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Phases of Spinal Surgery / Chronic Pain

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
Anyone that has to have spinal surgery and/or has started to live in chronic pain, there are certain phases/stages that the person will go through. These phases are not much different from the ones that anyone with a serious illness faces.

1. Awareness
This is when you first starting having some problems and are dealing with pain. You go to your doctors to find out whats wrong.
After some diagnostic tests are done, you are told what you have, that surgery may be required, etc

2. Denial
This cant be me! No way this should have happened! The doctor must be wrong, the tests were not accurate, no one knows
what they are talking about. Its really nothing, some ice and pills and I will be good as new.

3. Anger
So they are right! Dang it! I am so mad at everyone.

  • -The person that caused this, that accident, the idiot!
    - My genetics, my parents
    - My job, because if I miss a few days, they will probably let me go and I need the income!
    - My doctors, I should have never seen them, they are jerks!
    - My friends because they can do everything and soon I will not be able to.
    - My family, because they don't understand what I am going through!
    - I will never be the same, my life is over
    - etc
4. Acceptance
Well, I guess everyone was right. I do have this problem and now I am going to need treatments to correct it. I will work with
whatever doctor, therapist, etc to come up with plans that can try to manage this problem. I realize that all of this may have some
impacts on my day to day life, so I need to start understanding all about it and the adjustments I may need to make.

5. Treatment
So now we need to understand what kind of treatment(s) I will try. At first, I know they will attempt the Conservative methods to see the response from those (ie Spinal Injections, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, etc) Or will it be the Aggressive approach such as surgery. I am ready for whatever it is going to take to help me get back to as normal as possible.

Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Again, I've logged on for some support after being dealt the "perhaps this pain is your new normal" speech by my surgeon on Friday. Seeing this post was a healthy dose of positivity and reality for me.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    Acceptance that is the hardest of them all, I still can't get my mind to adjust to the "new normal" and it's only been 12 years . But I believe every time you get worse or a new condition comes up u have to go through same phases , guess I just have not had a long enough break to truly accept.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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