Hi everyone. I've been here on and off lately, and as a little update on my physical health: I had a lumbar microdiscectomy (L4-5) 10 days ago. I am writing this while laying on bed, computer propped on a bed tray, as I have been in strict observance of the "limited sitting" restriction since surgery. I'm doing alright, but can't quite gauge pain levels as I'm on pain meds, spending the majority of time on my back, and am so soon out of surgery. I'm cautiously optimistic and know that it could take a year or more, plus constant physical therapy and work, before I get whatever results from surgery that I'll be able to. I definitely feel pain, but it is tolerable with pain medication and strict observance of limited movement except for walking and the few physical stretches I was told to do.
I've been perusing the forum for the last little bit, and I've come to realize how many folks are really in the dark about procedures, expectations, surgical options, etc... As a graduate student I have access to my university's journal database, and I spent the month prior to surgery looking up and reading as many peer-reviewed articles as I could. I feel that I went into meetings with multiple surgeons and neurologists with a good understanding of what they were saying and why they were saying it.
What I feel the general public is missing out on are such databases or areas of knowledge. So many of the articles I found were limited to students, and even others I came across were limited to paying customers. Has anyone using this site ever come across a great, free database that others could use? I think that, at least for some people I've run across here, having a source such as that would be what they're looking for- not just the support of others as this forum allows, but scientific sources to give a better understanding of their situations and options. Has anyone run across such sites? If so, I think it'd be great to post here... (or maybe links have been posted, and I just have not run across them- in which case, I apologize for speaking before searching efficiently).
Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts and wishes. Here's hoping things go well!