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In March I hurt my spine doing impact sports(one bad herniation, 1-2 not bad). After 7 months (10 surgeons with different opinions), I got a lumbar disectomy. One reason it took so long was due to my odd symptoms, my pain only really arised when vertical, I would wake up with no pain (thought it would come 10-30 minutes after getting up).
My symptoms (leg pain, back pain) are all still the same. I'm losing motivation due to the time/pain I've spent on my injury. I did PT every day prior to surgery, but was bedrest really 20+ hours day. After surgery, I'm finding it harder to do therapy due to a bit of increase leg pain, back pain (surgical site still swollen), and no relief.
9 months in bed 20 hours a day at age 25 isn't great. Further, my surgeon from a top orthopedic US hospital wants me to wait (as would most doctors) a few more months before considering other options. Being conservative is understandable, but I'm finding motivation and spirits dwindling daily.
While being active to an extend is key, motivation is low considerering I did everything every PTs/Pain Management/ and Doctor has told me to for the last 9 months, with no help. I have no pain medication other than NSAIDs which do nothing to me to say the least. I've tried to stay away from opiods, but I'm not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions mentally or physically? I currently do PT every other day, and try to walk 3-4 times a day (some days I can't even get out of bed). Symptoms have not gotten any better from surgery to present.
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