Hi everyone! I am a 39 yr old female (Jacksonville, FL) and am having a 3 level lumbar global fusion on 4/7/09. Have had pain for several years that went undiagnosed by my PCP. I was put on forced medical leave from work (in a hospital
)( ) when I no longer was able to lift anything and had to use a cane to walk. I then decided to try and apply for disability, and my doc finally ordered a MRI... Little did I realize that several discs were blown out, dried up, my vertebrae were slipping around, nerves damaged, etc., etc., etc. (You guys get the picture!)
Anyway, I've been looking for some support from others who have gone through this. I'm so glad to have found this site. (The pre&post op must haves post is especially helpful, thank you!)
I am interested in tips on recovering at home, dealing with family, etc.
I have found that I cannot talk to my husband about certain concerns due to the fact that if he cannot do anything to help a situation, he doesn't want to talk about it. He kind of freaks out if I mention anything about pain after surgery or fears that I have. I think he is just worried about me and upset that he will not have control.
Anyway, thank you to everyone out there and am looking forward to some new friends.