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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Depression and Coping
This is my second post to spine-health forum after introducing myself months ago. After that I was so overwhelmed by pain and what direction to go in, that I could not seem to write anything. I thought I should post in the Back Surgery Board since I am considering an anterior/posterior revision for a failed PLIF L4/5, but I could hardly read the posts without having a panic attack. So instead I waited. I started seeing a psychiatrist for the first time in my life for depression and anxiety. Looking back, letting some time pass was excatly what I needed. I have begun to learn to accept my pain...physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It's like I'm in Kindergarten all over again. Acceptance and depression medication have begun to help me to not freak out about my physical pain every minute of the day. My physical pain hasn't changed but the way I look at it has. I still don't know if I am going to have another surgery. I will get a second opinion soon. Have a great weekend everyone 8> Jackie


  • Jackie, so glad you are back and are getting some help for your depression and anxiety. I too am working on that now. Chronic pain and back surgery sure does seem to have depression and anxiety as a sequelae. It just affects every aspect of our lives. It is great to have you back on the forum, and maybe you can venture into the surgery section sometime as well, in your own time. Have a happy weekend and see ya round the boards, >:D< Sue
  • Glad you are back too. :H I agree with Cali-Sue when you are ready to read or ask questions we are here. Sometimes I just go to the Good News or Lighten and Brighten to take my mind off things for a while.

    Take care of you,
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  • for supprting me here, it helps to here people who are going through this too. What I have been thinking these days is completely flipping back and forth about a revision fusion, I've just started laughing about it with my kids...anyway I will post all that in the surgery forum soon...just wanted to say thanks for now. Jackie :B
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