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Hi All!
I just happened to run across this team after having spinal fusion 12 days ago!
I am interested in hearing what works well in this recovery and how fast progress can be made.
I am walking 15 to 30 minutes a day, plus 3 easy exercises in bed each morning.

I need to lose about 50 pounds and was doing well until I was no longer able to attend the 3 health clubs that I joined in late fall plus work out on my treadmill. However, I lost about 10 pounds weeks before the surgery. Now is the big challenge to continue to do so.

I understand it takes about a year for the fusion to completely fuse. So I am making the best of this situation with not feeling sorry for myself by catching up on some wonderful quiet times and deep studies in God's Word.

Looking forward to getting acquainted with members better.
Best wishes,
Lois

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Hi all
I am recovering from my 3rd and biggest neck surgery. I had surgery on Feb 12th. My surgery was anterior and posterior discectomy with fusion and hardware C3-C7. I am doing well so far. I am hoping this will be my best summer in a long time. I have my Lupus under control and God willing my neck will be great. Now its time to get my weight under control. I am 100-110# overweight but I know this is my year!!
Good luck to you all and thank you for allowing me to join thid group!!
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Sorry I missed this post. I was in Phoenix for my Dad's funeral and got behind on posts! I would like to welcome you to the team.
PS Don't think about 100 pounds to lose, think about 10 pounds to lose, then later another 10, then another 10, well you get the idea!

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Hello...I am coming back to SP. I am out of control. I had three neck surgeries and my neck is fused except in two spots. I am married, 45, two grown children and 1 grandbaby. My life has been completely altered by my health problems. My arms and hands do not work correctly and I still have constant pain. I have gained all of the weight I had lost before. I came back here for support and to connect with people dealing with the same things as me. I no longer can drive or work and can't do a lot of my other "chores" in running a household. I hope that I can start regaining control over my life, my weight and my pain. My spinal injuries have consumed my life. I want to be healthy and happy!!! I don't know where to start. So...I am getting together my music collection to make a cd of my motivational music to exercise to. Tomorrow, I will start with WATP dvd and see how that goes. I am not ready for my elliptical - shoulders, neck and arms hurt too much while using it. I hope to ignite a spark and keep it burning! I have over 100 lbs to lose. YIKES.

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Welcome to the Team! We can certainly all relate to need to control that pain. Are you able to exercise? Good luck with your goals!

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New here. New year trying a new prospective. Need to start living again. I had l4 l5 fusion and stim unit put in. Traded pain in my legs and feet for pain in the back. I need to loose the weight Ive gained and stop letting the pain take everything from me. Ive spent more time sleeping in the last year than I have awake.

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Water therapy is wonderful on the joints. I love mine. I wish there was more pool availability where I am. Other then Physical therapy there is only one place which is a ski resort and that is priced at well over $300.00 for 6 months. I am in a small village in northern Michigan. Keep working in that water. I know plenty of women that have lost a lot of weight that way.

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The first one was a great success. They actually rebuilt my spine using sea coral. Mixed with bone marrow it actually turned back into bone. My spine looks normal. Unfortunately above the steel more stenosis set in . I have an unusually small spinal canal . I will probably be looking at more surgeries if I continue working at my job.

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I am so sorry that you have not had success with your surgeries! Can you get a second or third opinion? Good luck with your great plan to be healthy!

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I am new to this forum . Returning to SP. I had a spinal fusion, laminectomy in 2006 on my L4/L5 level . It lasted 4 years and I started having pain again. I spent years getting spinal infusion epidurals . I was one of those that got the tainted medication. Luckily I did not get sick. By May of 2013 the epidurals no longer worked and the stenosis had completely closed off my spinal column. I had another laminectomy on L3/L4 to clean out the spine. It did not work. The nerves had been compressed to long. I am still in the pain. I am a very active person. I have practiced yoga for 35 years and am a out doors person. Now I am dealing with a job that is going to replace me, a surgeon that thinks it will all go away and insurance companies that tend not to believe things they cant see. I am steadily putting on weight and have decided to accept what life has planned for me and get back to getting healthy. It is only with this positive attitude I believe that I will get through the trials that go with chronic pain. Now its just sticking to it !

Laura,

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Welcome to the team! The water aerobics sounds like a winner for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome to the team! I'm glad that you have found some relief and have water aerobics! You have all the tools to be on track and to get the excess weight off! You can do this!

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I am a returning member of SP. I lost some weight in 2009 and then slacked off. From 2010 until mid 2012 i suffered from awful leg pain due to pinched nerves in my lower back. I had a 4 level fusion in June 2012. I stayed active as much as I could before the surgery and struggled to walk as much as I could afterwards. The good news is that I do not have nerve pain anymore. My back will ache if I don't stand up straight when I walk. I have gained quite a bit of weight since the surgery and my legs, hips and knees protest when I stand too much.

The best thing I have going is a 50 minute water aerobics class 5 days a week. I highly recommend water exercise for anyone suffering from arthritis and back pain.

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Welcome Miranda! I think you have good motivation there, yes surgery isn't fun, very painful to recover from. Keep on with the determination to keep going forward with what you can do. I think that you will find that if you keep going, that you will continue to get stronger and able to do a lot. Keep up the good fight, it is worth every minute of effort!

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Hi Miranda,
Welcome to the team. It's good to hear you are exercising and following your doctor's instructions. Good luck with your goals.
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Hi I'm Miranda.
I am 6 weeks post op for a c4-c7 acdf. I didn't realize my disks were in such bad shape until I had my mri and my doctor scheduled me for surgery 2 weeks later! I'm very over weight and was making good progress until the pain came on and stayed. It kept getting worse regardless of pt, finally I couldn't turn my head and had lost all feeling in my left arm/hand. When my doctor did the nerve function test he discovered I was losing muscle because the nerves were so compressed...ouch!!
I still have pain, more pain than I would like but my doctor has said to exercise as much as feels comfortable...so here I go, I'm throwing it all in! My goal is to get all this weight off so I can avoid having any more surgery! I don't want to do that again...

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Thanks for your kind words and support. I appreciate and need the encouragement.
Deborah

This past week I did manage to do some kind of physical exercise of at least 10 minutes per day every day (except today - my official "rest day")
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Hi, Deborah, and welcome to the team! You have certainly been through a lot in a short period of time. I can totally relate to the sciatic pain and often have to omit lower body exercise. I believe the core exercises and walking are the best answer for losing weight when exercise is difficult. Good luck!

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Welcome to the team! Sorry to hear about the pain, have you gone to a chiropractor? Many times this type of pain can be relieved with some massaging of your ab area, it is sort of hard to describe the way to do it, but worth a try. Yes, you have some extra challenges, but it isn't out of reach. It might take a little longer but you can do this!

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I am new to this team, but not to Spark People. I am 2 years post- cervical spine fusion C5-6, C6-7, and they just found a bone spur on C-4 (not affecting the disc - yet), and L4-5 Interbody fusion and discectemy will be 2 years in August. I had three surgeries in 2011. My cervical spine, arthroscopy on my right knee, and then the lumbar spine for spondylolisthesis. So there had been three ruptured discs. Radiculopathy. Also ulnar nuritis in my right hand/arm. All this from a fall on the ice.

Currently, I am now trying to lose the weight I gained post surgery. Prior to surgery I had lost close to 40 pounds. Now, it seems harder to make this happen now. I need to, have to. Got to. I have difficult days with sciatic pain right side, that makes it hard to move and exercise at times. I am trying to work through this and regain my strength mobility flexibility and motivation.
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Sue, I am so sorry you are having so much trouble with your back. Many of our members have had similar problems and can relate well to you.

We are a very small team and tend to be active in spurts, but are very caring!

My daughter has gone on with her life with her children, so I can understand how you miss her, but you should be very proud of the way that you raised her to be independent!

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Wow, I can't say that I've walked in your shoes, but I can sympathize, I'm a good listener. I feel your pain coming through your words. It's hard to find the joy, but I am appreciative of your husband. Although I haven't lived with your pain, I have lived with a different kind of pain. It doesn't sound like you have much hope of getting better physically. But I do think that things can change emotionally and spiritually for you. This is small in comparison, but this past year, I was going through a tough time emotionally, I was looking for something to change in my life. When I finally came to terms that nothing was going to change, then I knew that I needed to change. Accepting where we are and looking for the many little things that are great can help us get through each day on a brighter note.

I know that you miss your daughter, but don't feel bad that she isn't around much, she does need to try to live a normal life. I know that I remember my self at that age and I have 3 daughters that I don't see very often. It was hard for them to come and help me when I had my back surgery, they had their busy schedules to contend with but did the best they could. Somehow we got through it. Be sure to thank her for the time that she does spend with you.

Yes, this group isn't super active, but yet we are here for each other and it is good to know people are out there that understand. Feel free to start new posts, share your good days and bad. I think most of us get an email when a new post is started. We will read it and comment if we think that we can offer a few words of comfort or advice. Take good care of yourself, you are important and worth every ounce of effort and then some. And keep in touch with people, if you can't get out because of pain, can you invite people to come to see you? Can you talk on the phone? And of course keep in touch with the whole world through the internet! Welcome to our team!!

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Hi, My name is Sue and I live in Indiana. I had a 3 level fusion of L4, L5 and S1 on May 1st 2007 with no relief. I have degenerative disk disease, fibromyalgia, IBS, TMJ and was just told to consult a surgeon about my neck. It all started because of my line of work. I worked in fiberglass factories for over 20 years. I worked like a man. I did a lot of heavy pushing, pulling and lifting. I had to balance myself on my hip bones to reach inside the mold's to repair and wax them. Myself and one other person would lift fiberglass Van tops over our heads 20 to 30 times a day. I'm only 5' 2 3/4 inches tall and back then weighed about 120 pounds. I was getting hurt all the time. I had to quit working in 2002. I just couldn't handle it anymore. I had to really fight for it and finally got SSD. My surgeon told me when I had my fusion that it was possible that I could get a herniated disc right above my fusion. I just had a new MRI done on January 29, 2013 and now have 5 bulging going up above my fusion. What the heck!!!
I can't stand for a long time or sit for a long time. I have bad nerve pain that runs down my left leg if I sit to much. Walking to much also increases my back pain. The only time I might use a wheel chair is if I'm at the store and just can't walk for long. My life is spent at home. I may leave the house once a week to go to the grocery store. I don't visit friends or family. My husband of over 20 years is very supportive and my 24 year old daughter is hardly ever home to help with anything. She works full time and goes to college full time.
I just can't understand why they can remove the 3 disc's and I still have really bad back pain. It makes no sense to me!!!

Well I think I've written enough and will close this book I just wrote for now. I look forward to getting to know some of you. I can see this group as not been very active, but I'm happy to know there are others out there that can say they can walk in my shoe's.

Sue

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Hi Tonya,
Welcome to the team! A lot of us can relate to the problems you are having! I'm glad your husband provides a good support system for you. I think it is a lesson for everyone, that many times, people with disabilities often do not show it from the outside, but can be in a lot of pain anyway.
I hope your pain will continue to improve and you may be able to get back to at least a part of the work you love so much.
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Hello,
I am new to Sparkpeople. I am a 40 year old registered nurse with a BAD BACK!
I was an aide for years before becoming a LPN and then a RN. So have been in the healthcare field for over 20 yrs. And it did a toll on my back. I put off having surgery for 4 years longer than I should have which left me with permanent nerve damage.
I had a 2 PLIF level fusion from L4-S1 on March 1st 2010. I am better since my surgery but I still have pain everyday that is exacerbated if I do too much.
I am unable to work directly with patients such as floor nursing or HHC or nursing home.
Which is very sad for a nurse that LOVES helping people.
I was fortunate to get a work from home nursing job 7 months after my surgery.
Having bad pain is a difficult thing to live with. I think chronic pain of any kind is especially hard because people look at you and you look "fine".
My MIL is one of those people. She doesn't understand why I am not 100% normal and pain free now that I had surgery. I have a wonderful husband who is a great help to me and has always been a great emotional supporter too.
I look forward to getting to know everyone here and the support from those that have or are walking in my shoes will be wonderful.

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What an encouraging and happy reply... well the end. I guess this process will teach me patience! Smile.

A smile can make it all feel a little better. So, I go and smile at myself in the mirror. Shallow or what? But it works... My name is Kathy and I'm Pennsylvania.


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Yes, for sure there is life after back surgery! Just remember to give yourself a large time for recovery! For the first 3 months, I did nothing! The only chore that I took care of was writing checks to pay the monthly bills. A daughter was home for a while to help with meals while DH was at work and otherwise DH took care of cooking, cleaning and then some. Then I was able to go back to work but not full time for another 3 months and I still didn't do any more than absolutely necessary. Then gradually I was able to do more and life was some what more normal. But it was a full 18 months before I could really do more to challenge myself and to start exercising to rebuild muscle and to get into shape. But yes, now I am living life to it's fullest! I work full time, and also a Zumba Fitness Instructor, and have way more energy! For now, follow doctor's orders, do not get upset with yourself and the slow healing, life will get way better!

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Thanks so much for the encouraging words and councel Daisy. Right now it really helps to hear from someone whose been through this and come through on the other side. Smile.

A smile can make it all feel a little better. So, I go and smile at myself in the mirror. Shallow or what? But it works... My name is Kathy and I'm Pennsylvania.


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Hi and welcome to the team! It is a long and usually difficult road to recovery, but many of us can attest to the fact that it does get better! Do the exercises your doctor suggests., get plenty of rest and don't overdo! I have had a cervical fusion and a lumbar fusion and am doing very well for a 73 year old woman! Good luck!

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HI to all.... I have been with SP for a couple of years and do enjoy the support. I had spinal fusion with bone graft 9 weeks ago today and can't believe all the little setbacks that occur. I had a head on collision with my husband in the kitchen the Sunday before Thanksgiving and percocet came back into my life in full dose! I barely made the holiday my daughter hosted (2 hour drive). We were to spend the night. My husband had to drive me home that night. I couldn't handle it. I would have never believed this could be so challenging and LONG...

Anyway, I am a generally happy girl with a precious husband, four wonderful grown married kids and 7 grandchildren all at least 4 hours away - which is a good thing right now - Smile. I am spending my recovery crocheting baby blankets (there are no babies in our future - I'm just sayin') and lead an adult Bible study at our church. I am an oil painter that doesn't paint as the last four years have included two rotator cuff surgeries and now this. Maybe again someday...

I would love any info, hints, advice or encouragement any of you can provide. Right now it seems that life will never ever be active again. Sigh...

A smile can make it all feel a little better. So, I go and smile at myself in the mirror. Shallow or what? But it works... My name is Kathy and I'm Pennsylvania.


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Hi Spring! Welcome to the Team. I had pretty much the same surgery as you 8 years ago and have never regretted it! Spark People has been a great program for me. I am much more active than I would have been otherwise and my diet has improved tremendously! I lost about 25 pounds originally, but had a setback with bursitis of the hip last winter and gained some back from lack of exercise, but am back to exercising more and have lost most of that again. Sounds like you are doing great with your walking. Your doctor will probably add in some other exercises when you see him again! Keep up the good work!
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Hi! My name is Spring and I am new to this forum and to SparkPeople. I have about 50 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight.

I had L4-5, L5-S1 fusion surgery May 15, 2012. I seem to be recovering fairly well. I have my second post op appoint on September 19. My pain is non-existent most days, so I am glad I had surgery. It hasn't been an easy road, but I don't think anything with the spine is ever easy.

I finally feel ready to start a weight loss plan, mostly consisting of walking (until I chat with my doctor) and eating a little healthier that I have been.

It would be nice to get to know some of you, who understand exactly what I am going through. :)

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Welcome to the team! It's great to have new members and it's great that you are having less pain! Hope to get to know you better!

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Welcome Hannah! I'm glad to hear that your surgery has helped! It takes a long time to fully recover from the surgery but well worth it! I know for me it made a huge difference in how active I could be. I went from barely making it through a work day to working a full day and then teaching Zumba fitness afterwards. So much more energy! Glad to have you on the team!!!

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the team. My name is Hannah, and I have my spine fused in May of last year. I have Scheuermann's Disease, so my back had too much of a curve in the thoracic part. They fused me from T1-L2, and straightened my back out. I'm so happy that I did it, because it took away so much of my pain and made me feel better about my body.

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Hi, Debbie! Welcome to the Team! We can all relate to the problems you face! I would like to suggest that you make your page public so we can interact with you personally! I am anxious to get to know you better! This is a great place to get encouragement and learn more healthy habits. Good luck!

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Welcome to the team! You are getting way more than one buddy by being on Sparks, there will be many people here praying for you and cheering you on! Keep posting and letting us know the struggles and the triumphs. Best to you and your DH on your health journey!

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Welcome Debbie the Quilting Grandma,

I enjoyed your post. I'd love to be your buddy here. We have both had spinal fusion surgery so that's something we have in common and I need to lose another 50 pounds um I lost 50 so far with spark people so we could do a 50 pound challenge together . I certainly need somebody. In my corner. Excuse the horrible punctuation, im om a smart phone.
just reply here or send me a message or write on my wall if you're interested and have a great weeken.d
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Hello, my name is Debbie. As I said in the subject line I am new to sparks as well as to this group. I am married to a wonderful man who is also doing Sparks with me to some extent though he isn't as involved as I am. We have 4 adult children and 1 granddaughter.

I need to lose about 50 pounds total and have wanted to lose it for some time now but now I have more motivation than I have in the past. I am diabetic and have high cholesterol. I am unable to take the cholesterol medication and so far have been unable to even budge the cholesterol numbers by an almost vegetarian way of life that I have begun in the last 4 months. I want to live a full life and to be around and enjoy my granddaughter.

I had back surgery a fusion of L4/L5 and L5/S1 three years ago and still struggle with being able to do much standing around. I've tried to overcome that by water exercising and water walking. And now that I've found Sparks I've also begun chair exercising.

I would very much like to find a weight loss buddy to help me along the way. Just knowing there was someone in my corner thinking about me, praying for me, encouraging me and checking up on me via would be so good for me. I of course would offer the same to my buddy.

Besides being on the computer some of my hobbies are... quilting, read my bible, and I've begun scripture memorization. And exercise is starting to become a nice hobby of mine.

Well that is a bit about me. I thank you for this group.

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Good luck with those injections! Let us know how they work out. I started physical therapy (again) this week and think it is helping the sciatic pain, but too soon to know for sure. Hugs back!

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Thank you for picking me as a friend. I just added you as a friend as well. I see the Knee Specialist a week from tomorrow and hope to get the injections (3 in each knee) started so that I can start working out again. I am looking forward to setting my goals and getting started.

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Hi, Mary and welcome to the Team. You have been through a terrible time. I hope things are looking up for you now! Many of the members of this team have had some of the same problems you have, so you have come to the right place. I have had 3 back surgeries (1 cervical, 2 lumbar), high blood pressure, osteoporosis and assorted other things, so can relate to some of your problems. I will add you as a Spark friend and look forward to getting to know you better!

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Hello everyone! My name is Mary. I am retired due to being disabled (you will read why). I live with my daughter, 4 yr old grandson and 5 month old granddaughter. I'm just getting back online after finally getting my new computer. I have been a member of Sparks for a while but didn't even remember signing up (sometimers...lol). So, this is all new to me. Because I no longer work I don't have the social contacts that I used to and have lost contact with most of my friends (hard for people to relate or understand why I can't do the things I used to) and have no real support. I am looking for motivation, support and hope to make a few friends. Help Please!?! I'm not sure how or where to start. I was probably in the best shape of my life (working out 3x a week w/personal trainer at Bally's Fitness Center) had dropped 2 dress sizes when a series of life events (taking care of my step-dad during and after Colon Cancer...only after losing him to complications following surgery on the arteries in his neck; a house fire...2 days before the closing that would have made the house mine; then having to live in a hotel for 5 months w/my teen daughter while waiting for the insurance company to cover the claim (don't even get me started) I went to get up to go to the bathroom and couldn't straighten up...after 3 days of being off work due to the pain I went to my Dr, then a specialist, (after months of PH which only made it worse) then a surgeon and 2 back surgeries later (lower and cervical w/fusions) I'm worse now then when this all started in March of 2003. I have High Blood Pressure, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Spinal Stenosis and my knees are bone-on-bone so this will be the next specialist I go to (who knows what else). This completes my ramble for the day...sorry!

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Welcome to the Team. I have been fortunate not to have the type of pain you describe, but many of our team members can relate to what you are saying! You may want to visit some of their pages and communicate with them. Good luck on your Spark journey.

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Hi everyone, I'm looking for some motivation. How do others work through the pain & lose?
I had C4-C7 fused in April of last year. I'm better in that the nerve was released & feeling came back in my left arm, but I still have constant pain in my neck.
My back is inoperable, my neurosurgeon said maintenance is all we can hope for.
I have 2 years of HEAVY steroid injections & pills, 15 Lbs of belly & puffy face.
Most days pain is at a 7 or 8

Any helpful ideas would be appreciated :)

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Welcome to the Team, Mitzi! I think all of us here consider 80% improvement to be a good thing! Glad to have you with us!

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Hi there. I just joined SP last week and stumbled across the picture that you have as the team photo. My x-ray looks just like that. I had my C3-C5 vertebrae fused two years ago and had success with that. I have RA, OA and fibromyalgia which hinder the healing process but I have to say that I feel about 80% better than I did, so I would consider that a success.

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Hi, Stephanie! Welcome to the Team! Good luck with your Spark journey!

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Hi!
My name is Stephanie, and I will be 25 in March. I used Spark with great results a few years back, but unfortunately I began to gain weight and am now at the heaviest weight that I have been in my adult life. I have returned to Spark because I know its such a motivating place to be.
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Welcome BraveOne!

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Wow, you truly are a Braveone! What a story and how wonderful that you did all the right things to get better! Hope you continue to improve! I have had two lumbar surgeries, the last one 3 years ago with all the rods and screws and a cervical fusion with donor bone a few years ago. I am pretty much able to do what I want am very grateful! Keep up the good work and welcome to the team!
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I am new to the team, but not new to SP. I was a passenger
in our car, when a vehicle speeding towards me, from the side,
hit the door, and knocked our car across median, into the
oncoming traffic. This was a divided highway. My belt let
loose of me, by being hit from the side, thus my body swung
around to the left and then slammed my head against the
door window. I blacked out. When I opened my eyes, DH
was sitting in the fast lane of oncoming traffic, in a daze.
Thanks be to God, I woke up in time, told DH to get us down
(meaning into the median, which was V shaped). I didn't
know 'til much later, that my left leg hit the knobs on the
dash. I had serious injury to my knee, that pained me for
years.

As a result, I had to under go spinal surgery fusion. This
happened 3 yrs. after the accident. Nothing would help
the pain in my spine, left knee and just about all over my
body. I had months of physical therapy.

I chose a neurosurgeon to do my surgery in 2006. He did a wonderful
job. I had fusion of my lower spine, and lots of additional work
done. I was sent home with a walker and illustrated exercises
that I was to do two times a day, every day. I did them just as
I was ordered. I did fall a few times, when I didn't use the walker.
Thankfully, I didn't break anything loose. I was told to use a
ice pack, 30 minutes on, 30 off. Icing feels wonderful to me,
and I still use it every day for pain. Of course, I was sent home
with strong pain meds. I really could not have lived without them.
But I tried to wean myself, ASAP. To this day, I still take pain
meds but not a lot. My surgery was absolutely a life saver. I
asked a man, who had had this surgery, how long before he
healed. He told me 2 years! I had only had the surgery at that
time for about 6 mos. Wow, he wasn't kidding. It took me a
full two years.

I don't coddle myself. I have done pretty much what I want to
do, as far as working hard and doing what women do. But
I don't do heavy lifting. I was told, not over 25 pounds.

I continue to experience spine & hip pain. So, back in the
spring, a surgeon wanted to try me on a Spinal Stimulator.
I agreed to try a trial version. It might have helped, but
while attaching the wire to my spine, he got on a nerve
and I have never felt pain so violent, other than childbirth.
I screamed at the top of my lungs. He stated that "That's
my fault." I told him to finish up, that I couldn't take anymore.
I wore the thing 6 days. But since the nerve shot down both
legs, into my feet and lower back. I was so sore that I felt
like I had been beaten very badly. The Rept for the Stimulator
called & asked how I was doing, while still wearing it, and
I told her, how could it help with the damage that the surgeon
had caused me. Frankly, I couldn't stand the constant vibration.
When I went into see the surgeon, he acted sheepish, and
went about taking the leads off my spine. I was so mad at
him, that I didn't want to even talk to him.

I am doing better from that episode now. But honestly felt
I might be permanently injured from it. If so, I would have
probably had to bring suit, to get my medical bills paid.
I am glad that it didn't happen.

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Mickibc, welcome to the team. Sounds like you are doing great after your surgery. We are happy to have you on the team! Stay in touch!
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Welcome MICKIBC! I am so glad that your surgery went well and is helping you so much! Yay!!! My surgery was horrible to recover from but since then, I'm doing great! No pain! Just can't ben like most people can, but I can do so much more than what I could do before the surgery! I wish all surgerys were that successful! I hope that you get to know some of the people on the team, they are a great bunch!
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I had back problems for some time - pain in the back and pain/numbness going down my right side to my toes and, before I had epidurals, even on the left side some times. I tried chiropractic, then PT, finally epidurals from 2007 through last fall. In 2008, I was told I needed surgery --fusion, not just a laminectomy. The epidurals helped and lasted longer than most seem to but I realized I was helping them last by doing nothing to set the pain going - I was doing almost nothing and steadily gaining weight and knew that the shots would not cure anything - so I went ahead for the surgery.

I'm feeling like I must be very strange. I had fusion (L4-L5 with rods and screws) on August 9 and from the 10th - 17th spent a week at a skilled nursing facility. I was walking the morning after, while in the hospital and started PT on the 11th. I had daily PT while in the convalescent center and walked the corridors - I used a walker because, when I did not, the people in wheel chairs wanted me to push them and I felt guilty, pointing to my brace and telling them I was a patient too. I have been walking up and down my street and through the supermarket.

I'm feeling great - have had no pain, just soreness - and a bit of an ache in the mornings now that I am down to 1/2 a Percocet at bedtime -- I need another 1/2 first thing and then I'm great all day. A few days after Hurricane Irene, I still not only had no electricity or land line, my cell was not getting a signal -- so, I had to get in the car to drive down the street so that I could call to let everyone know I was OK (I live in the back of beyond and have few neighbors, most of whom were staying with people in the more civilized parts of our county, as I did for the first few days). I followed the directions for getting in and out of the car and felt fine... I'm doing outpatient PT twice a week, I go back to work on September 19 and my 2nd post op appointment on October 3.



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I just had to add to the tape discussion, I cannot use papertape (hyporalergenic). I welt in seconds. The only tape I can use is Tegrederm (mucho bucks)or silk tape. We all have weird sesitivities.

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Reading all this took me back to when I had my surgery. I'm sensitive to tape too and they do have a paper tape that they used in the hospital on me to hold the iv in place. I was allowed to do steps, the physical therapists had to show me how to do them carefully. The main thing they worry about with steps is the tripping or falling, so if you have someone go with you to help support you or hang on to the railing for dear life and go very slow it's fine. I called the car, the torture chamber, it was so painful to go for a ride, so I didn't unless I had to. The ride home from the hospital was excruciating. And I remember being told to not sit up for more than an hour at a time also. But gradually, you will heal and you will get stronger and hopefully the pain subsides. I was on pain meds for about 2 months and haven't taken any since! It is a long recovery time, but at least for me was well worth it. I hope the same goes for you too! And welcome to the team!!!

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Thanks Carol. I am taking it slowly going up or down the stairs. emoticon

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I can certainly see the problem with the upstairs. Just be careful and go slowly going up and down the stairs! I had the same advice about driving and did not even want to drive, partly because of the pain medications. I imagine your doctor will give you some advice on exercise at your next appointment. Take care!

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My master bath tub & shower is upstairs, along with a hall bath tub also on the upper level as I only have a powder room downstairs on the main level with consists of a sink and commode.

I went to take a shower this morning & the 30" pivot door came off the hinge and pulled the bar away from the top. We didn't have this problem a couple of weeks ago unless the cleaning lady, (which we recently hired), had a problem with it.

I called the company that installed it yesterday and they said that they would get back with me but never did. So I called again today and left messages for all 3 people saying that this was an emergency. I am really concerned that this thing is going to come completely off and hurt either me or my husband not to mention breakage.

Of course, they are only open on Monday through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I am hoping that someone will return my call today asap.

As for sleeping downstairs, the only place to do that would be in the living room which would be open to the front hallway and front door or closer to the diningroom where my computer hutch & computer are. But then to bathe or shower I would have to go upstairs anyway.

Althought I have a bathtub in the upstairs hall bathroom, I would have to step high up to get into and out of the shower and that I won't do. Too risky with slipping even though I do have a rubber mat in there.

To tell you the truth about the walking I have no clue. But I am up and about in the kitchen and family room.

Underneath the topic, "NO Driving" it says, "It is recommended that for several weeks after back surgery, the upright sitting position (upper body at 90 degree angle with the lower body, or the position achieved while sitting in a normal, unreclined chair) should be maintained for only 20-30 minutes at a time. Driving puts you in this upright sitting positin and should be avoided. Looking behinid you when changing lanes may also cause a twisting motion of the back and thus violates one of the other back precautions."

So I am not even sure what all else I should or should not be doing.

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What a strong woman you are, Brenda! I also had a bone stimulator, but was not allergic to the tape. Can you try a different tape? I believe there are some that are not supposed to cause a problem. Maybe your pharmacist can help! Have they advised you to walk yet? I remember that I moved my bedroom downstairs so that I would not have to do the steps after my surgery. Sounds like you are doing the right things and listening to your doctor's advice. Keep up the good work!

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I'm only into my 4th week of recovering from surgery. I go back for 2nd post op check on Sept 16. According to the booklet & verbal info that I was given: no BLTs, (bending, lifting, twisting), and since my bedroom is on the 2nd floor I am only allowed to climb up and down the stairs once; just to come down in the morning and to go back up at night to sleep; plus no driving for 6 to 8 weeks. And although the book says that I can sleep without the brace the nurse practitioner says that if I can wear it to bed I should. My sister had back surgery 2 years ago and she is 8.5 years younger than me. She had an excellent suggestion about putting a black plastic trash bag on the car seat so that I can slide in. It works. But I don't like the stress that it causes so I am not in the car going anywhere. Since I was on pain meds when my daughter took me in for my 2 week post op, she said that the nurse practitioner said that at the next visit they would discuss rehab but I was under the impression that rehab would not happen until 12 weeks. Right now, I have like what seems to be a small lump just above the top most part of my incision and when I wear the bone stimulator it irritates the dickens out of it. Hubby says that if that area is still bothering me, he would take me back to see the surgeon and try and see what is going on. I don't have a fever, and the incision is not weeping. But I believe that I also have a sensitivity to the adhesive tape on both the electrodes and the patch that goes over the electrodes to keep them from coming off. The contraption is then hooked to the stimulator which is about the size of a cell phone and I can hook it onto the strap of the back brace which is basically made out of velcroe. I am suppose to wear it as much as I can but I was told because of the tape sensitivity that I should wear it during the day and removed it at night. But I can only tolerate it for 8 hours at the most before taking it off. I am suppose to get an x-ray taken a few days before the next appointment so that the surgeon can see how I am healing.

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Brenda,welcome to the team. I know we have made some contact, mainly about me. It seems as if you are doing well sincce the last surgery. all of my fusions were done with my own iliaccrest instead of metal as well. My brother had a bone stimulator installed where he broke his collarbone attached with titanium. It took well over a year, but he was vvery slow. The doctors gave up on him and removed the stimulator and then one day he was in the ortho's office with his kid and the doc asked if he could xray the collar bone. Amazingly, it finally came back and he has his bone back. i hope andexpect you won't be as odd as my brother. You do sound very close to healed. what restrictions still exist?

Sorry about your husband but you seem to keeping your faith up. Hopefully,his pain is under control.You have indeed have had some hard years, sorry about your folks.


Take care of yourself while helping your husband.

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Hi! I am Brenda.

I have been on spark for several years now and have struggled with losing weight but had issues with my foot and knee but didn't know it was related to my back until a year ago.

If you are interested, you can check out my blogs for what transpired over the course of a few years.

As time transpired, with lower back pain, I went through chiropractor, then bi-lat shots in the back and finally spinal surgery 4 weeks ago on my S1 & L5. No metal or nuts & bolts as I would call it, but bone graft that would take the place of screws and bolts.

The surgery released the nerves. I believed I also had spinal stenosis as well. So, I am taking it one day at a time. I am now off of the percocet and only taking a muscle relaxer at night. I am wearing in addition to a back brace, a bone stimulator.

Prior to having surgery, I felt like someone had hit me with a sledge hammer from my hip on down to my ankle.

It's been a long 4 years when hubby was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, (one hair away from pancreatic cancer), & had the "Whipple"done. He is still living by God's grace one day at a time as the cancer is now spreading & he is undergoing chemo once again. No prognosis was given, so each day that he lives is a gift.

My mom passed in 2008 and dad passed in 2009.

But I am trusting in the Lord for all things that I will be on my feet once again and hopefully losing weight again.

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Hi Tara, how is the recovery going? Welcome to the team. I am pretty new and already love it.


Bre

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Thank you Daisy!

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Welcome to the team, Liz! Hope you are doing well after your surgery! I had my surgery for much the same condition 3 years ago and am feeling great!

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Hi everyone. I'm Liz, I'm 32 and from Ohio. I had spinal fusion in April 10 for L4/L5 &S1 due to L4 herniating and spondylolthesis of L5/S1.

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HI Tara, Welcome. I just joined a few weeks ago and there are some wonderful people here. I wish you the best of luck in your weight loss and health. There is so much to gain from sparkpeople.com. Each day I am amazed and find something new.


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Tara, welcome to the team. Feel free to join us on the daily chat. You can talk about anything from medical, to fun shows, to problems with work, friends, whatever. It is just nice to talk about anything.

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Hi, Tara, welcome to the team!

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Hi, hi! I'm Tara and I just found spark people Wednesday and started my diet yesterday. I had Spinal fusion December 17, 2011 because of severe spinal stenosis C-3 through T-1. what was to be a 2 day hospital stay turned into 11days when I became sepsis Christmas , too. Because of all the neck xrays, my thyroid stopped functioning. At any rate I gained 15lbs in 5 months, and finally feel well enough to try to address it.
At any rate how neat it is to find this group right here where I need you. emoticon

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome! Hope everyone has a great Monday!

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Lisa, welcome to the team. emoticon

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Hi Lisa,
We've all been there, done that and certainly understand! So glad you joined our team. The members here are so supportive and inspirational.
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Hi all! Nice to have a place where people understand your circumstances. I am Lisa from Ala-freakin-bama..lol. I have had two spinal fusions in the past 2/12yrs and struggle with my limits now. I was army for 23yrs (now retired and working again for the army as a contractor). I was a very adventurous type, loved rappelling, running, hoped to skydive one day. Now, I am excited just to do my daily workout of walking and elliptical. Just trying to lose weight and become as healthy as possible. I put on 50lbs since my back problems started in 2007. The steroids, I am sure didn't help matters. I went through two years of pain management getting epidurals. Then they stopped helping, hence the 2nd surgery. Anyway, glad to join and look forward to giving and receiving support from my fellow "spinally" challenged motivated friends!

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We are so glad to have you with us. The Team is very supportive!

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Just wanted to say hello to the team!
My name is Stephanie, I had my Spinal Fusion surgery in January of 2007 (fused from T10 to S1, for Scoliosis). I lost about 60 pounds after my surgery (with the help of Weight Watchers), but in the last couple years it has begun to creep back up on me. Sometimes I swear I feel every pound I have gained, which is why I've come to spark. The less weight my back has to support, the better I will feel.
I look forward to being an active member of this team!
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Welcome to the Team!

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I am originally from the Southwest. A beautiful part of the country but a far different appearance than the beaches I have always wished to live on. Money will likely keep me from ever owning a beachfront home emoticon . Someday I will own a home at least on beachside. I have had several surgeries, but haven't a lot of us? Good health to all.

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Daisy tried to answer you from my sparkpage but it is not working. Would love to add you as friend, you are right us silver headed ones need each other.

I am on week 3 and having such a good time The weight loss is slow, 5 pounds in first two weeks, but I am gaining so much knowledge and having such a good time. Try to keep busy so I don't think about pain and try to learn new ways to adapt to all that has happened to my body, 5 spinal fusions in 6 months with only Tylenol for pain killer because I am allergic to everything. But making progress so!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway have joined this now and will look forward to team notes.

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Hey, new members, for some reason, I wasn't notified when you posted to this. I apologize for not stopping by and saying "hello" to you!

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AnneLH - Welcome to the group and to Spark!

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Hi Everyone, I had an L4-L5 & L5-S1 fusion done in '04. Once I healed up I had relatively 5 pain free years, but last year the pain came back with a vengeance. Tried Cymbalta and that helped for a while until I started having bad side effects and had to wean off - now just using pain meds. I too know if I lost some extra pounds that would have to help, so here I am! It sure isn't easy to lose weight when anything physical you do makes your back hurt. Nice to meet everyone here that can relate to this. A little late, but happy new year!

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SandieMac1 - Welcome to the group! I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. I hope that there is something that can be done for you.

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hi...i had L4-L5 and L5-S1 fusions (2 plates, 2 cages and 6 screws) done in may 2010. i need to get this wieght off cuz i know that i'll feel better physically as well as mentally. i lost well over 100 pounds a few years ago but gained alot of it back and it's very depressing. i'm not really exercising right now cuz since my surgery my pain level has gone from a 4-5 to a 8-10 pretty much every day and if it wasn't for pain meds right now i don't know what i'd do....sometimes i wonder if i made a HUGE mistake doing this....

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I have posted xray pics on my spark page for anyone that would like to see what scoliosis looks like - before and after surgery. They can't totally straighten the curve, but they did make it a lot more liveable.

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Love this team! I have known since I was 11 that I was twisted and crooked (scoliosis). I wore a Milwaukee brace for 4 yrs. That helped for awhile, but gradually my health declined from my back getting worse. So at age 46 (in 2008) I had the spinal fusion - 14 screws - and I said right away about how screwed up I am. And my brother kidded me about being Woman of Steel. I am still not straight, so still a little twisted and crooked, but I am so much healthier and able to do things. I know how fortunate I am to have this second chance and I am determined to make the most of it!

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I had my surgery in Dec 2004, a year and a half after a car accident. They went through the front of my throat and moved everything to the side to get to my spine. This paralyzed my vocal cord and my doctors did not know if I would ever be able to speak again.

They told me to wait for a year to see if my voice would come back. If nothing in a year they could send me to Philly for a test!

My family saw a healthy person on the outside and didn't seem concerned. On the inside I was terrified and felt very alone.

I didn't wait a year. I sought treatment in North Carolina ( I'm from PA ) and started speaking in 5 months. The vocal cord is still 10% paralyzed. I often sound scratchy and have to clear my throat but I'll take it over silence!

And my head is officially screwed on crooked!!!! LOL!

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Hello, In 1999 had C5-6-7 fusion, neck is ok, but now have low back problems. Hoping losing weight will lead to less pain. Can't really exercise right now, healing is a goal. Donna

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Hi Y'all! My name is Jeremy (26) and I had my L5-S1 spinal fusion done in February of 2010. So at this point I am 6 months post-op. Since my surgery I have dropped a total of 28.5 lbs. through diet and exercise. I have been trying to get into running and that is not looking good at this moment. I have been focusing on strength training and diet.

I am very excited to find a group out there with people who know what I mean when I say my back hurts. Most of the time people are like, "Take some Ibuprofen it will fix it." All I think in my head is if that worked I would not say my back hurt. To know that an OTC pill could my the stiffness and pain go away would be a beautiful thing.

Now I want to clarify...I am not in pain all of the time. Just every once and awhile I get a "back ache" that just seems to slow me way down.

What can I say....I am a kid at heart!

Eleanor Roosevelt.: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

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Hi, I'm a 48 female Texan who had spinal fusion June 2009. I have come a long way this year. Last year at this time I was in a full brace. I am now 42 lbs lighter and the fittest I have been in years. I still have a bit of pain in my back and I don't think it will ever feel natural. Nevertheless, I press on and keep it going. Good to see that we have our own team! emoticon

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Hey! Welcome to the team! Love the spine of steel reference! Lots of us have that literally (or titanium!)

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Hi! I'm new. I'm 22 years old now and I had my spinal fusion surgery when I was 11 because of severe scoliosis. I just graudauted college and as I'm sure you all know healthy lifestyles lead to less pain so I decided to try this community. I liked the pun in the Team title - I'm known to be stubborn and someone once described me as having a "spine of steel" which caused me to crack up (they didn't know about my fusion). emoticon

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