Not sure if anyone is still on here from when I was on here last, but I just wanted to say "Hi" and give you a little update.
As you can see by my info below, I had my surgery in December and to say it hasn't been fun is an understatement. I went through the normal pain that comes with this surgery, but the recovery has been a lot longer than I thought it would be. You see, I have a very physical job and if I would ever go back to it (which I haven't yet), I have to meet physical requirerments to return to work. Well, it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to do that. I'm still in some pretty moderate pain, even almost 8 months since the surgery, and my therapist is just about ready to recommend that I have some sort of permanent physical restrictions for the rest of my working life. I've been going through work hardening therapy for the last 5 weeks and that just seems to be making more pain for me. My surgeon has said numerous times that I shouldn't go back to my job and that I should find another line of work. At least this was a workmans comp injury and I'm covered that way, but finding a new career? That should be fun.
I still glad I had the surgery, the pain before was just terrible, but this new and completely different pain has sure been an adventure. I'm sure me and my family will get through it and this pain will hopefully go away someday, but to anyone who is thinking or definitely going through a surgery like this, be prepared for a long/hard fight.
I hope everyone that was on here when I was last on is doing well and "Dealing with it", and I hope every new Spiney out there is fighting the fight!