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feeling vulnerable after spinal fusion

Just wanting to know how many of you may relate to that very vulnerable feeling I am experiencing after a fusion? I had one of my first real outings into public today. I walked slowly around a store for maybe ten minutes and had a few moments when I thought I was going to be knocked over by some children who were playing in the isle. after that I found myself avoiding any children that I saw. this is not like me at all...I love kids. they became a perceived threat to me lol. Anyways...it dawned on me that it was not just little kids, but my husband wanting a hug, my teenage son coming toward me in the hall looking at his phone, my dogs freaking out when the door bell rings....pretty much any moving object/person situation. ......and i guess i am wondering this too....how long does it take for this to resolve? I would hate to be paranoid about my back after I am through the healing process...I want to enjoy my life if at all possible! Thanks guys


  • All the info sheets I've read have said I can take up contact sport again after six months. Logic therefore tells me that my feelings of vulnerability won't be around by then. Discuss it with your pcp and get some reassurance from them. In my case, it'll probably go the first time I actually do trip over!

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • It is a very low dosage (0.5mg or 1mg tabs) that help Anxiety. Please note that they can be addictive, but necessary in some cases, so speak to your Doctor about this. They continue to help me to this day with my PTSD and severe anxiety issues. I highly recommend them even though I am usually an anti medication guy (especially with narcotic).... And no, this medication is not classified as a narcotic, it is a benzodiazepine.

    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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