If your doc has said you need the surgery, do it. It is probably time. I had my first surgery 12 years ago, I was 26. I had foot drop and had PT for 2 years afterwards learning to walk again. At that time my kids were 3 and 9 months. It was rough going, but I was a better mom, I think, because I wasn't in pain all the time. That affects the way you behave more than you think. Or at least more than I want to admit most of the time. Then in 2004 I had three surgeries, 2 on my back (both L4-5-S1) and one the removal of the gallbladder. That was a rough year. Then last year I had my most recent, also L4-5-S1. I went to a different doc this time and he told me there was cartilage floating around from the previous 3 surgeries that had gotten into my spinal collum. Nice!
But if it is time, it is time. After each of the surgeries, I felt like a new person. It was almost automatic when I woke up that I didn't think I needed the meds. I cannot take percocet, but I take vicodin or phentonal. I didn't feel like I needed them. I have been doing good, except for a little set back a few weeks ago. I am rebounding now and feel better. But sometimes you just need the surgery.
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