Light at the end of the tunnel

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Hi all

Its been a while since I have visited this site, I like most of you had buddys to share my pain and misery with last year. I thought you may want to hear of a 'happy ending'? I had my surgery March 22nd 2006 after 5 months of paralising pain (I sure I dont need to expand???). Like many of you I had a prolapse at L5/S1 and was pretty much house bound the whole time. After the surgery I was PAIN FREE, back to work in 7 weeks, walking miles, swiiming, even running again after 7 months etc etc etc. You will get your lifes back guys just hang on in there pester those bloody doctors until they are sick of you and keep talking to eachother.

Bless you all xxxxxxx :D

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    :D so good to hear a good news story we all live in hope , thanks for the messegae it is nice to hear the other side of surgery(when we can get it!). best of luck and hope you continue to do well. gail
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    Hi Gail are you waiting for surgery have you had MRI's etc? My heart really does break for you all reading your messages, unless you have been there people just dont understand do they.

    I hope all goes quickly and well for you xxx :D

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    hi rainey

    thanks for the reply, and hope your doing well. yup had the mri back in feb had the xrays and the carpel tunnel test and anything else they wanted to do, just waiting now for the op (2 level cervical discectomy) and waiting and waiting but what can you do eh be patient or lose your marbles, hope you caontinue to improve keep us up to date yeh. gail

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    Hi Gail

    My best advice would be to pester the life out of the docs / hospital / speacilists - all the lot of em until you get your date. I am really well thanks I freak everytime I feel the slightest twinge but that may always be the case, I had the same op 8 yrs ago but didnt suffer anything like the last time it scared the life out of me.... but I am sure you know the score on that?!?! That said both ops had immediate pain relief (its bizzare) and there was only 5% chance of a relapse so that must be negligable now (wish I had those odds on lottery haha!!).

    Take care and let me know when you get your date,xxx

    :D

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    hi rainy was just wondering did you have a quick recovery after your cervical discectomy? im really worried that i may be left with permanant nerve damage through the 2 yr wait i,ve had. i,d welcombe your feedback thanks gail
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    Hi Gail

    Before my first op (9yrs ago) I was in lots of pain but was able to carry on with my life most of the time and was back to work after approx 5 wks, I had no probs at all for 8 yrs and then it went again, this time was so much worse and I was totally house bound for 5 months on all manner of pain relief. I was so worried like you that I would have perm nerve damage but again 7 weeks after the op I was back to work no pain etc. I am very careful of what I do now but thats due to fear other than anything else saying that I walk miles, run once a week, swim etc so basically do everything I did before.

    I hope you have the same results as me, I can only tell you my experience as I know we are all different but twice its worked and hopfully it wont bloody happen again!!!!

    How did your probs start Gail, are you still leading a normail (ish) life or is it not possible?

    Take care xxxxx

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    hi raine my problems go back a bit if you look at my profile you can go back to my first postings, my life is no-where near normal, i was sporty loved my tennis and water sports always in work (workaholic) and loved my hols abroad , thenBANG it all stops, i,ve just recieved the results of a mri and it says i have a signifiacant herniation with compression and displacment of the spinal cord at c5-6 and another hernaiation with no pressure at c6-7, i am trying my best to get my surgery to get back to a normal life , i had an email this morning from morriston (swansea)to say my surgery will be around christmas time (thanks a bunch) but i have such determination that i WILL get back to normal and back (hopfully) to my job which i love (not many people can say that) i am under no illision that i will always have to be careful but just to get rid of the pain will be brill. thanks for your concern. all the best gail
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    you sound exactly like me Gail and with your attitude you will do all those things again I am sure. I like you am very sporty and work long hours in a job I love, its impossible not being able to do anything isnt it? However I believe someone who usually lives thier life like that is usually stronger and more determined to get back to 'normal'.

    I trully hope you have the same results as me Gail xx

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