Lumbar Laminectomy Spinal Surgery. (final update)
Tomorrow, if I can get my wife to agree with me, I will be making the appointment, hopefully for next week (Tues, or Thurs).
I don't believe in luck, so; here's hoping the surgeon is awake, skillful, and hasn't had so many coffees that his hands shake the morning of that surgery :-)
UPDATE #1:I am having doubts about the process. I may go for now with only therapy, and if matters become worse rather then better, then have the surgery. But things have already taken a turn for the better.....I have felt the best today, then I have felt in the last 3 weeks. . . we shall see when I start.
UPDATE #2: Until tomorrow, I will not know for sure, but at this point, my back is feeling a bit better. I have been able to go a little longer without pain meds then before, so I do think therapy will work. I still have to get that second opinion however.
UPDATE #2.19375 supplemental:I have my appointment @2:00 PM today for the second opinion. I hope we can come to an agreeable conclusion as to how to proceed with the treatment. I will update again, when I know more.
UPDATE #3:The Second opinion appt has been attended to, and we came to an agreement that 3 weeks of therapy should proceed any consideration of surgery. So, if this works, I will be off work for only 3 more weeks. If not, I will have to have surgery done, and will be off for at least 3-4 more.
UPDATE #3.21978 supplemental:
UPDATE #3.714155 supplemental:Tuesday starts my official treatments as Thursday was just the initiation and measurement phase. I will report on how well the first day of stretching, exercise, and time on the RACK went.
Things are slowly improving. I am sitting up for a bit longer now, although I am not able to stay put (sitting, standing, walking) for overly long periods yet; there is improvement.
UPDATE #5.6297 supplemental:
Friday's work went well, and I feel pretty good this morning about going back to work this evening. Thanks again for all your support !
You all have been great, bearing with me in all this.....