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Re: spinal surgery needed

Re: spinal surgery needed

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Posted by mike on February 10, 2000 at 13:05:54:

In Reply to: Re: spinal surgery needed posted by patty on February 08, 2000 at 17:42:28:

: : hi there. my name is brendan. in december of '97 i was in a car accident. i suffered a herniated disk that i was originally able to rehab through therapy and excercise. in may of this year, however, my stressfull job and active lifestyle caught up with me and the disx popped back out, litterally. i've been out of work since and have tried everything to ease the pain and get back to normal, including three cortisone (epidural) shots. last week i went to see a surgeon and he informed me that the disc would have to be removed and pins would have to be inserted in my spine as well. i have to admit i am a little scared as open back surgery just seems really eerie, for lack of a better word. for the most part, however, i'm fed up with everything and want to get my life back.

: : the things is that i'm 25 years old. i was hoping that some other people could tell me of there experinces with this type of surgery, good or bad. the last 10 months have been very trying on me as the stress of everything has messed up my life a lot. i have no medical insurance but have reacently applied for medicaid and am also trying to re-open my no fault case with my insurance company. the problem is that the longer i wait the more difficult the surgery can become and the longer the recovery will take. my frustrations have led to strains in many of my daily relationships with people close to me, including one very fed up ex-girlfriend. being an athlete for my whole life, it has been very frustrating to have to sit around and not participate in anything because the pain is too much. so naturally i'm putting a lot of hope and faith that this surgery will help me get back some of the normalcy in my life.

: : i was wondering if it would be appropriate to seek some sort of counseling to help deal with the anxiety and stess of this whole ordeal. it's very hard for people to understand how frustrating this can be. i appologize for babbling and complaining but i was just hoping that somebody might be able to help with medical or mental advice in dealing with major back surgery. like i said, i'm 25, and to me that's just too young to be in pain the rest of your life. thanks in advance for anyone who can help.
: there are so many people who do not understand and they wont unless they have gone through this.my husband has been in chronic pain now for 4 years from failed back surgery, and i myself just had a fusion done at l5s1. had this done on dec 3. ive had good days and bad days i am still taking lortab 5 which at this time helps but there are days that i do take more than im suppose to. sure would be nice to be able to have a normal life again, at this time i dont get my hopes up about all of my pain disappearing. i can at least now be out of bed and doing some things.i think that my family and friends are tired of listening to me talk a bout my back. everything in our lives have changed. i am 35 and my husband is 37 i feel that we are way to young to have such serious problems plus we have to children so glad there able to fend for themselves. i got so depressed when this started with my husband that i just about left but now that im in the same position i surley do understand so much more. im now taking 150mg zoloft daily and that has made a tremendous difference. sorry for rambling but i just started reading message. all new. good luck to you
I think i can ease your anxiety. e-mail me and lets talk. hope your feeling better. midan10688@aol.com



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