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Old 02-23-2018, 03:38 PM
 
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I think what really makes the decision for you (so to speak) is how bad the pain is, and how much it's effecting your life.
I mean if the pains severe...what can you lose having a surgery?
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I think what really makes the decision for you (so to speak) is how bad the pain is, and how much it's effecting your life.
I mean if the pains severe...what can you lose having a surgery?
I'm sure a LOT of people feel this way, that's why they do the nut/screws etc for back surgeries.

I guess I come from, it can be worse after once cut. As bad as my back has been and it's a long ride with this back, I feel I could end up not even being able to bend over. I can do that now. With bending and stretching I can ease the tightness and pain in my DDD back. And spondylothesis (sp). And Stenosis.

There are many cases accidents, injuries, emergency but for me it would elective.

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Old 02-25-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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I guess I come from, it can be worse after once cut.

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Apparently it can...but not always.

My surgeries were elective...I couldn't bend down before them, and was in excruciating pain from stenosis. The surgeries have kept me mobile.
For everyone it's different....it's a chance we take.... after much weighing of the pro's and cons...for sure.
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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All bodies and backs are different, glad you can bend now. Is that what you mean by mobile. I see you mention surgeries, and I've read enough stories of more than one. I think someone on this forum mentioned 9 on her back.

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Old 02-25-2018, 09:32 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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I originally hurt my back in 1990 and have been dealing with sometimes debilitating pain ever since. Iíve had all kinds of rehab and therapy, which helps for a few months at best. Had three different series of epidural shots with cortisone, which of course is temporary at best. Never had any surgeries because Iíve read too many horror stories about them. I had a Dr. once who told me he could operate and take the leg pain away, but not the back pain so I said no thanks. All I know is that si pole things that everyone takes for granted are a big deal to me. Washing the car is fine, but in a few hours I will be hobbled around like an old man. Mowing the yard is the same. Basically after all this time I know what I can do, and it sucks. Ever thought I would end up like this.
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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All bodies and backs are different, glad you can bend now. Is that what you mean by mobile. I see you mention surgeries, and I've read enough stories of more than one. I think someone on this forum mentioned 9 on her back.
yes...also walking was very painful before surgery.....I've had 3 surgeries and each one has helped immensely.
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:56 AM
 
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Basically after all this time I know what I can do, and it sucks. Ever thought I would end up like this.
I hear ya....and understand completely.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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yes...also walking was very painful before surgery.....I've had 3 surgeries and each one has helped immensely.
It's good it all worked for you. I have pain when I walk but live with it. Too many IF's to these surgeries and to be back in for more, good grief...People do it, I know.

My bro who is 74 now was scheduled for back surgery a couple yrs ago and I talked him out of it...he's a lifelong golfer and that golfer's back .... he went into intensive PT and lots of other work and he's still golfing.
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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I had back surgery to remove a ruptured disc which was filling up most of my spinal canal. It wasn't a choice at that point. I saw the MRI myself and by the time my saddle region started going numb I knew I had to have the surgery soon. So far it's worked out fine. It wasn't about pain for me, but about losing function from the waist down. Look up cauda equina syndrome to see what I mean.

If you're gonna have it, get a neurosurgeon and get one who does a lot of them.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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It's good it all worked for you. I have pain when I walk but live with it. Too many IF's to these surgeries and to be back in for more, good grief...People do it, I know.
If the "pain when I walk" was REALLY bad you might think differently.
When the pain becomes REALLY bad...the "if's" in surgery don't seem so scary,.
More than one surgery ...if it;s needed to preserve a good quality of life is OK.....it's all about maintaining a decent quality of life...is it not?
I fully understand why some people would have multiple operations on their back if they get relief from it.
When someone has a progressively deteriorating disease of the spine sometimes it's necessary.
No-one wants back problems OR surgeries...but with a good neurosurgeon it can make a big difference for people who're REALLY suffering.
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