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Putting off surgery by ignoring the symptoms

I am wondering how many of us fit in this category. I have had multiple lower back (5) and cervical surgeries (2). I know what the symptoms mean, where they lead to. The increase in pain, the added sleeplessness, the leg that starts dragging and toes that do not bend anymore while the foot starts tingling. Even as I write I notice that I am separating that part of my body from the rest of me. And if I leave it too long, it will turn into paralysis. Yet, I don't want to go see my surgeon. I went so far as to agree to go to physical therapy, where they told me PT would not fix me. So I quit PT, but have not gone to see my surgeon. Do I think if I ignore the symptoms the problem will resolve itself. I must, because every morning I test that foot to see if, Yes?, the toes must look like they are moving better. Maybe I should see a Psychiatrist at the same time I finally see my surgeon. Does this sound familiar to any one else?
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  • i definitely know what you mean. when i first herniated my discs i was told "hey 90% get better by themselves".. "surgery is rarely necessarily"... sht that was twenty years ago and 2 surgeries later and it's still not good.

    so i'm not sure.

    hell, personally - just the thought of the catheter again scares me away from spinal surgery - so in short i know what you mean.

    my understanding is though that are some symptoms you can't ignore - loss of bowel/bladder function etc.
    1994 - herniated disc l4/l5 l5/s1 - sciatica - l4/l5 discectomy
    2011 - l4/l5/ l5/s1 herniated disc/scar tissue - sciatica - discectomy
    now - recurrent disc protrusion l5/s1, lots of back pain, considering fusion/adr

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