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Why Has Back Surgery Made Me Feel Worse?

By    |   Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:17 AM

Question: I have Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and underwent back surgery to remove a spinal cord tumor 25 years ago. Now I feel worse than before. I have a hard time walking and can't stand in a line without holding onto something and am always tired. Is there anything I can do to feel good again?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Well, you have definitely seen your fair share of doctors. I must say that disability can be overcome with a positive attitude, prayer, and the help of your friends and family. Ask your doctors what they advise for you.
Ask them if you need further consultation or can they try to help you. To feel well, you need to first of all be able to see the glass is not empty. That is, you have survived where others may have not.

Your spinal cord tumor has been taken care of 25 years ago but apparently left you with some difficulty walking and balancing. These are conditions that we cannot change, so you must have help adjusting, especially when you also have arthritis making movement difficult. Have you considered some directed counseling to help you answer what this question asks?
Your doctors can help with the pain and swelling, but you need also to control your hypertension and diabetes to protect your circulatory system, heart, and brain from attack and damage. Let's look at the positive side, and see your doctor for some medication and exercises to help with your diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.
Perhaps most importantly, be open to using an antidepressant or mood modifying agent if your doctor believes it may help your pain and mood. Many of the newer antidepressant agents control depression with minimal if any side effects, and some are often used off label for chronic pain management also. So often, we disable ourselves even more by worrying about health issues we cannot change, and can rapidly become depressed and exhausted.
The real answer lies in your ability to emphasize the positive and ignore the negative. 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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