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fullback3221ffullback3221 Posts: 1
edited 12/09/2015 - 11:51 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This is my first time posting anything so I apologize ahead of time for the poor structure of it. I was injured in a work related incident in the middle of October. Due to Work Comp, and their Doctors, it took till about 2 weeks ago to determine that I need a lumbar microdisectomy ( murdered the spelling I'm sure) and now I have to wait till the middle of January to have that procedure done.
I am taking vicodin for pain and I try not to take it within 10 hours of my last dose (fear of addiction) and it does a pretty good job of limiting the pain I feel. I still get shooting pains and the deep aches throughout my buttocks and legs but it is bearable. I have been off work since the beginning of November and am off till after the surgery. I try to keep myself moving through the day and shift my activities whenever the pain start flaring (sitting/standing/laying/walking), but all in all I have a very "easy" day. Recently , I have started to have, what I believe are, panic attacks whenever I don't feel the pain. Then I start to talk myself into believing I don't need the surgery and that I am just being a baby about the pain I am in. Then I remember that I am feeling this even though I have the pain pills in my system and that 2 doctors have stated that the surgery is needed... I guess my question is, "has anyone else gone through this rollercoaster of emotion?"
I am in my early 30's and in good shape, so I don't believe that I am worried about the surgery, but the mind is a tricky thing. Could this be depression/nerves....or am I just crazy?

Thanks for any help and for letting talk your ear off!

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  • I think if you read through a lot of posts you will see a lot of people questioning if they need the surgery. I did that, and did a bunch of things to try to delay surgery... Now, I wish I had had the surgery the day of the injury when offered...

    The nerve pain from these disc injuries is pretty deceptive, I think. When I first had my injury I could barely walk...I had lost use of my foot and I remember telling the doctor that I had no weakness in that leg and that my pain was a 5/10. Every time it would get slightly better, I would think, "Ok I'm getting better"

    Being off work gives anyone a lot of time to think about these things, plus the pain tends to demand attention. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I could do, what might help the pain, etc... it is pretty easy to feel kind of down and also to question if you are experiencing things "normally"

    I had 2 surgeries last year, a discectomy and then a fusion, and I have to say, now that my pain is decreasing I am kind of surprised at how much of my life/focus/thought was completely dictated by the injury. So you aren't going crazy... just don't cancel your surgery on a feeling....
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