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my lumbar fusion is 3/6 and i am totally depressed

imagine... surgery a week away, and i'm not anxious. not nervous. but very depressed.

i don't know where this is coming from. i'm not even sure if i am scared about it. i see my shrink on friday, but don't think it will change anything. this is strange.

i should ask for help, but the apathy is profound. don't know what to do....


  • Having back pain for a long time can make you depressed.I have been depressed many times and i snap out of it.You need to talk about it.Its good your seeing your dr . stay strong and if you want to pm me im here .It will get better!!!
    Kathy B
  • i was really despondent about the pain management protocol at my neurosurgeon's office. 3 weeks on percocet and valium- then only NSAIDS.

    what if i need medicine a week or two longer? i figured like 6 weeks total, then my plan is to do suboxone for a week to discontinue narcotics... IF that is appropriate.

    found a pain clinic that works with opiates if your exam, documentation, films and pharmacy print out jive. pricey, but worth it, if i found i no longer had back pain between 4-7 without meds i would be thrilled! but there are no guarantees, however.

    i prayed for that depression to lift, and i feel much more safe, alert and feel like i give a dam* what happens to me.
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  • flowerpotsfflowerpots Posts: 379
    edited 02/28/2013 - 10:52 AM
    Pain centers are good, they know how to manage your pain and they work with you!!!!!
    Kathy B
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