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  •  An echo of your Cheer (15+ / 0-)

    for Ms. Grog! As someone who had 3 laminectomies, I'm very familiar with the kind of pain she has been living with. Here's hoping for nothing but improvement to full alleviation in Ms. Grog's future.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:03:24 AM PDT

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    •  3? (11+ / 0-)

      Different discs?  At what point did you stop going the surgery route?  I must admit, we've been looking at that again.

      "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

      by grog on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:11:03 AM PDT

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      •  two ruptures on L-5, one on L-4. (12+ / 0-)

        The 2nd rupture on L-5 occured 3 days before my return to work date. L-4 came two years later.

        The first time L-4 ruptured, I went from mid-May to September "walking it off", hoping the fragment pressing on the sciatic nerve would wither and die, relieving the pressure.
        It was finally my boss observing me taking baby steps while holding onto cubicle walls that told me, "Go home. See your doctor. Do not come back until you can walk without pain." (Thanks, Tom.)

        Dr. James Maxwell of Rochester General was my most excellent surgeon with a sense of humor equal to his surgical skill. Post-surgery, when the anaesthesia wore off enough for me to get out of bed, I felt like Fred Astaire just walking around the nurses' station. (I almost said "lapping around the nurses' station", but thought many of you might possess dirty minds equal to my own.)

        So the next two times I had discs rupture, I did not hesitate to get the laminectomy. I thought the prolonged pressure on my sciatica did some nerve damage, but the nurse practitioner in Dr. Maxwell's office (his most excellent and equally humorous sister) told me that is from my diabetes that probably existed well before we found it in the pre-op blood work for the 3rd surgery. There were 2 years between my second and third surgery.

        Vicodin was a beautiful thing. While it didn't take out migraines when I had those, it did relieve the pain of the ruptured discs, but I was asleep most of the time because of it. I did not form a dependency or addiction to it, but I've always been lucky that way. My body doesn't seem to get addicted to anything I've ever done. I won't share that resume here.

        I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

        by Gentle Giant on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:22:51 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, and on the morning after the 3rd surgery, (8+ / 0-)

          Dr. Maxwell woke me up by rapping on the sole of my right foot.
          "Morning, Sunshine. I've got good news and bad news for you. Good news is you'll probably never blow another disc again. Bad news is that's because you're 53 years old and your discs are calcifying like they do in most old farts your age or older. So it's a normal thing, but you'll be losing some flexibility from here on out. Don't shovel snow. Don't vacuum."

          I shovel snow with no problems. We tore out the carpets and I laid laminate flooring, which is so much more practical for owners of senior pets.

          My back feels wonderful. I'm in better shape than most men my age, diabetes and all. Don't fear the surgery, if it's for a laminectomy, the excising of the dangling disc fragment. For me, it vastly improved my well-being. I can't speak to fusions or complete removals of discs as I've been lucky enough to never have to have those.

          I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

          by Gentle Giant on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 07:30:19 AM PDT

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