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POST OP RECOVERY

Started by Trish323 on 11/12/2012 11:15am

I have decided to start this thread for all of us who are going through recovery from surgery. I'm finding it difficult to look through so many different posts and thought this might help keep good and needed information in one thread.

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20 days post op now from 3 level diskectomy and fusion with rods and screws. Surgery was done with incision on my L side (DLIF OR XLIF) and 9 smaller incisions through my back ( TLIF) I am still experiencing horrible nerve pain on my R side; groin hip behind knee ankle and foot. Can't wear a shoe of any kind because the skin is super sensitive along the nerve. Pain meds are controlling most of the pain and only taking the edge off the pain on R leg. Does anyone know what I can do so I would be able to walk with my walker outside? I was thinking about calling my surgeon and asking him what can be done. I know I should be doing more walking but my foot is just not allowing it. Has anyone else had this issue? My meds so far are Percocet 10/325 2 tabs every 4 hours

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Trish,
If I were you, I'd call the Dr. Let him/her know that the pain in you leg is hampering your walking ( I know they want you up and around ), maybe then the Dr. will give you something to help w/nerve pain. It can't hurt to try, right?
Let us know how you're doing and what the Dr. says,
Janet. :)

I'm nearly 8 weeks post op. ( C,6-7.) Arm pain much better, thoracic pain no change, perhaps even worse.

4 yrs post A.L.I.F. (L,4-S,1). Huge improvement on lumbar pain at first, but getting worse as time goes by, along with leg weakness and sciatica.

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Trish,

I would see if the surgeon would give you either Lyrica or gabepentin? I took the second for a while but came off of it. I totally understand where you are coming from. I have the same issue in my L leg and foot I have had it since my first surgery in 2009. It is terrible and unless you go through it, noone knows what you are going through, On the flip side, I wear socks 24/7/365 usually with a pair of athletic slides. I have found that I can on a good day wear a like mesh covered tennis shoe. When I went for my 6 week check up this time, he said it will be permanent because I waited to long to get to him. Friday will be 10 weeks out for me and still have good days/bad days. Hoping for the best but at the same time fearing the worst.

Good Luck!

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Good Idea..I was going through them all too....FYI..I had a level 3-4 diskectomy..laminectomy and fusion 2 rods and 4 screws....I am on 5-325 percoset....I do have hydrocodone but percosets works way better in the morning....OMG the morning...WORSE........actually they work better than anything...i just called the doc for a refill...Last nite was miserable....left foot and toes were numb all night...couldnt get comfortable no matter what I did...up most of the night...then about 7 am hubby asked me if I wanted my meds..but I was too miserable even to move...got out of bed about 8.30...made myself a cup of tea...drank about 1/4 and went back to bed...finally slept a little till about 11....very unproductive day...well they all have been lately...On the 15th..it will be a month post-op...It went sooo fast.....It feels like yesterday..Thank god it's over....I am stll getting left sided back spasms that I had before the surgery...sometimes It feels like I can;t even breathe....and still electricity ans shocks all through the legs...doc said it will take time...ughhhh....i guess for now I have plenty of that on my hands..I just hope that I get better because i have my first grandbaby (a boy) due in April...In the mean time...I guess it's a wait and see....and..I don't think I am walking enough at all..it hurts...It just gets soo depressing...I don't want to do a thing....

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Thanks girls, yes I have tried the tight sock but can't fit anything on with it. The only " shoe" I can wear that doesn't cause red alarm pain are my crocs flip flops. Thank God I live in Fl and can away with it! I just heard back from the doc and they are sending a script for Lyrica to the pharmacy to see it that will help. Gabapentin I tried for a week but it caused severe swelling below the knees on both legs so they told me to stop it. I can't take steroids because I am diabetic II .
@ Lorine: OMG I read your post here and if I had written it would say exactly what you wrote today! Horrible since last night. Took pain meds at 8 am. Got up for a cup of coffee. My 84 yr old mom stopped by to visit and see if I needed anything and I told her not today I was going back to bed and staying there all day! I have to try and hide how I really feel because she would have stayed all day and she loves to talk ; ) I went back to bed and just woke up now at 4 PM. That is one way to get through a painful day! Doctors office says the same, it will take time. I have zero appetite these days and it takes too much effort to even chew. If I eat anything I have chicken soup. At least as miserable as we are Lorine there is some comfort in knowing that this pain is somewhat normal after the surgery we've had. I too am expecting a grandchild; my 4th! In June! Don't know yet what it is going to be! Kinda hoping a girl then I will have 2 grandsons and 2 granddaughters but I will be thrilled with anything as long as it is healthy! I too am using this as my goal. I will have to travel to be with my daughter and son in law and grandson when the baby is born so I want to feel my old self so I will be up to the task!. Please please let tomorrow be a kinder day....hoping the same for all

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Trish,,congrats on the good news,,,,U must let me know when ur coming, I would love to pick you up for lunch,,and I owe you that Cannoli..Neurontin will deff. cause swelling,,Lyrica did make me swell as much and it helps w the neuropathy pain down ur leg.U keep sleeping the pain away,,thats the best medicine, then you can hoard for the hours ur up and take 2,,or more,lol..glass of wine wont hurt kicking it to work. If the bloating is that bad celery is a natural diuretic,,,u can even buy an OTC water pill if its that bad.I make my own ice tea out of these tea bags that consist of Green tea, Acai berry and Blueberry, steep them for 20min ( I use 6) for a quart,,I fill the container w ice,,the tea pot has less thaan half of water, pour over ice add 1/8 cup sugar or to taste,, that also has help me shed the water gain I put on,,I prefer to make my own dont like the chemicals...Feel better,stay positive and think of those grandbabies....Rene:)

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@Rene: thank you! It's funny about the celery because I love celery and have recently stopped eating it. I'll begin again. I do drink green tea but I will look to add the other things too. I'll do anything that will help at this point. I'm not much of a drinker of alcohol but I was learning to enjoy a glass of red wine each evening prior to surgery. I am really missing it and have been afraid of having even one glass, I don't want to end up like Anna Nicole! LOL
I will probably be up north for a few weeks after the baby is born so we will definitely have to meet for lunch!! It is a good goal for me to have and for you to Lorine to look forward to a new baby in the family! It's always exciting! And healing. I come from a large family of 7 children so there are lots of nieces and nephews having babies now. I'm just sad that I will be missing out on photographing a few of the babies that are born now and over the next few months. Just before I fell I was getting started in my business which I focused on new born photography. Anne geodes kind of style.. I love it but it involves a lot of bending and squatting and getting close up... I had to stop after I fell. Have a good night all xo

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Trish,,B4 u know it ur going to B taking those pictures and succeding in your business, I truly beleive that, and I will continue my nursing via this site. Im holding you to that lunch date,,,,have a good night.luv Rene :)

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Ok, so lets talk about sleeping... Since it is morning 7:17 am EST to be exact... I am up, took pain meds... Have coffee. Yup it's morning. Screaming pain, hard to move. I stay in one position all night which is on my back with 4 thin pillows under my knees. I have tried to sleep on my surgical side but that doesn't work at all. I can't manage to get on my other side so I'm pretty much stuck on my back. I take pain med right before I fall asleep and that seems to keep pain under control. I wake up at 2 am to go to the bathroom, barely make it have to pee so badly. I guess my body finally wants to rid itself of all the water that was trapped in my legs and feet during the day. Too soon to take any more pain pill, can't take again until 3:30 am and I slept right through that time. My husband woke me at 7 am with pain meds so I would be able to get up. I couldn't wait another minute longer because I smell coffee and MUST HAVE IT! LOL so brace is on .. I'm sitting on my patio ... Tic Toc tic Toc... Waiting for pain to lessen. It is a beautiful morning and I can hear all the morning traffic rushing in the distance. Everyone scurrying to get to work. Here I sit remembering the days of being out the door by 7 am dressed and looking good to get to work. It seems like a million years ago. I feel soo old sitting here surrounded by a walker, sitting on pillows. My mind wanders to the future... What does it hold for me? I want to be very positive and I remember it is 3 weeks ago this morning I went to surgery. It seems like it was yesterday!! What has occurred in these 3 weeks? It is such a blur to me. But I must struggle to remember because I have to see that I have made progress during this time. But what has the progress been?
I am more independent taking care of my personal needs. I get up and down alone. I go to the bathroom alone and don't need any help there and hated when I did! I can shower sitting on a shower bench everything is set up in the shower and within my reach. I LOVE letting the hot water run on my back and do so for at least ten minutes. I get out of the shower wrap myself in my terry cloth robe and allow myself to dry. I use the hair dryer to dry my hair, no styling at all just blow my hair til it's dry. Getting dressed by myself is not as hard as I thought it would be. I can even straighten my bed covers and prepare it for that lazy morning nap I know I will need. I have mastered getting my brace on and also carrying my coffee to the patio with out spilling it while using my other hand to steer the walker. I have made great progress in these 3 weeks but it seems it is mostly with understanding how to function around pain level and pain meds.
Tell me your story. How do you sleep and what position is working for you. Force yourself think about the progress you have made...I can't wait to read about you!!!!! Please share!!!

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I had my lumbar fusion in 2007. ( mine was only 2 levels L,4-S,1 ),.
I had 2 days of surgery pain ( while in hospital ). After that, I don't remember any pain from the surgery whatsoever. Reason? I hit withdraws from the morphine I had been taking for 2 yrs prior to surgery.
(Post op. med was Lortab 10/325. Stupid Dr.!) That lasted a weeks or so.
By day 6 I was just taking Tylenol for pain and rode it out. Having said that, I don't believe I had any nerve "damage," injury yes, but not to the extent that the nerves were beyond repair...(Only my opinion.) Day 11 I was boarding a plane to C.A. to stay with my sister for a couple of weeks.
Week 6, I was back at work, with restrictions. (My balance was off but I still walked 3 miles a day.)
At the 3 month mark, I was released back to work with NO work restrictions. (Idiot Dr.!)
Today, my lumbar is still much improved and I don't regret the surgery. But I went back to the same job, doing the same thing. (Ignorant me!) I now have increased weakness in my legs and sciatica pain in left leg.
I had a second injury, resulting in surgery to fuse C,6-7. (Latest surgery was Sept. 14, 2012.) This time round is so hard. Arm pain is better. Pain in thoracic spine, no change, maybe worse. I'm just not rebounding physically or mentally from this one.

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Good afternoon to everyone...hope every one is doing well today....

I look Forward to this post in the morning...even If I had to go to work..I would read this...so talking aobut post op...as far as pain...this morning wasnt too bad when I woke up...needed my pills but not as bad as yesterday..I guess it depends what I do during the day that determines my morning..I still need my walker in the morning..and my....(whisper)..commode..just in the morning...My family was starting to get mad at it as it was always over the toilet and they had to move it..lol.....they are getting better cos it's not always in the way anymore...last night i slept better...I took two percs...2 gabepentin...one muscle relaxant..one naproxen...and one xanax....sounds like I'm trying to kill my self....I was never a pill taker before I injure my back...I am an ibuprofen queen...ask my kids....anything as far as pain or illness...I always say..take an ibuprofen....they laugh because they know I am gonna say it...As far as day to day....It's hard because I try to keep up with the house...I have my hubby but he is not well and he in on disability as it is...He is a severe diabetic who does nothing to help himself...He thinks insulin is the answer...He looks terrible...but he doesn't listen..He also had heart bypass surgery..he needed 6 bypasses...Sometimes it looks like he is not gonna be here much longer...truth is at the rate he is going..he's not...So he is not too much help at all...I still 2 boys living at home..My 14yo is a big help...but at times I feel guilty having him do soo much...I also have a 21yo home but thats another story..I have my oldest....26yo back in Staten island...doing Fantastic...Thank God..and he lives 5 mins away from my parents...He is married too...Just soo proud of them..As far as the super storm that was there..they only lost power for a few days...so thankfully they went to my parents' house as they only lost power for a day...my other son is 24...he bought a Beautiful house this year and he is giving me my first grandbaby..he is a big help too...As a matter of fact..He and his wife picked me up from the hospital..I do not like or trust my husband driving anymore..I would have stayed in the hospital if he came...But all in all..I feel strong and know I can do this...Sometimes though...I don't want to be strong..and at times I get emotional.....I did notice I haven't been crying in the mornings upon waking
which is good..so that means the pain level in the morning is less....alot of surgical pain still...How long does that take to go away..I mean ..maybe I am not walking enough....does walking help the surgical pain..? Also..how much weight are we able to pick up? At first doc said not more than a coffee mug..then i read and it says not more than a gallon of milk......which is it..?..Anyway...@ Trish..I was thinking..you said you have been eating chicken soup....and soup has alot of salt...when I was swelling ..I stayed away from all salt and also put pillows under my feet in the day and night when I slept..but I also noticed the more I moved my legs..even while sitting in the recliner..the less the welling was..but I know we are all different...But anyway i hope today is a better day for everyone and I thank everyone for listening and responding to these post...It gives me and I am sure everyone something to look forward to...Oh by the way...Trish..what hospital did you have your surgery at..?

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Lorine,
I tell my kids, drink some water and take some ibuprofen...(sounds like "take two aspirin and call me in the morning" doesn't it! ) essentially, it is. lol. I have broken down and taken ibuprofen for headaches a couple of times. ( I was told no ibuprofen for 3 months for the fusion. ) Sometimes though, those headaches can go for days, funny how lortab doesn't kick a headache, at least for me it doesn't, I don't know why.
I know what you mean about this site, I read it when I have my morning coffee. ( Then again with my tea, and then later with my water, or wine. :P ) It's become my link to the outside world.
Hope your days get better and better,
Janet. :)

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Good afternoon ALL!

Trish, I am like you, I sleep in one position all night too. I generally wake a million times a night from the pain. I actually slept all night last night. I decided that today was going to be a productive day. That was yesterday when I was looking at my house which is so not the way I keep it. It's killing me to see it the way it is, the husband doesn't do a lot around here. When I woke this morning, it was to a massive migraine. I have managed to do two loads of laundry today and get dishes in the dishwasher. Mind you it has taken me several hours between each task. My pain level is still pretty high. I so need my prescription Nsaid's but was told before that I couldn't take them for six months after surgery. I am dying! I have arthritis not just in my back but all over, so my general body pain is terrible. I go back to p/m tomorrow for the first time since surgery, I am nervous. I am so ready to be beyond this point. My surgeon wants me to be walking at least a mile a day before I come back on December 13, I don't know how I am going to do it. It does hurt to walk.

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Thanks girls for sharing. I too love to read and in this particular thread anything and everything about recovery is welcome. We need each other and I am so very greatful for having found you all to share this journey with. Nobody and I do mean nobody understands everything we feel as we go through it. I started the Lyrica last night I took right before I went to bed. I had some weird visual thing going on after but it was gone this morning. I took it again this morning and noticed that I could walk without so much of the sensitivity and pain in my foot. Now that is amazing. I walked a solid 30 mins! That's the most I have done yet. My neighborhood is quiet after the kids all go to school. My sweet mom came over to support me and walk with me. She needs to feel that she is helping me, so I let her. But it was so funny as we walked because her voice was echoing throughout the neighborhood. She has lost some hearing and is very loud. She loves to talk! It got me through it! Great distraction.LOL
@ Lorine. You have your hands full. Not easy that your husband is disabled. Maybe he has just given up. You need to be strong for you. And it certainly sounds like you are. Do you know anyone who could walk with you outside? I know I was afraid of falling even using the walker because my R foot sticks and sometimes I trip.
As for the chicken soup, it is salt free, very bland and I think that is why I like it so much. Swelling in my legs and feet has gone way down today and I am thinking it is because I had a good walk. My goal is to walk 30 mins 3 x a week for now. I just woke up from my 3 hour nap and I'm not feeling like taking a second walk because my leg is aching and I'm not gonna push it it.
My surgery was at Holmes regional Lorine. Where was yours? I don't want to get kicked off here so we have to be careful about what we post. I wish I could give you all my email too but I don't know how. I thought I had it on my profile here but it was on a different form for photography.
I wish I was able to read the other posts while I'm responding because I need to re read to respond...my memory sucks!

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@Dana,
Gosh having arthritis everywhere is not pleasant. Going through recovery from anything I'm sure is much more painful for you. So sorry about that. Just keep your spirits up..I do believe if we are ok in our head the body follows. I love to laugh. The funniest movie I think I have ever seen was "brides maids" I laughed so hard watching it I thought I was gonna die! I don't know why it struck me like that but I could watch it a hundred times and laugh just as much. I have been wanting to watch it again but honestly I'm afraid I'd bust a screw if I laughed that hard! Just thinking about it makes me laugh! Gets my endorphins up! My point is we all have to endure this recovery pain and it is so very easy to sink low as we go through it. If you find this happening talk about it and find things that will make you laugh. It's also good for muscles. : )

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Trish...LOL, bust a screw!!! That's funny stuff. ( Mind if I use that on my family?) Good one!
Still laughing,
Janet :)

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This is like reading the funny pages of newsday,,,Trish u have to stop,,I cant control my bladder and im tired of reading and laughing so hard I dont make it to bathroom in time,,im runnin out of undies,,whats next a brief.....If we ever get to that resort/island together, I think they would throw us all out,,,all I can picture is poolside all the walkers, and canes lined up, not to mention all the medicine bottles,,,we would have our own pharmacy,,,,,hmmmm,,,we can sell them poolside,,haha..we would have such an assortment and array of colored pills,,it would look like walt disney threw up... Keep the funnies comin,,I love it....Rene :)

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Laughing is soooo much better than crying and moaning! I cry lots, and I have been hearing myself make weird moaning sounds as I move and do things. Glad I am alone most of the time or I'd be on a short bus to the looney bin! Xo

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already in the looney bin, so I can use some company,,on your way would U mind pickin up a bottle of zinfandel,,and get me out of this white jacket, its a bit confining and im tired of wearing it.

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@rene not too far from the truth! So here it is 1:30am I am awake, have to p**
So I wake up in bed with my glasses on...I went to bed at 9:pm was going to watch some Tv . I brought my meds in the bedroom to take at 10 pm but I fell asleep before taking them. My husband or daughter I gues are now petrified to wake me up because I startle so badly when they do its like I have a seizure for a second I flop around like a fish! Then I cry and tell them don't do that!! I'm afraid I will hurt something or cause a problem with my back. So they listened and didn't wake me... Now in horrible pain. So I just took the lyrica and Percs might as well sit on the patio and have a cig cause I'm not moving until the pain subsides.. Guess I won't be mad at them for not not removing my glasses.. But omg it hurts! Even my body guard, my little chihuahua just looked at me and went back to bed.. I guess my husband and daughter have deemed me recovered because the waiting on me hand and foot stopped tonight... Am I really better?? Somewhat, yes but I could still use a little bit of help so I don't need to get up and down so much... Is this what happens when you push yourself? Everyone thinks you are now fine? Wrong!! I still have raw pain, I still require some TLC ... But when 7:00 am rolls around everything goes back to normal, coffee is made, hubby and daughter go to work and I am alone.. I know I am going to want to yell at them and way wait!! I don't know if I am ready yet.. Don't go!! But they will because I assured them I would be fine. I feel a little bit of panic set in. I'm on my own... Ill worry about in the morning, going back to bed

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Good Evening All!

I have so enjpyed reading these posts. It's great that we can get a little humor in what we are going through. I tell you I never in my life thought that I would be glad to have the neuropathy. I went to two Doctors this morning. I got my tetanus shot in my left hip I never felt it... Seriously.... What a nice change.
P/M however, They said that I have been overdoing it. They said that the more I over do, the more scar tissue will build up and not to be doing some of the things that I have been doing. The added some new meds for the neurpathy YAY! They said that I was on a lot of meds, but at some point he wants to help me to get off of most of them, but at this point it is too soon. Thing is I have to change P/m because they are going to take my supplement insurance. Maybe this is good! I am on Soma for my muscle relaxer, all the others they have given me don't work. The surgeon put me on Soma and it does do wonders. What am I going to do when I can't get that anymore?

On the lighter side, I think that we should all plan a huge get together, when we are all able. Maybe a cruise or something would be nice. It will certainly get us beyond the four walls that we look at on a daily basis.

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Im all for that vacatiion Dana,,I posted that months ago..we have come to know eachother so well from this site it would B like a family reunion,,or shall I say a reunion of walkers, canes,meds n funny walkin people,,,but ill still B there..about the meds,,,Yes they will start to take them away,,thats the problem, they wont give them then we all get grumpy, moody and frustrated from the chrronic pain,,trust me ive been to those points numerous times,,Im forever trying to find a doc that wont do that..My condition I have been told that they can nolonger do anything for me and I will ALWAYS B in this pain,,than if so, All I ask is to B comfortable so I can have some sort of quality of life.I cant speak for everyone,but I havnt heard many say they are nolonger in pain,,I think it was Janet who made a good point by saying,,,do they take away a diabetics meds,or cancer patient or heart patients meds,,then why do they do it to us? Its a viscous cycle,,then by us trying to find diff. PM docs we take the chance of getting red flagged, which means no docs will prescribe to us..they label us narc seekers,,,I call it Life seekers....And Trish I deff. understand the feeling when everone goes to work,,I feeel so alone,,its just me and my dogs,all three of us just staring out the window waiting for someone to come home,,and when they do I want to converse,,they just want to watch tv an go to bed early,,and again Im stuck alone till wee hours in the mornin either on computer or twittlin my thumbs so I reread the blogs and hope at some point I will get tired N go to bed which usually isnt B4 3am.I havnt come up w an answer yet so let me know if n when U do. TTY soon Rene :)

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I know gang I was kinda busy today and didn't get on here. So Dana, what is it you are doing that they want you to stop doing. I ask because maybe I am doing too much also. But who the heck knows. Everybody tells you something different. I just wrote a whole big post here but for some reason it cut it off after the first few lines? Now I have to try and remember what I said and re write it

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I'll try this again. I called my surgeon for a refill of pain meds, went to pick up the script expecting that it would be changed or lowered. To my surprise it was the same! I am so glad because I was trying to prepare myself for being in misery. I could kiss him because he understands my pain. He only gives me a week refill at a time and I am fine with that. I'll even be fine when he does decide to lower the dose or change it because then I will know something isn't healing as quickly as he thinks if I still have the same pain I have now. When I was at the docs everyone got a big laugh at the " bumper sticker" I created for my brace. It is a graphic pic of part of the spine with screws and rods. Across it I printed " I'm screwed"
They all loved it! They said I should make other things so I did that today. They wanted coffee mugs for the office so I got them done through my photo lab. I always hear people chuckling behind me and then I know they read it.LOL you have to have a sense of humor not matter what.
Another topic: do you get an X-ray before every appt with the surgeon and how long do the monthly visits last? I'm going to be glowing in the dark soon with all the radiation I have had! And they worry about pain meds killing us!
I took a fantastic nap in the recliner today. OMG it took me an hour before I could open my eyes and wake up. But it felt so wonderful to sleep uninterrupted. That part of the loneliness I do enjoy ; )hope everyone is comfortable this evening. Xo

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Hi Trish!
I love the bumper sticker idea. It is awesome. I wish I could be creative.
When I went back yesterday, my husband went back with me and preceeded to tell the Dr. that I don't slow down. I have began to do laundry, sweeping, mopping, sitting too long, They said that for now, I should still be in the bed a good bit. I am just tired of it. I want to get my house back to my standards. I guess they know best. My husband then told them what the surgeon said the day I got out of the hospital. "If you feel like taking on the world, go back to bed." They said exactly. I should only be doing my walking, which it is too cold to do here now. They high today was suppose to be 50 and last I checked, it was still 44. So my thinking is to do things inside the house right?

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Dana,
How long are you Post/op? What did you have done? ( It's like a maze in here and I get side tracked easily.)
Janet. :)

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Janet

You are so not the only one lol! I had cervical fusion in April C5-C7 and now I am either 8 or 9 weeks (my time runs together) out of 3 level lumbar hardware removal and refusion. My previous was not only failed but bad hardware. The screws chip off my spine every time I moved like an ice pick. I also have issues in my T-spine. Since my latest my neck, shoulders, and arms are killing me. I am so hoping for over compensating.

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Hello everyone..How is everyone tonight..

It is officially one month since I had my surgery...Happy anniversary to me...lol...But anyway...had my prescription refilled from my doc and he reduced my percs to only 40....says take one pill every 4-6 hours..but one doesn't cut it..I take one... but a lil later I'm in for another....I was so mad that he reduced them and it's only 5-325 anyway...huh...let him have some of this pain...And the nerves in my legs are non stop and last night and tonight it feels like there is a bug or something gnawing on my middle toes on my left foot...I took my slippers off last night really quick thinking it was a spider or really creepy palmetto...u never know...but of course it wasn't...it's the nerves....Another thing..my doc didn't send me home with a brace...I did ask him why and he said that I have hardware in my back that's better than a brace..hmmm,...I wonder if thats true...Another bad thing is I am getting my appetite back......I wish that went away...On a good note..I haven't smoked a cig since the day before my surgery...so it's a month since I stopped smoking a real cig...I have one called blu....its an E cig..i bought it online with nicotine free cartridges..but today I am craving a real one....i don't partciularly care for the taste...But I will try my hardest not to cave in...I have been watching ALOT of Dr. Phil...and for some reason my hubby can't stand him...I know why...cos some of the shows that are on resembles him and his problems...lol..can't handle the truth...I have been staying up late at night so I haven't been getting up my son for school or making his lunch...Thank god my hubby is good for that...One more question...how do we know if we messed up our fusion..? I have been having a left sided pain the last few days and it feels like I know the exact spot of where it is...It's sort of hard and tight on the incision area...hmmm..?...Oh and @ Trish,...I had my surgery at Florida hospital which used to be University community...I know i asked you the other day....By the way..I just stepped outside for a moment before..It is actually cool out....Hmm..shows you what I did all day today....well tootaloo til tomorrw..have a good night all..:)

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Good morning everyone,
For some reason I am feeling as though I am going backwards instead of forwards. Pain is still a big issue along with the nerve pain. I'm taking the Lyrica not sure it if is helping yet or not. I feel cranky and achy. I'm not eating much at all back to taking the Mom to get my gut moving. Too many demands on my time from my mother who wants to help me but she is really causing me stress. She wants to be here at 9:00 am so she can go out and walk with me. My body isn't running on the same clock as hers and I constantly have to tell her no way I'm ready for anything at 9 am. I know she's trying to help but somehow I have to let her know she is stressing me out instead. Honestly I just want to not feel battered into recovery. Last night when my husband came home all I did was cry. I miss my daughters and my grandchildren so much. Wish I could just get on a plane to visit them. Just not ready yet. Then it will be holidays and airfare will be too much for me, plus cold winter in Illinois and New York . Maybe I'm just having an emotional meltdown. That's how I'm feeling today.
@Lorine: you are over on the west coast? Maybe when we get better we can meet for lunch too! It sounds like our leg pain is the same. I can't tell you how many times I have had to look at my foot and leg because I'm sure ants are crawling on them! LOL I took a shower yesterday morning and damnit there was a freaking lizard in there with me! I had a plastic basin in the shower and turned it on top of him till my husband could get him out! So many creepy crawlers around! About the brace; there are different schools of thought on it but my surgeon makes all of his patients wear the hard plastic molded one. A friend of mine bought a stretchy kind of back brace for herself. It adds support and actually makes you feel better when out and about.

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Since we R all complaining of increased pain or the same feeling of nerve pain post surgeries,,I think it would B fair we are entitled to our $ back,,Id B more than happy to return my screws,I have the receipt somewhere. . Trish,,have U had ur first post=op visit yet? curious to hear what the doc has to say about nerve pain,,It will probably B their usual excuse,,need more time to heal,,or we R expecting too much to soon,,,,,How about the truth,which is : if u thought u were uncomfortable before just wait till after the surgery,its gonna B 10x worse and it wont go away.Hows the brace working out? do U feel a difference,? My physical therapist scripted me for one of those velcro ones,it works by a pully system to keep the spine straight and upright so when im standing the spine doesnt concave down,,,I think it works a little,that sucker cost 860.00, good thing the insurance paid for it (i think), i havnt gotten a bill yet but if I do it will go unopened w the 2 boxs of bills I have,I refuse nor do I hav the funds to pay. Once my medical for disability kicks in maybe then I can fill some of the antiinflamatories they want me on,,Celebrex works great but the co-pay is 301.69,not to mention the total cost being 1100.00 for one month which ends up eating up my family script plan,,how the heck do these companies expect us to pay for this stuff? Keep on writing everyone, I enjoy reading them just like everyone else does,,its the big highlight of our day. I have gotten so tired of hearing myself complain I have now resorted to just reading the blogs. Most of U are still in healing process or new to the surgeries, I dont want to bring anyones head down by writing That my surgies just havnt worked,,I want you all to keep the faith and think positive. someone has to end up w a successful surgery,It cant possibly B this way for every spinal surery? If so then why do they keep performing them. U say U cry alott..Im tired of feeling so negative,,Id sell my soul to the devil to go back in time by two years.ive lost how the old Rene use to think and feel,,it feels like a lifetime ago. Sorry for such a negative, black blog. Im gettin swallowed up by this whole situation..maybe 2morro will be a better day...Rene :(

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