I've NEVER joined a forum of ANY type before. However, there appears to be a special "kinship" that develops from those in pain! I start my PT this Thursday. L4-L5. All appeared to be well. I had my post-op follow-up a little too soon though in my opinion. I was still in quite a bit of pain, and it was only 9 days out. The staples were removed at the same time. When I go to PT I'm going to specifically ask (the PT "room" is directly connected to my Dr.'s office by way of a door so that is handy) whether or or not the Dr. actually looked at BOTH sides of the spine. Surely he did. Wouldnt' that be standard procedure?? The reason that I ask is because I still have some pain and an "angry nerve" on my left side. He'd drawn an arrow on my back pre-surgery pointing to my left (which is the side that I had toe numbness, etc on). I did tell him that the pain was also on the right side...anyway, I just want some peace of mine.
I had been reading someone else's post and their journey sounded a lot like mine. May 2014 back injury. MONTHS of conservative therapy which included two "blocks". NOTHING worked. I was a very avid golfer and also somewhat of a gym rat. Although with two adult children I still stayed quite busy.
I'm one who is easily discouraged and I've come to the conclusion that unless you have or have had this type of pain, you just simply cannot "understand".
I also found it sad watching all of the YouTube videos of the YOUNG people who have gone through this. My prayers to them.
I'm 55 and until this still felt 19!! (well, ok...29). However, this has made me feel old and almost useless.