Originally Posted by cruisin5268d
I have had 7 back surgeries, so I understand some of the struggles. But bet your butt I have been under my car and could/would change out a bolt-on exhaust myself.
You can't let back problems dictate your life; it will eat you up.
I've had 2. The second one was a Quad Spinal Fusion. My Neurosurgeon wanted to split it into 3 surgeries. I forced him to do it all at once. It is not about letting it stop me. It is about preserving what I have left of my back and my life. The last one nearly killed me due to the extenuating circumstances and going through a divorce and losing my business all at the same time I was half dead by the time I was put under the knife. The Neurosurgeon himself didn't want to do it. But my Cardiologist, my Primary, and my pain management doctor all got together and gave him a call. I have permanent nerve damage in both legs because it went on for so long before I was able to get it taken care of (due to the divorce I was going through). I am 43 and have the spine of a 68 year old man. It is what it is. I have to do what I can to stick around for my Wife and step daughter.
I exercise regularly, I take out the trash, I will lift up to 50 pounds even though I've been told not to go over 20 for the rest of my life, But I won't risk the hell I went through last time again. I do not expect you to understand as my circumstances are a bit unique and if I push it, I could end up in a wheelchair for the rest of my life (which would be short).
So yeah, I'm going to have to have someone else do it. I just don't know any place out here I can trust, and that worries me. I tell everyone to take care of their back. take very good care of it because you do not want to get to the point where you're willing to eat a bullet to get the pain to stop or end up going through what amounts to heroin withdrawals (Oxycontin) It debilitates you, it humiliates you, the things you can't do for yourself, and if you get stuck in a situation like I was, (a year in 24/7 agonizing back and sciatic pain, non stop) eventually you will start to give up. Everyone has their limits. Take damn good care of your back. Advances in back surgery have not progressed as far as, say, cancer treatment has over the last 30 years. The pain I live with every day is nothing compared to what it was. But it is a constant reminder. I don't have the luxury of being back to 100% without pain, so that wisp of a reminder every day of how bad it CAN be is always there for me. (and no I don't normally take pain meds for it, I choose to let it serve as what it is, my reminder not to do something stupid and do more damage).
Anyways. It doesn't appear that we have a Lentz around here. Midas, Meineke (sp), and a few other muffler type shops.