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Thank you so much for this post and the one previous to it. I am 20, and have had a herniated & torn disc for... well it will be 4 years tomorrow, monday the 19th. I have seen tons of doctors and have learned a lot, but your post helped me learn more about my situation!
I have known the best thing is breathing exercises, and I have had such trouble even being motivated to do it, even though I know I could do it right now while I'm typing. I'm going to try a lot harder, but it is difficult to keep up the positive attitude and motivation when you're so young and have already had this so long. Every doctor I've been to hasn't been able to help me, the only option I have been given is either spinal fusion or continuing medication. And even though I've been on medicine for so long already, and hate that I have to continue to take it because I know how bad it is for my body, I need it to even be able to get out of bed let alone continue with a somewhat normal day. Spinal fusion is scary for me, especially at my age, I have been told by countless people that I should not do this, at least not yet.

If you have any other medical advice pertaining to this issue, it is much appreciated. I never knew a community like this existed online, I'm so glad I found it, I feel like it can really help me with my problems and there seems to be a lot of support here, which is so important in the getting better process for any situation.

April 17, 2010 - 10:27pm


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