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I've rented a dump truck and a steam roller, so let's see what happens next!

Just a little bit about me and what I've been through in the last few years..

In November of 2004, I took one of my fat cats to the vet and later that day, I started having pain in my lower back. It took 7 months to get a doctor to take my pain seriously enough to do an MRI, which showed a massive disc herniation. I had my first discectomy at L4/L5 in June 2005 and I thought it was a miracle! The pain was gone immediately and I was thrilled!

After that surgery, my neurosurgeon told me I needed to lose weight so that he wouldn't be seeing me in the future. I took his advice to heart, started eating healthy and exercising, which resulted in 60 pounds lost in about 7 months.

I spontaneously re-herniated the disk in June of 2006, just 3 days before the 1 year anniversary of my surgery. I tried PT, conservative approaches, and continued weight loss hoping it would pop back into place as spontaneously as it herniated. It didn't.

In November of 2006, I had a second discectomy at L4/L5. During that surgery, my neurosurgeon had to remove more of the disk than he expected, but still felt it was worth trying to save the disc. Just passed 4 weeks post-op, the remaining disk collapsed into bits; 8 weeks later, I had a TLIF at L4/L5 with an interbody implant, 2 plates, and 4 screws.

My fusion was successful, but the rupture permanently damaged the nerve roots and I was left in excruciating pain. For weeks, all I could think was that the fusion was the biggest mistake I ever made. Since there was nothing left to pursue surgically, I was referred to a Pain Management specialist in August of 2007.

As it turns out, the first Pain Management specialist was really the biggest mistake I ever made. At my first appointment, everything seemed wonderful. At my second appointment, I was given information about the Spinal Cord Stimulator and I decided a couple of weeks later to go forward with that.

Over the next 9 months, the doctor claimed he was putting the insurance pre-authorizations through, but he wasn't really doing anything. After, he tried to extort several thousand dollars from me and I refused to pay, he became verbally and emotionally abusive, telling me nobody cared about me or my pain and that he was the only one that could stop my pain, but only if I paid the price.

I returned to my neurosurgeon, told him what had happened, and he referred me to my current pain management specialist. After several months' wait, I was finally seen in March of 2008. In April of I had a spinal cord stimulator trial, which was an absolute success! In June, I got my permanent SCS implant.

For 2 years, I was nearly bed ridden as a result of my pain. During that time, I gained back all the weight I had previously lost, plus more. I also lost most of my muscle mass. Although it's taking longer than I'd like to rebuild my body, I'm sticking with it and working hard.

Member Since: 1/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,268

My Goals:
My current goal is to lose 10 pounds by February 1, 2010.

My Program:
I'm following the SparkPeople calorie guidelines.

I do about 90 minutes of water aerobics 3 times per week. I alternate between 20-30 minute sessions on the treadmill and recumbent bike 2-3 days per week.

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  • v SHELLIE2732
    Thanks so much for your tips on the Manicotti-it was a big hit at my "international lunch" at church this past Sunday!! The pan was completely gone! emoticon emoticon
    3790 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/17/2009 10:50:16 AM
  • v SHELLIE2732
    Hi there-I just ran across you recipe for Chicken Manicotti...I was wondering would this preparation also work with out the chicken? You know stuffing the "uncooked" manicotti shells and then baking them? I have always boiled them and then baked, but they are so hard to stuff that way. I wanted to try some with chicken and some with out. Sounds like a great recipe! Thanks
    3801 days ago
    Thanks it really does, so my 6 pound bun girl Gracie gets 2 cups of salad mix in am and 2 cups in pm. So that would be enough without the pellets.
    What about treats, they love the crunchy ones. But I have gotten to where I give them Wheatabix (an organic cereal from UK) and Cheerios and puffed wheat from organic store. How much of that stuff should they have? What about Timothy yogurt drops and sweet treats like papaya and banana chips? I am so new to all of this that if they like it I tend to give it to them.

    Georgie is 10 pounds so for her body weight she needs to have about 3 cups of salad mix in the am and 2 in the pm?

    I hate to bother you with all of this but I really need to get them on the best diet for them so they feel their best.

    Thanks a bazillion.

    3874 days ago
    Hello, I just saw what you fed your buns on the team thread. I feed mine about 2 cups of all those same green things with a few more herbs mixed in for the morning and for the evening. I also so sweet meadow grass, botanical hay, timothy hay and oat hay (hay is unlimited). They also get fruits and I put an apple slice in there as well sometimes.

    So by doing this should I cut out the pellets? They have them but they do not eat alot of them so should I just leave them in case they do get hungry and want something more?

    I am a new bunny person (rescued Gracie in September last year and Georgie in January this year) and had never had a rabbit before in my life.

    Now I would not have anything but........ha

    3875 days ago
    I have been gone for awhile and I just read your message. I am the one with a neurostimulator. I hope that we could chat. I tried finding the group but they didn't have it listed. Even if there isn't a group, it's nice to know there is at least one person here that knows what I am going thru.!!
    3944 days ago
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