I first started having back problems when I was 15. I remember going to the mall with my girlfriend (who became my wife) at 16 yeas old and falling down to the pavement because I had lockup of my muscle and spasms in my upper back. That would last for days.
I started having hip pain when I was 25.. That went on for a while. I went to many different doctors, all sorts of test.
I am not even sure if the MRI tests were available back then.. Because all I remember was Ct Scans
Then when I was 28 (1978) at a ice skating party, I felt a jolt going from my right foot up into my upper body. I could not put any pressure on it, I couldn't walk, etc. I went to the ER to help with the pain.. Over the next several days, based on tests, evaluations, I was back into the hospital for a myloegram. That pointed to a L4/L5 problem which was addressed Now, I was in the hospital for 2 weeks ( did have a case of pneumonia while there) and I was sent home to live in a back brace for the next 4 months
That was just the start. But the years that followed identified a major flaw in my personality;... I IGNORED what I should be doing and just pushed on ahead As a result, lumbar surgery #2 happened in 1982. Being you and indestructible, I march forward. So that in 1986 , I had another lumbar surgery.... After 3 surgeries, you would think most people would wake up.
No not me! I still pushed forward and did half heartily what I was suppose to do... Yeh Yeh, follow those instructions, limitations, restrictions... thats for other people, not me[
Well because I didnt do what I should have done, lumbar Surgery #4happend. At that point, my spine was sort of screwed up. Then came the cervical problems, ACDF surgery 1,2, then 3.
So now with 7 spinal surgeries under my belt, I should be behaving Right? Wrong!, I still didnt do it. As a result I eventually herniated 4 thoracic discs ( and compared to lumbar or cervical, this was real painful!)
But the surgeon's didnt want to do additional surgery on my spine. So for the next 5 years I dealt with server pain every day, masked with varioiu8s levels of Oxycontin. I finally had some relief from a Thai specialist in deep tissue massage.
But the damage was already done!
Over the next 5 years, I had to have both of my shoulders totally replaced with implants and both of my hips totally replaced with implants..... This was osteoarthritis, ripping through my body.. Much of that was due to all the surgeries I had already had.
Know, my knees are going and it will just be a matter of time before I have to have them replaced.
b[u]]What is the point of all of this?[u]
IF I had listened to the doctors, paid attention to what I should be doing or not doing, concentrated on the right diet and exercise, didn't abuse my body - I might be a healthier man without all the surgeries and without all the daily pain and without the need for daily pain medications.
My future? Well, I know it already... It will just be a matter of time before I am restricted to using a cane (which I do already about 50% of the time), then it will be in a wheel chair, then who knows what?
BUT If I did back then what I should have......
Please dont make the same mistakes as I have....
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences