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    Old 07-19-2003, 09:30 AM   #691
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    Hey Thom~ I felt the same way after surgery as you. I didn't have any problems sitting in a chair with lumbar support. My mom was here so we played some cards at the kitchen table. Sitting was not a problem for me either. I just made myself get up and walk around every 10-15 minutes or so. But, now that I'm back at work, sitting does seem to increase the foot pain. I think the diff is because when I was home, I would aternate sitting, walking and LAYING. I'm trying a test today. I have work to do on my laptop, so I am trying not to sit too much (more laying). As my numbness/pain has increased more and more each day since I returned to work 2 weeks ago and started PT, I am trying to ascertain which is the culprit! The PT said I may experience some nerve pain as he has been stretching the nerve. But still, even the days I don't have PT, the pain increases during the day. So, we shall see. Regarding feeling better right after surgery, so did I. I think maybe you still have some anesthesia in your system. And regarding PT, I don't think everyone goes to PT after surgery, unless you still have symptoms of nerve pain. I am really glad he sent me and the PT is really knowledgable. I didn't start until 4 weeks post op per doc's orders. For the 1st 4 weeks, you just want your incision to heal. Anyway, hope this helps and I'll talk to you later. ~Daubie

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    Epidurals x3, PT 4 mos, some relief, but constant foot pain and numbness continued
    Microdiscectomy 6/6/03
    9/5/03 still have foot pain and numbness but recovered fine from surgery
    1/19/04 I am 7 mos post op. I still have the same foot pain as before surgery. Doc agrees it is probably permanent nerve damage. Started neurontin this week. Still glad I had the surgery though!

     
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    Old 07-19-2003, 04:48 PM   #692
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    Anyone, when did you start stretching, mild of course, that you can do in bed. Like the periformis (?) muscle. I understand that knee to chest will come later if at all. It's ironic - my longtime chiropractor said never ever do the knee-chest, and PTs seem to recommend it. chiro said that exercises to flatten my swayed back (like knee-chest, sit-ups) would compress the front (stomach) side of disk, and cause my L5 to be forced further back, and worsen the bulging (now ruptured and hopefully never again) disk. [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif[/img]

    Thanks again,
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    PS - my 12 yr old now calls me Mr. Harmless, and wife calls me Speedy. I call myself Mr. Forgetful. They and my 12 yr old son are great and giving me all kinds of help.

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    Old 07-19-2003, 07:44 PM   #693
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    Daubie... Ah, good to hear that, I'll keep the sitting in my rotation. Hope the foot starts to get better soon or you can figure what's causing what, that must be really frustrating. I've notices some "strange" sensations every once in a while, little tingles that I never felt before, but nothing happens twice in the same place.

    Question, has anybody had night sweats postop? I've been waking up soaking wet the last two nights, strange it would skip three nights after surgery and then start. Only time I ever had night sweats I had pnuemonia, ugh.

    Hey, Mike ... so your surgery was a day after mine and you're looking for exercises already, you're a better man than I! Best of luck to you.

    Later folks,

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    Old 07-20-2003, 05:35 AM   #694
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    Good Morning all. Mike, I wasn't given any instruction for stretching exercises post op, but TexMich posted this for me so I went back and found it. Hope it helps:
    I had good instructions til 3 wks - (see below) then it's basically "ok, you're on your own!" (AS TOLERATED!)
    I agree that's way too vague. Espec. when little things that are not ok to do come out later in conversation w/them @ almost 3 mos post op like "no full body stretches til 5 mos" :roll:
    I did get an instruction sheet/packet from Neuro's office explaining instructions for 1st 3wks explaining wound care, straining/lifting,showering,medication,
    posture & body mechanics as shown below. (Also, the P.A. said the Dr. didn't think I needed Physical Therapy- but I think a lot of the below info the PT provides(?)
    Daubie & Bufalo:Micro-Disc/Laminotomy 0-3 wks Post Op Instructions that I received:
    Bed mobility: Need to roll like a log out of bed:roll both hips & shoulders at same time in one direction to sidelying position;from this position move legs frwd off bed w/hips flexed, then use your elbow & other hand to push up to sitting position. (They offer a 3 mos course SOMEWHERE in how to do this!) (just kiddin) - (it is easier tho if the PT or nurse had showed you how in the hospital). Shoulders & hips shld move as unit always. I found by tensing abdomin it was easier to move this way. This prevents using your back to get up. Important not to twist or bend from waist til okayed by Doctor.
    Sit to Stand: Slide fwd in chair & use your legs to stand - don't lean fwd when getting up
    Stand to sit: Keep trunk straight, sit on front part of chair using legs to let you down, then slide back in chair,don't lean fwd & sit back in chair.
    Posture: Sit w/back straight against back of chair. Place both feet flat on floor. Hips & knees shld be level. Protect your back w/a rolled up towel or lumbar support.
    Sleeping: best sleeping positions are:
    On your back w/one not too big pillow under your head & 1 or 2 under knees
    Lying on side w/pillow under head & 1 pillow between knees. Firm mattress is preferred.
    General: don't twist back, move body as unit always(in bed or standing)
    don't reach or bend over to get things til cleared by Doc
    Don't lift anything heavier than a plate til cleared by Doc (no groceries, trash, small kids, etc.)
    Take lots of short walks, gradually increasing distance. Walk at steady pace that's comfortable for you. Good walking shoes - no hi heels or boots.
    Exercises: Gluteal isometrics:squeeze buttocks together & hold for count of ten
    Quad Iso's: Tighten up top thigh muscles, keep knees straight as possible, push the back of knees into bed & hold for count of ten
    Ankle pumps/circles: Point toes down then up. Repeat. Perform ankle circles in 1 direction - then the other.
    END. Mike, hope this helps. Sounds like you must be feeling pretty good!
    Thom~ hope today is finding you well! Night sweats, eh? Nope, never had them. Sure hope you don't have pneumonia! That is always a possibility after any surgery. Better get it checked out.
    Well, my test yesterday worked. I contribute my increased foot pain to working. I did all my PT exercises yesterday morning then took it easy. Although the foot numbness was there, I had very little pain with it. Guess I'll have to lay around for the rest of my life (ha ha, just kidding, NO WAY). But at least I put my mind at ease that PT isn't hurting me!
    Laura, Lisa, Dave, Rathead, B'Bill and everyone else, hope you are all having a great weekend. Beginning to wonder if you guys managed to sneak into Dee's trunk after all :smile:


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    Epidurals x3, PT 4 mos, some relief, but constant foot pain and numbness continued
    Microdiscectomy 6/6/03
    9/5/03 still have foot pain and numbness but recovered fine from surgery
    1/19/04 I am 7 mos post op. I still have the same foot pain as before surgery. Doc agrees it is probably permanent nerve damage. Started neurontin this week. Still glad I had the surgery though!

     
    Old 07-20-2003, 08:00 AM   #695
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    Good morning all....

    Daubie-sure wish Dee's hubby didn't bust us in the trunk... could have really used that trip

    Sorry I haven't posted but have been suffering with a horrible headache/neckache that came on a few days ago.
    Mother-in-law- is a RN and is thinking that I might have a spinal fluid leak.. I did a no no the other day and bent down, wasn't intentional, but it happened none the less.
    Thom- Glad to hear your doing so good. I had some night sweats after surgery, and I related mine to the fever I had ran due to the morphine that was in my system.If your prone to pneumonia, I'd see your dr. a.s.a.p! I was told that was one of the possibilities of my procedure.. They even gave me a breathing treatment pre-op. I was kinda surprised, but glad they did..
    Mike-glad to hear your doig good as well!
    Wow that was a big fragment to have removed!
    Best wishesd to you both for a speedy recover.. can't believe I am 3 weeks post-op tomorrow.. Besides the headache,( wich vicodin won't even take away) I still have some numbness in my foot when I walk a good distance like thru a store and what not, and sometimes a twinge on the sciatic nerve, but like I stated before, compaired to pre-op I feel great!
    Gentle hugs to all.....
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    Old 07-20-2003, 08:17 AM   #696
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    Morning all!

    Daubie... So glad you figured it out. I would think it's much better to be able to do your PT and worry about work later, afterall ... the PT should make work more tolerable eventually. Hope your boss is patient enough!

    Last night was first night in an actual bed I think the couch had it's good points, but bed was SUCH a welcome difference, and no night sweat, go figure. My first steps out of bed had more back pain than I had the last five mornings, but it went away very quicly and I've been marching all around the house this morning without that totally rigid feeling, much more relaxed standing. We'll see how that goes as the day goes on.

    Lisa ...Many thanks re. body pillows from WalMart. My wife went out yesterday for a welome break from, ahem .... ME, and spent some quality shopping with her Mom. I was able to move it around from one side to under my knees, then the other side, so I slept my "normal" sequence ... left, back, right, left, back, etc. but the pillow gave some of the back support that I really liked on the couch, albeit not quite as firm, but plenty close enough for comfort. I did wake up at one point on my right side and my right leg hurt. That I didn't like at all as I've never had right leg problems. (I hadn't slept on my right since surgery)

    Best wishes to all for a great Sunday. I've been out on the deck watching two hummingbirds (and all the freaking bees!!!) in my wife's flower garden, a pleasant morning outside here in DC. But it's early yet

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    Old 07-20-2003, 04:41 PM   #697
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    Hi~
    I thought I should introduce myself since it looks like I will be posting here for a while.

    About 5 weeks ago my husband sat down at work and developed excrutiating back/leg pain. We happen to work at a hospital and he was able to see an orthopaedic surgeon that day. The doctor put him on percocet and advil thinking it was most likely a bad sprain. When he went back 4 days later he had already developed moderate foot drop. MRI showed a very large herniation at L5-S1. The next day my husband went to a orthopaedic surgeon who was a spine specialist and had neurosurgery training--very well known. The doctor was conservative and tried him on a dose of medrol to see if any improvement would be made, but also scheduled surgery for after the medrol was complete. My husband had to have surgery on July 1, 2003. Although the pain is mostly gone--he says there is now an "ache" that keeps him up at night. He still has some numbness in leg and foot and his hamstring and achilles tendon is EXTREMELY sore and tight. He starts PT next week and we are hoping for some good results. We have a vacation planned in the first week of October (15 hour drive --taking 2 days to drive it) and are hoping that he will be cleared to go.

    I have found this sight to be so helpful. I hope you don't mind me joining even though I am not the one that had the surgery I am the information gatherer.

    I can't wait to get to know you all.

    Sincerely,

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    Old 07-20-2003, 05:46 PM   #698
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    Thom- your very welcome.. I found them to help me alot ..Yes, not as firm as I would like either, but I found them to have enough support for the time being.. Glad to see you doing so well!

    HI Samantha! welcome to the family!
    Hoping your hubby is feeling better soon !

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    Old 07-20-2003, 06:51 PM   #699
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    ~Welcome Samantha! Glad you found us, we're always looking for new faces! Sounds like your hubby is well on his way to recovery. His pains are very common so don't think the surgery failed. Just last nite I woke up with a sharp pain in the back of my calf (I used to get those all the time pre surgery, but this was the first one post surgery). I didn't do anything different and I actually felt good today, so I know it is nothing to worry about. It's just the nerve going "hey, I'm alive!!!". Doc said to expect all kinds of nerve twinges/pains for awhile. Especially because I already had nerve damage (foot numbness/pain, which I still have about the same level as pre-surgery). Also, I was sent to PT 4 weeks post op (I am 6 weeks now). Although I haven't seen any improvement yet, I know I am learning alot of exercises to help my back along. I wanted to go to PT because I needed to know how to avoid this in the future. The therapist is great. He explains how the doc treated the problem and got rid of the source, but the nerves and muscles take more time to figure it out. And if you don't work on these, you can continue to have the pain. I'm not explaining it as well as he did, but he is very knowledgeable and I really trust him. I did not feel this way after 4 mos of PT last year (different PT place). Anyway, hope this helps you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Welcome again!
    Thom~ glad no more night sweats!!! Back probably just needs to get used to the new digs! Thats great that you're able to move around so much more now. Pretty soon you'll be back to ... (what, skiing? Golfing? camping?), well whatever, hopefully it'll be soon!
    ~Mike, how you doing today?
    ~Laura, you must have had a busy weekend, eh?
    ~Dee, hope you had a great mini vaca. Did you do the bottle of wine at the top of the sand dune like I suggested?
    ~Lisa, how are ya???
    Ok, enough, I guess. Talk to you all tomarrow! ~Daubie

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    Microdiscectomy 6/6/03
    9/5/03 still have foot pain and numbness but recovered fine from surgery
    1/19/04 I am 7 mos post op. I still have the same foot pain as before surgery. Doc agrees it is probably permanent nerve damage. Started neurontin this week. Still glad I had the surgery though!

     
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    Old 07-20-2003, 08:35 PM   #700
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    Hi everyone Hope everyone had a great wk-end!

    Daubie, Hi! Glad you relaxed the other nite & had a few for the rest of us! And Yes- I've had a busy wk-end. Started Friday w/some Texans visiting. Saturday we were in Lisa's neck of the woods- went to Freedom Hill in the Sterling Hts area to the German Fest (of course!) & had a great time. Met some Detroiteranders- ok- I know- but what DO they call themselves?! Still can't figure out where the "D" in Michigander comes from! [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif[/img] Anyway- good Spaten beer/soft giant pretzels & good time had by all! Actually danced [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif[/img] quite a bit & my back didn't seem to pay for it the next day! (Of course this is one of those rare wk-ends I haven't been "off" "anesthetics" (spaten,chianti, etc) long enough to really know!) Then tonight went w/some fellow Texan transplantees to a nice Italian restaurant - good Chianti & food. Tomorrow is b-day- so party time again. (Is it obvious I like to stretch out my b-day wk-end!) Anyway-good friends & good times.
    I am sincerely thinking about going to PT tho. I just think my progress isn't quite where it shld be & want a physiatrist or qualified coordinator at a PT clinic to advise me on if I have scar tissue that needs working out or if I'm ok to go back to my trapeze career. Haven't found a spine specific one in Troy- & feel that's important. Many who receive/treat spine patients-& they may be great- but how do you KNOW? Nearest spine specific one appears to be in Auburn Hills - a bit further than I like- but I'm still in the deciding phase. [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif[/img] Well, take care & look fwd to chatting w/you soon!

    Thom & Samantha: Welcome to the thread! I believe I've replied to your posts on other thread(s) in the past & it's great to have you join us here! Thom- [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img] sounds like you've gotten some great advice from Daubie & Lisa- keep up the good work! Samantha- I know what you mean about being the "information gatherer" for your family. I have that role too- & it feels great when you find ANYTHING that lessons their load - & this board has a lot of caring, thoughtful people with great advice & a few smiles sprinkled in for fun!

    Lisa, Hi & hope you're feeling better. My head also hurt a bit Thurs- Fri & I thought it may be the front coming in - seem to be pretty susceptible to the fronts w/resulting sinus pressure headaches. Yours sounded more painful. Do yours seem to be more of a pressure or sharp pain type headache? If they continue- I agree that you shld get a professional opinion on them so you know what you're dealing with & how to treat them. Well, hopefully you're feeling better now - I know you're more than ready for the pain gremlin [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/hammer.gif[/img] to move on! Take care!

    Everyone else- hope to chat with you soon!

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    Good Morning to all,I haven't fallen off the face of the earth though that might be a good experience!!I have been recovering from that HANGOVER thanks to Daubie but it was well worth it and you might have to do that for me again!!!!Just wanted to pop in and say hi to everyone and I am thinking of you all and praying all is doing well !!! Still trying to work through that new MRI report to post it and maybe get some resposes to it!!
    Take care and will post again hopefully with something of some importance other then wishing you all well which by the way is the most important!!!!!
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    Hi all~
    My husband goes back to work on Wednesday (officially 3 weeks post microdiscectomy) for a few hours and then has first PT appt. I think he is going in too soon, but he wants to give it a try. I guess I am worried that he is going to make it worse by trying too soon,but I do know he is going nuts at home.

    Any one go back to work this soon? He has a desk job.

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    Hi all~
    My husband goes back to work on Wednesday (officially 3 weeks post microdiscectomy) for a few hours and then has first PT appt. I think he is going in too soon, but he wants to give it a try. I guess I am worried that he is going to make it worse by trying too soon,but I do know he is going nuts at home.

    Any one go back to work this soon? He has a desk job.

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    Old 07-21-2003, 04:36 PM   #704
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    Okay, I didn't write anything down so I'm trying to remember what everyone said (testing the micro-d/brain theory!!!). Most important: Linda, the HANGOVER was well worth it, wasn't it? I responded to your other post, sure wish I could you figure it out.
    ~Laura, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I guess I didn't realize you were a July B-day too! Mine is this weekend. Are you going to share your age??? I'll be 41 and PROUD OF IT!! Except this past year I've felt a lot older than that. Oh well. Sounds like you had a great weekend. You sure are a busy person! I'm more of a home body. So, the dancing didn't bother you at all? Woohoo!!! Do you do any exercising at home? PT said my Bowflex will be a great piece of equipment when I can start using it.
    Lisa~ how's the headache? Better I hope.
    Samantha, I returned 4 weeks post op but felt I could have returned 3 weeks except I drive 1 hour each way and that scared me. He'll be fine, don't worry. How's his leg cramps doing? Does he take any muscle relaxers???
    ~Thom, how are you doing today?
    ~Mike, how about you?
    Well, I got a new friend today! It's called a TENS unit. PT used one on me to try to "interrupt" the pain signal. When I stood up, NO foot pain!!! He said don't get used to it, it's only temporary. But, if it continues to help, I'll be able to get one for home and use it 3-4 times a day. Well, pain was gone for about 4 hours, then came back on my drive home. Sure was nice while it lasted! I'll definately try it again tomarrow and see if I have the same results (fingers crossed!). He said it could help speed along the nerve getting used to not sending that damn pain signal. I'll try anything...
    Well, have to go make something for dinner. I've been doing the low carb thing all year, and sometimes it's just really hard to find things to eat. That's the way I feel now, hungry but nothing sounds good.
    Talk to you all soon~ Daubie


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    9/5/03 still have foot pain and numbness but recovered fine from surgery
    1/19/04 I am 7 mos post op. I still have the same foot pain as before surgery. Doc agrees it is probably permanent nerve damage. Started neurontin this week. Still glad I had the surgery though!

     
    Old 07-21-2003, 04:37 PM   #705
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    Okay, I didn't write anything down so I'm trying to remember what everyone said (testing the micro-d/brain theory!!!). Most important: Linda, the HANGOVER was well worth it, wasn't it? I responded to your other post, sure wish I could you figure it out.
    ~Laura, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I guess I didn't realize you were a July B-day too! Mine is this weekend. Are you going to share your age??? I'll be 41 and PROUD OF IT!! Except this past year I've felt a lot older than that. Oh well. Sounds like you had a great weekend. You sure are a busy person! I'm more of a home body. So, the dancing didn't bother you at all? Woohoo!!! Do you do any exercising at home? PT said my Bowflex will be a great piece of equipment when I can start using it.
    Lisa~ how's the headache? Better I hope.
    Samantha, I returned 4 weeks post op but felt I could have returned 3 weeks except I drive 1 hour each way and that scared me. He'll be fine, don't worry. How's his leg cramps doing? Does he take any muscle relaxers???
    ~Thom, how are you doing today?
    ~Mike, how about you?
    Well, I got a new friend today! It's called a TENS unit. PT used one on me to try to "interrupt" the pain signal. When I stood up, NO foot pain!!! He said don't get used to it, it's only temporary. But, if it continues to help, I'll be able to get one for home and use it 3-4 times a day. Well, pain was gone for about 4 hours, then came back on my drive home. Sure was nice while it lasted! I'll definately try it again tomarrow and see if I have the same results (fingers crossed!). He said it could help speed along the nerve getting used to not sending that damn pain signal. I'll try anything...
    Well, have to go make something for dinner. I've been doing the low carb thing all year, and sometimes it's just really hard to find things to eat. That's the way I feel now, hungry but nothing sounds good.
    Talk to you all soon~ Daubie


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    Car Accident 2/2/02
    Herniated disc L5/S1
    Epidurals x3, PT 4 mos, some relief
    Microdiscectomy 6/6/03
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    Car Accident 2/2/02
    Herniated disc L5/S1
    Epidurals x3, PT 4 mos, some relief, but constant foot pain and numbness continued
    Microdiscectomy 6/6/03
    9/5/03 still have foot pain and numbness but recovered fine from surgery
    1/19/04 I am 7 mos post op. I still have the same foot pain as before surgery. Doc agrees it is probably permanent nerve damage. Started neurontin this week. Still glad I had the surgery though!

     
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