From the first day you start experiencing spinal problems to the days when you are managing your condition I am certain we have dark shadows somewhere along the line.
I have at least two that come to mind.
1 A long time ago (early 1980's) when I was going through my series of lumbar surgeries, I was totally frustrated by everything and felt nothing was really helping. My neurosurgeon was taking care of my situation months after he performed some lumbar surgery on me. He wrote my pain medication scripts (Tylox) He sent me to a Pain Management doctor to see what else could be done to help me. That doctor after coming up with a few ideas asked me if I needed any pain medication. I said , Yes, that would help.
So basically, I had two doctors providing me with pain medications. That was wrong and I am ashamed that I resorted to that.
2 While recovering from one of my cervical surgeries, I decided to do some heavy yard work since I was feeling so good. No one was home, so , I got down and dirty in the yard and started to move some real heavy rocks.
I thought I was doing a good thing. I know that if my wife was home, she would have been furious for me doing such as stupid thing. Well, after moving those rocks, I came back in, showered and stuff. By the time my wife came home from work, I was basically glued to a recliner and hardly moving. For the next 3 weeks, I really couldnt do anything. My selfish behavior and actions basically sentenced my wife to take care of me more than she needed to do , and created a situation where she had to pick up the work load I was doing while she was at work. I know from that point on, I tried to make sure that I would not do anything stupid. Not because I might hurt myself, but because that would create additional burdens on my wife.
We all have situations we regret, how about yours?
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences