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SapaSSapa Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
the WAITING for surgery is the worst part!! 2 more days! (By the way, I'm having a laminectomy/disectomy for those of you who haven't "met" me before!)

My nerves are bad, I feel shakey and pre-occupied all the time, and kinda nauseous. Work is slow right now so I can't even distract myself with that enough. I want to get it done and over with and get on with the healing and my life!

I also keep having thoughts like, "what if it doesn't help and I'm no better off" I don't know if I could handle the disappointment! I get those negative thoughts, and right away I tell myself to stop, think positive! It WILL help and I'll get some relief!

Argh! I'm really glad I have a forum like this where people understand what I'm going through! It helps!



  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,303
    The wait, the anticipation of the surgery date can be the longest time. Your mind also starts to think about all the different possibilities, the what ifs, the what if nots, etc.

    As I have told people in the past, the best that you can do is become the most educated person about the surgery you are about to have. Read up on it, look at the details, Spine-Health provides so much of that.
    This way you know what medically you should anticipate and just what the recovery period should be like.

    Prior to the actual surgery is a long waiting game.
    Then the actual surgery, you are in the hands of your surgeon. You picked that person because you had trust and confidence in them. Let them do their job.

    Then post surgery, its all in your hands. Here is where you need to follow all the restrictions and limits and things that you should do as outlined by your doctor.

    Many problems you read about are a result of people not doing the above.

    Good luck and look forward to the closest pain free situation you can have.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,082
    It's perfectly normal to be nervous and I've heard many times that all of the sudden people feel better the last days before surgery (be it this or any kind of surgery). That's normal too, your mind is playing tricks on you when that happens.

    Of all the surgeries I've had, I've never come out worse than I went in. And I've had a ton for a variety of problems. Take a few minutes to led your mind escape worries, whether it's reading, meditating, or just playing computer games (this has helped me a ton recently).
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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  • thanks everyone, I appreciate your comments!! I'll be okay, it's just nerves, like you say. Gonna relax tonight and just watch TV.


  • Hope all goes well for you and that your recovery will be uncomplicated and that we'll hear from you here soon telling us that you are coping well and on the way to being pain free.

  • Hi Sandy. Well, your day is here and finally it'll be over with and on to recovery.

    I so understand about the anticipation. What's really bad is that so many times the anticipation is worse than the surgery itself. Of course, we only realize that AFTER the surgery so it doesn't do any good to know it. I'm getting nervous about my upcoming surgery and I'm the queen of telling new spineys this. Maybe I'll quit saying it - it's pretty useless knowledge. LOL

    Anyway, I'm thinking about you today, Sandy, and hoping everything goes well. I'm looking forward to your first post-op post.

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  • I totally understand how nerve wracking the days are prior to surgery. Even if it's your 10th, 11th, or 15th time around, you still get plenty of anxiety and this is very normal. All you can do is hope for the best and follow all the recommendations that your surgeon says. Focus on the positive stories too but also keep in mind that it will take some time to heal. There will be good days, progress, and then a little backslide. It is okay as long as you continue to move forward. I think recovery is the hardest part of having spinal surgery because it takes a lot of patience, but I'm sure you'll do well. Best wishes on your laminectomy and I hope everything turns out alright. Take care
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