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    Old 11-14-2003, 10:59 AM   #31
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    Hello [b]Cristi,[/b]
    You know, my NS told me that when it hurts is because there is inflammation and gave me Vioxx. Also gave me Vicodine, but I don't want to take V because it is just that, a painkiller, and does not do anything else. V takes the pain away real good, it even gives me these feeling of well being that is scary. But when it wears out, then all symptoms are back. Vioxx helps most of the time but for some reason sometimes it does not help. That is the reason I am swimming most of the time to get rid of discomfort. It is better that than taking medicine. The thing is that I don't always can go swimming, but I need to make an effort. You know what I mean? My L pain has not come back. Thanks God!! I will wait and see.

    I live in California, the cold weather does not help at all. I tell my husband that when we grow old I want to move to Phoenix or Texas, or even Florida. Where the warm weather is. I am from Panama and that would be the ideal for me (hot weather), but Hubby does not speak Spanish and thinks he will not like to live there other than just vacationing We are going to Chicago this X-mas to visit his Mom. I heard it is real cold there. I hope I survive.

    I hope you feel better, don't overdo it with x-mas shopping. I am doing mine on line. Just limiting to go to the mall.

    [b]Hi Tomorrow,[/b]
    I was hoping you told me that the swelling in your legs were completely gone. I understand when you say if it is not one thing it is another one. In my country we say: "If it is not Chana it is Juana" LOL. Chana and Juana are ladies name. LOL. .. You know, there are some socks that have a machine for articulation. Kind of massage your legs. I think they cost about $150. I have the tent machine but that has never helped me.

    Sorry to hear you had bronchitis. I went to get my flue shot yesterday and I feel pretty yiaki today I never used to get flue, but after I got my herniated disc, I get everything, flues, stomachaches, headaches, well, you name it. NS, says when you have been in chronic pain for so long, you tent to get depressed and therefore your defenses go down... It makes sense.

    [b]Hi Brooks[/b]
    Let me tell you that my first 3 weeks post/op I was feeling really good. I started overdoing it. I think I set myself back by the second month. So you take it easy, don't twist, don't bend, use your legs to pick up stuff, buy a grabber so you don't even have to use your legs to pick up for now. Take lots of hot baths, drink lots of water, eat well, and the most important: [i]BE PATIENCE[/i]. I know I wasn't. I was always comparing myself to other people's recovering and stressing out. It will heal. I am in my forth month post/op and the recovery has been amazing. Just have to bear with this muscle spasm that I have on my L side.

    P.S. [b]Tomorrow,[/b]
    Are you doing PT? You know, my NS told me [i]NOT[/i] to do PT. He told me to go swimming. I went PT cuz mostly everyone was doing PT here. I thought, "mmmhh, it may help me as well". So I went on my own. I tell you, if I remember correctly, I just had a little bit of pain on my L, all I know that later on the pain on my L increased big time. But I can't remember if it was before or after PT. I went to my NS and he told me to [i]STOP[/i] PT and go swimming. Instead of using my $ and time to PT I should use that slap to go swimming. I have left PT for a week already and I wonder if it is the combination of swimming and that I stopped PT that I am feeling better. ... I should have a diary to write everything down, so I don't forget when, how, and where I feel pain here and there.

    Anyway, I wrote a news paper.
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    Hope you have a free pain day!!!

     
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    Old 11-14-2003, 11:22 AM   #32
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    Dear Raiza,

    I know what you mean. I am 17 days post op today and am feeling great but not getting enough rest. I have decided as of today things are going to have to be alot more strict. As strange as it sounds I am just having too many guests over and I cant get any sleep during the day. At the moment I find I am getting 5 hours in the middle of the day as well which is a big help.

    Love
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-14-2003, 11:25 AM   #33
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    Dear Christi,

    I am definately going to do less than i have of late. I have been up too long the last couple of days and have not gotten my usual midday sleep which normally does a lot for me.

    The nerve pain is beter than it was when i first came out of hospital but it is still the reason i have to move around so much, as opposed to my back causing the pain.

    Looking forward to a restful day, how's things for you?

    Lots of love and long distance hugs
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-14-2003, 11:41 AM   #34
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    [COLOR=Indigo][B][CENTER]Hello Raiza,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]It looks as if we are on the boards at the same time. I like the saying from your country: " If it is not Chans it is Juana".

    I saw a commercial for a compression machine for the legs but I wasn't sure if it would really work. I am always worried about purchasing something from a TV ad. The compression stocking do help some. I think I am just starting to get more swelling because I have not been doing as much elevation because I have been experiencing pain in my tailbone area. It seems the only place I can sit without pain, it in my chair at my pc, because I am leaned forward and therefore I don't have the pressure on the tailbone.

    My doctor tried giving me the flu shot last month and I said NO. I never had one before and I was worried about it making me sick. You just confirmed my suspicion. Sorry that you are feeling ill from the shot. It does make sense on what your ns said about the immune system. I had the Epstein Barr Virus last year, but this year it went dormid. But I ended up with anemia after my fusion surgery so again my immune system is not the greatest.

    I did go to PT today but only for 1 visit. My pain management dr. wanted me to go for my newly diagnosed archilles tendinitis. But I would only agree to one visit to get exercises to do at home. My ns does not want me to start PT because he believes that I have a problem with a muscle. I had wanted to start pt a while ago. But after reading and researching I think that I might give up PT all together. I have to work on getting my feet better so then I can start walking again. After the holidays I think I will have to persuade my ns to order an MRI because I really believe my body it telling me something is not right. I agree with you about that Diary. I really wish I would have kept one from the day I had my surgery....[/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Have a great day [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

     
    Old 11-15-2003, 01:39 PM   #35
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    Hi Raiza:

    You must live in Northern part of California. I guess I always thought the weather would be warm everywhere in CA. It was very cold and rainy today. I did go in to work, didn't sell anything but I was there. I had to get up at 4a.m. this morning to help make pizzas. It is a fundraiser for the Winesburg Historical Society of which my husband is president. I guess that makes me the first lady of our town. ha ha. We made 270 pizzas, then I went in to work for 8:30. I did leave work a little early as there really wasn't a whole lot going on. Of course when I got home I had to deliver some pizzas and also take our Amish cousins home. Tonight we are going to see a play at the local university. That should be interesting.
    Hope all is well with you.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-15-2003, 01:43 PM   #36
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    Hi Brooke:

    I am doing very well today considering everything I have had to do. Tomorrow morning we will go to church and then I will rest. I think it very wise of you to slow down a little. Every time I overdid shortly after my surgery, I paid dearly. Faster isn't always better. It can set you back and you don't want that.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-15-2003, 01:47 PM   #37
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    Hi Tomorrow:

    I am so sorry that you are having all these problems. I also am not doing p.t. As a matter of fact my physical therapist thinks I do better without. He encourages me to walk and bicycle of which the walking is what I do the most. He also said that p.t. is not for everyone. He was physical therapist of the year in 1998 so I have tremendous faith in him.
    Hope you feel better.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-15-2003, 06:18 PM   #38
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    Dear Christi,

    Yeah, i am proud of myself for cutting back. I am sleeping a lot more too though i figure i obviously need it. I would be so very angry with myself if i did something foolish when i clearly know better.

    I saw that you mentioned to tommorrow that Pt is not for everyone/ Why is it that PT is not for everyone?

    Lots of love and long distance hugs
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 06:32 AM   #39
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    [COLOR=Magenta][B][CENTER]Hello Christi,[/CENTER][/B]
    [INDENT]I'm back and feeling a little bit better from my colonoscopy. Friday evening I had to drink this medication and I automatically felt as if I had the flu. I am still a little week, but at least I can sit up at my pc this morning. My test results looked normal, although I have to wait a while for the biopsy results. This is one test I never want to repeat....lol

    I am glad to hear that you are still felling better and boy do you keep yourself busy. I hope that you enjoyed your play last night.[/INDENT]
    [B][CENTER] Have a great day. [/CENTER][/B][/COLOR]

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 08:36 AM   #40
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    Hi Brooke:

    The reason I said pt. is not for everyone is because there are some people who do not heal as fast as others on the inside and it hurts them even more when they do certain exercises. I got this from a physical therapist who was named therapist of the year in 1998. Also you have to be very careful when you start seeing a therapist. You need to make sure that they are experienced at working with spinal fusion patients and know what they are doing. I had a terrible experience with a therapy center who had never worked with spinal fusion patients before and really set me back in my recovery by having me do exercises that were not supposed to be done until you were 6 months postop. I found that out a week after doing them. It was partly my fault as I should have asked them about their experiences with spinal patients. Instead I trusted them and they failed me.

    I am glad you are taking it a little easier now. Even though my surgery was July 9th ,and to me seems like a long time ago I still have to be careful about overdoing things because I sure pay for it later.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 08:39 AM   #41
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    Hi Tomorrow:

    Sounds like a test I wouldn't want to have myself. The play was so long, but the actors were very good. I was so tired and hurt so much by the time I got home. It was late. I stayed up long enough to see if Ohio State football team beat Purdue which they did. Then I went to bed. Am staying home today to take it easy. Now that the pizza benefit is over it is time to relax a little until work tomorrow.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 01:35 PM   #42
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    Dear Christi,

    So should I perhaps phone them and ensure that they have worked with fusion patients before? Would they be used to being asked that kind of thing? I mean i dont want to sound rude to them but at the same time, I have come so far and this has cost so much and ultimately i dont want to go with someone who has not worked with fusion patients before. How would you go about finding perhaps a physio that specialises with fusions?

    Thanks for your advise,

    Love
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 06:06 PM   #43
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    Hi Brooke:

    I absolutely would ask any physical therapist if they ever worked with a spine fusion patient before. You definitely don't want to go through what I did, having somebody who never worked with a spine fusion patient mess with your back. I wished I would have known. Lord only knows how much farther along in recovery I would be if that wouldn't have happened. We won't know for quite some time if there is any damage done to me or not. My experiencing leg and hip pain after 4 + months makes me wonder that.

    I don't know anything about physio's. You may want to research that.

    Christi

     
    Old 11-16-2003, 08:32 PM   #44
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    Dear Christi,

    I took your advise and called the physio first thing this morning. I got the receptionist and i said i was 3 weeks post op from spinal fusion and wanted to know if the physio had worked with spinal fusion pateints before. She put me on hold and then when she came back to the phone she said 'yep he said you should be fine'. I thought...right.. that wasnt exactly how i thought it should sound. I am wondering if she thinks i was asking if i am ok to have physio done on me.

    I guess its not really life or death because he's not touching my back, its only my legs because the ae sore, which is still improving. Its still present but not to the same extent.

    Love
    Brooke

     
    Old 11-17-2003, 11:02 AM   #45
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    Hello Brooke,
    Christi is right. PT is not for everyone. I can't do PT because when I did, it actually set me back. I had these horrible pain on my L. My NS has absolutely told me not to go to PT that I should start swimming the sooner the better after surgery. I did the swimming and I noticed my leg pain got so much better. But I stopped cuz I got lazy. Then since everyone here was going to PT I thought, "mmhh it actually help me to heal faster".. nope, it didn't. When I went to my NS he told me to instead of wasting my $ and time, I should use that slap to swimming. So I did. I do swim every other day religiously. I sometimes have pain and go swimming. It goes away after.

    hope I help,
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    [SIZE=1]
    [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]

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