I mean this to be encouragement. Not a complaint. I am an occasional "poster" and had a PLIF with laminectomy and removal of a medically "huge" synovial cyst that was strangling my spinal cord. All this was done almost 2 years ago. Since then, I've had 6 esi's and a radio frequency ablation. Like many if not most of us, I try daily to adapt to a life of pain and drugs.
And then........I recently broke my foot so badly (probably due to clumsiness that drugs didn't help) that at 58 years old I had to have surgery and pins to put me together again. Since then I've been on crutches, working daily (my hub and I own a business) and having to climb stairs. Not great for the back. In fact, awful.
So, the moral to this story is not about sympathy. It's about the amazing fortitude that I feel priveleged (sp?) to read about when I read so many of the stories from people on this forum. Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself I spend a little time reading all the recent posts.
We all have to keep a positive attitude regardless... Not easy to do but positive attitudes help so much. Don't mean to be "preachy" but supportive. Pain is awful when you focus on it but maybe a little easier to deal with when we focus on the positive.
In closing...my next door neighbor is a lady who is just mid forties. 8 months ago she was diagnosed with "ALF." I think that's what it's called - "Lou Gehrig's disease." She is being treated at Emory in Atlanta and in the past 2 months has had to put her house for sale and arrange for nursing care. I have begun sharing food with her (I already cook for 2 so adding one is nothing) and trying to help her and ya know what???? I don't quite notice the pain as much.
Thank you all for your sharing. I gain strength when I read about what you deal with. You are all amazing people with grit and determination.