back permanent? I had that
had a couple of surguries on the same L5S1 disk. Your problem is probably totally different and maybe worse than mine, but there may be hope.
From my experience: it takes years to see the full benefit from a surgical experience. Of course, back sufferers do well to avoid surgury if at all possible.
A chief reason to avoid surgury and its risks, is the tendency for scar tissue formation at the site of the work. Can create pain pressure of its own.
Today is not 12 years ago, when i last had a disk job done. Risks today are less, and general surgical techniques further improved over the "laproscopic" method my guy, a neurosurgeon was using thing.
If your back pain is inoperable, and owes to dengenerative changes in the spine at localized points- good cheer and good tidings to you! Seriously, the degeneative process is not all bad. It brings GOOD effects, too! I know because I asked my neurosurgeon friend a few years back:
"It's been nine years since you last cut me. I had a hard time with pain for five year out from the surgury. But in the latter years chronic pain is steadily absenting itself. And for this past year or two I'm feeling good so long as i don't sleep on my back or try to stand more than fifteen minutes at a time. WHY am I still improving?"
ans: you're not. the bone at the surgical site is undergoing natural, degenerative changes. Those two vertibrae in question aren't shifting about so freely as years ago. Arthritic changes in the bone-on-bone contact are locking them up and so you don't get nerve root pressure so often or easily as five years ago.
You know what- that makes sense! In fact, my back never "goes out" anymore. And it doesn't hurt me so long as I work within my limits of time standing, time sitting, and reasonable weightlifting is permissible.
Downside though: i may be one of the few folks here who sleeps in a swivel chair! Worth it to wake up flexible instead of doubling over with the cramping pain so many of you must live with.
My friend added to his advisment this factoid: Many of his elderly patients develop debilitating back pain so severe they beg, and even surgeon-shop to find a doctor willing to operate. Many, many causes of back pain are hidden, invisible to diagnostic scans. In these cases of genuine pain, but no clear-cut cause a surgeon will decline to operate. In -most- of these phantom pain geriatric cases the trouble resolves itself in a span of time without medication, surgury or even exercise. The natural cure is our secret friend, osteo degeneration! What shifts subtly today, causing excruciating pain will some day stop moving (if the disk be worn away entire). Without realizing it, the elderly sufferer cures himself and everybody wins but the surgeon's tax accountant, grin.
So I hope you can expect a cure man's way or natures way. Either one takes a lonnnnnng time!
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