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Regrets About Surgery

rams83cjrrams83cj Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

Here's hoping 2011 is happier and healthier for everyone here.

My post title.....Regrets About Surgery. Well I have some.

I am battling depression a bit. I am stuck in the house every day. My hubby is working full-time and financials are a nightmare.

Pre-surgical issues went away. Numbness and tingling down my left arm. Daily headaches. Pain and stiffness in the neck. Went away after the decompression and fusion.

But, I have post-surgical issues that I am terrified will never resolve themselves. (numbness from below the left breast, down to the left buttock, left side of perineum, down the left leg and down to the tips of my toes on my left leg. Right handed numbness and tingling and strength not back 100%)

In the sex department-- let's just say that hubby is afraid to touch me on my left side. I flinch or say OUCH and that is not exactly a turn on. So, that is a problem. I don't feel like a woman and adds to my depression. Ugghh!!! (TMI......but I gotta vent about it.)

I see my WC doc on the 20th and a follow-up appt. with the surgeon on February 1st.

I have read many posts on here about the numbness and how long it could take to resolve. Patience has not always been a strong point for me. I think I will ask the WC doc to send me for an EMG study again.

Sorry to be venting in here again. But I feel a little bit better venting it all out. I feel guilty for complaining to my hubby when he is working his butt off to support the family.

Again, Happy New Year to you all!!



  • Happy New Year to you and welcome to Spine-Health. This is definitely a place to vent with spine problems and everything that goes along with them.

    I doubt that you're looking for answers, just venting. Nobody here can tell you what will stay and what will resolve with time, only your doctor can make that call. But we certainly understand the frustration that you're feeling, the depression, feeling lonely and having financial difficulties.

    It's nice to have you here and hope you get the commeraderie that so many of us feel. It's always nice to know that there are others out there that totally "get it". Nobody but another spiney can understand what we go through, what the pain is like, both mentally and physically.

    Take care and vent away.
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