​Mick Foley Discusses His Spine Issues & Daniel Bryan

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Mick Foley has posted a new blog
entry
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discussing his health issues. Here is what he wrote…

TOO MANY
SPINE ISSUES

Seeing Dr Maroon on WWE Monday Night Raw, talking
about Daniel Bryan’s neck surgery brought back some tough memories for me. About
three years ago, I thought there was a surgical procedure that might bring me
some relief, especially from the sciatic nerve pain that has been a constant
part of my life for the past several years. Dr Maroon was set to perform the
minimally invasive surgery, and I had high hopes as I headed to Pittsburgh for
my final pre-op appointment. But it was there, in Pittsburgh, that Dr Maroon,
one of the top surgeons in the country spelled out the facts as he saw them.
I’ll never forget his words, “you’ve just got too many issues” – meaning that
even with surgery, the other problems brought on by my particular style of
wrestling were too numerous and complex for any one specialist to
solve.

I wish I’d done everything I could to get healthy while I was
still under contract with WWE. The company was certainly willing to help me. But
after the one-two punch of being told by two top brain specialists that I should
never wrestle again, and Dr Maroon telling me that even neuro-surgery wasn’t
likely to be a cure for all that ailed me, I just kind of gave up. I just
stopped believing that there was any hope I’d live a normal
life.


Instead, I threw myself into becoming a performer of stories
onstage, and began looking forward to my December visits as St Mick all year
long. I don’t escape from the pain in traditional ways like alcohol and pills. I
escape every night when I have a chance to step onstage and share my stories
with a crowd. It really doesn’t matter if there are 100 people there, or
100,000; as long as I’m connecting with an audience and creating reactions, I
feel like I’m back in MSG with 20,000 in the palm of my hand. And December is
only 6 months away! Plus, I’ve got a choiropractor (Don Moore, formerly Dr
Porter in FCW) who has both my legs almost the same length again, and I’m going
to aswer the call of DDP Yoga one of these days! I may walk slowly, but I walk
down my own path, to the beat of my own drummer..and enjoy the sights and smells
of that less-travelled path.


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