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Hi All, :wave:

In my quest to find more answers to some of my questions, I haven't had time to read any postings here for a day or two.
I have been spending alot of time checking out other web sites, as well as trying to get some stuff done at home.

I hate getting behind on reading the postings, because I feel so lost, trying to catch up.

I will be sure to catch up with what has been happening in your life, over this weekend, between shopping trips, which I hate.
I especially hate shopping this close to Christmas day, I really hate dealing with crowds.

I hope to be able to read some success stories [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bang.gif[/img]

The doctors office just returned my call, I finally received some answers, and just wanted to share them with you all.
I did forget to ask about the nerve damage though... Oh well, I can deal with that for now.

The "camel lump" on my back is expected to happen to me, as I have a long history of fluid collection, and having trouble with swelling, after any surgery I have. He said it was called a hematoma.
He said he was happy that I used the ice against his orders, since he didn't realize just how bad the swelling was.
He told me to now switch to heat for 15 minutes a day, three times a day.
It will get better by the day, so he claims.

As far as the lack of sleep, even though I am taking both the ambien, as well as the percocet, he said this happens to some people for months, it is due to the trauma that was done to the body, as well as how my body reacts to the meds.
He said general stress and worry, is also a big part of the lack of sleep.
Each person has a different reaction, but this is not uncommon.

He told me I can continue to double up on the ambien, which I have already done, and even take three percocets if I need to, which I also have already done.
He said when my body calms down, I will be able to sleep more hopefully soon.
My only other option, is morphine patches, but I changed my mind, I don't want to use that method.

He also congratulated me for going out and buying the Iron (white as a sheet, due to blood loss), as well as the Calcium (for the bones), and the smartest selection was the stool softener, as percocet has a high rate of the patient becoming constipated, which did happen to me already !

I had some menstrual related questions also, but he referred me to my OB/GYN, which I figured he would do.
I will wait and see what next month brings,that is if it ever stops this month, so I can also deal with that for now..

The best part, is that we usually meet a few friend's on Friday night's for a few beers.
We play in the "electronic" bowling tournaments, seeing how I can't do the real bowling now.
I was an avid bowler on a league for 17 years, I haven't bowled at all in about three years.
He said to go ahead and enjoy. "Just don't fall"
Believe me, my husband sticks close by me at all times !
The beer will act as a pain reliever, and will actually help me sleep. That is exactly what he told me, I was amazed, because doctors don't usually advise patients to drink, but if they are presented with the question, they give the honest answer.

He said to just make sure I just don't take any of the percocet or ambien within 4-6 hours of drinking, if I choose to drink at all, and to not take any more doses until in the morning.

His exact words were, "the pain from back surgery is so traumatic, and painful, you will do what ever you need to do, to relieve the pain"

I feel like crap again today, but I am seriousely thinking of maybe trying the beer tonight.
I will be uncomfortable for sure, with the pain, but I figure it's worth a shot.....
if i don't feel up to it, I can always come directly right back home.
We only live two blocks from the local bar we meet at, so that is a good thing.
My husband takes such good care of me, he will make sure I don't get to loopy !

Well, in a nut shell, this is my life for now, until I can get some relief.

I return for the post op visit on 12/31, and he told me to please don't hesitate to call him with any further questions.
Now, if i could only get rid of this massive headache.
Maybe a hot shower will help, I sure hope so.

I will catch up with everybody over the weekend, between shopping trips, so I hope you all have a super, fun, and terrific weekend.

Each and every one of you are in my prayers and thoughts, so we can all find pain relief, and if I can ever fit in some good sleep, I will also see you in my dreams.

Please Take Care, And Be Well,

Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.
My pelvic bone was used for grafting. Titanium was also used.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really needed.