I think anyone having spinal problems for a while and knowing that the solution is surgery has to be scared. I like to break that fear down into three phases.
I Prior to Surgery
Here you have been dealing with the pain and discomfort for who knows for how long. You are living day to day in this discomfort, you are afraid that NOTHING is going to make you feel better
Right up to the night before surgery, your mind could be going in a million different directions. WHAT IF the doctor makes a mistake, WHAT IF I dont wakeup after surgery, WHAT IF, my problems are worse after surgery? These are the type of things that can drive a sane person go crazy. No one has the answers to those questions.
III Post Surgery
Now, the they were suppose to take care of all of my problems, will I be able to continue to do the things I did before? Can I still work? Will I still be able to earn money for my family? How will it be with my friends and family?
All of these situations are so very real. They happen, they occur and then the future is there. But in your eyes, what was your biggest fear? What was it that kept you up at night?
We are not going to eradicate any demons, but its always good to share our fears with others. That may result in calming our fears, and even better, could we help some one else that is about to go through it all!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences