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Back Problems board

Hi Dee,
I am Raiza, but I had to re-sign with a different name because I had forgotten my password and my email got cancelled due to change of companies (from DSL to Cable). I had to sign in with a new name: Racharina. I hope you remember me from that forum. I really had a lot of emotionally support there.

On July 16 I will have one year post operation of my L5/S1 discectomy laminectomy in my Right side. Still feels quite painful and it seems I have to take a painkiller every other day. I take one naproxin sodium and half of a vicodin. Some weeks seems it is getting all good, at almost 0 pain but then the next week, bang! The pain has never been as strong as it was prior operation tho but still gets pretty painful. I got rid of the limpidness and the electric shocks I used to have as well as the numbness. But my legs hurt must of the time as well as my hips. Buttock pain has reduced enormously but when I get it, it really throbs. If you are at the point of taking one painkiller once a month I will say you are a total success story. I wish I was there. I don't know if I have low tolerance to pain or that I am still in a some real strong pain. Sitting is a killer.

I walk everyday and try to swim more.. although the swimming part have reduced since I have gotten lazy. I tried to do abs but it seems to hurt more after 3 days I have started doing it. I try to do lunges or leg dips as well as squats and also give me a lot of pain. (Usually about 3 to 4 days after I have started the work out program). For that reason, I have kept it low key work outs and just doing the walking. But when i walk I do it for almost an hour.

I still get really down emotionally when i get the bad weeks. I just don't know if it is normal that after a year of post operation I still have to go through this. I don't know if you remember, but I used to whine that I wanted to have children someday but this back problem was like a barrier that was not letting me make the decision. I said I was going to wait one year post operation to see if I could start trying, but I really don't know if I should.

I sometimes wonder if I will need another surgery, but when I have the good days, I say, "nah, I don't' think so, everything will be alright".

I am glad to hear you are doing well. One painkiller a month seems to be pretty good to me.

Glad you posted back.