Thank You, It's GREAT to be back. I just found out yesterday my Mom had the same back problem as I do, only hers was caught early enough for her PT to correct the problem, way back when. My Brother (2 years older) called and was telling me of his back (same as mine) and he is going to a chiropractor and refuses surgery till he cannot move anymore. I wish he knew what a mistake he might be making after reading some of your posts on here.
I guess it runs in the family.
Valley: Your right! Some doc's don't listen over the phone and I am really glad he ORDERED me in to see him, I have learned from this, that if ever a Doctor thinks I shouldn't be in pain and I am, I'll just make my own appt and see them face to face.
Myspine: AWWWWWWWWWWW, come on now!, Don't make me pass up a chance to get rid of my brace After all, the thread just reached out and grabbed me and I couldn't get loose!
I'll be thinking of you and your upcoming surgery, so take care of yourself *K*?
Quietcook:My Doc sent over my Therapy papers, but it only said to evaluate & treat & w/stretching. I just found out they all have lunch together (or so PT says), I highly doubt it since they can never remember his name. I think when I told them for the second time that the Doc said no Therapy they were testing me. Thank You, Yes am already seeing a major improvement on my own WITHOUT PT involved.
Bionicwitch:Thank You, Your so sweet! I feel more like I'm doing Yoga now than exercises
FLY:I know what your talking about, after my surgery and my family didn't want me to come home or bother with me, I went and checked out the rehab places (in advance), the Nurses said mild PT & such were a routine to keep from getting so stiff (those places they said were boring), but regular PT would not begin until the Doc said, after I would go home. However I decided p*** on my hubby & kids, it's my home and I had Home Health and that's JUST were I was going. SO I parked myself in the spare bedroom, but after I came home from the Hospital, the Fam was cool with it .I think they were afraid of me as much as PT was, when I first went there, but they got over it.
Mel: Before my surgery and my fam didn't want me to come home, you are the one who gave me the strength to make my own decision, And I want to Thank You for that
As far as pt they seemed scared of me from the beginning and I honestly don't think they knew what to do with me, and for example, I would be laying on the gurney thing and they would have me yanking my legs up one then the other 10 times then rest to the count of 5 and do it again, also arching my back and having me lay on my back for 15 minutes on ice and not move, when they knew ice caused the spasms to be so bad, they had to lift me up and carry me off the gurney screaming in pain as spasms went through the entire lower back, hips and legs, also had me bending my ankles back & forth??? (my Doc said WHAT! DUHHH
When I saw my Surgeon he asked me to lay on the table and showed me the RIGHT way to do things, As he told me what to do, I kept telling him that this is NOT what PT was having me do. So at that time, he pulled up a chair and taught me each new exercise, which was lifting one leg into the air at a time and pulling it towards me and holding it for 30 seconds, then the other leg, then both legs being pulled up as if in a ball and pulling for 30 seconds and then releasing, also sitting with legs spread and leaning and stretching for each toe for 30 second and then releasing and then bending over (as if in half) to reach my toes or farther in the center. Believe it or not, I got used to PT and he had to teach me to close my eyes and relax, keeping check not to tense up, and I kept holding my breath, so he was coaching me on breathing. He kept saying not to worry, he would not let me fall of the table and continually telling me to breathe.
Then he wants to see me on April 5th to check my progress. I FEEL SO WONDERFUL, I HAVEN'T HAD NOT ONE SPASM AND IT FEELS MORE LIKE YOGA. I'VE NEVER FELT SO RELAXED BEFORE
HE INSISTED ON ME DOING THIS ON MY FLOOR, NOT A BED OR ANYTHING ELSE, AND I CAN ACTUALLY GET OFF THE FLOOR WITH NOOOO PROBLEM AND NO PAIN!!