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Old 10-01-2005, 12:28 AM
Poncho Poncho is offline
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At what age were you when you first injured your back? I am just curious I guess. I don't think this question has been addressed before and just looking to compare.

I'll go first. I was 30 years old.
Poncho (aka Prodisc Poster Girl)
2 level ADR (Prodisc)
Dr. Bertagnoli May 22, 2004 Rudolfinerhaus Vienna, Austria.
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Old 10-01-2005, 08:16 AM
hurtjay22 hurtjay22 is offline
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I injured my back when I was 21 years old. I'm getting my disc replaced with a Charite at L4-5 this Tuesday, October 4th, by Dr. James Yue. I'm turning 23 on October 27th, so in a sense, I'm getting a Charite for my birthday.
-Fell down icey steps Jan. 2004
-First MRI revealed bulged disc L4-L5
-Injections in Arpil 2004
-Second MRI revealed L4-L5 bulged disc and DDD
-Discogram May 2005, confirmed L4-L5 as pain generator
Fusion L4-L5 Oct. 2005
SCS implanted July 2006
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Old 10-01-2005, 09:35 AM
SenecaGirl SenecaGirl is offline
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I was 19 -- walking to the door in my college apartment, and I just fell down in a heap. My back just gave out. I was so scared, had no idea why that would happen. Little did I know how bad it would progress in the years to come!

Thank heaven for Charite!!!
L5/S1 replaced with Charite on 1/4/05 -- successful recovery!
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Old 10-01-2005, 10:36 AM
Justin Justin is offline
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-->I was injured during football practice when I was 15 years old.
-->Snow skiing accident at 17. Surgery
-->Motor Vehicle Accident at 19 (not at fault).
-->Motor Vehicle Accident at 23 (not at fault). Surgery

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Old 10-01-2005, 01:30 PM
Dale S Dale S is offline
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After years of suffering with a bad back, I was 43 when I ruptured S1-L4.
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Old 10-01-2005, 02:11 PM
luvmysibe luvmysibe is offline
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This is kind of a fun comparison... My L5/SI was decimated in a physical restraint training exercise when I was 34, just 5 days shy of my 35th birthday (I prefer hurtjay22's birthday present). Prior to the injury I had no back pain or complaints.
L5/SI Charite
7/18/05 Dr. Howard
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Old 10-01-2005, 02:20 PM
ans ans is offline
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Age 21: Lifting boxes incorrectly working in a supermarket warehouse.

Age 26: Tried to lift my gf's paint-jammed window a/all my strength; window didn't move, heard loud pop, and crawled for 2 wks. She was not impressed.

Age 35: Riding bike downhill and saw an ice patch thru snow at a stoplight. Jumped off bike and landed butt hard on ice.

Age 43 Hurt lifting couch up three flights of stairs w/buddy.

Age 50, sitting at computer, foot "fell asleep" and didn't wake up = drop foot. MRI 2 days later - stat.
Severe, extensive DDD, considered inoperable by Dr. Regan, Lauressen, & some guy at UCLA. Severe foraminal stenosis (guess they can't operate!) and some spinal cord compression that Lauryssen would fix if gets outta hand.
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Old 10-01-2005, 05:04 PM
letteski letteski is offline
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I had on and off back pain in my 20-40�s nothing very serious

35-broke neck ski accident

41-fall off roof T-12 compression fracture totaled L5-S1 disc
ProDisc L5-S1 W/Dr Delamarter Aug 23, 2005
L5-S1 DDD Diagnosis 12/04
T-12 Compression Fracture 10/04
C-7 Spines Process Fracture 5/99
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Old 10-01-2005, 05:27 PM
tisury tisury is offline
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Age 41. No prior history of back problems. Started tae-bo excercises and some gardening one weekend after a dreadfully long winter and tax season. Had minor back ache. 3 days later, bent down to put shoe on, and it shot down my leg - that was the beginning that hasn't yet seen an end.
May 2002 Degenerated disks at L3-4,L4-5, and L5-S1.
Feb 2004- Flexicore ADR - L5-S1
Jan 2005 - pinching pain in back and leg weakness is gone, but severe nerve pain in hips,legs, low back and backside has not improved. May 2006 Nucleoplasty L3-4 a
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:24 PM
sahuaro sahuaro is offline
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Age 53, no prior back or neck problems, T-boned by SUV.
2001 MVA; C5-C6 disk extruded
ongoing physical therapy, exercise and massage
ESI's, oral prednisone, trigger point injections
foraminal and central stenosis C5/C6 and c6/C7
2007 EMG/nerve conduction shows pattern of chronic radiculopathy
January, 2008: Prestige ST Artificial Disk Replacement, C5/6
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