Hi, I am new to this forum . I am a long term lower back sufferer with Failed Back Surgery, following two operations, countless injections, epidurals, facet blocks etc. All of which over the years have left me with scar tissue and peripheral neuropathy. I also have a fractured coccyx (because obviously having all the above was not enough!), due to a fall I had when my left leg went numb and I could not support myself. Over the years, probably like most people on this forum, I have run the gauntlet of pain killers for my back, anti-convulsants and anti-depressants for leg pain and anti inflammatories. I have recently taken up pilates and training to increase my core and to lose some weight, as the anti convulsants made me put on 3 stone in 6 months - I was not exactly skinny to begin with. Anyway, I have turned my attention to my diet, looking to eat and drink in a more clean, unprocessed manner. I worked out that my body is extremely toxic - I take about 27 tablets per day. I don't drink or smoke, but my body is inflammed and I feel unhealthy - pasty, overweight, bags around my eyes etc. I have done some research into a vegan lifestyle, looking to decrease the level of saturated fats and acidity in my body. In the UK we have "Go Vegan in November" so we thought we would give it a try. It has not been that difficult so far - we are taking a multi-vitamin supplement and my husband came home with two huge sticks from an Aloe Vera plant - god knows what we are meant to do with that! so far, I have noticed that I am sleeping a bit better and my bowels are working better - I was quite constipated before (sorry if tmi). I have not noticed any lightening change in my overall condition - it probably is too soon, but I do feel less bloated. If any of you guys out there have tried this, it would be nice to have input from people who have spine issues etc. I was talking to a young lady a while ago on another site, who had rheumatoid arthritis and she said it worked really well for her, so I thought it would be worth a try - any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!