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Anxiety/Depression after spinal fusion surgery

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My Neurosurgeon has talked about spinal fusion from the first appointment I had. Since that time I’ve gone to a different clinic and had an ablation, steroid shots, weeks of PT, and a nerve block. None of these have had any success. In fact my pain is worse now but I don’t blame those procedures on it, but I’m getting nowhere. Now another Doctor who is a friend of mine recommended a local chiropractor who specializes in spinal decompression using some sort of computerized medieval rack. He seemed to think that that therapy could help me immensely over time. He’s thinking an hour or so a week for about 15 weeks. I’m starting that procedure on 3/29 so I’ll let you know how it goes.

The only thing that four orthopedic doctors, PAs and therapists degree on, is that my entire lumbar region looks like an Atom bomb hit it. And they’re shocked that I never played football or jumped out of airplanes. I did have a bad motorcycle wreck about 50 years ago, but I can’t believe that that accident is just affecting me now.

Your all’s thoughts?

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@gsgnfl I wanted to weigh in on the timeline for injuries. If you got 50 years after a bad motorcycle accident before your spine became a problem, you're lucky. Forces during accidents that stress the spine can cause cracks in the outer fibrous layer of the discs. The inner layer is a jelly like substance called the nucleus. In my expedience, I had a whiplash and had a bulging disc for years. It took about 20 years for that to progress enough and weaken the disc enough that it herniated and collapsed by about 50% and started to grow bone spurs pressing into my spinal cord. With aging, the discs begin to dry out and shrink and that can open up cracks from a prior injury further weakening the disc. When my disc actually ruptured, I was turning my head while stretching my neck, and it took very little effort because it was weakened by trauma and time. That didn't hurt, but felt weird and I knew because my head suddenly turned further.