Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes and for being positive for me.
The good news is that I have had surgery (at the Day Surgical Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital) and have had injections into my spine and surrounding area either side of the spine so that I am now PAIN FREE! There is no guarantee how long this will last but it has now been two weeks and I am feeling great. I just have to remember I am not a spring chicken any more and have to watch what I can do--for instance I am not allowed to lift anything heavier than a donut! Just kidding, I am restricted to how much I can pick up and I am being careful so that I won't be landed with more pain. I do have scoliosis of the spine but after having these problems since I was 21 years old and numerous surgeries, I am still fighting fit! LOL.
Thank you all again for your kind thoughts and words and I have had my friend from California here for three weeks which did me a world of good and also my friend from Ireland for a week, so it was all go, go, go.
Thank you yet again for the birthday greetings.