It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Back Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-07-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: san diego
Posts: 46
vicki19 HB User
almost 10 weeks post up update

Hi all....Vicki here. I had a two level ALIF-L4-S1 and a laminectomy - L4-L5 on 12/2/08. I guess I'm doing pretty good. No, I know I'm doing good. All I have to think about is the pain and despair I was in before surgery and things are great in comparison. Now I am actually able to think about doing things and planning things with friends and family. Yes, there are limitations. I can't join in on everything but there are plenty of things I can do like go to dinners, visit the kids at there houses, etc. I could go on.... and its great. I'll except the limitations. Before surgery I couldn't do anything. I went back to work at 5 weeks post op. I know that is early. But I am one of those people that don't have many choices in that area. I do have what could be called a desk job, but I definitely do not sit for eight hours a day. I'm up and down and I still use my pillows. Work is very accommadating. I finally started PT this last week. My doctor ordered it earlier but insurance stuff stretched it out. I think PT will help some. I saw my surgeon this week, he said fusion has started but that I have to wear the brace for three more months. That was a bit of a bummer, but okay. I still am taking pain meds throughout the day. I was happy when PT said that was expected especially since I am working. I, like some others, feel a little guilty about still being on pain meds. But I feel better about that now. So all in all, I'm doing okay. It's Saturday and raining. I'm going to clean the apartment some, and maybe do my taxes and then watch some movies. Life is good.... take care everyone. I haven't posted much lately but I do check in alot.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-08-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,303
BlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB UserBlueAtlas HB User
Re: almost 10 weeks post up update

Hi Vicki,
I'm so glad you're doing well! I'm sure it was a challenge to head back to work so quickly, but if your work is accommodating to you, that's terrific! Yes, PT should help, though you'll be tired from that. I agree with your therapist, you shouldn't feel guilty about still needing pain meds. Lots of us here have needed them much longer than 10 weeks, even without working! You take them for as long as you need them and don't compare yourself to others. We're all different.

I hope you were able to do some light cleaning and relax over the weekend. Rest as much as you're able when you're not at work. And congratulations that fusion is already happening! Yea!!! Great news!

You go girl!
Emily

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Update on me, 4 weeks out jdsun Pain Management 4 04-30-2010 07:30 PM
2 1/2 weeks after PTTD Surgery smile2006 Foot & Ankle Problems 50 11-02-2009 12:19 PM
Almost 3 Months Post-op 3 Level Fusion terrian Back Problems 8 09-06-2007 05:46 AM
4 weeks post spinal fusion L4/L5 L5S1 Round1 Back Problems 6 06-27-2007 10:05 AM
My OCD is almost gone--here is my update dgcango Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 16 07-16-2006 09:58 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:12 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!