To our new spiney friends:
I'm going to go out on a limb and speak for 99.9% of us that have had spine surgery and say that recovery is a very, very, very long road. I'm posting this because I've seen a common thread among new spineys that say they're still in pain after 4 weeks, or 6 weeks, or 8 weeks.
Well, you know what? Darned right you are! You betcha!
(I was originally going to put here a graphic description of exactly what is done during or spine surgeries, then thought better of it for those that are still contemplating it.)
I just want you to know that I didn't realize until after I experienced my surgery, seeing other's experiences and talking with folks here on SH that any spine surgery is very major surgery.
That's NOT to say that it isn't worth doing because so many times it is (mine included), it's just to say that you and your loved ones both need to realize you are embarking on a long journey, not necessarily a BAD one, just a long one.
With that being said, SH is a very valuable resource for you because you'll find a lot of information here on these forums and outside these forums, and you'll also find support and friendship. And when it's over and someone asks you what surgery you had, you can hold your head up high (hopefully LOL) and say "I had cervical spine surgery" or "I had lumbar spine surgery" or "I had thoracic spine surgery" instead downplaying it by saying "I had neck surgery" or "I had back surgery."
Anyway, I don't really know what posessed me to write this, but here it is. Good luck and welcome to all our new spiney friends.
PS I don't usually write these very long, contemplative posts. Could it be my meds? 8}