I've seen a lot of members with this question: "I've been feeling good for the last two days. Should I cancel my surgery?" Or, ".....cancel my procedure?" Or, ".....do I really need to continue treatment on my spine?"
This is the way I look at it: Just because you have a day or two without pain doesn't mean you should consider yourself suddenly cured or healed. This is the probable scenario: you have a day with relatively little pain so you go about your "old normal" routine - working, lifting laundry, mowing, shoveling snow, cleaning the kitchen, etc. The next day you're hurting so bad that you're babying yourself most of the day.
What we have to realize is that if we can't live a relatively normal life every single day[/u], if we can't get on with [u]normal everyday things without experiencing residual pain, then we've lost the quality of life. Can you be satisfied having two or three good days out of the week with the rest of the days spent in debilitating pain?
The life of a spiney certainly can and does include days of relatively little pain. I know that I've experienced days where I feel like I'm really a-ok. So, like most of us, I do too much on those days and suffer the consequences. Does this mean I don't need surgery? Does this mean I should stop all my meds? Does this mean that I'm back to normal? Absolutely not.
Could I live without my upcoming surgery? Sure. But I'd have to sit down and baby myself every other day for the rest of my life. What I'm looking for is being able to live a relatively normal life every day, not just on the days that I happen to feel good. In reality, I may never be normal like I used to be, but I'll settle for a new normal where I know my spine is at least stable and I can function on a reasonable level, hopefully without having too many of those days where my recliner is my best friend.
This is a very difficult thing for most new spineys to understand and honestly, I've only begun to understand it myself. There have been so many questions about whether to continue with surgery and/or treatment because of a couple of good and relatively pain-free days. And the answer isn't simple, but it's very clear: don't make a conclusion based on one or two days of no or low pain levels. Those are blessings, but for a spiney, they usually aren't permanent until you get treatment that gets you to where you need to be.
I guess I just want fellow spineys to know that yes, we can have good and even great days. But that doesn't mean you don't still have problems that need to be taken care of medically. I also understand that not every spiney fits under this umbrella, but I'll venture to say that most do and for those of us that are under the umbrella, simply take those good days as a blessing and continue to work on getting yourself to the new normal that you're willing to live with and accept.