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- Jul 24, 2003
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I don't think I could go thru any surgery like that...You gotta move like others have said. If you wait until you feel good to move stretch or walk, you will likely never do it. Thing is, these are the things you have to do before you start feeling better.
At some point you need an MRI to determine how bad you are actually messed up. Disks don’t heal, they only get worse over time if you are pressuring them. The excercise keeps the muscles tone and keeps the pressure off.
Bone benders and pain management have a limited capacity to help for a limited amount of time. Kicking the can down the road imo.
I am now 4 months post op after an L2-L5 fusion. Cut me from front and back 3 days in between. Prior to surgery I couldn’t stand for more than 2 minutes. Now I’m walking 2 miles a day, every day, (and did it inside due to the weather and ice)and doing some limited core excercises. I am now pain free. Don’t get me wrong, I can still tell I was cut, drilled and screwed, but that should all go away as time passes.
I held out as long as I could, but when you‘re miserable 24/7 and you can’t wipe your ass without being in agony, (figuratively speaking) It’s time to get the frame straightener out and fix it right. Not a fun process but the ends justify the means. Had C4-5-6 done 10 years ago, should have done that sooner too. And make sure you have a Neurosurgeon do it vs an Ortho.
I tend to think it is muscular in nature,seeing a shower can set off the pain,and pills can sometimes almost completely eliminate the pain..I am just so out of shape from doing basically nothing the past year (or more) that my muscles are very flabby and have atrophied some...add in curvature of the spine,and the arthritis, and its a bad combination..
I'm about ready to give in and call for a ride to the ER..
I was doing fairly well until yesterday after 6 pm,the pain returned,not "horrible" but bad enough to worry me the pills weren't going to help much or for long,I'm probably developing tolerance to them..have not taken any since midnight ..may take some soon though..
This morning's stool had some red blood on it,probably from a hemmroid,nothing new for me,but its been a few months since I last noted any..didn't have to strain either to pass it,but have had some rough ones in previous days..colon cancer has always been a fear,and I've only had those "mail in" tests done,I'm unwilling to go thru a normal colonscopy..all came back negative..
Lower sacroilliac is sore again,the "shot in my left arm" pain has returned,and the left leg,hip & groin are somewhat sore,along with the groin area on both sides...typically my right side is what always ached ,it has always had some pain ever since surgery to remove the right testes in 2001 after a pre-cancerous tumor was found ,and it was basically undeveloped since puberty,it had to go.
I suffered with pain there probably 10 years before I got to the point I couldn't stand it much longer,the thought of surgery terrified me so bad..then the doctor schedules the operation 6 months later!..after saying "It should be removed asap"..
It was the "soonest" appointment available so they told me..
I think they botched something when they did the surgery..had pain off and on ever since on that side,but MRI's and X rays taken a few months after,didn't show anything out of the ordinary..
They wounded my throat when they inserted the breathing tube after they put me under too,but wouldn't admit to it--one of the nurses in the OR did finally tell me "they had a tough time recessitating you",and the other nurses in the recovery room scoweled at her and said "you shouldn't have told him that"...and I wished I had gone to a "real" hospital in Boston instead of the closest one to home with a less than stellar reputation...
Ever since then I've had trouble swallowing,food hanging up in my throat,and they blamed "acid reflux",put me on ranitidine ,which is now banned due to being suspected of causing cancer..was taking it 10 years,along with omeprezole..
The doctor who did the surgery was supposedly "the best one in the area"...can't prove it by me though..
I've had a tough time trusting any doctors or surgeons period,and these experiences certainly haven't helped me any in that regard..
I wouldn't let any of the local surgeons cut on me again..
The only "operation" I had since to remove cataracts in 2012 went very smoothly and was painless,but I was still scared to death I'd end up blind or something..
The fact I'm 62 and will likely not heal up well or as quickly as I would if I were younger discourages me from agreeing to surgery,not to mention the fact I'll be so terrified I may just die of fright first dreading the day it may have to happen..on top of having no one to help me at home after surgery ,unless I have my older sister come ,which will likely end up being a bigger hassle,she's not in great health herself and last time she "visited" she stayed over a month,slep most of the time, and we ended up arguing and at each others throats..it's been 4 years since she last visited--we get alone fine so long as she's not "living" with me..