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8 hour spinal surgery

printerauckpprinterauck Posts: 2
edited 03/04/2015 - 12:41 PM in New Member Introductions
hi all , i had a 8 hour spinal op 6 wks ago [ osteotomy single level to realine spine from earlier fusion ] fusion at L2/3 and screws into the pelvis and rods' screws up to the fusion. back pain is improving very slowly [ i see the surgeon in1 1/2 wks] my big issure is not sleeping and the anxiety and panic this causes day by day i have sleeping pills but they only work for a few hours and in the morning i am back to the same anxiety as before. i have a fantastic wife of 31 years who is with me as much as see can, but has to work. days are long , nights longer, i am at my witts end will this ever come right? who wants to see a 53 year old former strong guy cry all the time. people say be active, but i can't do muck yet , i can walk about 1/2 a km in the morning, but as the day moves on my energy is gone and i,m a quivering mess dreadding the night to come. has any one seen / heard/ been through this? do you come out the other side sane? i look forward to any replys, thanks


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