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How long will it take to recover?

weeviewweevie Posts: 1
edited 02/01/2015 - 8:29 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 8 months into my recovery from a lamenectomy and disectomy for my terrible pain. The horrific pain I felt before surgery has gone....but I am left with a lot of what they call neuropathy from my waist down. My doctors tell me this is all a part of recovery...however it does not seem to be getting any better. I had been taking pain medication...but became addicted to it...so I had my doctor help ween me off the narcotics...and the the withdrawal was still terrible. It has been about 6 weeks. I am restless...depressed...can not sleep at night and still have constant headaches. The numbness in my lower extremeties is very bothersome and painful...and at this point I just do not know what to do. I am unable to work...and everytime I feel good...of course I really give myself the heave ho to do something other than sit in my easy chair...and then I pay for it days after.


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    edited 02/01/2015 - 8:30 PM
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  • The process is the same, but everyone is different. In the grand scheme of things, 8 months isn't a whole lot of time..... I am in almost 13 months and I still have tons of work to do. I totally understand what you mean when you say you pay for it....It's a catch 22. Do too much and pay. Do too little and pay.

    Be patient. There is a roller coaster effect on our road to recovery. You may feel as though you have plateaued, but then right outta no where, the recovery continues. I have been up and down and all around. I'm to the point where I've given up on trying to understand it. Just keep doing your exercises and follow Doctor's orders very strictly.

    Sending healing vibes your way.

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • christibencchristiben Posts: 121
    edited 02/02/2015 - 4:00 PM
    Sorry to hear your situation. Have you had any or could you get some physical therapy? That's what really started making a difference. I can relate to the withdrawals and neuropathy. I developed restless leg syndrome after my surgery. They have me taking Soma and Klonopin at night. Without it, my low back and legs feel electrified and twitch and jump like crazy. Wondering how long this will last. Its better on days when I have a really tough PT workout. Keep us posted and good luck.
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 335
    edited 02/03/2015 - 2:53 AM
    I've been doing massage, acu and PT now for 13 months... The real PT starts at home, not in the office. Aqua therapy works very well for me as well.

    Again, I am 13 months in and still have work to do. Some people takes 2 years + to get to where they need to be. Be patient and work towards that goal. You will get to where u need to be.

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • I had an ACDF C5/C6 on April 10, 2014. I am now approaching the 10-month mark. While I have experienced a lot of improvement, I still have a way to go, as my surgeon predicted 18-months for full nerve recovery. Since my surgery, I have become convinced that I also suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome (or at least forward-neck syndrome from working at a computer tons of hours). My PT guy said he picked up on that during his initial evaluation. In the past three months, the focus of my PT switched to aggressively treating that issue (although many of the exercises apparently overlap). I also began having therapeutic massages to help with the situation. About three weeks ago, my right index finger got extremely cold while my massage therapist had my neck crooked back and slightly to the side. The next day (and since), it has been stiff and sore and cold and sometimes numb. Other fingers have been exhibiting similar symptoms. My regular doctor said it sounds like a nerve got stretched. My hand specialist agreed and said I need to consult with my spine surgeon's office before returning to PT. (I quit massage therapy after that incident.) I remembered that one of the PT people also did something alarming with my neck a few weeks ago, holding my shoulder down while wrenching my neck rather forcefully to the other side. I wonder if that could have bothered some nerves, too.

    I am looking for some ENCOURAGEMENT. (PLEASE, NO GLOOM AND DOOM) I have had flare-ups and ups and downs before, but this one has me particularly alarmed. I am scheduled to see my surgeon's PA next Monday, but am very worried in the meantime. I am a classical guitarist and NEED a full recovery.

    Thank you!!!
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