Rhizotomy: How to prepare physically and mentally?

Posted by heatherm @heatherm, Aug 15, 2020

My symptoms and MRI show both a disk bulge and another disk degeneration that have caused increasing nerve pain mainly down one leg over about 3 years. injections in the past have not helped, and consistent physio, exercise, and medication are the only things that have really kept me mobile. Symptoms are intensifying and I have waited 9 months (Canadian medical system) to finally be scheduled for a Rhizotomy. The initial test for this, which I received over 9 months ago was incredibly painful, and I’m experiencing some worry and anxiety about this rhizotomy. I will advocate for myself as much as possible with the medical people, but I’m looking for suggestions on how to prepare physically and mentally for this (3 days away). What are other people’s experience with this?

Rhizotomy didn't improve my problems, so now my surgeon has me on his priority elective list for a spinal fusion of L-3,4,5 and possible S1 I'm reluctant to go this route but I seem to have run out of options. The wait could be 3-6 months best case scenario, or up to a year. (depending on how the pandemic goes). So, I have no choice but to maintain my mobility and fitness as best I can .

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