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How Effective is Back Surgery?

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:14 PM

Question: I recently had back surgery to remove a tumor, but now I feel even more pain than before and have a hard time walking. Is there anything I can do, other than have surgery again?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Surgery isn’t the only way to treat back pain. In addition to treatment other factors — including a positive outlook, prayer, and the help of your friends and family — can help improve the quality of life for anyone with a disability or chronic pain.
Your best bet is to ask your doctors what they advise for you.  Ask them if you need further consultation or can they try to help you. Your spinal cord tumor has been taken care but apparently left you with some pain and difficulty walking. These are conditions that we cannot change, so you must have help adjusting. Have you considered some counseling? 
Your doctors can help with the pain and swelling, but exercise may also help. An antidepressant may help your pain and mood.
Try to emphasize and focus on your strengths and positive abilities. That can have a strong impact on your overall energy, health, and strength — both emotional and physical. Prayer and meditation will help you relax, and hopefully you will be more comfortable soon.

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