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    Back Surgery looming

    I've been kind of layed up and off work with a bad back. I ruptured a disc between L4 and L5. After trying oral and epideral shots of steriods my doc says I need surgery.
    It makes me really appreciate revolvers, because picking up brass is a pain literally. I go for the surgery on Oct. 2 and the doc says I should be good as new in about 6 weeks with physical therapy.
    Wish me luck, I'll probably be on line a lot while I recover. I think I'll be really itching to shoot when it's better. Anybody else ever have back problems?

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    Hope everything works out good for you. I can't think of any worst pain than in the back. Good luck and hang in there.

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    constantly but I've had them since the 6th grade be that 10 years now. mine isn't constant pain but when it hurts it sure does hurt. I'm afraid to really find out what is wrong with my back but that day will come eventually. mix that with walking on concrete for 12 hours at a time while I work. makes for some fun.

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    Yeah, it sucks. You have bad days and worse days. I am not a candidate for surgery. To many herniated discs. They said once I start, I will be in surgery every year. I wish ya the best of luck.

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    Thanks guys.

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    Good luck.

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    I wish you luck. I've had degenerative discs for years. There is a hospital in Germany that replaces them and will do more than one *I have 4 bad now with another getting that way). I had a good friend that went and says I just have to go. I'm kind of waiting and watching him and want to see how well it works in the nest year. He tells me that most all ins will pay for it and even Medicare will. I can get his info and get the hospital name if you want.

    I wouldn't wish a bad back on anyone even if I hated them. I hope you are an exception to the rule and you get your problem solved
    I'll keep you and your swift recovery in my prayers.

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    I have back problems, but luckily the chiropractor has always been able to fix me up.

    One of my problems is 1 particular vertebrate moving out of place and locking up with either the one above or below it. Been treated for this for 10 years now

    And, a year ago, my hip joint (on 1 side) came out of place on its own for no reason - just got out of bad after reading a book and took 3 steps. It was like a knife to the back with the sudden pain. Chiropractor fixed that, thankfully.

    I pray I never need surgery.

    GOOD LUCK!

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    I had a discectomy not to long ago I had 4 ruptured disc that were pinching my sciatic nerve. The surgery is a MIRACLE!!! I felt better instantly the only bad thing was coming off of hydrocotone after LIVING on them for a year. My only advice would be have them fused as opposed to a discectomy after I had my surgery my doctor told me that now I am MUCH more likely to have more ruptured disc, where as if you have them fused once you get over the stiffness and stuff there are no more disc to rupture. Good luck and GOd bless you will be glad you had the surgery

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