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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue   tongue tongue I went to the Dr. on Monday. HE says it looks really good.There is more bone growth then he expected and all of the vertebrae are still in line.For me there is a lot less pain in the spine then I use to have but there is more pain in the muscle on my right side.Dr. said that is normal but feels like I have some nerve damage going down both cheeks of my back side.But in all it feels pretty good.Wish the rest of my body felt that good (It is not totally pain free but is a lot better).I go back in 6 weeks to have X-Rays again. tongue tongue tongue
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like the fusion is progressing well. I'm guessing where you have some muscle pain relates to the incision site? I know my NS told me I'd likely have more pain in my back, but the nerve pain would stop. Unfortunately, the latter didn't happen for me.

I wonder, though, about the nerve pain you say is happening. Doctor said that was normal? Just make sure you're following all instructions and not overdoing anything because you might make that even worse. Doctors consider the fusion successful if the bones fuse, regardless of whether it takes away your symptoms. If the nerve pain in your buttocks continues, or starts to worsen, I'd call your doctor and ask to be seen. Just my opinion. But the muscle pain may take a long time to go away, and there may always be some soreness or tightness there.

If my nerve pain would have gone away, the muscle pain in my back wouldn't be a big deal at all. You're still pretty fresh from surgery, so give that part time.

Take care!


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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My fusion didn't work very well either PAlady. I am lucky that they didn't put any metal in my back, at least I won't go off at the airport....ha ha.

Hey Mom, that's great that you are getting some relief from your surgery..I wish it was like that for all of us..Keep up the good work.

We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mom,
Glad to hear you had a good appt. I sure hope you are not getting nerve pain. So, will say an extra prayer on that one. Keep a close eye on that problem with your dr. Very good to hear the fusion is looking good. Thats important that its becoming solid. Do be very careful, I know you have kids can't remember the ages but please do not be lifting any kids. I know its hard. But, now its so important that you do everything as instructed. I have heard many say they get a tightness in their back after surgery and usually a muscle relaxer will help with that. Its good to hear you say the old pain is gone. It is strange how we can tell the difference in certain types of pain.
You take care and take it easy. Keep us posted on how you are doing.  Hugs, Susie

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   Posted 3/6/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to hear you had a good appt. and will wish you continued success on that fusion!
I, too, know how hard it is not being able to lift your kids, but we all have to do what we can
and your kids will understand, believe me, in fact make a game outta it, a time to help
mommy game and fill a jar with quarter's (one quarter each time they help you with something
that requires you to bend down, example a pot or pan) and once the jar is filled that you'll all go out for
either an ice cream or a toy from the dollar store..It'll help make them responcible (sp.)
and all have fun..
Good Luck to you...
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Mom.
Sounds like a pretty good report. You don't say if your happy about what the doc said but I think you should be. too bad about the but pains but they should go away with time. I'm watching closely because I'm gonna be right behind you!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections every 2weeks . 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Japan and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. I am one proud PaPa! 

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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats! Sounds like everything is going well, with the exception of the muscle pain. Hopefully it is nothing too serious & will decrease over time.

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