Just a wee bit about me...
I've had a bad lower back for more than 20 years and finally decided to go for surgery last year.
I guess my back was just weak - there was no accident as such. I worked on a factory for 8 years - some do it a life time, but ever since then I have had problems with my back and some years after I was also diagnosed with Dystonia (Painful Leg & Moving Toe).
It's a lonely world having back pain, physical problems in general and chronic pain and it tend to be a bigger struggle for every year I get older. More than anything due to the isolation and lack of understanding.
I had spinal surgery March last year. It was a disc replacement in the lower back. I had been dancing around the surgery for years, as I’ve had a bad back for more than 20 years, but there’s never any certainty with surgery – especially spinal surgery – so I never had the guts to actually go through with it before last year. I finally decided to go through with my surgery because it was getting worse and worse and at the time of surgery I had not had one decent night’s sleep in at least a year. But obviously there were no guaranties!
However, it has by no means been a pleasure ever since the surgery. My back is great - no or minimal pain, but my feet are crazy painful and I can't do much, which kind of is a social killer, as I can't do anything with anyone and I'm kind of struggling to see any hope for the future and feel very lonely.
Not great looking at a possible future where I'm in bed 24/7 and that's all I can do.
I've seen quite a few people saying in here how they are struggling 4 - 6 weeks after surgery. I'm now a year and a half in and I feel I'm getting worse and I have no clue if this is just it.
The last 3 years have been hell and I’m at the end of my rope now – Don’t know what to do! I’m tired, full of pills and yet I still have cramps to the level where I have to be off work for weeks. I’m weak, lack focus and just sleep or lie awake wondering what else the future will bring.
However, it has helped a bit seeing I'm not the only one in pain after spinal surgery. Not that your pain benefit me in any way, but at least I can see that I'm not crazy, weak or stupid...or alone. Welcome to Spine-Health
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