Abdul pain-free after back op

Paula Abdul is celebrating the success of an operation that has ended her long battle with back pain.

Paula Abdul is celebrating the success of an operation that has ended her long battle with back pain.

For more than a decade, the 'American Idol' judge has suffered from a syndrome that causes her constant chronic pain.

She underwent a string of unsuccessful operations and procedures until an experiment with a new doctor last summer brought her blessed relief.

She told OK! Magazine: "For the first time in 12 years, I am pain free. I had my 15th surgery to correct my back and neck problems last August and it worked. Finally! I had a new doctor who tried a new procedure and because of that I'm a new woman. I may have to have one more surgery in the spring but after all this, I can handle it."

And she promises fans will see a new calm and relaxed Paula Abdul, now she's thrown away the pain pills she was forced to pop.

The 46-year-old added: "Not only am I pain free, but I am pain-medication free. I weaned myself off everything I'd been taking."

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