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[QUOTE=shannonjord08;3467535]When you are faced with the possibility of having surgery what should you do? I haven't been to see my surgeon yet, but I know he/she will suggest it. Then what? Do I listen to the doctor and have the surgery or do I look for other alternatives to relieve pain. I don't want to be on pain meds the rest of m life. But, I don't want to be worse off if I have the surgery. My Mom had back surgery as a result of falling off a horse. She broke her back. She was worse off after the surgery. Fastforward 20 years later and she is on numerous medications(too many for me to count) and hardly ever gets out of the house. She is depressed all the time. I don't want to end up like her.
I try to look at the positives of surgery, but it seems like the negatives out weigh the positives. Maybe I'm jumping the gun here a bit, but I'm just looking ahead and preparing myself.

Hi! I understand how you feel! My first surgery in 10/04 was a microdiskectomy and was unavoidable as the pain was a 10 and I didnt want to start on pain management because I am a recovering person with 12 years clean/sober at that time. A year ago, my disc reherniated and I saw a neurosurgeon and he recommended surgery. It was NOT an option as I had a 14 month old and another on the way! I HAD to keep working. I went on pain management and just befor my surgery 13 days ago, I was up to Percocet 7.5 4 times a day, Lyrica and Skelaxin. I did my best to make it, go to work, go to meetings, and help my wife. I went until I crashed and could no longer work. I am now tapering down on my meds, I walked a half mie today without a cane. I will make it, because I believe if I don't, my other disease will kill me. The point here is everyone's situation is so different and age, job, responsibilities like kids, etc, make a huge difference. I prepared a letter to my neurosurgeon a month ago to give him on my 1st visit that basically outline all the things I had tried and why I need to get surgery asap. He looked at my MRI and agreed. Thank God it is over with and I am recovering. My 25 month old knows daddy has a big boo boo on his back and is very careful. He doesnt ask me to carry him any more, but I hope I can again someday. And I hope to be able to carry my 6 month old and he never has to know. Not to be melodramatic, but this is some heavy stuff for us and we all enter into this realm in different ways. My accident was on my honeymoon and I know my wife sometimes hates the in sickness and health part of our vows. It's normal, but it hurts me so bad. Just had to vent.