There’s comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. This is certainly true when it comes to dealing with a prolonged illness, a chronic condition or an upcoming surgery. While your doctor or spine surgeon may be empathetic, he or she isn’t likely to know what your particular affliction is like on a personal level. For some added peace of mind, considering seeking out other patients in the same situation.
Search for Local Support Groups
Support groups come in all shapes and sizes. Many community centers and hospitals offer such groups for patients dealing with same general condition, including spinal conditions. If you can’t find a group that’s specific to your situation, you can easily start such a group at your own home or a designated meeting place that’s convenient for everyone. Find or start support groups by:
- Seeking input from your doctor
- Checking within your community (churches, senior centers, community groups)
- Going online to find individuals within your area wishing to meet or schedule group webcam chats/video conferences at specific times
Look for and Contribute to Blogs
If finding support online is more convenient, look for blogs written by people in your particular situation, whether it’s patients who are still living with your spinal condition or individuals who’ve already had your scheduled spine surgery or procedure. Simply contributing a blog post or leaving a comment voicing your concerns is likely to generate support from individuals who have firsthand experiences to share.
Seek Out Chat Groups or Use Social Media
For real-time interactions, consider looking for chat groups or using your social media pages to seek out patients with similar experiences. You could, for example, create a Facebook page specifically devoted to your medical situation so you’ll have a place you can automatically go to express concerns, ask questions or get a boost in confidence during moments of anxiety and stress.
Take Action Today
Whether you’re learning more about your specific condition or you’re seeking information about successful minimally invasive spine surgeries, know that you are not alone. There are countless options for support and resources that can help you gain comfort and peace of mind.
For more information about a specific spinal condition or to seek treatment options, call 310-828-7757 and schedule an in-person consultation at The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration today.