Jeremiah 14:19 - Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.
When living with chronic pain we sometimes wish there was a getaway car to take us to the land of no pain. Yet, most of the time there is no cure; just education on how to live with it.
Along those same lines, people in pain sometimes turn to a surgical solution because they believe there’s the possibility of fixing what’s broken and finding relief.
So which is better, learn to live with the pain, or take that getaway car to the surgery table. You'll find a list of pros and cons from webmd.com when considering surgery in their article, “Back Surgery: Pros and Cons,” such as needing less pain medication and becoming more productive at work. You'll also find the negative aspects such as risk of blood clots and infection.
Other negative factors aren’t just based on the physical, but on the psychological both before surgery and after.
Before surgery there are the basic stressors:
As for the psychological effects after surgery, read the article, on spine-health.com, “Study Finds 20% of Spine Fusion Patients Develop PTSD,” which discusses the relationship between back surgery and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Though at first glance it may look like there are many more negative effects from surgery than positive, with the right information and attitude these effects are less likely to be a problem for surgical candidates.
Even as the Bible verse discusses above, the sounds of a battle cry can create agony and a pounding heart, the news of an upcoming surgery can also be a battle cry. You know the battle will be difficult, but the battle cry also is heard by God and he can calm that pounding heart and give you peace before surgery.
To learn more about the pros and cons of surgery, and PTSD after surgery, choose the two links below.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.