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Old 12-04-2003, 07:59 AM   #16
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Post Surgery Tips

Thanks for finding this! My Surgery is next friday and I went to search for it today and here it is!

 
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Old 12-10-2003, 03:52 PM   #17
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Re: Post Surgery Tips

Debbie,

I see where you had a PLIF in Tyler, Texas. I will also have one there, probably the week after Christmas - date isn't set yet. Was yours at the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital?

Where are you in your recovery? I'm in excellent health, other than this old back, but I'm also 62 years old. I'm just wondering about the recovery period. I teach 5th grade, and wonder if I'll even go back this semester.

Thanks,
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[QUOTE=debbiel]Hello lucyvanpelt3,
Yes the Trash bag is like the washer, it really helped me to be able to turn in the seat. Best of luck, Debbie


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Old 12-16-2003, 01:58 PM   #18
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I found buying a hospital table very helpful. One that swings right over your bed or up to the couch. I am still always using it!
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Dec. 11 2003- Find out I'm now curved to 30 degrees. Going for MRI

 
Old 12-20-2003, 09:37 AM   #19
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[COLOR=DarkGreen][B][CENTER]Hello Shizzy,[/CENTER][/B]
[INDENT]Yes, I sure wish I would have had one of those hospital tables. I could not even reach my nightstand. Especially after being propped up with all the pillows it was very difficult to reach over for anything. I think if I had ever purchased one I would always use it as they are very handy. [/INDENT]
[B][CENTER] Have a Happy Holiday [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

 
Old 12-22-2003, 03:21 PM   #20
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Based on a suggestion of Tennisnut's, I purchased a special stand that supports a laptop at virtually any angle. I can use mine flat in bed (as I'm doing now). I don't think giving web addresses is permitted, but the name of the product is the Easy Chair Workstation. They have models that support either a monitor or a laptop in almost any position. It's worked very well for me, although it is pricey.

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Old 12-25-2003, 06:05 AM   #21
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Hello Carken,

I want to wish you the best of luck with your surgery.
No, I didn't have my surgery at the spine and joint hosp.
(I did have all my injections there though) mine was done at mother francis, as for as my recovery goes, I am doing really good, I walk 2 miles everyday (in under 30 min.) I can pretty much do just about anything except lifting or pulling. I go back Jan. 6, I cant wait to see if I am fusing yet. best of luck to you, and if you have any more questions please ask.
Debbie


[QUOTE=carken]Debbie,

I see where you had a PLIF in Tyler, Texas. I will also have one there, probably the week after Christmas - date isn't set yet. Was yours at the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital?

Where are you in your recovery? I'm in excellent health, other than this old back, but I'm also 62 years old. I'm just wondering about the recovery period. I teach 5th grade, and wonder if I'll even go back this semester.

Thanks,
Carken[/QUOTE]
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Old 01-08-2004, 10:23 AM   #22
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Hey o'girl....not a problem my friend. It is nice to see these tips resurfacing after (what--a year?) after I first posted them? hehe They're standing up to the test of time....eh? I hope you are doing well and life is treating you kindly. HAPPY NEW YEAR too!

I still utilize some of these post-helps to this day (and I am almost 2 years post surgery). Just knowing I have help when I need it makes my life easier. It seems I hurt myself less knowing I have options when the pain begins. heehee silly but true. Take Care!


[QUOTE=oakleygirl]Keep those tips coming! They're great!

Successtory posted the following thread quite awhile ago. Successtory - hope you don't mind, but these 'Tips for Success' are great and I'm sure many of us can benefit from these. I guess you could sue me...(Please don't)!!

Here is the "long-awaited" (yeah, right) TIPS FOR SUCCESS I promised. I first want to iterate these tips are suggestions to try to make your lives easier. Nothing here will "directly" lessen your pain (like a pill)...but it will help in your need to be useful, and will help keep your stamina up to keep going through your day. These suggestions may even help uplift your spirits a little, knowing all is not a lost cause. I encourage others to add to the TIPS list...as I will only be hitting on those things I came in contact with every day.
(1) Get reachers or Grabbers. There is the kind I call "the hook" and is 'spring-loaded' -- good for picking up after the kids. Then there is the "scissors" kind. Made of wood w/rubber ends and is extra long. Good for picking up cups on floor, bowls, etc. Much sturdier to pick up heavier things (like wet towels and such).
(2) Get a push-sweeper. Non-electric variety. Uses nothing but your arm to push and pull it--EXTREMELY light weight. Bissel sells the only one I know of -- not that great (I use a Dirt ***** model that is now discontinued)...but will keep your living space presentable. You still have to have someone else vacuum, but you can at least keep the "top dirt" to a minimum!
(3) Putting velcro on the bottom of things that keep sliding is a terrific and cheap idea. I used it for my computer keyboard and mouse. It can be used for any hardback you choose to use.
(4) Hardbacks: These are materials that are hard enough to write on, etc. I have used cardboard box tops to the cardboard inside photo paper boxes (that keep the paper straight). You can write letters, etc. upright by using a hardback and a grease pen(pencil)-- doesn't run out of 'ink' while writing.
(5) Styrofoam slats or pieces: These can be purchased at a store like Home Depot. Used "normally" for inexpensive insulation. Can be used to sort things, to put on top of countertops as work areas for you (that are high enough), is a GREAT 'moveable' work space while convalescing in bed.
(6) Boxes...all sizes. Small ones are good to keep your pens and pencils, tape, staplers, etc. Larger ones good for keeping files and larger items (extra socks when your feet are cold, etc.) Standing a box on it's side or end may be beneficial for writing too.
(7) Keep a small igloo ice chest by your bed with your ice packs, fruit, water, etc. Good for those times when you must lay down, but are hungry.
(8) Get an 'arm' lamp. One that can hook onto your bedside table and moves (and stays) wherever you move it to. These are WONDERFUL and cost less than $15.
(9) A wipe-on/wipe-off (or white board) is great to keep bedside. I found during major bouts of pain everything in my head just went out the window. Using the wo-wo board, I was able to forget less things (always made me feel better!)
(10) A cut-out pillow. The donuts are good, but they seem a bit small for me. I used a pillow designed for hemmeroid sufferers. It is square with a triable cut out from one side (so the tailbone is supported on each side--but nothing to bother it in the middle).
(11) Massage units. Do your research. A massage unit is great for those injuries where the vibration will not harm you. I didn't use mine until about 4-5 months post IDET (just in case).
(12) TENS unit. I have found this to be good ONLY when your back is stabilized. It doesn't really take the pain away...what it DOES do is help double or triple my stamina. I can sit longer with it on, walk longer, etc. This is one item you WILL need a doctor to prescribe, but it's a gadget...so thought I'd include it in this posting.
(13) Pain-relieving Gel. This isn't quite a gadget, but I sure like this one. I use a product called "BIOFREEZE". It has Ilex in it and it really helped me when I had achy pain (not sharp). It is a hot/cold gel therapy and will literally take away some of your pain. (OK...this IS one gadget that will take some pain away). I highly recommend this product.
(14) Walking Aids: I find using an aluminum cane while walking around has been extremely helpful, especially after I have over-done it. I tend to lose my balance when my back is tired (as well as drop things a lot!). Having the cane helps me feel a little more secure...so I stop tripping and dropping things. I don't use it every day...only on an as-needed basis.
OK...those are some of the gadgets that have helped me get through my pain and move on. I have probably forgotten a few, but I think you all get the idea. Whatever is around the house has potential. Step out of your box and look around. Help is all around you, be creative...it CAN be kinda fun to find your own solutions to your comfort problems! My hubby laughs at me all the time when I come up with some fluey ideas, but it keeps me off HIS back and me effectively dealing with mine! hehe )
I hope you are able to find something here that will make a difference in your life. Good luck to all and I look forward to seeing some other suggested TIPS too!
Enjoy All!
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Old 02-01-2004, 05:43 AM   #23
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[QUOTE=debbiel]Hello Carken,

I want to wish you the best of luck with your surgery.
No, I didn't have my surgery at the spine and joint hosp.
(I did have all my injections there though) mine was done at mother francis, as for as my recovery goes, I am doing really good, I walk 2 miles everyday (in under 30 min.) I can pretty much do just about anything except lifting or pulling. I go back Jan. 6, I cant wait to see if I am fusing yet. best of luck to you, and if you have any more questions please ask.
Debbie[/QUOTE]

Hi Debbie,
I was just going through old threads and found your reply. I had my surgery on Dec. 30, so I'm almost 5 weeks post-op. I find it incredible that you're walking 2 miles in under 30 minutes (as of Dec. 20-something). By now, you're probably running, I guess.

I think I'm doing pretty well, but not able to walk very far at a time. I go back on the 3rd for my first check-up. Were you fusing at 3 months? Do you mind telling me your age? I'm 62, but in excellent health other than this back thing. Everyone says age is certainly a factor, but my doctor didn't say so.

Carole

 
Old 02-01-2004, 12:42 PM   #24
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[QUOTE=carken]Hi Debbie,
I was just going through old threads and found your reply. I had my surgery on Dec. 30, so I'm almost 5 weeks post-op. I find it incredible that you're walking 2 miles in under 30 minutes (as of Dec. 20-something). By now, you're probably running, I guess.

I think I'm doing pretty well, but not able to walk very far at a time. I go back on the 3rd for my first check-up. Were you fusing at 3 months? Do you mind telling me your age? I'm 62, but in excellent health other than this back thing. Everyone says age is certainly a factor, but my doctor didn't say so.

Carole[/QUOTE]
Hello Carole,
I am glad that you are doing good, I went back to the dr. on jan 6, he said I had bone starting to grow, and unless I had any problems that I didn't have to come back. He said I was doing extremely good. I am 35 years old, and was in excellent health before my back started giving me so much problems, I was also a smoker, and have now been quit for alittle over 5 months. The worst problem that I have is sitting for over an hour and half or so, then I have to move or laydown, but right after surgery I couldn't sit for more than 20-30 minutes. let me know what the dr says, or you wearing a brace? best of luck, debbie
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:47 PM   #25
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Hi everyone,

Three weeks ago I had a L5-S1 ruptured disc, with free floating bone fragments and cauda equina. Emergency Discectomy with lominotomy surgery was preformed. Pain in left legs and left foot numbness remains (like foot is in an ice chest all the time) with spasms really bad continuing. The doc says the siatic nerve was "messed up" pretty bad and it will take time for the swelling to go down in the area. I am not a patient person. I want relief now!!! I thought discectomy would relieve this pain immediately, any others out there with the same problem?

 
Old 03-03-2004, 12:01 PM   #26
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[QUOTE=2bpainless]Hi everyone,

Three weeks ago I had a L5-S1 ruptured disc, with free floating bone fragments and cauda equina. Emergency Discectomy with lominotomy surgery was preformed. Pain in left legs and left foot numbness remains (like foot is in an ice chest all the time) with spasms really bad continuing. The doc says the siatic nerve was "messed up" pretty bad and it will take time for the swelling to go down in the area. I am not a patient person. I want relief now!!! I thought discectomy would relieve this pain immediately, any others out there with the same problem?[/QUOTE]

None of us are patient when it comes to pain. Icing the area is the only way to get the swelling down (and some anti-inflammatories). You should be icing for 20 min. then off for an hour then on for 20 min then off, etc. Never put the ice pack directly on the skin.

Laying down and concentrating on your breathing is a good way to attempt to stop the spasms. A muscle relaxer may help too (soma did ok for this for a while). Myocalm is an herbal and is terrific for sciatic pain (the sharp stabs of pain and helps to control the spasms too). Hard to find.... my chiro is the only person I know who knows how to get it. hmph

Let's see.....oh yes, you MUST STOP bending, twisting, or doing anything that causes stress on the area until the swelling can go down and you experience fewer painful spasms. This may mean you will have to lay down for 3 days with nothing but the bathroom to go to (or some such thing). I think you definitely need to calm down for a little bit. Remember, you just had surgery...give yourself a break and some time. If you don't, you will never get rid of the pain. I'm sure you don't want that either.

Patience is our worst enemy and our best friend. Try to work on the latter and you could have years of (almost) pain free moments and times in your future. Good luck to you.

 
Old 03-04-2004, 09:31 PM   #27
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Out of curiosity, looked up Myocalm on a search engine. Apparently it contains calcium and magnesium along with passion flower and valerian extracts. FYI.

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Old 03-11-2004, 07:03 AM   #28
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Hi guys,

I don't think anyone else has mentioned this. I got one of those "memory foam" mattress pads. Actually I have one for the bedroom and one for the mattress that I roll out on the livingroom floor. Two years after surgery, I still have severe sciatica and spend a lot of time in a horizontal position. The pads make a huge difference in the length of time I can spend on the bed before any position becomes torture. The pads that I have are 1 and 1/2 inches thick. They are expensive, but worth every cent to me.

thanks,
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Old 03-20-2004, 07:32 PM   #29
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I was recovering well from a nucleoplasty, back on my feet and walking an hour a day - but took an airplane trip at 5 weeks out. Re-herniated the disc, and went back to major pain. Now I am contemplating a microdiscectomy. Doctor said, after initially giving the ok, that the increased air pressure can cause the disc to blow out. So the message is - wait longer, until you are really healed, even if you think you are ok, and dying to get out of the house. Travel is stressful.

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Old 04-23-2004, 11:54 PM   #30
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Also, physical therapy after surgery, it helps prevent scar tissue.

 
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