This post is for those that have already had surgery and aren't on the road to another one at this time, although you do or might have additional spine problems.
As you can see by my signature, I've had two surgeries, one lumbar and one cervical. My cervical is and has always been my biggest problem and an MRI and CT scan in July confirmed more problems above my fusion, at C2/3 and worst at C3/4. It also shows another osteophyte that's grown since surgery at C5/6 indenting the dural sac, but not a concern according to my surgeon as it's not close to the spinal cord. Luckily, my fusion and hardware are solid.
My question is this: Do you wince at some things that seem like signs things might be getting worse? For instance, I worry when I lose my balance unexpectedly for no reason (I don't fall, just kind of get a bit tippy and recover quickly), when I drop a plate in the kitchen without apparent reason or drop my brush when blowdrying my hair.
I think this is one of the things I hate most about being a spiney - that, at least for me, I'm always keeping watch if I drop something, get a little momentarily off-balance, or if I run into the wall turning the corner - I don't look at these things like non-spineys do. They're all just little things and are probably nonsymptomatic of my additional cervical problems, but it bugs me because those around me think I'm clumsy and to me it's always in my mind that it's a possibility it's more than that. Probably not, but it's something I'll probably always carry in the back of my mind.
So, I'm just curious - do you do the same thing? Do you wonder every time something happens out of the ordinary, even if it's just dropping a brush or losing your balance momentarily? Or do you even just stop everything for a moment and concentrate on your arms and/or legs to see if they're tingling, even a little?