Having been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years, I have seen a lot in the way of injuries, surgeries and healing.
Through my observations, I have always told myself that I would never have back surgery. After all, in my line of work I typically only see the back surgeries that do not work or that become problematic – not the vast majority that are successful.
Well, never say never.
I woke up in late August to a painful back but not unlike anything that I had experienced before.
I figured that due to the neglect in my yoga and workout routine, I was just paying the price. I thought by just taking it easy the pain would resolve in a couple of days as it always had in the past.
Over the course of the next few days, the pain traveled down my leg and ultimately into my foot. A most unpleasant experience. It only hurt – constantly. There was no relief. I went to the doctor who gave me some nerve medicine and a prescription to physical therapy, neither of which seemed to be working and certainly not fast enough.
After about three weeks, my foot began to drop when I walked and otherwise not function properly. That concerned the doctor enough to immediately get me in for an MRI and then into a neurosurgeon.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I woke up from having a discectomy with almost 100 percent pain relief. My foot was still not working properly, but I am in physical therapy and they tell me that over time the nerve will rejuvenate and I should be back to normal.
I now have a newfound enthusiasm to not slack on the morning exercise routine. But what this experience has really reminded me of is the reality of living with pain. I was extremely lucky. So many of my clients have and continue to endure much more significant injuries and pain than I even began to experience. Notwithstanding, this entire ordeal has served to allow me to feel this firsthand, if only briefly, what they go through on a daily basis.
All of this, I believe, makes me an even better lawyer in being able to communicate to adjustors, jurors, and others the very real-life problems encountered by my clients on a day-by-day basis due to their injuries and the pain associated with them.
I am very happy to report that I am back to normal – almost – and feeling very thankful. The experience has left me renewed, refreshed and further enlightened.
Until next time,