Originally Posted by tao
I just got my MRI results back and found out I have a severely herniated disc and I'm going to need surgery. I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through the same thing. What can I expect after surgery? Is there anything I need to know that I might not be thinking about? I know nothing about all this, just that my disc is herniated and I need surgery. Will I have to sleep on my stomach after surgery? What's the recovery time?
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
I had back surgery in May for two herniated disks along with a spinal fusion. I was walking in the hospital the next day and by the end of two weeks I was walking about a mile and I stopped taking pain pills, because the pain had gone.
Don't be one of those people that won't take pain pills because you may get addicted. I honestly don't even remember that operation at this point and the pain I was in which wasn't that bad. Yes, I know I had the operation but it's not that big of a deal. You are out when you are being operated on, you take pain pills until the pain goes away and then, you go on with your life.
I slept the normal way I sleep, so that wasn't an issue. I think the biggest problem people have is thinking too much about the surgery, both before and after. The more you focus on the operation the more you are thinking needlessly. Of course anything can happen, but you have no control over that.
I have had many operations, all successful and helpful, so I have a perspective from experience.
Seriously, worrying doesn't ever help. I like a quote from Mark Twain... " I have had many problems in my life, most of which have never happened."