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Re: spinal surgery needed

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Posted by Rich on February 11, 2000 at 03:13:26:

In Reply to: spinal surgery needed posted by brendan on February 06, 2000 at 08:10:55:

: 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.

Find a good, experienced neurosurgeon and get it fixed. traction, shots are just bandaids. I've c-3 to c-6 fused and a foraminectomy at c-6. I'm 60 but was very active working, hunting, etc. I still have some pain but i think it is from the internal stitches. I will have to change my lifestyle and thats the hardest to deal with right now. It was worth it!!!!!!!!! and maybe the healing will be better next year.Have patience and trust in Our Creator and a good neurosurgeon. A tribal Elder once told me, when I was a younger man "Have patience in all things. Everything will happen in its own time." I hope these words will help you get through these hard times.

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