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so scared

shirleysshirley Posts: 201
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hosp rang me today and told me i had an appointment which i missed, no one told me i had an app today, anyway he said they want to go ahead with 360 fusion at L4/L5 and while they got me on table they will repair pars fracture as well, they dont want it giving me more problems later on, why would they need to do this if im going to be fused at the same area ? go hosp on tues to talk about the op, he has already put me on waiting list. so scared to have it done, knew it was a possibility but now it is becoming reality nerves have really kicked in, in need of some major support please :S
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  • I know you're scared and we've all been there at one time or another. I don't have an answer to your question, I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. Is this your first surgery (I'm assuming so from your signature)?

    Maybe it would help to talk to your surgeon about some anti-anxiety meds to take until your surgery. My surgeon offered me Xanax and I took him up on it. That took the edge off.

    For many here, the pre-op anxiety and anticipation were worse than the surgery itself. Once it's done, then it's all up to you to heal and get better. For me, just knowing I was past the whole operation and hospital thing made me feel much better.

    Take care of yourself and feel free to PM me if you need to talk.

    Cath
  • Indeed as cath says, don't be afraid to tell your doctors how scared you are. I had such a rough time after my shoulder replacement even the SCS surgery scared the **** out of me!

    I would like to add, Xanax does not work for me. I do well with valium, so keep that in mind should you get something for anxiety and it does not work!

    You'll probably feel better after talking with the doctor more, hang in there!
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  • I think they want to repair the pars so that there is a better fit for the instrumentation, and so there will not be movement in that segment of the spine. You will be fused between the two vertebrae, but this area does not technically include the pars....think of it as the rim of a pie crust that is a little higher and serves to hold in the pie filling...does that make sense?

    I picked up a couple relaxation CDs to cope with the pre-surgery anxiety. They even make them specifically for surgical patients. You can also practice deep breathing techniques that will relax you. I wanted something that I could use in the hospital in the event my surgery was delayed.

    I must have been psychic as they took me into the holding area (where my family could not go) right on time for my 3 p.m. surgery...one by one it emptied out until I was athe last patient left. All the staff were heading home for the night and here I was, all by myself! Both my surgeon and the anesthesiologist were detained in two separate surgeries...and we didn't get going until 6:30. I think if I hadn't prepared myself, the wait would have been horrendous.

    Figure out ways that you can relax....stress just increases the level of pain you feel. Think of all your friends on the board who've been through similar and were just as nervous before the surgery as you are. Before you know it, it will be over and you will be beginning your long journey toward recovery.

    Blessings,
    Gwennie
  • Sorry about your news. Of course you are scared, but just think that after your recovery you hopefully will have so much less pain and can start living again.
    I am scared too about my ALIF, which my surgeon said has the potential to be a 360 depending on what they find.
    Stay in touch with us here for support. Let us know when you are scheduled and how you are feeling.
  • i will give you an update on tues, i have yet to meet with surgeon, i live in the uk and ive been seeing the specialist physiotherapist for nearly 2 years,he decides who goes forward for ops and talks to surgeon but dont think i will meet surgeon till day of operation, i know its not how it works in america,
    guess im pretty negative at mo, need to think of the long term pic
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  • I had acdf c5/6, plate with 4 screws, level 2..had no idea what was going on or what to expect...
    Just trust in ur dr and have alot of faith everything will be okay..time is the healer...granny always told me "God will not give you more than you can handle"....will be thinking the best for you...Sending a hug and a prayer....
  • I just scheduled to have a L4/5 fusion on Oct 14th. I'm printing off the list of things to have around and things I need to prepare for. I haven't thought about pre-surgery anxiety just yet but I guess I should prepare for that as well. I'm trying to make a list of questions to email to my doctor's assistant about meds and stuff. I think he prescribes Hydrocodone for post surgery pain.I think I might need some Phinergin (sp?) for nausea (also it knocks me out, which would be good). I'm all ready on Lyrica (2per day)and Celebrex (2day), an anti-depressant and pills for cholesterol, hormones and thyroid. I hate taking all of these pills. I'm turning 48 next week and feel like I'm falling apart.

    Any advice on what are the best meds for post surgery is welcome.
  • Im going through this also, im going to see the Dr, October 23rd to make all the arragements, i have already had the MRI, and on Saturday, im going for the CT Scan, I have two herniated disk, and spondylolysis, at L5 and its also trapping my nerve, I also have (and i dont think its anything to do with it ) pain like a pulled muscel under my right shoulder blade,and when i use my right arm which is most of the time it hurts like hell. Seems like i cant do anything with my back and now my muscel, he gave me Ibuprophin 800mg, it dosnt do anything for me. any way i will see him next month hope to get through it until then.
  • So sorry you are headed to surgery! This year and last, I've had several surgeries (I'm held together with spit & baling wire I think) and each time, the hardest part was the time leading up to it. Do whatever you can to keep yourself calm, some good suggestions in here! And when it gets to be too much, stop in here, we're all here for you :)
  • Hi Shirley

    Try not to be too scared (that's easier said than done) and do ask them at the hospital for something to help you cope while you're waiting for your surgery date. It should help to take some of the stress away.

    Once you know your surgery date, then you'll be busy with the planning and preparing phase getting the things you're going to need for recovery and preparing and freezing meals. There's an excellent list at the top of this section.

    I'm waiting for an ALIF L4/5 on 12th October two days before Kirklandy.

    Trish













    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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