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Bent straight down 7 days after 2nd Laminectomy/Microdiscectomy

I cannot sleep because I am so, so stupid.  1st surgery was 1/30/18 (failed). 2nd surgery 3/12.  Today, without thinking I dropped something and bent right over to pick it up.  No excruciating pain.  Just dull after surgery aching BUT what if I screwed something up?   How will I know.  I’m so tired of being in pain.   I have been dealing with this since December 2017 and I go and do this?????????   

Please tell me if any of you have experienced anything like this?!?!?!?!

Thank you



  • hi dmarie2012

    welcome to spine-health

    let's look at the positive side of this first.  your brain told you to bend down there and pick it up, so your pain levels must be reduced and you do not seem to dealing with new or increased pain at the moment.  reduced pain levels are something to be happy about but they can catch you out, so be very careful.

    i used to carry my handy helper grabber with me from room to room and keep it in sight, to remind me.  

    try to retrain your brain that bending down from the waist is not good practice for lifting things.  try to always use your knees to squat in the future.

    it is scary when you do something that you know is not right and that is more likely to make you tense up and cause muscle pain.  try to relax about this if possible and if you get any new symptoms or increased pain called your surgical team to discuss.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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