Surgery, probably one of the worse experience anyone can go through. I know because I just had another surgery. Years of pushing my body, car accidents and a cervical spinal injury have stopped me more than once from doing the things I love.
All pain is caused by aggravated nerves. I experience chronic and excruciating back pain so, I know how much I can tolerate until I have to do something about it. That time is happening now. Most of the pain in my body is related my spin so I can sympathize with anyone that suffers.
The surgery is the easy part you just go to sleep. Than you wake up and the work begins, so far this recovery is very painful. I had a neck fusion surgery done after years of different treatments no success. Nothing seemed get rid of the chronic stabbing and burning pain. It traveled from my neck through my shoulder blade into my arm and down into my fingers. Surgery helped a little.
Now my lower back has been done. The surgery is to decompress discs in my lumbar region of my spine. I have degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. These conditions make my legs and feet feel heavy and I have burning pain going down the back of my legs into my feet. My lower back is in constant pain and even though I have tried many treatments including injections or spinal epidurals nothing has worked. Some treatment made the chronic pain tolerable until I had spinal meningitis in 2012.
Surgery is always the last result so you can imagine how making this decision consumes your thoughts. The risk are so high and nobody wants to go through the pain of the recovery process of any surgery. My surgery consisted of chipping and scrapping the over growth of bone that is compressing my nerves and disc.
So here I sit in pain that I hope will continue to get better. I can’t take opioids so I’m on a nonnarcotic pain medicines and acupuncture. I found the more I move the easer it gets. Exercise everyday through the pain has help in the past to strengthen the muscles that support my lower back, so I am doing that. It is helping my muscles heal from the surgery. My physical therapy was really tough right after my surgery and now, not so much. I still have a lot of pain some from healing and the chronic pain I live with every day from my neck. I can’t wait to get back to acupuncture.
The best thing we can do for our body and especially our back is to keep our core strong. A normal healthy spine is a long flexible column of twenty-four connected bones known as vertebrae.There are seven bones in our neck called the cervical spine. The lumbar or lower back has five vertebrae, than you have thoracic and the sacrum. Every vertebrae is separated by a cushion or intervertebral disk or shock absorbing pads which keep the bones from rubbing together and provides flexibility. This allows us to turn and bend. The back of these vertebrae bodies has a bone attached which is arched to allow open space for the spinal canal which hold the spinal cord and nerve bundles.
The spinal cord is in a fluid that through the spin and the brain and is protected by many layers of protective membranes. Each level of back bone a pair of nerve exit, one on the right and one on the left off the spinal cord through small openings. Our backs are a building block of bone which protect the message highway to the brain which are surrounded by muscles and ligaments which are attached to the vertebrae that send out signals allowing us to move and feel sensations.
My problem is the center of my disks are drying out causing them to flatten and my spine is getting weaker. As the bone gets closer together the nerves are more and more irritated causing my pain. *Stenosis, and *bone spurs is not only my problem and I understand because I’m in constant pain and increasing weakness in my lower extremities. Sometime I have numbness that causes me to lose my coordination yet I will do what it takes to keep living my best life, sharing, painting, drawing and spending time with the ones I love.