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Thoracic Spine Surgery

A little over a week ago, I had emergency surgery on my thoracic spine. I had a fusion and lamenectomy on T5-T9 and one disc removed. Prior to surgery, I lost the ability to walk and I had urinary/bowel issues.

Surgery on the thoracic spine is more rare than other areas and more complicated and risky. There wasn’t much choice in my case. I had posterior surgery.

It’s probably the toughest surgery I’ve ever had. My blood pressure dropped during surgery and my recovery has been good, but slow. I’m walking again with the aid of a walker and I still deal with neurogenic bowel and bladder issues, but there is hope that those will go away as nerves heal.

I’m hoping others who have had or are facing this surgery will find this post. I’m glad I had my surgery, but I never would have had it if I hadn’t gotten to the point of hearing paralysis. #SpinalCordInjury #SpinalFusion #SpinalSurgery #SpinalStenosis #spinal

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not only did spinal surgery in some ways make me worse I woke up paralyzed in the knee down in my left leg they called it foot drop or drop foot whoops
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Is there an “unspoken code” in the Disability world not to complain abt disability? Is there pressure to conform To the social identity & empowerment

<p>Is there an “unspoken code” in the Disability world not to complain abt disability? Is there pressure to conform To the social identity & empowerment</p>
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Need help! Friend is going to dr.  She had back surgery and is now having complications  What questions should she ask dr? Return to work/disability?

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If you suffer from daily chronic pain and do not use any form of prescribed medication, would you help me by participating on a short survey ?

I am writing a book “Joy in the Midst of Pain” about the different non-prescription methods some of us are using to cope with pain. So I would like to ask anyone in this group who suffers from daily chronic pain (of any form) and do not use any form of prescribed medication (does not include the occasional Advil, Tylenol etc) to help me by participating on a short survey questionnaire. Please note all participants will remain anonymous. If you or someone you know would be interested in being part of this book, or have questions, please contact me via message. I believe this book could be very helpful to many of us who suffer from pain or know someone who does. Thank you in advance for your willingness to be part of my book. #SpinalStenosis #chonicpain #SpinalFusion #SpinalSurgery #BackPain #Pain

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Does anyone else have problems with a doctor not wanting to refer you to a surgeon because they think you're too young for surgery?


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I am 39 and I have two herniated discs. I started with just 1 herniation seven years ago and I have gotten steadily worse. I am in constant pain. I have had many spinal injections in both discs and other non-surgical treatments that do not help. My doctor tells me that I am too young to have surgery and that it would limit my mobility and that surgery is not guaranteed to stop the pain. He wants to try yet another spinal injection before going over surgical options ( like a SCS ).I am very frustrated as I am desperate for relief I would like to pursue othe surgical options and I do not care If I am less flexible. I am aware that it might not be a cure, but I would like to try. I feel like I'm getting the run around. He is not a surgeon and I feel like he just wants me to keep coming to him instead if referring me to a surgeon who might possibly be able to fix the problem or give me relief.

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Chronic back pain: Remedies/Relief/Help

Hi there !

My husband has been suffering with severe back pain for about two years now. The pain came very suddenly and strong. We went from spending every weekend at Disney walking about 12 miles daily, to now where he spends most of his time in bed, on the couch or if he’s lucky on some days he can sit up in a chair and go on the computer. He has several herniated discs and stenosis in a few regions of the spine, with the most pain coming from a torn disc that is pinching his spinal column in the thoracic region of his spine. We have had every test run, tried every therapy and used medicinal suggestion given to us by several doctors and nothing is providing a substantial relief for my husband. We have also been to a neurosurgeon who was extremely rude and offered no help, stating that the reason why my husbands back was the way it was was due to sleeping incorrectly and that his spine wasn’t the issue. To say we are fustrated is an understatement, all I would like for my husband is some relief so he can get back to living his life and we can continue living ours together. So having all of that said if anyone knows of any remedies that have helped to give some relief such as a mattress, brace, medication or surgeon/specialist. Please let me know!

Thank you for all your help,

Morgan

##ChronicPain #ChronicSpinePain #SpinalPain #SpinalSurgery #SpinalFusion #ChronicPain #SpinalStenosis #ChronicIllness

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