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Old 01-15-2005, 10:14 AM   #1
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Whats w/the L5 S1?

Just wondering if anyone knows why there are so many problems w/that level? It's like EVERYONE has a problem there. Is it from having too big of a butt?? LOL Just kidding!!
I hope you are all doing well today. I am taking my medication as prescribed only this time I more 60 vicodin in 4 days!
She asked if I wanted percocet again but am trying to go down in medication so we went to vicodin ES. One or two every 6 hours. I took 2 at 6 AM and it's now 11:07 and I am counting the minutes! Weds will be 3 weeks post op and my back still hurts! But I guess thats from having 4 pedicle screws, a titanium plate, and whatever else they put in w/the donor bone graft and other junk. My doc said I could expect to use the narcotics for about 6 or 7 weeks then would taper down and motrin or regular asprin should work if I even need anything by then. They are so kind to me there. I even got this cool laminated card that looks like a drivers liscense that has the dr's picture, name, the surgery date, what surgery it was, what implants are there, etc....
just in case I have a car wreck or something it'll be in my wallet for any ER doc or paramedic to see. I think that's a great idea! Did anyone else get that too? Maybe it's just this place. it's the Center for Spinal Disorders in Thornton Colorado. Wonderful wonderful place.
Am having a prob w/them getting back to my disability people though. If they don't have anything my Weds my case is denied and I don't get paid and the benefits I have been paid will be taken back. I lost a lot of time to deal w/that being rehospitalized with that stupid ileus for a week. Believe me on Tues (Monday is a holiday OF COURSE) I will be on their A## to get it to them or just give it to me and I'll fax the darn stuff!!!
Enough's to pain free days and a great 3 day weekend for those of you who have monday off.


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Old 01-15-2005, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: Whats w/the L5 S1?

Being where it is, the L5-S1 gets the most use and abuse.

Old 01-15-2005, 10:31 AM   #3
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Re: Whats w/the L5 S1?

I read somewhere, on a web site, that the average back takes a load weight of 7000 pounds force in the lumbar area.

I think that the reason that they gave for the L5-S1 going out was the improper twisiting at the waist, bending from the waist and not the hips, and the lack of ab strength. In other words, I think that it goes out from either, lack of proper care or an accident that goes beyond what the back can take.

just a thought,

Old 01-15-2005, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: Whats w/the L5 S1?

Yep, injured betty & TxHunni are right on the nose!
"The motion in the lower back is divided between five motion segments, although a disproportionate amount of the motion is in the lower segments (L3-L4 and L4-L5). Consequently, these two segments are the most likely to breakdown from wear and tear (e.g. Osteoarthritis). The two lowest discs (L4-L5 and L5-S1) take the most strain and are the most likely to herniate. This can cause pain and possibly numbness that radiates through the leg and down to the foot (sciatica)."

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