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I'm losing my patience with recovery

williearl19wwilliearl19 Posts: 1
edited 06/09/2015 - 12:35 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Over 2 years ago I was injured at work. (Workers Comp is awful) I have had disc replacement surgery C6-C7. The pain and weakness are still there. I was active. I ran, I loved lifting, I played golf,etc.... I am at my wits end. I'm depressed. The pain is constant. I don't like telling people how much I hurt.
Comp payments are an insult and they are a major stress on me. It is difficult to pay my bills. My income was cut by 80% once the comp started. I'm at a loss for what to do next.


  • How long ago was your surgery? Have you seen your doctor about it remaining this way after surgery? My Dr. told me that the numbness in both arms and hands could take a year to come back. And that due to the fact I had it that way for over two years that the damage may be permant. He said my pain should be gone after surgery. I'm sorry you haven't had any relief .
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 05/29/2016 - 6:33 AM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Are you seeing anyone specializing in pain management?
    What does your surgeon say re recovery and pain?

    I know that things can really pile up with our spinal issues seemingly taking over.
    But there are still resources out there to assist you through the difficult times.

    Re your depression. If often does accompany chronic pain, but not to be thought of as normal.
    Please include that information, your feelings and emotions, to your doctor along with other symptoms.

    For myself, I continue to see my psychiatrist to manage meds for my depression.
    But for you, or many others, it does not need to be a forever thing. But something to assist you during this painful transition in your life.

    My chronic pain, and I was never a candidate for surgery, led me to becoming unable to work.
    I immediately saw a disability attorney, and was accepted within six months. No cost to me.
    Some people it may take longer, but often times that includes a back pay, so larger sum and then monthly assistance.
    Any money the attorney receives is from the larger sum, so no money out of your pocket.

    I also, started to have a social worker assist me through the norm of Disability and Medicare, and also, she so helpful re resources that are available to me to help me have enough money to eat, etc....

    We all need a support system and sometimes it expands past family and friends.
    For me, I found it, still find it, difficult to navigate all I need to do to take care of myself.

    Best wishes to you. Please keep in touch
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  • All I wanted to say was my case is very similar and I understand I think. I was in a car accident almost a year ago I have fusions and hardware lots of other stuff but I lost the job my income and my mobility...friends, family. People ask how are you and I'm like well I want to scream and cry because my back and legs are spasmming and feel on fire but you lie and say I'm fine. If you do tell then it gets old since it never goes away. Ok not very encouraging tonight but do keep trying don't give up. I'm sure you have been given tons of well meaning advice. I hope you find some relief physically mentally and with the work comp stuff. Thank you
  • I to can relate to what your going through. I have been battling WC for the last two years. Not sure if you have an attorney to help you deal with WC but that would be my suggestion.

    I couldn't agree with Tennpass any more about when someone ask you how your doing. So many times I just want to say, I'm hurting just as much as I was the last time you asked me. But we don't do that because we all want to be "normal".

    Hang in there friend, as Savage said, there are resources out there. The best place to start finding those are right here.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    Is something that all spinal patients need to develop.

    Be it waiting and waiting until some concrete diagnosis is identified with your condition.

    Or it could be waiting until your surgeon has an opening to get you in for surgery.

    It could also mean the time you have to wait until your doctor returns your phone call

    And then it's the time you have to wait until your pharmacy can restock the medication you are so waiting on.

    This list could go on and on. But it is something that we have to learn to accept and deL with.

    Recovery from spinal surgery is no different. It's easy to get patient waiting for things to get "better" That's natural. We all want the bad phase to pass by quicker so we can move on to the better times.

    We can NOT rush or change the time it takes to do whT needs to happen! Some of us may want to rush things along. Might sound good in the short term, but in the long run that could create more problems then we originally had.

    Work with your doctors, therapists, etc to ensure that your recovery is coming along the way it should. If things do seem out of line, then by all means discuss it with your doctor

    Don't rush what cAnt be rushed. Take the time now so you can enjoy many long years feeling better.
    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
  • I know the last thing you may want to hear is us telling you to be patient but no matter how badly we want it, our healing process is going to be whatever it will be. There are things we can do to improve it and their are things we can do detrimental to our recovery as well.
    While I feel I am progressing well, I have bad days and like you, I sometimes have to grin and bear it. As a firefighter, I don't want to appear weak or injured to my fellow firefighters so I tell them I'm fine and will be back soon. The truth is I don't know if that will happen. I deal with it differently than most. I make myself buy in to the fact that I will get better and my pain is part of my recovery. When I get down, I can literally feel myself giving up. That is not me and who I am. I cannot stand by and give in. Losing faith in your recovery is toxic. Please don't give in and don't give up. A broken spirit crushes the soul and fosters weakness of the mind and body. We know your pain is real and your struggles are legitimate but don't let them control you. Winston Churchill said "if you're going through hell, keep going" and that's what you have to do.
    Talk to an attorney to see if you can get assistance. Talk to your doctor to find solutions. Talk to us for inspiration, but never give up, and please, please, please, be patient.
    L4-L5 discectomy 1990
    L4-L5/L5-S1 microdiscectomy 2015
  • Can I "ditto" JD? That was so well worded.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
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