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AFTER surgery

I just had surgery on my spine for spondylosis.
I like the pain is worse then before. I'm just two weeks out the hospital. My pain is still going down my LEG and it hurts. How long will this last? It effects my sleeping.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • GirlieAngelaGGirlieAngela Posts: 1
    edited 03/02/2015 - 8:32 PM
    After 3 months of 10/10 pain... No walking.... Crawling around the house in agony with various pain medications being prescribed including liquid morphene.... I eventually after a friend begged the hospital due to me being so drugged up, living on my own with a 16 yr old and unable to attend work got a consultant appt.

    I quickly had an MRI and was told I had quite a severe bulging disc and a nerve root injection was planned.... For the first few days and taking it easy... I could feel parts of my right leg coming back to life and felt 4/10. Nearly 2 weeks after this procedure I am back in pain, back taking morphene and struggling again. I'm depressed, can't go out, cant work and relying on friends and family to help me. The consultant did say he may advise the operation to remove the bulging disc.... Just feel like ending it right now.... I used to be social going out all the time and for 3 months I have been stranded indoors. I have a mortgage to pay and don't want to lose my house.... How do people manage? I can't live off diazapam and morphene and Tramadol and gabapentine and naproxen forever.... Can't drive because right leg is so weak. Am I being impatient??? Xx
  • I had a 4 level posterior instrumented fusion as a direct result of someone else's negligence in a car accident (C5-T2). My left arm and hand are weak and I narrowly escaped paralysis. I was the sole bread winner in my household. I understand that there are criminals everywhere, so I do understand why this process is an uphill battle, but it still isn't fair that the legitimate cases suffer and it is even more unfair that my family will have to endure this for many years to come..... In my country, there are limitations, so I wont be walking out of this a millionaire. Bottom line is that WE still need to live and please try to deflect when the going gets tough. Find something that makes you happy and just do it. The only other option is misery. YOUR quality of life hangs in the balance and so does your family's.

    I'm dealing with chronic pain today. It is and has been an up hill battle for me as well and I too know that there is worse off here than me, so I just try to be thankful that I can walk and that I can breathe the air I breathe. I will see my little girls graduate and I can still be a part of their lives growing up. I try to enjoy what I can when I can and hope that some day things will be better. That's all we can do. Where there is faith, there is hope and never deprive someone of hope, it may be all they have, so I HOPE that I have brought you some hope with my words.....

    I have been home for 14 months. "Stranded" is the under statement of the year.... This winter where I'm at has been -30 C steady.... The cold is tougher on us in every capacity, so I'm thankful that things are thawing out finally. This makes me happy. Spring is on the way :) Find happy thoughts that make you happy and focus on those thoughts as much as you possibly can.

    Returning to my old career is not an option for me. My only option is to re-educate and I haven't been well enough to do that either.... Where do I go from here? It'll be years before my settlement is done and over with. In the meantime, it's a struggle that I have to endure. There is no other option. If I have to down size, I'll explore that when the time comes. Worrying wont change a damn thing other than your quality of life. You have to deal with your situation and make the adjustments in the moment. I'm sorry, but that is all we can do being in this predicament. I promise that in the end, things always have a weird way of working themselves out, so please be patient and take the necessary actions, day by day, to get to where you need to be. Any one person can take on the BS of just one day. It's when we take on the battles of yesterday and the hardships of what tomorrow might bring that things become unmanageable. Manage today, for your own sake. And try to enjoy what you can enjoy in the moment because we have to continue to live on for ourselves and our loved ones. No one knows your pain more than we do here at spine-health. We know it is difficult, but we MUST Soldier on...... Do not give up. Please try to see that things can and often do get better..... How do people manage? Moment to moment, day by day..... We're a message away!

    Sending healing vibes your way, for TODAY :)


    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
  • You just might be disappointed. The idea of surgery is to correct a problem and any pain improvement is simply a bonus.

    Remember that you are fresh out of surgery. Everything is angry right now, so in my opinion, time is the answer in your case......

    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
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