Does EVERYONE have a "hubby" or kids, or even caring people to help them??? There are some of us who have to go it alone.. who does the shopping? Bags of food are heavy..I have had no help at all after the fusion of L2 - L5. (I was told I had NO discs left at those 3 points. I have DDD, spondylo, stenosis & scoliosis. I now have a few screws and a cage holding me up. Seriously.. there must be other people who did not have 24 hr. a day help. No bending, twisting or lifting???? Who lives in that world? I do admit, I am 60 and live in a remote location.. off grid, too. I did my best to get help. No one would drive out here..
I am afraid it might be too late for me; being 5 mo. into "recovery.". The pain in my hips is at least as bad as pre surgery. The hip pain was the worst for me, but I can already feel (my surgery was 5/16/12) the stress in my upper back now. My "X-rays look fine". So I'm told.. I have been on meds for 10 years..! I was really hoping for a life without narcotics..
Of course, it is far worse at night.. Can't remember the last time I slept more than 3 hours..
I guess I want reassurance..Is there anyone out there who was/is in a similar situation? And, hopefully, did improve? They say not to do this or that, but not what will happen if you do. (My surgeon said he felt the warnings were too strict..) Btw, I had to wait for the new health care bill before I could deal with this 25 year problem.
Can anyone cheer me up?