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    Old 11-11-2003, 04:00 PM   #16
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    Dear Tommorrow,

    I am having a great day really I am. The pain is less each day and each night the pain too is allowing me to sleep just a little better than the night before. As I've said for 2 weeks post op I think I'm doing absolutely amazingly. I'm a very happy girl.

    Love toy uo
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    Old 11-11-2003, 04:23 PM   #17
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    [COLOR=Magenta][B][CENTER]Hello Brooke,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]It looks as if you are heading on a road to a very successful recovery and I am so very happy for you. As I read your post I can almost hear how happy you are.... and I am so very happy for you. [/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Hugs to you. [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

     
    Old 11-11-2003, 04:42 PM   #18
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    Hi, how do you know that you have muscle spasm?

    I think i have a big one on the left side. It is right about L5 and goes to my left side waist. Usually hurts more when I engage on any activity, e.g. housewhole and do some stretches. My herniated disc was on the Ride side. Actually my right side is now perfect!! no pain was so ever. But after surgery I have that weird pain on my left side .. kind of like a stubbing. Buttocks dont' hurt or legs.. just the normal in the rehabilitation process. At four months, I feel so much better. If it wasn't for that left pain I would say my surgery was a success. I saw my NS a couple of days ago, he says that comes from my disc. Even tho my herniation wasn't on my left, still the left side was worn out. I asked him if he could give me an MRI just to make sure I ddin't have another herniated disc, but he said it was not necessary

    That pain on the left side .. is like ... if I had an air there and it wants to come out.. Is this a muscle spams?

    [I]Raiza[/I]

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    [B]07/16/03[/B] Decompressive Laminectomy [I]L5/S1[/I] (RIGHT SIDE)
    Also a small bulging disc at [I]L4[/I]. NS said it was not giving me problems.
    [B]08/27/2001[/B] Started back problems.
    Chiro, acupuncture, stretches, body massage, walking, nothing helped.
    Got 3 epidurals, first they missed, second helped for 3 months, third didn't help.
    Kaiser kept sending me back home saying: "it will get better". NEVER DID!!
    [B]2003[/B] changed insurance TIRED OF KAISER!!!
    [B]07/03/03[/B] saw new NS, w/in days he was doing surgery on me.
    [B]09/07/03[/B] I am glad I went through surgery.
    [B]11/06/03[/B] Visited NS, he stresses on us going [I][B]SWIMMING[/B][/I]. He says after 40 years treating backs, swimming is the only thing that seems to help to straighten our backs and get us back on track.[/SIZE]

     
    Old 11-11-2003, 05:06 PM   #19
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    Hi Everyone:

    Boy, what a day. It was cool and rainy all day long. My whole body didn't like that at all. It had been a few weeks since I hurt like this. Now I am at home where it is warm. That really makes a difference. Tomorrow is my day off so I am going to rest awhile, maybe go do a little clothes shopping. We do have church tomorrow evening. I did a few groceries after work and picked up some chicken dinners to take home. I didn't feel like cooking. Sunday night I baked 2 batches of oatmeal and raisin cookies. I took some to work. They really ate those up.
    Tomorrow did they ever figure out what the internal bleeding was from? Brooke how are you feeling today?

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 11:30 AM   #20
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    Hi Raiza:

    It looks like we are about the same recovery time. I experience soreness from my lower back up to my shoulder blades. This soreness also extends to the sides. I figured it was because the muscles were stripped aside when they did my fusion surgery. They say it can take up to 2 years for everything to be back to normal. I am glad to hear that is the only discomfort that you are experiencing. I still have discomfort in my right side where they took the bone out of my hip, also on my left buttock and lower leg, which is why I had surgery, to get rid of this. But here again, the doctor says it can take up to 2 years for everything to heal. Also my nerve had been pinched for so long that one never knows how much damage there is and how much it will regenerate itself.

    I do know that the weather affects me big time. When it is warm out and no humidity, I feel great. But when the weather pressure rises and it is humid then I hurt. I wish it wasn't this way but it is. I just have to be patient and let nature take its course.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 02:25 PM   #21
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    Dear Christi,

    I am so so so so happy! I am usually a pretty playful soul (so i am hoping its not just the valium). 16 days post op today! I havent begun seriously walking outside yet only because I am up pretty much all of the day wandering about the house and for some bizarre reason as soon as I leave the house I literally just forget that i am fragile at the moment, i move faster and I just no i have more of a disregard for my back. I need to really be careful.

    I am sleeping better at night which means so much to me, pre-op i used to im for 10-12 hours sleep a night. I found I got so tired so easily. I am starting to wonder if maybe it was my back pain that made me so tired because now I have quite a lot of energy. Last night though I tried to cut down on my meds at bed time and I will remember not to do that again in a hurry. I woke every hour and had nightmares. Sleep is so important because as you know thats when the healing happens.

    I am lloking forward to an exciting day and seeing the progress i'll make today.

    Lots of love and long distance hugs
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 04:44 PM   #22
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    Hello Magnetlady:
    Yea, seems similar to mine. Mine is pain on the left side just above L5 going to the waist side. Some times even goes in front cave. I had the pain all day yesterday really bad. Took and anti-inflammatory and didn't work. About 10:00 PM decided to go swimming. I did it for 50 minutes and when I got out of the pool, my pain was GONE! .. Today I am having a pain free day! I really hope it is just a bad muscle spasm. I know that will eventually heal by itself. I just hope I don't have 2 years for that. This is a different pain. Does not go down my legs and toes, not even buttock. Is just there lower back to the Left side.

    Hi Tomorrow? How are you doing? You haven't mentioned the swell on your legs. Did it get better?


    Hi Brooke, Glad to hear you are doing great at only 16 days post/op. I was walking very slow at 16.. and I was taking lots of Vicodine. But I still must tell you it was better than before surgery. Second months got really bad. I wonder if surgery was the right decision. Actually third months started getting better. If it wasn't for that left pain that I have been having for the last 2 months I would had said my surgery was 100% successful. I just have to wait and see. It has been exactly 4 months after surgery.

    [I]Raiza[/I]

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    [B]07/16/03[/B] Decompressive Laminectomy [I]L5/S1[/I] (RIGHT SIDE)
    Also a small bulging disc at [I]L4[/I]. NS said it was not giving me problems.
    [B]08/27/2001[/B] Started back problems.
    Chiro, acupuncture, stretches, body massage, walking, nothing helped.
    Got 3 epidurals, first they missed, second helped for 3 months, third didn't help.
    Kaiser kept sending me back home saying: "it will get better". NEVER DID!!
    [B]2003[/B] changed insurance TIRED OF KAISER!!!
    [B]07/03/03[/B] saw new NS, w/in days he was doing surgery on me.
    [B]09/07/03[/B] I am glad I went through surgery.
    [B]11/06/03[/B] Visited NS, he stresses on us going [I][B]SWIMMING[/B][/I]. He says after 40 years treating backs, swimming is the only thing that seems to help to straighten our backs and get us back on track.[/SIZE]

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 04:45 PM   #23
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    HI Brooke:

    I am so glad for your joy. It makes all the difference in the world when your attitude is positive. I was just wondering besides the valium what other medications are you taking for pain. Depending on the meds you may have to ease off of them gradually. I learned that the hard way when I tried to get off Vicoden Es cold turkey. I thought since I quit smoking 10 years ago that I could do the same with the Vicoden. By the third day I was so sick. I called my doctor's office and they told me that I shouldn't have done that. So I got back on but at half strength. Of course I don't take it anymore. Only extra strength tylenol when I need it.

    My physical therapist told me to start out walking slow for 15 minutes four times a day besides the normal walking I did in the house. As I got stronger he told me I could walk faster but still for only 15 minutes each time. He must be used to us who want to push past the limit. I paid every time and still do when I overdo it.

    Here's hoping for continuing improvement.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 05:01 PM   #24
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    Hi RAiza:

    I wondered why you would take an anti-inflammatory and then checked your info and saw that you didn't have a fusion done. My doctor actually forbid me from taking anti-inflammatory medication. I guess it must interfere with the fusion process. I take extra strength Tylenol for my discomfort.

    I didn't go to work today because I hurt quite a bit. It is mostly because of the weather and I probably overdid it in the last few days. Trying to get things done and also spent many hours Christmas shopping yesterday. It was a good time but I paid for it afterwards and today. What part of the country do you live in? Are you having the same kind of weather as we are here in Central Ohio?

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 05:10 PM   #25
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    Hi Raiza,

    Yep 16 days post op today and doing quite well. I walk very slowly and little steps too, people going past me must think i am learning to walk or something. My legs were the only thing that hurt, but it was muscle pain the kind when you're working out at the gym so i am not too concerned. I do however need to have a rest now I think...

    Love and long distance hugs
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 05:24 PM   #26
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    Dear Brooke:

    Again please be careful not to overdo things. Pain is pain. We have enough to deal with our surgery. Do it but take it easy. I know, I paid for overdoing it too many times.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 05:56 PM   #27
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    [COLOR=Magenta][B][CENTER]Hello Christi,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]Wow, I seemed to missed a lot of posts on your thread. I am just not feeling to well today. I am experiencing more pain than usual in both my legs. This pain feels more like muscle pain and the muscle relaxants and vicodin don't seem to be helping.

    The doctor's still have not found the cause of my internal bleeding. I have an appointment this Saturday for an colonoscopy. So tomorrow I have to starve myself for the day and only drink clear liquids. I am sure I will have nightmares about this exam...lol I also have an appointment tomorrow with PT for my feet and to learn how to use my tens unit. I just hope I feel better to get there..lol

    Sorry to sound so gloomy, and I hope that you are well.[/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Have a good night. [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

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    Old 11-13-2003, 06:00 PM   #28
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    Hi Tomorrow;
    I have a tens unit. It is a portable one and works really well. Is that what you have or getting? I am so sorry that they haven't found where the internal bleeding is coming from. I wish you luck with your colonoscopy.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 06:09 PM   #29
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    [COLOR=Navy][B][CENTER]Hello Raiza,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]I am sorry that you have been having back pain again. I think that it is amazing that your medications did not help to relieve your pain, but exercising such as swimming did. I am happy that you did find pain relief.

    I still have pitting edema in both my legs and feet. The swelling has gone down in my feet. I wear compression stocking a couple of days a week. I have had a couple of tests done and seen specialists. The vascular dr. wants my primary dr. to order a CT Scan of my stomach. I have not had a chance to discuss this with my primary dr. yet, with everything else going on. Right now I am recuperating from bronchitis. If it ain't one thing it's another. Thank you so much for asking.

    I do hope that swimming does continue to strengthen your back and give you pain relief.[/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Have a good night. [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

     
    Old 11-13-2003, 06:13 PM   #30
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    [COLOR=Magenta][B][CENTER]Hello Christi,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]Thank You. I am happy to hear that you have found relief from the portable tens unit. I just got one last week, but I need to learn how to use it. I am praying that it will indeed give me some pain relief as I am tired of taking all this pain medication. [/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Hugs to you. [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

     
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