I'm new here so bear with me please.
I am officially 1 month away from surgery. Got a call from the office today to confirm if I was going through with it so they could begin approval from insurance.
I am supposed to have a fusion from L3-S1. I am only 27 years old and for at least the past 7 years I have del with my lower back pain. Rairly have I taken pain meds other than ibuprofen as I hate them and do feel I have a decent pain tolerence. Every now and then it gets so bad I take some hydrocodone and hate it because it makes my nose itch so bad I feel like an addict. My problem is I have more good days than bad, so on those good days I think to myself, what am I thinking going along with this? Then a bad day comes and I wish I could go in that day.
Majority of my pain is when laying or sitting. HATE my truck because I can't be in it for 10 minutes without my lower back throbbing. My car takes closer to an hour. Heaven forbid I give my dog a bath (with good posture) and try to stand up after. Can't walk half a mile without limping home.
But most days I can still play with my 4 year old and run around the yard with him.
How do I mentally prepare for major back surgery with more good days than bad? Or should I even?
That's my rant..opinions welcomed.
Oh, and I can attach a shot of my MRI if I can figure out how. Doc said I had a pars defect that I was more than likely born with as I have never had any real injury that could have caused it.