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Old 02-07-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-08-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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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!

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