Well, I had the pre-op physical and purchased a much needed
new mattress today. Love the one I have, but much to soft
for back problem.
I know noseovertail had similar surgery, but I was wondering
if anyone else has? Mine will include a laminectomy, removal of facet joints, cage and pulling spine back to correct position securing with rods and screws.
I've been reading posts and am amazed and a little anxious.
Others having a TLIF have been in surgery for hours!
I am told surgery will be 2 small incisions an'd will take
about 1 1/2 hours. I'll spend one night in hospital.
Here's what scares me. So many posts talk of terrible pain
after surgery. I have spondylolisthis grade 2. I've been
in constant pain starting last xmas day. At times, I am
in excruciating pain. crying out, can't move. I am unable
to shower without this happening. I've been "stuck" places.
Is after surgery pain like this excruciating pain or worse?
If so, I'm afraid I can't handle it. Please understand, I
don't mean to whine...this board seems to be a place for
openness and acceptance.
I just need for someone to describe reasonably what after
post op pain is like. I realize their are differences among
Also, I am only going to have help the day I get home and
2 more days so I want to be prepared.
I feel everyone's life has a turning point and I feel this surgery is mine. I have a 10 and 14 year old daughters and
a 95 yo mother whom I have been the only caregiver for. She
has dementia starting when she was 92. It has been a challenging, emotionally draining and conflicting experience. I work in a helping profession. So the turning
point for me is to take the time to take care of myself.
I've even thought this condition occurred because I need to
Well, thanks for listening to my thoughts and any input
about pain will be appreciated. I imagine it like my severe and incapacitating pain when I can't move and that
is scary! Thanks again!