I am looking at back surgery any thoughts on should I or not?

by Still Totally ADD 19 Replies latest jw friends

  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    ttdtt it will be microscopic surgery instead of screws the will be using glue with only a inch long scar. Thanks for the advice.

    Tallon I have used chiropractor for many years and hope to use them again but I feel I am past the point for them.

    Sparky1 I will need all the luck I can get. Thank you

    FedUpJW it seems that surgery is all I can do. Yes I will ask alot of questions. Yes it will be a neurosurgeon. Thank you for the reminders.

    Morpheus unfortunately it is severe stenosis with lots of electrical shock pain down my legs. I am hoping for a full recovery.

    Wasanelder Once thank you for the sound advice on this subject. I need all the help I can get.

    Thank-you all for the help. Still Totally ADD

  • TheFadingAlbatros

    High ADD,

    My doctor last year told me that due to my strong and repeated back pains I should be seriously thinking of having a surgery to avoid later to move around in a wheelchair . After some neurological examinations (medical scanner, etc.) done in my living place, he sent me to the most famous hospital in my country so that a professor could perform a short review of my medical history and some examination (walking normally and then on tip-toe, bending forward and backward, etc..). Luckily for me the professor has not recommended surgery. If he would have told me I should have surgery, I do not know if I would have accepted. ADD, you are only 63 years old an I am now 74. Luckily since one year I do not need some other appointment at the doctor's. And now instead of using a wheelchair to move around as envisaged by my doctor, I am doing some home training using a rowing machine and I feel quite all right. Life is nice ! Take care and All the Best.

  • Still Totally ADD
    Still Totally ADD

    Thank you TheFadingAlbastros for your experience. Here in the US I am under the dictation of a insurance company. I may be wrong, but it's not do anything and suffer for the rest of my life or get surgery. My back is in a serious way and surgery looks like my only option. Waiting for that new system made me over look this problem for a long time. Good advice. Still Totally ADD

  • WTWizard

    Before the operation, I would recommend several supplements. You are probably deficient in magnesium, so taking an extra 400 or 500 mg of it would probably help. Taking vitamin D (or getting in the sun, or both) will help. Boron is another mineral that people do not give enough attention to, and is probably deficient in the soil where they grow foods. You will probably need at least 5 to 8 mg to start, building to around 20 mg (one organic apple, grown in perfect conditions, can have as much as 20 mg of boron while one commercially grown one grown in lousy conditions has less than 1/4 mg).

    Bear in mind that in countries observing Codex Alimentarius, you may not be able to get these supplements at all (and the food is purposely grown in deficient conditions). In the EU, boron is illegal and they even use Borax Substitute because the actual mineral (which is sodium tetraborate, and about as toxic as regular table salt) is banned. And there are no guarantees--but at least, if you try these, you have a shot at avoiding surgery. And even if you still need it, the chances of a better outcome are improved if these nutrients are abundant in the body. If you live in a country where vitamins and supplements are still legal and they are late on Codex Alimentarius, you can research these nutrients thoroughly online. In the meantime, reducing or eliminating fluoride is important as fluoride makes bone and joint problems worse. Usually, this means adding a fluoride filter on your tap water and/or watching that you do not use fluoridated salt in your food.

  • Finkelstein
  • TheFadingAlbatros

    Hi Still Totally ADD !

    My son had surgery in May 2012 because of a congenitally narrow lumbar spinal canal. The surgery in his case has proved to be a success (no more bent walking, no more heavy pains, etc.).

    Anyway to decide to undergo surgery or not is a personal decision, not the one of an insurance company.

    Take care because health is one of our greatest asset, as great as being able to live free from any form of cult manipulation..

  • Chook

    Do the maths and see what odds your recovery is and success rate, but no one can feel your pain and pain is a bastard. Me personally I wouldn't let no knife near my back , life has enough back stabbers. But seriously the people I've know who have undergone the knife ,it's about 50/50 on the regret side. I just don't trust anybody with a knife near my spinal cord.

  • ShirleyW
    Me personally I wouldn't let no knife near my back

    No problem Chook, my aunt had "back"surgery a few months ago but they went in from the front!

    The surgery itself was successful (so far) but they put some kind of pain medicine in there so when they sewed her up and sent her home she thought she was doing fine, until that wore off, even the meds they sent her home with didn't help, she had to go back to hospital for a few days and what they first gave her pain didn't work either. They finally found something to give her and that did the trick. Btw, she's no stranger by far to surgery, so she was no crybaby concerning the pain, she's had sooooo many surgeries from head to toe can't even remember all of them, she's had five on just one leg for an infection that wouldn't go away, and those five don't include two knee replacements, so she knows the drill when it comes to surgery, but that's the first time she had to go back because of so much pain.

  • Fisherman

    Fink, thanks for the great link. Chook, I'm with you, surgery of the spine is a last resort and only with the best surgeon and hospital and with zero odds of permanent nerve injury.The specific case should be researched so you know what to expect. If, according to fink video, surgery only involves cutting away a small groove to remove pressure on a nerve, I might consider it.

  • moreconfusedthanever

    My partner woke up one day unable to walk. A disc had popped and the fluid was touching the nerve. He was having to crawl around the house. If nerves are left too long, the damage can become permanent. He had surgery to remove 3/4 of the disc and was up walking around the very next day. No regrets. He does have to make sure not to gain weight as extra weight does cause discomfort. Make sure to research the surgeon if you can.

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