Originally Posted by mycutekitties
Just a little update on me. Went to the pain doctor on Monday and he said my back is very messed up (HELLO- I KNOW!). He said I am in the condition of someone that's 80 and he has never seen so much degeneration in someone my age. So he has two procedures that he thinks can help. I'm just waiting on insurance things to be approved. I am so bummed because he took me off work. I only had 16 days left but I couldn't handle it. I feel like I'm letting everyone down.
Doctor put me on morphine and Vicodin until I can get these procedures so I can't work taking those medications.
So I am hoping I get these done so I can go back for the last week.
This bring tears to my eyes....I don't ever want to return to that pain! I'm 7 weeks post op from two spine surgeries. Both a little over 5 hours, two days in a row but within hours of the second surgery I was up and walking and my leg pain was virtually gone! I had an XLIF and the next day fusion. I went home two days early and was able to get much more comfortable at home. The recovery is long but after living in that kind of pain for so long it's nothing. I've been told I've had the text book outcome and although they warned me that I would have more bad days then good in the first 3 months, I have only experienced a few days that I felt pain that scared me back to not overdoing. Other then that, I have quality of life, even with all it's limitations, that I had forgotten existed.
Prior to surgery I resisted the next level of pain management but finally gave in when I could barely get out of bed. I think you made the right decision to start the morphine and vicodin...those 16 days would have felt like 16 years!
I had surgery in San Francisco from a surgeon that I chose after searching for over a year. He was referred by a surgeon who had him do his own back surgery. My surgeons name is Fred Naraghi. I'll PM you my phone number, please call me with any questions you might have. I'd love to help you.
Sunny......they've come a long way baby! I hope you can move forward soon.