Hello everyone. I am new to this type of support group. I am searching for support with ways to deal with life AFTER back surgery.
I have been dealing with back pain for over 15 years. It became so bad, arthritis, scoliosis, and more. I recently had back surgery and they removed an extremely large cyst, took bone marrow from my hip and put it in my L4/L5. There is so much more to explain, but to make a long story short, I am off work for 2 months. Some people say, "you should be off work for 8-9 months, some say, "you are ok to do whatever now." WHAT THE HELL? I am trying to put all of this into perspective, but NO ONE seems to know what to say to me anymore. I am one of the sweetest people you will ever meet, but over the last few months I have become pretty "crabby". I don't know how to deal with any of this anymore. I knew how to deal with my pain all these years. When I tell people I had surgery they say, "Oh, I didnt know you had back problems?" WELL, I stopped complaining years ago because no one understood and no one seemed to be able to help.
It's been 6 weeks after surgery and the experts say, "you should be better now", I am lost. I don't want to continue using pain medicine, so I am reaching out to you in order to put my life back together. The doctors fixed my back, now I need to fix everything else.
My ENTIRE life revolved around my pain. I don't know any other way to live WITHOUT it. I need to get a handle on this so I can return to work in a couple of weeks. Thank you in advance for your help.