... was a failed surgery. The docs were not able to work around major arteries and scar tissue, so the case was aborted. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. I was a very active person, raised 4 children and worked in the medical field for over 30 years. I am no longer able to carry out the most basic, everyday activities. I am getting fat from the drugs and sedintary life style. I cannot imagine living like this forever. Where does one go for help and support to keep on trudging on?? (Beside a therapist that spends the hour watching his clock). Thanks for any feed back. Liz
Hi Liz, first of all I'm sorry for what you're going through, I feel your pain. Except for the timeframe (only 7 years for me), our stories are similar. I too was in the medical field, I was a Physical Therapist for 23 years when I was injured at work. To date I have had 7 back surgeries and have lost my career. If my surgeon had not screwed up and left a fragment behind I might not be in the shape I'm in. I am a mother and was and still try to be very active. I have gained weight due to the meds and those are not the only side effects. They best advice I can give is to never give up. Keep seeking new treatments. If you are having pain, try to determine the location (is it in the lumbar area, are your SI joints the source of the pain, is it nerve related) and then explore your options. Of the 7 surgeries I've had, the most effective were the 2 SI joint fusions (the new procedure, approved by the FDA approx. 4 years ago is significantly more effective than the previous one). Also, have you inquired about a spinal cord stimulator? I had one placed a year plus ago and it has helped with the pain and has allowed me to decrease some of my meds. The newer models are again more effective than their predecessors. If you haven't been through PT lately, a good, thorough course of PT can have a great effect on reducing pain and improving mobility and function. The key to therapy is finding a therapist that you communicate well with and one who combines a good core and flexibility program with hands on treatment. Too many PTs these days want to just throw exercises at their patients and don't spend enough time on trigger points and joint mobilization. Above all, stay active. If you are going to be in pain if you go ahead and participate in life or you just sit on the couch, I would rather have pain from being active. I hope you are able to get some relief and you are able to maximize your function. Best of luck to you.
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