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Old 06-12-2008, 06:31 AM
Snootyboot Snootyboot is offline
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Join Date: Jun 2008
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Hello all. My name is Katie and I am from Alabama.

I am scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow to determine what will be the next step I need to take to help manage or fix my back pain.

I am having issues at L5 S1. I came to this site to help me do research. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

38 yr old female
1993 -- herniated disc at L5 S1 by twisting in the shower to turn the water on. Discectomy performed on the disc to remove herniation.
Chirtopractic care over the next 12 years.
2005 -- hernited disc again
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:52 AM
Dave C Dave C is offline
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 153

Good morning Katie,

You came to the right place to research your issue. I’ve found this site to offer so much information as well as support. Welcome and good luck in your journey.

Diagnosed with DDD in Nov, 2007. MRI, EMG
C3/4 C4/5 C5/6 C6/7
Surgery 06.04.08--C5/6 and C6/7 with Prodisc was a success.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:26 AM
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Cirobi Cirobi is offline
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 415

Welcome to the group Katie (though for unfortunate reasons of course).

You definitely came to the right place. The folks on this discussion board are extremely helpful. They've kept me relatively sane throughout my entire journey since joining the group, so I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information here to help you as well.

I hope you are able to come to a solution with your doctors so that you can move on from your back problems.

31 yrs old
Lumbar herniation L5/S1

- Did mild PT, some chiropractics and self regulated pain management since initial sports injury in Spring 1997.
- XRay and Bone Scan Jan/Feb 2007
- PT March to May 2007
- MRI Jan 2008
- Disco positive at L5/S1 Feb 2008
- ADR surgery at L5/S1 on June 23rd 2008 - Prodisc
- Recovery - so far so good!

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Old 06-13-2008, 04:02 AM
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Terry Terry is offline
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Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,210

Welcome Katie from Alabama. You will meet a lot of good people here whose goal is to help each other and try to figure out our confusing spines amongst a myriad of possibilities for treatment.

Please let us know what we can do to support you in your struggles with your lower spine.

Terry Newton
1980 ruptured L4-L5
1988 ruptured SI-L5
1990 ruptured C5-C6
1994 ruptured C6-C7
1995 Hemi-Laminectomy C5-C6, C6-C7 Mayo Clinic
Bicycle Accident 2004
MRI, EMG, Facet Injections, Epidural Blocks, Lumbar Discogram.
Stenum Hospital Surgery November 4, 2006
Prestige Disc C5-C6, C6-C7
Maverick Disc S1-L5, L4-L5
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:28 PM
Twiz77 Twiz77 is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 76

Hi Katie - I am new to the board too. Welcome! The folks here are incredible and amazing resource.

I am just starting this journey about getting to know more about the spine that I thought I would ever need to know. I wish I had known alot more over the past few years - so I would not have been so darn hard on my neck and lower back!

Take care.

Aug 2007 - diagnosed with DDD at C5-6 - herniated disk with mild stenosis at right/central of cord - but pain/occasional numbness mostly on the left side - and down into the leg/foot - which has puzzled doctors - even had a lumbar puncture - but thankfully all clear!
May 2008- after many months of no symptoms and issues- flare up- and new MRI shows moderate stenosis.
L4-5 small annular tear with some DD
Big fan of massages and acupuncture to help with muscle tightness/pain.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:43 PM
steelskyway steelskyway is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 181

Hi Katie!

I am sending positive energy your way. This is one of the best resource sites with great people too!

MVA on 20AUG07 at work
L4/L5 Annular Tear
One failed epidural 12OCT08
Discogram 10FEB08
ADR Prodisc L 10JUN08
Discogram 08APR09 for gnawing 3+ pain when sitting results negative
Facet injection L4/5 upcoming 03JUN09 Cancelled because pain is subsiding
Follow up on 01JUL09 with Dr. D
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