foot burning, I haven't had any of that, but I'm sure it's the same nerve. Have you been icing a lot, especially since you're sitting so much more? That's probably more important now than ever. Re: the tens unit. He has never used it on my back. The way he explains it is: the doc fixed your back. Nothing wrong there. The pain is being generated from the nerve path. We need to loosen the nerve because it has been so taut for over a year, anything you do irritates it. Once we get it gliding thru the nerve sheath, it won't become irritated at every little thing you do. Quite honestly, it makes a lot of sense to me. Now, since I have developed this back "ache" since last Thursday, he did check my alignment and my tailbone was out of whack. This did produce nerve pain. He realigned it and felt great afterwards. Anyway, do you feel any relief from the tens? Has he talked about getting you one for home? You could put it on your foot to try to block that pain. It really works for me. I know yesterday I was all excited, but the pain was back today (I said I didn't want to jinx myself, but I did!). Not really, but I woke up at 4:00 am with one of those God awful charlie horses in my bad leg. I know that's why I was in pain today, but everytime it started, I turned on the tens, and within a couple minutes, it was gone! LOVE that thing!!!

    Laura, good to hear from you! Everyone else, have a great evening. Got to go watch Jeopardy (hubby calls it Geo Party!)

    Take care~ Daubie

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    Hi Raiza and welcome....I have a question for you at the end of post! Hi Everyone! I've tried to post twice, but it didn't take....frustrating! Tung-sol, yes I'm still around, but just not posting much, sinceI have nothing new to add....but I AM still reading posts and keeping track of all of you! I am wondering if any of you were told that you have to feel twinges of pain or discomfort to know you're healing. Are any of you experiencing nerves healing WITHOUT pain or twinges? I guess I'm wondering if no pain is a definite sign I'm never going to improve. I don't want to give up, but since the doctor told me it won't get any better than this after only three months and that I don't need to see him again, he must know what he's talking about. I wonder if he saw something during surgery that made him realize this and just didn't tell me right away. Anyway, I'm bummed, but I'll learn to adjust. It's just hard when you were hoping for so much more....and it was the only reason I even had the surgery. But at least, in my heart, I know I tried, right? I just had big plans to take early retirement next year and really start enjoying life and this had to happen. OK, I'm finished whining for now. You all take care and keep healing!!
    ~~~Raiza....did you say you had hernia surgery? That's next on my list that I've put off for two years. The doctor told me it was so bad it would keep me out of work for two months and it's gotten worse since then. You said you survived it ok? How long was your recup time if I may ask? Anything else you'd like to share would be appreciated.

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    bbbrrrggg!

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    -Started with back problems on 08/27/01.
    -Had 3 epidurals. First they missed, Second worked, however, pain was right back to square one by the fourth month. Third one didn't help much.
    -Went to chiropractor for 4 months, I was worse after each session.
    -Went to acupuncture for 3 months, Dr. told me I needed to go to a specialist that he could not help me.
    -Body massage, would relief pain for a couple of hours.
    -Did exercises/stretches, no help.
    -Changed insurance. Kaiser was just sending me home by saying: "It will get better" ...never did !!
    -Went to see a new NS with a different insurance, in w/in a week he was doing surgery on me.
    -2 first weeks post/op was feeling better (too drugged).
    -The next four weeks It became worse than before surgery. Dr. told me it was normal.
    -I am in my Third and half month post/op and it feels so much better.
    -I am glad I went through surgery. Life is better now.

     
    Old 08-22-2003, 02:36 PM   #57
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    [b]Seeksbliss:[/b]
    Hi, I had a Herniated disc L5-S1 for two years. No, no "hernia" ... I think I just said hernia as a short cut for "herniation". You have no idea how much I regret not having surgery since the first day I found out my disc was bad. You can see my history in the post: "How do you feel after surgery". I feel so much better now, but I still have pain. This is my 5th week after surgery and I am just starting to see that the resented nerve is healing. So if people are having these problems, I strongly recommend surgery. Doctors now know where to open and what to clean up.

    These last couple of days I have started to feel much better. I don't feel the cable/nerve pain anymore, or even the tingling. If I do every now and then, is very slightly. However, I still have muscle pain in both legs and buttock pain. Not the horrible throbbing buttock pain I used to have for two years before surgery. The only thing is that I am still taking anti-inflamatories. I guess when I stop taken them, then I will say surgery was a 100% success. So far so good.

    I think everyone heals different, but we are going through that road. You said your surgery was May/03. I heard the nerve takes about to a year to regenerate, so we will have pain quite some time after surgery. I think, It depends how bad the nerve was pressured. Hang in there, walking helps a lot.

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    -Surgery (07/16/03)
    -Laminectomy, Lumbard L5-S1 herniated disc.
    -Started with back problems on 08/27/01.
    -Had 3 epidurals. First they missed, Second worked, however, pain was right back to square one by the fourth month. Third one didn't help much.
    -Went to chiropractor for 4 months, I was worse after each session.
    -Went to acupuncture for 3 months, Dr. told me I needed to go to a specialist that he could not help me.
    -Body massage, would relief pain for a couple of hours.
    -Did exercises/stretches, no help.
    -Changed insurance. Kaiser was just sending me home by saying: "It will get better" ...never did !!
    -Went to see a new NS with a different insurance, in w/in a week he was doing surgery on me.
    -2 first weeks post/op was feeling better (too drugged).
    -The next four weeks It became worse than before surgery. Dr. told me it was normal.
    -I am in my Third and half month post/op and it feels so much better.
    -I am glad I went through surgery. Life is better now.

     
    Old 08-22-2003, 08:58 PM   #58
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    Tung-Sol, TexMich, Raiza:
    I have taken your advice and started going for short walks yesterday. And even though it might be too early to say, I find walking even more easier today. I'll keep that up.

    Here is everything I tried before going in for surgery. Feel free to ask any questions.

    -18x Acupuncture appointments: pricey, temporary mild relief
    -12x Chiropractic adjustments: do not recommend
    -Tempur-pedic matress: highly recommended, greatly reduced pain while laying in bed.
    -Back Pro CPM machine: recommended, your results may vary. great for inflammation
    -3x epidurals: helped, but only minor relief
    -10x physical therapy appointments with one of the best physical therapists in California. they were able to do amazing stuff. i went in as a hunch back with no curve in lumbar area, and they were able to restore it, but it still was too late or too severe.

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    Hi everyone, ok, I am finally here, I should have been here along time ago, but I guess its better late then never ( I mean posting on this thread.)anyhow I just want to say that I have totally enjoyed reading all the posts here, and alot of them made me laugh (Rosa) hahaha, I detect alot of humor, which is excellent medicine, I had my surgery on the 18th of june 2003, I had a Laminectomy/Disectomy, so I hope I qualify to be here (just kidding) anyhow I am going to be posting more often in here, well takecare, and I hope your all having a great weekend, hugz to all!!!!!!!

    Michaela

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    August 29th 2002 Injured back at work
    from August 2002 till late Nov, roller coaster ride with pain etc.
    Dec Friday 13th 2002 laid off job.
    Dec. 26th pain starts back up again, lasts for 6 weeks before pain got better then turned to sciatic pain for about 10 weeks.
    April 1st had MRI.
    April 4th MRI read by my doctor, reading L5-S1 herniated disk W/8mm bulge, pressing on nerve in spine.
    Doc says I need surgery.
    Then I was investigated (pictures & video taped)
    Had second opinion Doctor appt. and Workmans comp didn't notify me till the day after the appt. by usa mail. I was ******!
    I did go to the appt. on another day, thank god I did, cause it was the icing on the cake at my hearing. I won!
    Then had surgery for Laminectomy/Disectomy June 18th 2003.
    I also had ALOT of scare tissue, surgery was longer then expected.
    now I am over 4 weeks post op.
    still get a zing down left leg, but I can walk.
    7/30/2003 still having low back pain, like an ache feeling at the end of the day (6wk po)
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    August 29th 2002 Injured back at work
    from August 2002 till late Nov, roller coaster ride with pain etc.
    Dec Friday 13th 2002 laid off job.
    Dec. 26th pain starts back up again, lasts for 6 weeks before pain got better then turned to sciatic pain for about 10 weeks.
    April 1st had MRI.
    April 4th MRI read by my doctor, reading L5-S1 herniated disk W/8mm bulge, pressing on nerve in spine.
    Doc says I need surgery.
    Then I was investigated (pictures & video taped)
    Had second opinion Doctor appt. and Workmans comp didn't notify me till the day after the appt. by usa mail. I was ******!
    I did go to the appt. on another day, thank god I did, cause it was the icing on the cake at my hearing. I won!
    Then had surgery for Laminectomy/Disectomy June 18th 2003.
    I also had ALOT of scare tissue, surgery was longer then expected.
    now I am over 4 weeks post op.
    still get a zing down left leg, but I can walk.
    7/30/2003 still having low back pain, like an ache feeling at the end of the day (6wk po)

     
    Old 08-23-2003, 12:13 AM   #60
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    Oh, one more thing, I have a tatoo on my back in the lumbar area, and when I was done having my surgery my doc went out into the waitting area and had told my mom that I was ok and they didn't have to cut my tatoo,I guess he was pretty proud of his self, well from what I hear there were others in the waiting area and they all started laughing, my doc also said that if I wanted to cover my scar later I could put another tatoo there...my tatoo is of a tye dyed sun with lots of pretty rays coming off the sun, its about 4 inchs wide in diamiter, and I have my sons names tatooed on each side of the sun, its kind of a memorial for my 1 son who passed away 9 years ago....but enough of that...just wanted to share with everyone since there was so much talk of tatoos, thats the only one I have..

    hugzzzzz
    Michaela

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    August 29th 2002 Injured back at work
    from August 2002 till late Nov, roller coaster ride with pain etc.
    Dec Friday 13th 2002 laid off job.
    Dec. 26th pain starts back up again, lasts for 6 weeks before pain got better then turned to sciatic pain for about 10 weeks.
    April 1st had MRI.
    April 4th MRI read by my doctor, reading L5-S1 herniated disk W/8mm bulge, pressing on nerve in spine.
    Doc says I need surgery.
    Then I was investigated (pictures & video taped)
    Had second opinion Doctor appt. and Workmans comp didn't notify me till the day after the appt. by usa mail. I was ******!
    I did go to the appt. on another day, thank god I did, cause it was the icing on the cake at my hearing. I won!
    Then had surgery for Laminectomy/Disectomy June 18th 2003.
    I also had ALOT of scare tissue, surgery was longer then expected.
    now I am over 4 weeks post op.
    still get a zing down left leg, but I can walk.
    7/30/2003 still having low back pain, like an ache feeling at the end of the day (6wk po)
    __________________
    August 29th 2002 Injured back at work
    from August 2002 till late Nov, roller coaster ride with pain etc.
    Dec Friday 13th 2002 laid off job.
    Dec. 26th pain starts back up again, lasts for 6 weeks before pain got better then turned to sciatic pain for about 10 weeks.
    April 1st had MRI.
    April 4th MRI read by my doctor, reading L5-S1 herniated disk W/8mm bulge, pressing on nerve in spine.
    Doc says I need surgery.
    Then I was investigated (pictures & video taped)
    Had second opinion Doctor appt. and Workmans comp didn't notify me till the day after the appt. by usa mail. I was ******!
    I did go to the appt. on another day, thank god I did, cause it was the icing on the cake at my hearing. I won!
    Then had surgery for Laminectomy/Disectomy June 18th 2003.
    I also had ALOT of scare tissue, surgery was longer then expected.
    now I am over 4 weeks post op.
    still get a zing down left leg, but I can walk.
    7/30/2003 still having low back pain, like an ache feeling at the end of the day (6wk po)

     
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