This is my second spinal surgery. I always had neck issues and finally, in my 40's, someone realized I had scoliosis that was never diagnosed. Sadly it was too late by then and I ended up getting C2-3 to C6-7 fused. That surgery was not too bad really, except for wearing the brace for about 2-3 months.
I also had an issue for at least the last decade or so, where I would get a "dislocated rib head" and was always the same spot. My primary care sent me to a chiropractor and one easy adjustment and all was well. then every 3-6 months since i get the same injury.
fast forward 1 year ago and I ran for shelter in heavy rain and it felt like I was stabbed. very sudden onset but the same pain level as that dislocated rib head and same spot. my doctor sends me to PT and a slight improvement but soon back to where I was. I see him again and realize he had no clue WHY my back hurt (or why I did PT) so I pushed for an MRI as X-ray shows nothing. MRI denied, escalate to my surgeon who also is denied for MRI but insurance wants to send me to another 6 weeks of PT. I end up paying out of pocket for MRI and its lit up like a Christmas tree on T9, exactly where it hurts. It sometimes takes me a good 10 minutes to get out of bed in the morning.. sit up, get mentally prepared, and stand (grabbing nightstand for balance. jabs of pain as my back locks down as soon as weight is on my feet. I cant go do dinner without preparing ahead with meds, and a waiter at a local place knows if I sit outside he needs to get me a well-padded seat from inside the restaurant. I HATE being "that guy" and I just want to sit in a normal chair, and be able to enjoy a nice dinner without bad pain, or watch grandkids play with no care about seat quality.
I first have to do two epidurals and it did give a few days of relief but nothing lasting. I was so tight the first epidural that the needle bent going through the muscle.
I have my surgery in a week. they are going to fuse at T9-10 and I also have foraminal narrowing that they will address as well.
My question: my doctor said recovery is harder from the T9 surgery than for my neck as its a more aggressive surgery (cutting muscle vs moving it). I was hoping someone else has had this done and can tell me the straight scoop on what the recovery is like. I did buy a Toto Washlet Bidet toilet seat for during my recovery. I feel that makes caring for myself a bit easier.