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Old 04-27-2004, 04:24 AM   #31
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"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"

Wanted to add, that PT teaches you how to BEND & LIFT to prevent further reoccurances of back pain.

 
Old 05-03-2004, 02:26 PM   #32
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I have diffuse disc bulge of 3-4 mm at the L5 S1 disc level with impingement of the S1 nerve roots.Diffusedisc bulge of 2-3 mm at the L4-5 disc level.Desiccateddisc at the L5S1 disc level. I am suppose to go to neuro surgeon tomorrow to see what all this is .I was rear ended on april 6th does this sound serious/

 
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Old 06-05-2004, 09:27 PM   #33
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If you are tall you may have problems bending to flush. If you buy a barbecue fork and wrap the tines with curlex tape, you have a great long handled "flusher".

 
Old 08-15-2004, 03:47 PM   #34
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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]
Hi,
My name is Tracy.I have Cuada Equina Syndrome too.I had the discotomy surgery.At first i did not understand what was happening to me.I was taking the garbage out and felt a pop in my back.A few days later my whole buttocks and vaginal area went numb.I waited a few days,thinking the feeling would come back but it did not.I went to the hospital where they performed a myelogram and ct scan.Long story short, i had the sugery and six months later the disk the operated on has herniated again.Along with the one above it.I guess because the was nothing supporting that disk.I have to have a lumbar fusion on the 26th of August 2004.
Take care,
Tracy

 
Old 09-10-2004, 07:41 PM   #35
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I had a 360 degree fusion at L5 S1 and I had no idea what I was in for. Not to mention the surgery was a complete disaster!!! The fusion didn't take and two of the screws went through my spinal canal and Now I have had another surgery to remove one side of the fusion that didn't take. I wish I had those tips before hand it would have been great! But I am now basically just along for the ride! And might I add it isn't a pleasant one. I now have the Pain Management to look forward too.

 
Old 09-22-2004, 04:30 PM   #36
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Hi all. 12 days post op posterior fustion with laminectomy and things couldn't be better.

I had my follow up visit today and doc says I'm right where I should be with progress. The staples came out today. What a relief . The walker and I remain close, but I will graduate to a cane as physical therapy recommends.

I strongly recommend the shower bench/chair to anyone having this surgery. The shower is such a heavenly place to be right now, might as well sit and enjoy it. Another useful tool is the grabber. The first time the phone fell to the floor and I couldn't pick it up I thought my day was ruined.

My doc told me today that he'd rather see me up for 10 100yd walks instead of 1 mile and a half walk. So I am up a lot. Outside would be wonderful if it wasn't so hot (its' still 90 here in Texas) so morning or early evening jaunts outdoors will be best.

No other tips to pass on just yet other than, eat good and sleep well. Protein builds new cells and caffeine and sugar slows healing. This is what I've been told in my post op instructions. I do keep up on the prune juice cocktail (half prune/half apple juice). Can't stress enough how important it is to avoid backup on the freeway if ya get my drift.

Remember - it's mostly attitude. Take the I can approach and even the mountains become hills. I revel in every accomplishment - however small it may be.

Good Luck to all.

 
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Old 09-27-2004, 11:21 AM   #37
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How old are these threads ???

 
Old 09-27-2004, 04:32 PM   #38
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mine is just a couple days old. I had my surgery 9/10/04. Doing great now. Walking with just the cane... put the walker in the attic. Ventured out yesterday and will take the rest of the week to rest HA HA.

 
Old 09-27-2004, 08:01 PM   #39
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Had mine on 9-16-04. Second time in 9 months. This time they fused L-4-L5. No hardwarehowever.
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:52 PM   #40
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learn how to do your log roll to get out of bed!!! Not learning how to do it right can be very painful. I speak from a caregiver point of view. After my discogram, that was the only way I could get out of the bed. So, start practicing now!
Waiting to find out when my two level fusion will be, hopefully Dec. 8 (fuse l4-5, l5s1, hardware, poss. lami, going in from abdomen then back-ouch!)

 
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:50 PM   #41
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Am now abt. 11 weeks post OP. Fused L4 & L5 . No metal, just bone graft. Using a bone graft stimulator by EBI. Was not able to put in bottom screws of hardware, so they say .

 
Old 12-10-2004, 08:51 PM   #42
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I am new to the boards and i have to have a fusion on jan 18 , i have tried to get my family prepaired and i ran accross this post , and waht a great list, thank you so much.

 
Old 12-23-2004, 02:34 PM   #43
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davidc and Acme: YOu may not need a raised toilet seat after surgery, so you might want to wait with that. Find out where to get one quickly if you DO need one, but don't invest until you know you'll really and truly need it. I bought one and used it twice to humor my DH ;-) I thought I'd need it, but I didn't.

Yes, have someone get you out of the house, especially now, in the middle of winter! Two weeks after my three level fusion, I was walking in the park with my dog and my DH again. I was amazed at the fact that I was able to do it, and just getting out really lifted my spirits.

 
Old 12-23-2004, 02:46 PM   #44
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I'm so sorry to hear about your surgical problems with your back. How much experience did your surgeon have with this type of operation? Did he/she give you any indication that there would be problems?

For anyone considering this type of surgery, the best tip I can give is to find a surgeon who you trust with your body and who has done this operation [B][I]thousands[/I] [/B] of times. It's best that your surgeon is a spine specialist or at least a neuro/ortho surgeon. Ask plenty of questions. Know what you're in for as far as the recuperation and what exactly will be done with your back (instrumentation? bone graphs? etc)

 
Old 12-24-2004, 04:01 PM   #45
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Hi All! And Happy Holidays!
This is some very valuable advice...I am 11 days post op and the chair in the shower saves me alot of discomfort. Everything within reach (phones, remotes, meds, drinks, snacks, etc...It's a process but well worth it.... and BY ALL MEANS, make sure you can get a ride out when you are permitted to be a passenger once again in a vehicle!
Im not there yet and I am going NUTZ!~ but my ride..(my fantastic hubby is ready and waiting to get me out of the house...the Dr.'s said 2 weeks after surgery as a passenger and at least 1 month before driving on my own. I have 3 daze before my "release"! (Wheres the nearest Super-Walmart? LOL!) YIKES! Not that anyone should be on the road with all of the drugs that you are unfortunately forced to endure after this ordeal...LOL I'll be thrilled when I can just stop taking Percocet (wicked stuff and not be kringing from the pain. The emotional stuff is almost just as bad as the physical stuff.

 
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