One year after her minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery, Stephanie Proulx is “feeling much better.” She’s finally been able to get back her normal life, from outdoor activities to simply being able to keep up with household chores.
Before coming to the Spine Institute Northwest, “I had a lot of back pain, sciatic pain,” Stephanie recalls. Her job involved a large amount of lifting, and the longer she lived with her pain, the more she struggled to get through her workday. By the time she got home, “I didn’t feel like doing much ’cause I was pretty much spent,” she says. “My house was certainly affected by it because I didn’t feel like I could do a lot of vacuuming and laundry and other chores that I would normally do.”
Pain was also keeping Stephanie from doing the things she enjoyed. ” I used to hike a lot with my dogs, and I was not able to do that anymore,” she remembers. Stephanie finally realized that she could not keep letting her chronic pain encroach on her life. “It seems like the longer I waited, the worse it got,” she says.
Now it’s been a year since her procedure, and Stephanie says she almost never experiences the back pain and sciatica that used to hinder her normal activities. She can hit the trail with her dogs, take care of housework, and simply enjoy herself without being held back by her pain. Stephanie’s advice for those who are living with back pain? “I would just say get it taken care of so you can get back to normal living again.”
Listen to more of Stephanie’s story, in her own words: