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Old 12-29-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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Three months post TLIF - pretty good so far!

It's been a while since I've posted here - which is probably a common theme amongst those who feel they are doing well

My L4-S1 TLIF was done on Sept 26th and all things considered I'm happy with my progress. Yes, there have been a couple of hiccups along the way, but nothing that could not be handled with patience and a prescription!

I had my x-rays yesterday and have been blessed with great bone growth so have been given permission to begin physical therapy - which is a daunting thing to me, but I'll do as I'm advised/told
I'm not ready to climb Everest, but I no longer have to hold on and wince as I climb the stairs!
Laundry and taking food out of the oven are a challenge I sometimes accept, but mostly don't attempt yet - though I did bake for Christmas sitting on the floor to be close to the oven!

So, my negatives...I'd prefer to be off narcotics, but as I was started on an anti inflammatory yesterday I'm hopeful that will happen soon. I'd like to be able to drive with a lot less pain. I'd like to be able to sit for longer without pain stopping play...again these things will take time...I'm optimistic!

I'm hoping to rejoin the workforce soon - I've been unable to work due to my back since April - I was terminated by my employer because of my prolonged absence. I'm probably going to have to find a different area to work in as my old job (NICU RN) requires me to be able to push/pull 250 lbs. My surgeon does not think that is a something I should strive to do given that I have many more years ahead of me (I'll be 40 in January!). So I'm going to move away from the bedside and transition - hopefully - into a more paper/computer/telephone style of patient care.
My disability insurance company has been outstanding so far and are telling me they will be ready to help me get back to working when my Dr clears me.

That's my update! Thanks to all here for the advise that got me through the last eight months...I'll be back to play here more often....promise xx
Post ESI x3
SI steroid injections
Facet joint injections
RF Ablation Rt & Lt two level
TLIF scheduled 9/26/11

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Re: Three months post TLIF - pretty good so far!

Great to hear from you, especially to hear your good news. It sounds like things are going along well. Nursing is a versatile career. I'm sure you'll be able to find something that is less physically demanding that you will enjoy just as much!

Be sure your PT has orthopedic experience. It's great when you can find one that treats only orthopedic patients. In any case, as you're going along, don't let them push you too far or too fast. Learn to really pay attention to your body. I stopped PT with my first fusion, waited a month, and then went back. It is better to take it slowly and have it take a bit longer than inflaming a nerve and having to go through all that process. If you are already taking anti -inflammatories, you will want to be especially careful.

Take good care, and Happy New Year!


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Re: Three months post TLIF - pretty good so far!

COngrats on the bones!!!

I love going to PT...I got the okay at the 3m appt but it took a bit b/c I had to wean off the brace first. I've gone for a month or so the therapist and feeling like I am actively involved in getting better. The other patients are a hoot too!!

I am weaning off narcs myself. I tried dropping too much and got pretty ill (sever shakes, achy, no sleep) so did get a more solid plan....still some trouble (insomnia still n issue, belly a bit upset) but NOT as bad as when I went too fast.

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