So fed up and tired all the time 5 months after spinal decompression

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    Mekconnell
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    Hi I’m new here and kind of desperately seeking advice. 5 months ago I had my third spinal surgery, this time though it was so bad my nerve had become damaged and i have hardly any feeling in my left leg from the knee down. I cant walk far at all, struggle to stand or sit for long. But most of all I’ve lost any interest in most things. I used to love shopping, now I have to be in a wheelchair but only lasted 2 hours the other day. Even socialising i just cannot be bothered i want to come home after a couple of hours, I never used to be like this I used to love going out and about, meeting friends etc. I’m now like a hermit i just want to be home. I’m 42 and the surgeons keep telling me that’s young for these surgeries. I have gone back to college to force myself out otherwise I would quite happily drive myself nuts at home. Im so tired once I go anywhere, is this normal, it doesnt feel normal. My last surgeries were in 2013 and I dont remember feeling so low then. Just after any advice really, my mum tells me I’m doing well considering, but I feel I could be doing so much more.

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    Rose
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    Hello Mekconnell , Welcome to the forum. I’m limited in spinal info, although I do have some spinal issues. So I feel you have done very well just to post on here with your concerns. And bear in mind it can take awhile for your body to heal.
    However, I do know, it will take some time to renew your interests in life beyond difficulties and pain. BUT it will come back in maybe a slightly different way. I was 47 when my life changed ( for want of a better word) I’m not saying it’s easy, but one can adapt over time. And many including myself on here have adapted. My advice for now would be for you check out the whole of the information on this site regarding help with pain, And read the past newsletters. ( so helpful) As they are full of information written in such a way to be interesting and applying to you/ us. im sure there will be someone coming along soon to give more help
    Best wishes, R

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    lc
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    Hi Mekconnell, welcome to this site, your in the right place to talk, I have had fractured /dislocated pelvis and 2 spinal ops. the surgery is major surgery and it does take it out of you. I felt like i done 10 rounds with mike tyson. and it can take a bit of time to adjust. It sounds to me like you may be a bit depressed and would advise you to see your GP or you can self refer to CBT and mindfulness course with your local well being centre. to help you cope a bit better. I have done both of these in the past and it helped me cope and deal with depression/ ptsd . so I do now recognize the signs . and to accept without judgement and blame what you have gone through.it also cleared up other issues i had. I live with nerve pain/Damage, sij problems and arthritis.my first op was decompression then 8 months later collapsed and ended up with fusion. so I do understand how you you feel. depression is the easiest thing to slip into sometimes without you actually recognizing it yourself, but is the hardest thing to dig yourself out. it will take some work with a therapist but it can be done . If I was you I would nip it in the bud before you get to deep.let us know how you get on. take care and best wishes. Lee

    #46156

    Mekconnell
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    Hi thank you for responding. I should have mentioned I already suffer with depression so I’m guessing from Lee’s reply that my depression is probably taking a good battering from my body. I’ve also had CBT. I think you’re right I probably need to go back to the doctors. I think sometimes it takes another person to point out you’re going on a downer. Thank you x
    Rose thank you I will have a look around the forum, I kind of posted last night after going for food with my daughter and mum and felt so tired after a few hours, any advice is helpful even if not the same issues thank you x

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    lc
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    Hi Mekconnell, After what you have gone through with major surgery and as you say you already suffer with depression , then I#m not surprised that your mood has dropped a bit. might be best to have a chat with your GP or have another session with CBT also right on top of xmas can cause some to be a bit more stressed aswell.. Hope you start to feel a bit better soon. take care and best wishes, Lee

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    Lorna5
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    Hi Mekconnell
    Welcome to the forum I too have had 3 spinal surgeries mine were in my neck last one was this year Feb I was feeling good until I returned to work but off sick again now as I was exhausted and lots of other health stuff started happening probably as a result of surgeries and other long standing conditions so right now trying to look after myself it’s not easy but that’s what I would say look after you, you are already doing college and trying to get out so well done little by little hopefully things will improve celebrate the victories no matter how small

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