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4 Weeks PLIF Question and support Feeling alone

Back again..Hx in last three years I have had 2 non-fusions, c6-c7 revision. Oct 2 had PLIF L4-L5. Surgery went pretty well. Dr. took out some old hardware and found a fracture. Recovery going good. Walking well. Should walk more but I feel lke I am getting depressed. Pain meds are Norco 7.5 or 10mg 1 in am and usually 1 in pm. I take Zanaflex for muscle spasm. maybe 1/2 in am and 1 at night. Pain seems well controlled with this. I take Nuerontin 2-3 times a day.
Question is...Did anyone feel depressed. I am 4 weeks out. Maybe I am bored I don't know. My husband doesn't understand how I feel. I do get short tempered at time but I feel like I have no support. I don't think he understands. Found out my Neuro won't start pt until week 12. I am supposed to be back to work at that time. I work as a Hospice RN and am concerned about going back. With 2 non-unions I don't need to have more problems......I feel very alone!!!
Can anyone give me some input if this has happened to you and how you dealt with it....
2007 ACDF C6 - C7
2010 Aspen Cage L4,L5 for Grade 2 Spondo and spinal stenosis
2011 Non-Union C6-C7, Revision Posterior fusion with hardware.
2012 Failed fusion of L4, L5. Revision L4, L5 Fusion with hardware.


  • A common event for spinal surgery patients. A major stressor has occurred their life. Their life has changed (hopefully temporarily). It is difficult to adjust. Emotions are affected. The body reacts. It's real.

    Google 'adjustment disorder'. Note: It is slightly different to depression. A number of options are available.

    Many members here discuss their own way of coping. Sharing and others listening is one of those ways.
  • VangeVVange Posts: 12
    edited 10/31/2012 - 8:13 AM
    I too have had bouts of depression throughout my situation. From what i have researched it is very common. And why not? As you know, it's a very difficult time in one's life. And hard on the people around us. For a while I dwelled on my girlfriend not being commpassionate enough and not understanding what I was going through. I resolved myself to the fact that I needed to do the majority of this battle on my own and when I did it got rid of the unneeded stress. Try to focus on yourself and keep on keepin on.
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  • I had L5-S1 fusion on Oct 4th. will be happy to compare notes.
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