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Oh dear God! I, like many of you, hurt so freaking bad! When will it stop?


  • I can really relate to this right now! It seems like it is never going to end and everyday it seems to get a little worse for me. I know there is no magic pill to fix us but I wish there was. I hope you are feeling better today.
    Acdf C5 C6 12/13/12
    Laminectomy and Discectomy L5 S1 12/12/13
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    As you read many of the stories from various members, you can almost break down the pain situation into two:

    A Pain Prior to and After Surgery
    B Pain long after any surgery

    Pain A seems to be what is discussed the most here. There is a pain situation that happens before surgery. Hopefully, after surgery, that [/u] pain level has subsided. But now you are faced with the [u]post-operative[/u] pain,
    then the [u] recovery [/u] pain and finally [u] return to normal
    pain. All those pain periods are real and will take different time frames for different people. Some people recovery quicker and all of those pain periods are gone in a few short months after surgery. Months you say? Yes, Recovering from any spinal surgery, or any major surgery takes time. Right now I am only about 16 days after my right hip replacement. I am in a lot of pain due to some additional complications after the surgery... but I know by January/February all of that pain should be gone and then it would be a couple more months before I return somewhat to normal.

    Dont rush, let nature take its intended course. What we could do is to make sure we are following all instructions and limitations we may have been given. That is the number 1 thing in getter closer to the end of that cycle.

    Meanwhile, ice can be a very friendly companion.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Ron, good luck in your recovery from your hip replacement. Mine is pain after surgery, it will be two years post op and one year post MVA for me. I was well into recovery and got smashed by a car. Downhill ever since. Everyday is a struggle, I pray to God for some relief. Summi, thanks for the kind words and you hang in there as well.
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