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Handicapped Parking

sparkledctssparkledct Posts: 120
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey guys. ACDF C6/7 next week (10 days & counting). My mom thinks I need to get a handicapped parking sticker temporarily. Did any of you do this and do I need it? I do not want to abuse the system. Thanks! MY surgeon says they will give me one but I do not want to unless it really is of help.


  • I got one and am glad I did. Go for it. You don't need to use it if you don't need or want to. But when you do need it there is a good feeling when you get to park right in front of where you need to be. I also like the fact I don't need to put quarters into any meters.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,587
    I have been offered one for over 20 years now, but have always refused.

    Part of that was because I've seen how much handicap parking is abused and that sickens me. The other part was that I tried to refuse to allow any current situation prevent me for doing just a little bit more.

    I am sure you will get other replies, but my feeling is that from cervical surgery, you are not in as much need for that as for someone who had lumbar surgery.

    As Paul just replied, even if you have one, that does not mean you have to use it. But having it might be a sense of a security blanket.

    But everyone views this in different ways

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • I want all opinions... My problem is I also have 5 bad discs in my back that do not yet require surgery. Walking on a regular day is sometimes a challenge and my mom thinks after the surgery once I try starting to get back to normal life (grocery store or something) that the walking might do me in. Still debating. If I get it I would only do so for the shortest time (which I think is a 3 month) so I could use when I have to (if I am having a bad neck day on top of a bad back day) still thinking...
  • HI
    If I may comment regarding the moderators post....Yes, each view things diffently however u state that in your opinion some1 that has cervical surgery is perhaps not in the need as some1 w/lumbar surgery.
    Lets remember that all case's are different and if one has Myleopathy (cord damage) I would certain say that is as much an issue is any1 that under went lumabr surgery.


    3 Level acdf(c3-6) 2/08 w/hardware..cage,8 screws
    severe stenosis
    Cervical myleopathy
    Partial corpectomey
    2 exploratory back surgeries to locate and remove broken tip of lumbar catheter
    4/09..L5 Micro'd, S-1 root decompression
    1/10 L-5 reherniation....surgery again considered
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,587
    each situation is different. So, I really shouldnt say that cervical post surgical patients are not in as much need as lumbar post surgical patients.

    I apologize if I was trying to tip the scale here in one direction.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • But I did not start driving till 6 weeks post op, and had been walking for exercise, the only exercise they did encourage. I have one more buldging disc in my neck that is not causing problems, but none in my lower back.
    I saw this infomercial last night-I usually don't pay attention to them- but it was talking about walking, posture and back pain. They were selling some new expensive orthotics and its benefits for the back. This reminded me of right before my surgery, I knew I was going to be walking after surgery for exercise, so before I had the surgery I got orthotics from walgreens, the ones that said they would help with leg, foot and back pain, for 15$. They do make it more comfortable walking, but I am not sure it has done anything for my neck, maybe improved by posture as my body got used to the hardware.
  • The information you shared was much appreciated. I think I will get it an use if NEEDED only. I am going to have bad days but with work and 3 kids must still have a life. It may come in handy :) with my back pain being worse than my neck most of the time anyways I wonder how the whole walking thing in going to work for me. I hate walking right now because I always get these sharp stabbing pains if I hit a spot that is not exactly flat. I can feel it just thinking about it.
  • I agree in that this option is a "personal" thing and personal decision. I didn't get one for my cervical surgeries as I was either dropped off in front of the store by the hubby, or feeling good we would park waaaaayyyy out there and walk in. I will probably get mine signed off on after my next NS visit as my lower back in now going south, and walking is getting bad.

    I like the "security blanket" idea. You don't have to use handicap parking if you don't feel like it, nothing wrong with that, but the card gives you the option. :-)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • When I was diagnosed with RA 11 years ago, I was pretty much crippled. My doctor advised me to get a handicap sign for me to have even if it's to come to the doctors...I used it a few times, but if my husband drove which was quite often, he would just drop me off. But since the treatments have helped with the RA, I haven't used it that much. In the last year I have used it more but because of my back pain. But the only thing that gets me is that when I do use it, I get these looks. People would look at me, and at age 36, yes, they have no idea why I have one, but they are wondering why I would need one at my age...I have even been asked if I could show my card in my wallet for proof that it is mine. Not by an officer but by another citizen...they would suggest I move my vehicle if I wouldn't show them my card. I didn't think I had to prove myself to them...If it was an officer, yes I will show proof. So, I do still have my card and I am glad since I am getting ready for back surgery. I park further away from the place I am going into if I am having a good day...knowing I could use the walk. But I am glad I have it for just in case...Sorry about the long post :) Tamara
  • I didn't get one after my ACDF (actually never crossed my mind), but I did get one after my TLIF. Because walking is an important part of the recovery process for a spiney, I'm very particular when I use it.

    I don't mind parking a ways away and walking, but if I know I have something that's going to be difficult to haul to the car, then I might choose handicap parking.

    I also use it if I go to one of the Target or Walmart Superstores and the parking seems miles away. That's just too much in addition to walking on the hard floors within the store and then back to the car.

    So, I'm very judicious in my decision to use the handicap tag. In my mind, it also matters how many handicap spaces there are. If there's only four, for example, then I won't take one of them. But if there's 10, I'd be more likely to park in one of them depending on how I feel that day.

    Bottom line: It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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