The stress that a person goes through when they learn that they need back surgery is extremely high. Going through all of the hospital visits and chiropractor visits prior to making the decision for surgery is exhausting. Many doctors and pain management experts will have you try everything under the sun to avoid the surgery. This is no problem, as you do not want surgery to begin with, but there is a lot of money being spent and time traveling back and forth to their offices. Of course you want to try everything you can to avoid surgery. You may try acupuncture, chiropractors who have decompression tables, and pain management doctors who use injections to help with the pain.
When you have reached the end of the road where none of the above have helped, you talk with your doctor and they will tell you if you need to consider surgery. When you get to that point, you are very afraid of the outcome. You hear constantly about failed back surgeries, or even worse: death or being paralyzed by the surgery. You may also have to consider what even the back surgeons will tell you. They will say that after surgery, you could be worse off than before surgery. This is a highly stressful time for you. You spend a lot of time on the Internet looking up everything you can and who you should go to for your surgery. Some of these “specialists” will lie on their websites and give you false numbers of their success rate. One may tell you that they have a rate of 77 %. What they don’t tell you is that is for the first two weeks of post surgery. Most people who have had failed surgery will get worse after those two weeks.
So, while you’re looking for these places and surgeons, you still have to deal with the pain. Once you’ve made the decision on where to go, you make the necessary trip and have the surgery. If you go with the less invasive surgery, you may have about two weeks after surgery where you feel wonderful. As they say “you’ll get your life back”. Then, after those two weeks you notice that same pain you had prior to surgery. This time it is more intense, and nothing you start taking for pain is helping you. The next thing you know, you’re trying to find a more comfortable place to sit, stand or lay down. The place you had your surgery will not give you any advice on what to do. You’re sent for yet another MRI, and it comes back showing that your condition is worse than before. So now you’re faced with having to do the whole thing over again. Dealing with this is incredibly trying on you and your spouse. Having that spouse around you will help you through the ordeal. Appreciate that person as much as you can, because the fact is if you are hurting, then they are too. This will bring you closer to your husband or wife than ever before, and you should never give up on trying to find out what will help your back.
http://www.chiropractorseek.com/columbia-south-carolina/ Chiropractors in South Carolina, Most of Whom have the Decompression Tables.
http://www.healthgrades.com/local-doctors-directory/by-specialty/psychiatry/south-carolina-sc You may consider seeing a psychiatrist during this time of pain. The time betwen having the pain and having the surgery could be a year or so.