Well, Diane, I am in Ocala, just east of Tampa by about
two hours and you can come to my house too, to visit. As for your back situation, I have been there and done that, including the surgery.
I had mine about
thirty years ago and was very, very nervous, being an RN at the time. But I had run the gamut of all treatments so I was left with no choice. I went through rehab for a year and was able to get back to my normal routine, with a few alterations. I could no longer work in ICU and lift patients up in the bed, but I could work in home health, traveling by car to see my patients and I truly loved that facet of my career.
Now, I am sixty years old, retired and have back problems once again. I am seeing a pain management dr every month for the back and leg radiculopathy as well as neuropathy in both legs from the fibromyalgia. It ain't fun, I tell ya! But if I lose some weight and do more activity, I am hoping things will get better. I had cancer and was out for the count for 18 months, but I am strong now and cancer free.
If you come to that juncture in your life where you are considering surgery, let me give you some advice. First of all, don't be real frightened. Just do your homework. My advice is to see a neurosurgeon, rather than an orthopedic guy, since your problems are a lot like mine, having to do with stenosis and nerves being inflamed. Research your doctor. Ask questions. Ask about
his or her successes, and what is the plan? What is the rehab plan as well. You have a right to ask about
that before the surgery too.
Meanwhile keep posting and let us all know how you are doing. I, for one, am very interested in how you do and what you are going to do.
God bless, Diane.
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