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anice
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   Posted 5/3/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I woke up to almost unbearable pain the  morning. It is storming outside. My back is horrible. I had a hard time getting out of bed to go get something to drink to take a Lortab and phenergan. This is how I felt the day of surgery!!! I sure wasn't expecting this. I am almost in tears. cry
 
I want to get in the tub and soak in hot water. I took a shower last night. I am a little scared to get in there though. I am not suposed to bend or twist. I talked with my husband. He said he would help me get in and out if it is what I want to do.I just don't know what to do.
 
Have all of you noticed these major changes on stormy days? How do you deal with it?  Any suggestions?
Anice

The Reverend
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   Posted 5/3/2009 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I no what your on about they call me the human barrometer, I start swelling everywhere and the pain goes up It has to be the low pressure that does it, I just use the hot bath and up the pain meds and dissapear for a while in bed or by myself as not to take it out on those around me. Love the rain hate the pain
Maybe we need one of those enviro domes where they control the pressure and seasons and rain and lock ourselves in when bad weather comes, Or the set for the Truman Show.

wish ttyl

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edt
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   Posted 5/3/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Anice,

I feel your pain, I don't think you should get in the tub...maybe a nice hot shower would do the trick!

Hope you feel better soon!

XXOO
Patti


White Beard
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   Posted 5/3/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
anice
This might sound crazy but when you hurt really bad, can you have your husband or even maybe you kids, take some lotion and then have you lay down or get in a recliner and try to get comfortable, and try to relax and then have them give you gentle hand massages or foot massages. I know when I worked up on the Onco Unit, and we had patients that were in severe pain, and giving them hand or foot massages helped our patients immensely! You could have the most difficult patient or one that was in really having severe pain and a really good hand or foot massage or both, it really did help them allot!

My boss always said that I could take the grumpiest patient, man or woman and give them a good foot massage and they would be like putty in my hands afterwards and they all turned into the sweetest and most co-operative patients you would ever want to take care of! But it worked just as well for patient in pain!

White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


uniquelyme
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   Posted 5/3/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Oh yes, the Human Barometer...that's me as well.  It's strange, but I can tell u when it's gonna rain before the weatherman can... That's my new job, a meteorologist!!!
 
The rain makes me stiff, sore, achy, creaky, you name it...But most of all...in pain!!! I tend to sleep more when its raining, so the longer I stay in bed...the more I hurt....
 
It's done nothing but rain rain rain here in Nashville....YUKK!!!
 
Me.

 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night
                                                                    

 


PAlady
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
Maybe the walking is a bit too much. I'm not saying to stop, just that we also have to have this "conversation" with our bodies and learn its language! I'm just beginning to have weather affect me and it never did before my fusion surgery. But remember you are still fresh from surgery and have a lot of healing to do.

How about getting a shower chair or bench? Your insurance may cover it, but sometimes there's a challenge getting them to pay for these. Even after leaving the hospital after a double fusion surgery, they refused to pay for my shower chair because they called it a "comfort" item! I still use it to keep me safe in the shower, since not only can bending be a challenge, but my feet are numb and tingling and sometimes I can't even feel when it's slippery under my feet. I've not sat down in the tub for a bath since my surgery, mostly because it's too hard of a surface to sit on. So I use the chair - even a year and a half after my surgery.

Your body is telling you to take it easy today, so don't push the walking too much. Just do what you can, and don't push it if it's too painful.

PaLady

mrsm123
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
Yes , the rain does seem to make the stiffening worse and increase my pain levels. Walking, for the first few days is going to make it seem like the pain levels are increasing, in fact, they probably will, but push past it, and keep walking. If you need to cut, it back to 5 minutes two or three times today, but still walk some.....it does get better, but this is the hard part about back surgeries. Your back muscles have been cut, and they are rebelling big time, both because they were cut, and also because you haven't really used them since you had the surgery, so they are screaming, don't make me do this.....but you have to.....
I remember crying, sobbing in fact, many times post op....I had no idea how painful it was going to be....I do understand, in fact many of us do, of exactly how you are feeling......
Hang in there.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.


anice
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all. I have not ventured outside today. I just don't think I can. I have walked through the house quite a few times, though.
WhiteBeard, I will ask my husband and/or son about the hand or foot massage.They are both being pretty sweet and attentive to me. It might work. I don't want to push my luck though.
PALady thank you for your advice. I might check with my insurance co. tomorrow and see if they will cover it for me.I keep wanting to soak in the tub. But you are right about the surface of the tub being too hard.Before the surgery I couldn't stay in there long because of that. I just keep thinking about soaking in a hot bubble bath-how relaxing it would be. I know I can't do it. And I am noticing my body communicating with me what I can't do already.
All of you have wonderful input. And it means alot to me. I am hurting pretty bad today...
Anice

modelmaker
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,

I know what you mean about the pain and the barometer. See my earlier post on that subject. I have found that when I get in that situation the pain meds I take (oxycodone) have very little effect. I rest and use ice packs which seem for me to do more good than anything else.

Modelmaker

White Beard
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   Posted 5/3/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
anice
I hope you had a good afternoon, it hasn't been that long since you had your surgery, as time goes on it will get better and better for you! You know PAlay has a good idea about getting a shower chair or bench, I also have one, and they are terrrific, you can just sit down and let the nice warm water rain down on you. There are many times when my back hurts so bad I just can not stand and that shower bench has really been a Godsend! Anyway I just wanted to check in with you and see how you were doing! I hope your pain is less now and you have a Great even!

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


skeye
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   Posted 5/3/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anice,

It's been raining here all day too! Yuck! The only time I like the rain is during summer thunderstorms. Or at least when it is warm out. None of this cold & icky stuff. It's funny, sometimes I feel like my pain is worsened by the weather, and sometimes I feel like it doesn't affect me at all! I can't explain it. I do know that bad low pressure systems cause the inflammation of my ocular muscles, which certainly doesn't help things, but other than that... I can't predict it! It is usually my shoulders that are affected more than my eye, though, although sometimes that is bothered too. Lately, a very minor ankle fracture that I had when I was a kid (but never had treated) has been bothering me. I have no idea why. Usually the only time that it hurts is if I have been horseback riding, and especially jumping, for several hours, as I can't quite get that foot to position right in the stirrups. But I haven't ridden in several years, since my shoulder surgeon yelled at me (for my own good, as it I were to fall off and land on either of my shoulders, especially in this one position that I will never be allowed to put my shoulders into, I would basically tear all of my ligaments & pull my shoulder(s) out of the joint, at the very least). I think that it has something to do with the weather though, as other than that, nothing has changed.

Skeye

anice
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   Posted 5/3/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I felt a little better this afternoon. Thank you WhiteBeard for asking. I will see about the shower chair/bench tomorrow. My insurance co. may surprise me. I thought about that tonight when I took my shower. It was at the end of the day and my pain is getting worse. I tried to stay out of the bed today. I only stayed for 1 hour. That was pretty good. But I feel it now...It has only been 11 days since surgery.
Skeye, even thinking about being on a horse makes me want to pass out!!! lol I know that is something I couldn't even think about doing. I bet it was great when you did,though. Horses are beautiful.
I think this weather effects all of us. I checked it is suppose to be sunny tomorrow. I am glad to hear that. I did take a 15 min. walk today. It feels silly walking outside taking little steps. It is the best I can do. I feel like people are looking at me funny I will try to get 3 walks in tomorrow. I did 2 yesterday and only 1 today. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
Goodnight everyone. I hope you all sleep as well as you can tonight.
Anice

fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/4/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Anice, the combination of the rain and the cold are not easy to handle. As Skeye said, when it is warm and it rains it does not seem to have the same effect. There are times I have to turn on the electric blanket, jump (not literally) into a hot shower and then as soon as the hot water does its trick, I climb into a hot bed and allow the heat to continue to ease the pain. Since I live in sunny Oregon (again not literal) I have to deal with this on a regular basis. I grew up in the cold country of Montana but now this kind of cold does me in. People in Oregon don't tan, they rust. We refer to the sun as a UFO. The umbrella is the state bird. Anyway, I know what you are saying and this adds to my discomfort as well. Stay warm, dry and realize it won't rain forever. Be blessed.

anice
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It is raining again...I am in the same shape I was in yesterday morning. I had no idea it was going to rain. I just started hurting real bad about a hour before. I had just told my husband I was hurting so bad that it was unbearable. I was very near tears. I told him that I would take a shower when I thought I could stand long enough to do so. I can bearly walk at all. This is a major change for me. I would hurt before when it would rain. Looking back, it was more of a ache. this is major pain. This is not good. I hate to know that I will feel like this everytime it rains now...It is time to take something. I am very close to crying...
Anice
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