someone very close to me has had 2 fusion surgeries...
i'm not familiar with the language yet, but he's written down L-4, L-5 for the first and L-5, S1 for the second. (i hope i have that correct)
i would like to be a supportive person, but i don't want to ask too many questions as it's a sticky subject. his surgeries have caused a tremendous amount of pain and disabled him~he can no longer work. (thank goodness he finally has gotten through the social security maze successfully)
i know about chronic pain as i have chronic pain all over from fibromyalgia and undifferentiated tissue disorder.
i realize that this can be a difficult topic as it has damaged his soul and has taken away so much from his life. i also realize that it has a lot to do with pride as well, therefore i don't like/want to ask questions. i'm sure i will be able to see the pain on his face.
sorry this is so long and not w/capital letters. (the lack of capitals helps my hands)
he no longer takes any type of prescribed pain meds as he felt it was robbing him of clarity in his life...so basically the pain is excrutiating for him. i can tell all of this from phone conversations~the pain that is.
thank you for any suggestions, your time in reading this and for being a good shoulder to lean on...so to speak.
for those of you in pain, i'm sorry. it's not a fun ride. and for those doing well, congratulations, that's fantastic!