Most people know that I have been dealing with chronic pain for over 30 years now. Started with my first spinal surgery in 1978.
I look back now and its so easy to realize that I made so many mistakes and created situations that just invited additional spinal problems.
From the very beginning, after I recovered from my first lumbar surgery, instead of watching myself, I still went full force into the sports I played. I would go into the garden, lifting rocks, moving this, or that and just not paying attention to my situation. So, when the next lumbar disc blew, I should have said "Wait, I caused some of this" But did I? No, I continued down the path of being a young 30 year old man who could not be stopped. Well each year that went by, I slowly realized that I was being stopped.
It wasnt until I reached about 48 years old did I stop and think what I have been doing. I didnt do my exercises, I didnt follow my restrictions, I gained weight and so on.
Now as I am approaching 60, I have had some additional spinal problems, but these were not of my our doing.. Just a matter of time before the spine started to fail me.
So now, I am doing the correct things, I exercise, I watch what I do, I do wish I could lose some more weight, but I know I am doing what is needed to keep my spine as health as it can be considered it is damaged.
My story? Once you have had a spinal problem and/or surgery, realize what it is, do not think you can beat it or ignore it.
The better you take care of yourself immediately the better the chances you will be able to be more pain free in the later years.
I have pain daily and I wake up in lots of pain, but instead of feeling down, I am angry, because I know if I did some of the right things earlier, it would be much easier now.
I hope I can continue to perform the things I do today and that there will not come a time when I can no longer do that. But who do I have to blame , noone but MYSELF!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences