How do you cope every day? What are you doing? What can't you do?
I am 3 1/2 years post L5-S1 laminoforaminotomy. Chronic back/left glute pain 4 1/2 years.
With the exception of 6 weeks off after surgery, I've been able to work the entire time. I am an RN in a hospital setting. I have no trouble with working. I am finding my way back to consistent daily exercise, but it's a work in progress. On bad days, I just walk.
Activity always makes me feel better. My biggest challenge is sitting for any length of time. I have declined invitations because of this.
My pain is always worst toward the end of the day, which is when I turn to meds if needed.
I have spent the last few years looking for, and expecting, a "cure" and an end to the pain. I know now that's not realistic and frankly, it stinks.
I know we are all at different points in our journey, and started this thread as a sort of check-in.
How's everyone doing?