Bebbles, how many levels did the surgeon discuss doing? Please keep in mind every spine surgery is different, degree of damage, level of nerve compression & skill of the surgeon, plus many other factors. Age & overall health plays a roll.
Obviously, you have nerve issues going on. A person never wants to wait too long as the nerve damage can become permanent. Nerves have to heal on their own & there is no time limit on how long it will take. It truly takes a good 12 months to completely heal from surgery. By this we are talking about
how you feel physically & if you have any residual symptoms. Everything has to heal on the inside, patience becomes your new friend. Often drs do not give patients the complete picture before & after surgery. This is why it is important for the patient to be knowledgeable about
You are wise to try other options before jumping into surgery. These other options may give you some relief, you don't know until you try. If things do not work out, then you will know you tried other options. You need to be able to make a decision & feel good about
the decision. Your head needs to be in the right place if it comes down to surgery. You will know when it is time to go that route.
Having the best surgeon available & following all post op instructions to the letter is imperative. With spine surgery a person must learn to be patient & listen to their body. The body has a way of letting us know when we are doing too much. Some people fall into the trap of thinking if they push their self it will speed up the recovery. It does not work that way, they end up in trouble.
If you decide on surgery we have a lengthy thread in CP101 with tips from various members that has had surgery. There is a lot of info there that can be of some help to you.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 9/23/2018 12:33:10 PM (GMT-6)