Having been through many surgeries and just having one about two months ago, it reminded me about how it was before, during and after surgery.
This is the pain that doesnt give up. It is constantly in your face making your miserable. You cant sleep that well, your daily functions get impacted and you are just looking for relief. All the pain medications, therapies, etc just dont seem to do what you want it to.
Now that your surgery is done, hopefully the exact pain that you had prior to surgery is corrected. But right now, its hard to distinguish, because the post surgical pain is so acute right now. Thats about all you can think about. But hopefully this pain should only last about a month.
Your surgical pain is gone and now you deal with the aftermath. Did the surgery take care of the problems you had prior? You are probably in physical therapy of some sort, so there is additional pain/soreness, so maybe you are not quite sure what and where the pain is.
Post Pain Plus
Ok, you have had all your physical therapy, you are doing what exercises you are suppose to do, you are adhering to all restrictions and limitations. SO, how do you feel?
Is the original pain gone? Is it the same?
I believe everyone would agree that in the Post Pain Plus timeframe there shouldn't be any pain that caused you to have the surgery in the first place. You may not fell 100%, but you are doing so much better than before. Now, all you need to look forward to is keeping up doing the right things to regain strength and stamina. Will you be the same as before? Probably not. Can you be better, even if it means some life changes? You bet you can.
For those of you who have had surgeries, think about the different phases I mentioned above and see if you can relate to them or if you have different views, tell us about it.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences