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Old 07-18-2006, 08:30 PM   #1
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Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

New here and just thought I would be here if anyone is getting ready or has already had spinal fusion...it can get very stressful ....

 
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:26 AM   #2
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Re: Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

Hello,

I am post op fusion July 11th and just wondering if you found it difficult to find a good position in bed to sleep & relax? I am trying everything in short of not trying to twist & do log roll. Very hard to do the log roll method.

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Old 07-19-2006, 07:30 AM   #3
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Re: Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

Queennee , How many trips to the OR till you fused ? This was my third time on July 10 and still no fusion. I don't get it ...I don't smoke , I have a beer or two or three on the weekends but nothing harsh..

VAMP , I sleep on my side , it bothers me on my back or belly...with a pillow between my legs...

 
Old 07-19-2006, 07:40 AM   #4
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Vampgirl,
When my daughter had her fusion she found it difficult to sleep. The hospital sent her home with a big foam wedge and I was able to put that on one side of her and she would rest on it. I found I had a pad on the bed and would pull it to help log roll her like they did in the hospital. I was helping her change positions many times during the night the first few weeks post op. I told her dr it was like having a new baby at home again, not a 16 year old. Good luck sleeping. cas

 
Old 07-19-2006, 12:46 PM   #5
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Hi! I wanted to say that I've found that having the pad on the bed to be very helpful as well. I am finally am to get into bed on my own but I never get straight enough and my hubby uses the pad to help straighten me out. It really comes in handy!

I'm 4 weeks post-op and tend to sleep through the whole night only to wake up to go to the bathroom. I'm only able to sleep comfortably on my back.

Have a great day everyone!

LilyHoff

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Old 07-19-2006, 02:44 PM   #6
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Hi Queenneeee,
I was just wondering did you work after your fusion? If so, how long did you take off before returning? Did you get very tired? Did your feet ever swell?
Thanks for helping us. It's good to talk to someone who has been there....done that...especially a succes story.
Thanks, brenwill

 
Old 07-19-2006, 03:48 PM   #7
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Re: Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

I have had two back fusions since 2003. On top of this I am now being treated for depression. My question to you is - has your life became normal again,have you been able to work?

 
Old 07-19-2006, 05:49 PM   #8
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Shawely, When was your fusion?

 
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JBravo , my first fusion was in 2004 , revision (broken screw not healed 2005)
and on July 10, 2006 I had another nonunion and the Dr. cleaned my scar tissue out and implanted a skin like material around my dura to protect it from scar tissue.

How have you been doing since your fusion ?

 
Old 07-21-2006, 09:59 AM   #10
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Re: Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

ok sorry I didn't get back to this sooner. I had fusion in 2000...I had spondilothesis..L1 S5..they used bone from my hip. before the surgery my leg and calf pain was so bad I could barely walk (by the way at the time I was 39 and had 3 school age kids and a very stenuous job) I had the surgery in June and was off work til Jan. The recovery was very hard ... couldn't bend even to wash my own knees. I did order a hospital bed to use in my house it was a life saver !! I wore a brace for quite some time. I thought I would never be able to bend again. But 7 months later I did return to work and normal life for 5 years. I now suffer from a very rare pelvis problem ( I have no cartiledge in between my pubic bones... it's extremely painful... doctors are stumped ..I say using my pelvis incorrectly while recovering from fusion may have caused this ,,, maybe ??) anyway the fusion was the best thing that ever happened to me it gave me painless walking and my life back... good luck to all of you going through it , it is a long hard road.. * my greatest joy was the day I figured out if I took the twisting pole off my blinds from my windows and duct taped my razor to it I was able to shave my own legs after surgery .... the hightlight of my recovery was finally shaving my own legs lol.. I should patent it !!

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Old 07-21-2006, 01:10 PM   #11
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LOL - great idea for shaving the legs. Probably a little thing compared to some of the other stuff we deal with after fusion, but I noticed just yesterday that my legs really needed a good shave. I may have to try that! Thanks for the tip. That's hilarious - but if it works ..... :-)

 
Old 07-21-2006, 03:33 PM   #12
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hi, new to this thread but just to say thanks for the laugh about the shaving because I had been thinking about doing the very same thing only last week. If anyone can think of a way to cut toenails i'd be very greatful! I was finally diagnosed with spondylolisthesis about a month ago. It is EXTREMELY frustrating not being able to do simple tasks but it sure gets you thinking about how to improvise! I am waiting to see the spine specialist at the hospital to discuss what is the best course of treatment i just wish it would hurry along abit. I have finally had to give in and take time off work but i am very stubborn and hate admitting defeat so I am finding things quite hard to get my head around at the minute. It is hard knowing what to do for the best. I am not taking painkillers as I don't want to take them and end up doing something to make things worse because they are making me feel abit better so just taking ibuprofen. Getting out of bed is quite frankly a nightmare and it is amazing how much you drop on the floor! I have mounds of stuff piling up all over the place at the side rooms because I can't get down there to pick them up and it just gets shoved to the side, soon the pile will be big enough to reach sometime i dropped about a month ago! I'll need to get a grabber stick. Anyway I am a bit scared of what lies ahead but I guess this is just what is meant for me at the minute and hopefully some good will come out of a bad situation. 27 and i kind of feel like i'm on the scrap heap. I know i need to keep positive and i am trying, unfortunately the frustration gets a bit too much sometimes and the light at the end of the tunnel seems so far away. I know things could be worse and I am grateful that they arent it is just hard coming to terms with such a big change.
Anyway I will try to keep smiling and ride the storm. take care all.

 
Old 07-21-2006, 05:32 PM   #13
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Re: Had successful spinal fusion in 2000 if anyone has a question I sure have been there

Presley it took me 7 years to get diagnosed with spondilothesis....I went to a chiropractor for 7 years then finally went medical and had an MRI. Yes the road was long.... just waiting for the surgery was 2 months then fusion is a very long recovery(6 months) ....I couldn't live without my "reacher" I used it so much after my surgery and use it alot to this day.....my surgery was a complete success but I still get stiffness alot so the reacher comes in handy !! I had 5 "normal" years since my surgery and to this day my fusion is great however I now have a pelvis problem and it is even more serious then my spondilothesis and very rare .... so yea we are dealt alot in life but I agree it could be alot worse ... wish you the best and keep us posted on what course you will take next ... good luck

 
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Hello, First time here. My husband is scheduled for a Fusion Surgery and I am very nervous. He is a Medic/Firefighter and only 33 years old. This will be his second surgery.

 
Old 07-21-2006, 07:25 PM   #15
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Hi josh and Teri !! Yes you have every reason to be nervous I know I was before my fusion. I was 38 when I had mine and had 3 kids in school. The surgery is not a minor surgery, however my choice was surgery or end up in wheel chair in 10 years. I will not say it was easy and it is a very hard long recovery however to be able to walk with no pain in my legs made it well worth it. I went back to my very active job 7 months later and had no problems except for stiffness in back if I over did it. I highly reccommend a hospital bed to use at home for at least 3 weeks it really helped because I was not allowed to sit for 3 months. Your husband will really need your help for a good month ... my husband and kids were great ..... but slowly you will be able to be more independant.... good luck to you and if you even have a silly question please ask me because I have surely been there !!

 
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