A woman who suffered debilitating back spasms which made her life a misery has completed a marathon recovery by going the extra mile for charity.
Margo Cox (55) from Orton Longueville was left in agony after suffering back issues since she was a teenager.
But after receiving surgery, she made the decision to compete in the London Marathon this year.
The mum of one, who ran her own hairdressing salon, said: “I had back problems from a young age. I remember when I was at school I would often have to take pain killers and wear a support belt because of back pain.
“In my teens I started running to keep fit and thought that I would be making my back stronger.
“I never wanted to give into the fact that back pain would hold me back from keeping fit.
“I had my own hairdressing salon in the 1990s but would often be in a lot of pain and my back would go into spasms which was extremely painful.
“I tried everything I could to help. I had traction in hospital, acupuncture, pain killing injections and many other type of medication but in the end I found the quality of life with such pain was affecting my daily life and so I opted to have surgery.”
Margo had surgery at the Orthopaedics and Spine Specialist Hospital in Bretton six years ago, and has since made a full recovery.
Margo said: “After surgery I spent some time off work and within three months I felt totally pain free and I had a new lease of life.
“I completed the Marathon in six hours and forty minutes and my family were there to cheer me on. My son James is especially proud of me and my dear husband (also called James) gave me a four day break in New York after the Marathon as a gift for all my hard work and training.”
Ahmed Shair, Medical Director at the hospital, said: “I first saw Mrs Cox in August 2001 after a referral from her GP. She had a history of recurring back pain. The pain used to be particularly bad when she was in bed and frequently her sleep was interrupted by the pain. She tried physiotherapy and various regimes of medications. She gave no signs of slipped discs or nerve roots entrapments. Her pain was caused by mechanical failure of the joints , discs and ligaments of the lower two segments of lumbar spine .
“She underwent stabilization and fusion of the lower two segments of the lumbar spine in January 2001. She recovered well over the following three months and went on to resume work and her running.
“She said to me that at the end of the race she had pain everywhere except from her back!”
Margo ran the marathon in aid of The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy,
People can add sponsorship by visiting www.just giving.com/margo-cox