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What do I do,I'm so scared

Started by DaisyB on 04/01/2011 2:53pm

went to see a O Surgen again this week. I was informed that I have L4 L5 disc ruptured. I have had pain in my back for 3 years and in the last 4 months has moved into my right hip now two months I have it running all the way down my leg. I spend most of my time off my feet(in bed) or on pain meds.Dr. has left it up to me,I have opted for clean up on the disc and a fusion. I don't really know what to do ,I am normaly very active and this down time is making me crazy. The bad part is that I have started noticing pain in my left leg.

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I had something that may be close to what you have. What I was told, is that the matter from the ruptured discs were pressing on the spinal nerves. That is why I had pain and eventually numbness in both legs. Once the surgery cleaned it up, It made a difference. Just ask your Doctor. They will know what is "normal" for your condition - and what isn't. You need to try and be at least a little active. In my day, the way it was handled was total bed rest. Then they changed it. They said that bed rest for so long left a patient weaker (muscle atrophy). So try to move around, if only for your digestive health. Best Wishes!

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Thank you much

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hey daisy! where are you having your surgery! I know no one likes them.I have noticed that most of the people who write here have been negative! few people who had positive experiences say so.As long as you have a excellent neurologist you will be fine.keep positive.also look for second opinions.youll be in bed for a few and for active people this is very overwhelming.you have a choice. either you choose to live with this pain or do something to help you.being positive is important.doing the therapys after surgery .also a family to support you.because this will change your life completely.and im not saying it in a negative way! god bless and let me know! But we are all scared!

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Hi Daisy,
You are not alone sweetie,i was just like you,a very active person.Got injured in June 2009,and i just had a Lumbar l5-S1 fusion 3 weeks ago.Went through the front and the back and had to clean it all up.In the beginning my legs and feet were not affected,but then progressed to severe right leg pain and weakness and urinary difficulties.It was a hard decision but i knew deep in my heart that was the next step.I have a strong faith so i did have a peace about my decision,but i still would second guess my self a lot.The surgery was tough,i will not lie,but you will get through the rough part and start to get stronger every day.I am able to walk again without all the pain and numbness in my leg and feet.It has only been 3 weeks since my surgery and i was able to sit in church service today,I have been walking too.I will say a prayer for you.
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy

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to nurse i inpain!

Im glad that you are doing better! Keep me posted as how you are doing! Ill be looking forward to reading your posts! also

daisy let me know how are you doing! did you do the surgery? If so how did it go?

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I think the sooner the better. I had the L-5 S-1 fusion January 5th. I'm still numb in someplaces and if I do too much I have pain. I take pain meds 2-3 times a day. I drive but plan my time around pain meds. I try to walk but don't get very far because it's so slow. I do some bending lifting but try to keep it under the rx my Dr. gave me. I've been out of wrk for a while. I'm 57 and pretty nervous about what the future holds work wise. I'm a nurse to but an LPN.

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Hi gdg,
Did you get injured at work?I tell ya,i worked so hard as a floor nurse for 28 years,i know that is why we get so messed up .My pain management doc told me most nurses don't barely get through their 50's working because of the injury rate,and here i am ,just turned 50.In the beginning i worried a lot about my future in nursing,but now i pretty much have accepted it is what it is,and quite frankly i do not think i have any more future in nursing,as i hear with this DDD it only gets worse.I will probably be needing neck surgery after i recover from this back,so we will see.How are you doing now?Do you think you can go back to nursing? I have applied for social security disability,so we will see what happens.
Take Care,
Nurse Nancy

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Get a second opinion. It's a big step and you need to know youre doing the right thing and that the type of surgery he's suggesting is the best option. Check another doctor too.

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