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Keep wondering about surgery................

HeidiLynnMHHeidiLynnM Posts: 445
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone!!!! I am still waiting on my surgery to get approved. I have to travel 3 hours next month to see a work comp doctor, another neurosergon to see what they say. I have already had two surgeons say I need surgery :S .

There are days that I often wonder if surgery is even a good idea. I ask myself if it would be better to just live with this pain, and maybe my back won't get worse? I worry that my back WILL get worse after surgery. I put up a pic of my mri instead of my picture for everyone to see. I had this done in december '08. If anyone has a input on how it looks, that would be great.

Did any of you have serious doubts about surgery? Did you have days that you felt pretty good that you have no idea why you would even consider surgery? I also do have many days that I want surgery NOW because I hurt so much ~X( . I know that I am confusing, just wanted to see if I could get some input. Thanks!!!!!
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  • Yes, yes, yes. I'm sure every person on this board had the same feelings at some point. It took me three years to make a decision, and now I wish that I had not waited. I see that you do not have any choice, since you are waiting for approval...but with that numbness in your feet, I think you should move quickly to avoid any/further nerve damage.

    I consulted with eight different specialists. All agreed I needed a fusion and all told me I was not risking permanent nerve damage by waiting. If I knew then what I know now, I would have proceeded more quickly. Would it have made a difference? No one can say for sure...but, in my heart, I think I waited too long.

    Are you able to be picky about who performs your surgery? I wouldn't just let anyone touch me!

    I can't see your MRI well enough to be able to tell anything...but, again, with that numbness, I would not try to tough it out. It may not get any worse...but you won't know that until it is too late.

    How's your husband doing?

    Blessings ~
    xx Gwennie
  • I feel like I could have written this. I am scared to death to have surgery to only maybe feel worse afterwards (if that is even possible????) I am trying to decide between fusion or artificial disc and have putting it off for 3 years. I have a bad disc and grade 5 tear at L5 S1 also.I am 39, mom of 3 teenagers. I am having a bad couple of weeks and would probably have surgery today if I could. You are not confusing to me at all....I completely understand. >:D<
    I probably didn't help you at all, but it is always nice to know there are people out there thinking and feeling the same things as we are. :) I feel a little less crazy now!
    I hope you find the answers you are looking for and your surgery gets approved; if you choose the surgery, I would love to know how everything turns out for you.

    Annie

    DDD
    Herniated disc and grade 5 tear L5 S1
    Epidural steroid injections, facet injection, rhizotomy
    Failed decompression surgery for chiari malformation 12/00
  • I thank you guys for your responses! It is scarey to think of surgery, I did watch my husband go through it. He is doing much better now that he is on a good, but expensive medication.
    I got to pick my surgeon, he is 3 hours away. He isnt the one that has to see me to get approved. The work comp doc does :T . They are dreadful.
    I have to wait until probably the end of next month to get a idea of when I will get surgery. Yes, surgery is my last option. There isn't anything else that can be done for me. I take pain meds, but I try not to take the strong ones during the day if I don't have to. They make me feel very drunk 8} .

    I am glad that I am not the only one that has doubts!!!!! I wish that my mri pic was bigger for you guys to see.
  • I thank you guys for your responses! It is scarey to think of surgery, I did watch my husband go through it. He is doing much better now that he is on a good, but expensive medication.
    I got to pick my surgeon, he is 3 hours away. He isnt the one that has to see me to get approved. The work comp doc does :T . They are dreadful.
    I have to wait until probably the end of next month to get a idea of when I will get surgery. Yes, surgery is my last option. There isn't anything else that can be done for me. I take pain meds, but I try not to take the strong ones during the day if I don't have to. They make me feel very drunk 8} .

    I am glad that I am not the only one that has doubts!!!!! I wish that my mri pic was bigger for you guys to see.
  • gwennie17gwennie17 Posts: 2,912
    edited 06/17/2016 - 1:06 PM
    Welcome to the board.

    Have you heard about, or looked into the AxialIF surgery? It is a relatively new technology and many docs are not you trained in it....

    I don't know that much about it as my problem was at L4-5, but it looks very promising.
  • lol, my sister's name is Heidi, and my middle name is Lynn... Just thought I'd share that, as I'm feeling a little chatty today!!! :))(
    I think everyone here has felt the way you do at one point before surgery!! It is a scary thing, at least you know somewhat of what you might be getting into, with your hubby's experience.
    The thing to think about is, how bad is your pain? Can you live with it? Are you comfortable with how you are now? Are you at your last straw? If you can live with it, then maybe put it off for a little while, and see how things go. But then, you might run the risk of doing more damage... Discuss it at length at your appointment with the next surgeon, and write all your questions and symtpoms down, so you don't forget (I'm terrible for that!!)
    I wish you good luck, and know that you're not alone, and you're not crazy to feel unsure and confused and scared!! We're all here to listen, and give encouragement when needed!!
    Kelly
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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