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New here, would love support and to also give support from my experience.

Titanium spine queenTitanium spine queen CTPosts: 43
edited 01/20/2016 - 3:44 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello there is had a total spine reconstruction surgery going on 3 years now, wow! T4 - S2. I still go to PT off and on and am in pain all the time. I do not take pain meds, stopped 2 years now. I was afraid of addiction. Although the pain reminds me I am still alive it's depressing and debilitating at times though and I loose valuable family time. I keep saying this is my life now move on but I struggle sometimes with what I can't do. I shouldn't and should focus on what I still can do, when I can anyways.
I am disabled from ever working again and have been struggling with trying to figure out the new me. What is my meaning now and why is it so hard to reinvent myself? I try new hobbies but fail due to what, I don't know. Life at times stinks but it could be worse and so I am now in a place where I can talk about my surgery the before the after and the now. It's been a difficult time but I am a fighter and I will win. I also hope to help others.
I would love it if you at least say hello. Don't be shy to ask questions, I have been through alot and still have a ways to go.
Live, love, laugh, it could always be worse.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,709
    please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Titanium spine queenTitanium spine queen CTPosts: 43
    edited 01/22/2016 - 9:09 PM

    Hello Liz,
    Thano you for your warm welcome. I wish I had found this site yeare ago! Nonetheless I am here now and making my way around the site and like the content it is so very helpful. My surgery was in Feb 2013. It is hard to believe going on 3 years and back in PT again.
    Thanks again!
    Live, love, laugh, it could always be worse.
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