15May13 I was blown up in Afghanistan. After my medevac back to the states they noticed my back was a crime scene. On 31March14 I had an XLIF preformed on my t11-t12. I'm in more pain now than I was before! I can't sit up which is horrible and some of the time I have to call my roommate to come help me out of bed. On occasion I get stabbing pains in my back where the surgery took place and it hard to breathe. I recently found out that I need to have another surgery where they will fuse two more vertebrae. Does it get better? Or am I just kind of stuck with this for the rest of my days?
Benjammin, Hi I would like to welcome you to our community.The first thing I want to say to you is how proud I am of you for serving our Country and the sacrifice that you paid ed so we could all be safe here at home,and to Thank you. What branch of the military are you in? I am a Air Force mom and mom in law, my Daughter was in Iraq when it fell, she had to have a medical discharge due to type 2 diabetes, my son in law is still in he hunts and disarms bombs, he almost lost one of his legs when his men where disarming a roadside in Afghanistan he lost 3 of his men this happened in 2007. I am sorry that you are facing more surgery.I in all honesty I can't tell you that it will or won't get better, the only thing I know that is there is a chance that it will be better to a degree. You probably will never be completely pain free, but if it helps even a little to me that's good, a little relife is better than none. I had an anteriordiskectomy on C5,6 and 7 a titanium plate with 3 screws, I also have a herniated disk @L4S1, Syringomyelia, Syrinx, Fibromyagia, Osteoarthritis plus several other things going on with my health. It's day to day some are better than others. You have to learn how to deal with the pain, stay strong in your Faith, and God will see you through this. My favorite scripture is Palms 23. I will keep you in my prayers.
Thank you for serving an allied military (I'm in the UK and have family and friends in the military and RAF etc.) if you don't mind me asking, what symptoms are you experiencing (in detail if you can) so I can help a bit.
And if you don't mind me asking, what meds and supplements are you on?
Thank you again for serving 💂 (I couldn't find a salute emoji so) *salute*
Benjammin, Thank you for your service and sacrifices to our freedom! I'm so saddened by how many of our men & women come home with permanent and life-altering injuries. And it angered me when the news story broke about all the cases of patient care being put on the back burner by the VA hospitals! All of you deserve better than that. It brought back memories of our Vietnam Vets.
I'm sorry for your injuries. I can't say that the pain at the first surgical site will or won't go away. But it seems you may have a nerve type of pain going on. I had surgery on my right foot in 2007 and to this day I get sharp searing pain in the big toe and pad. I had lower abdominal surgery twice (2003 & 2010) and one side is completely numb while the other is over sensitive. My neck surgeries (1992 & 1995) were different too: the first I recovered completely in 3 months, the second took over a year. Now I'm having severe headaches from continued DDD and osteoarthritis around the areas. Maybe in time yours will improve. If not, see a pain specialist for epidural steroid injections (ESI). It took me 2 years for mid-low back relief and I'm still doing pretty good. My neck, I'm just "up the creek without a paddle" so I treat the symptoms. I'm praying for you Benjammin, that you'll get positive results in time. 🙏🌼