hi friends and fellow spineys,
Wasn't really sure where I should have posted this topic but since this is somewhat of an emotional thing here it is.
Last friday I underwent some reconstructive surgery of my left wrist with the mentality that compared to my spinal surgeries this would be "a walk in the park." For those who do not know me the underlying problem with my spine and the other joints in my body is severe OA, resulting in loss of cartilage,
bone on bone, and nerve impingement issues. The surgery went well, bone was removed, a plate was installed from the back of the hand down the wrist,
cleaned out some arthritis, and opened up the carpal tunnel.
I was sent home the same evening with a pain pump installed in my shoulder and a cache of some heavy duty meds to help control the pain. I really underestimated the aftermath of this surgery as I usually tolerate pain very well. The day after surgery which statistically is the worst lived up to that in every way as the meds didn't seem to touch the pain but I'm sure they were.
This brings me to the thought of maybe I should have just put this surgery off for some time, it really wasn't that critical, and I do have more upcoming spine fusions that will need to be addressed. The thought of putting my family through more of these just bothers me to no end, in effect, I seem to be second guessing myself as to what should I have repaired and what do I put off and leave alone.