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anice
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my 1st PT appt. today. It took forever to fill out the questionaire. It was alot more questions than I thought it would be. It went okay overall,I guess. He wanted to see if my pelvis was fractured from the fall last August(which I didn't think it was), and if that was what was causing my hip pain. He did several things and said it was all inconclusive. I lied down and bent my knee and brought it to my "chest"(ended up being more like stomach area!lol)holding it with my arms then he leaned on that knee with his weight. It caused the pain in my lower back,just stuff like that. Then I walked from one wall to the door for 6 minutes. My percent was 38%. I could have done better on that I think. I didn't know I was suposed to walk as fast as I could. Then he wanted to test the strength and mobility in my back and had my sit on the piece of equipment and straped my legs,suposed to limit me using legs or hips for help. I held on to these handles and then bent back and then went forward to the point before it caused pain. On that I did 25%. So the numbers show, I am certainly not where I need to be...I knew that. He suggested doing PT in the water. He said it would be easier on me to start with. He wants me to do that for 2 weeks and then be re-evaluated at that time. It is at a different location,actually next door to where I work. So, I agreed to that. And I go Monday for that and then on Wednesday. So that is about it...
 
He did say that the disc can actually herniate again and I am at risk for that... I do have alot of work to do. And I do want to do it. I am ready to get past all of this. I know I am going to have to push myself. And I will. I just won't do too much so to cause any damage.
 
I know all this takes time. I am just getting impatient with the whole process. I want to go back to work. God knows we need to money,bad. I am tired of hurting all the time. It is raining/storming outside. And today my pain level is high-about an "8" on the pain scale. Rain always seems to make it worse. I am trying to just let the frustrations and being impatient go and just deal with what the reality is. It is just hard. I sound like a broken record always complaining about how bad I feel... I am almost tired of myself!!! I just have to take it one day at a time...It's all I can do.
Anice

cshelp
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
anice,

I hope you feel better everyday. I did water therapy and it was hard work yet very relaxing in a way. I enjoyed being in the warm water and it didnt hurt my back as much as the exercise equipment but still got a work out. Good luck and take care of you self

cshelp

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice my Little Angel,
Sorry I haven't been around to give you some suppot when you need it! I for one think you will do great with the theropy! You didn' say if you liked your theropist? I think that means alot and the trust has to be there. I've done pt many-many-many times over the years for diferen tarts> parts are parts you know! Oh, you know I'm a silly man when I'm sad, now that I'm happy your going to get silly off the scales! But back to pt, I always did much better when I liked the person helping me. It makes all the difference if the theropist acts like they want to help you and it's not jusrt a job and they can't wait to be finnished w/ you> I've had both types and what a difference. Lesson learned, if you don't care for or are unsure of yor pt, ask for a different one. DON'T worry about hurting their feelings! It's your body! You can DO IT!!!!
Your Big Bro,
Pete!!
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 once a month. 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, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis headed for Hawai and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" on their way to the Middle East w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


PAlady
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Anice,
I'm so glad you got started with the PT. Now the initial eval is over and you have some idea (a very beginning idea, I know!) of what it might be like. The water should make it easier to start.

At any rate, you are going to have to begin to make some peace with the fact you're not going to just get better quickly in the time frame you want. We've all been there. But if you push yourself too fast you may injure yourself, and then the surgery might not be the success it could be. Maybe start making some preparations for short term disability or whatever you have to help with the finances. I know it's hard, but fighting with yourself will just make it harder.

Hugs!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
anice So they are going to have you do aqua therapy! I was given that, back when I first herniated my T12 disc, over 10 years ago! I went to aqua therapy three times a week, and it was suppose to be for 6 weeks, after a week and a half I flunked out! They came to the conclusion that they were making me worse, and causing me, extreme pain, and muscle spasms and they sent me back to the Doctor, and told him that until he surgically fixed the problem, that PT and Aqua Therapy would not do me any good and actually do more harm! And they were not willing to do the surgery, heck at that time they could not even find anybody in my area to do epidural steroid injections of the Thorasic spine! Things have changed allot since then! Anyway anice I think you will injoy aqua therapy! I know your getting anxious, and want to get back to work! But PLEASE be patient with your self, you will get back to doing your job, but you want to make sure that you do it the right way! Getting your strength built up slowly and properly!
I do wish you all the Best anice! I am rooting for you! yeah   Go anice!!!!
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


anice
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
cshelp and Pete, Thank you for the encouragement. I always need that. I do hope to do well in PT. I will give it my best. I do like the therapist. He seems knowledgeable and nice. But since I am going to do the water therapy, I will have someone different until I go back to the equipment part. Hopefully, I will like her too.

Pete, you are a silly man!!! You mentioned something about being sad... Are you okay? If it's anything you want to share, you know you have many people here that are willing to help you. I hope everything is okay with you.
Anice

skeye
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anice,

Glad to hear that you survived your first session of PT! Hopefully the water therapy helps. I did water therapy for a couple months after shoulder surgery #3 & it was great! It is much easier on you overall than the land PT is, although it still gives you quite a work-out during the beginning stages of your recovery (and much more fun, in my opinion). When I was doing the pool PT, there were a lot of people rehabing from back surgeries. I hope it goes well for you!

Skeye

golitho
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   Posted 6/4/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anice, I start my water therapy over here its called hydrotherapy next wednesday, I think shes put me in with the old people to start with!!! But I'll let you know. I'm sort of excited to finally be doing something positive instead of just taking more drugs to hopefully improve my situation. So fingers crossed for you too.

fatherjohn
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   Posted 6/5/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Anice, I also started with aqua therapy after my surgery. It was good but my surgeon is not a big fan of it so he only wanted me to go for 2 weeks then start Real PT. I really hope this works for you and that you get on the other side of healing and get back to work. Don't rush it but I also know with your situation you feel the need to be getting that paycheck.

anice
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   Posted 6/5/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Golitho and FatherJohn, Thanks for replying. I always appreciate that. It means alot to me. I am looking forward to doing the PT in the pool. It sounds interesting. The therapist said that the bottom of the pool is like a treadmill. And they also have some sort of jets that will increase the resistance also. It sounds pretty neat to me. I am sooo ready to do something that will hopefully get me better and get me back to work!!! And yes, FatherJohn, I desperately ready to start getting a whole paycheck again!! The 60% that I get now is almost laughable. I think I am only doing the water PT for 2 weeks, then I'll be re-evaluated and go to the regular type of PT. My next doctors' appt. is for June 26th. I'll find out for certain at that time when to return to work. I had to send in more paperwork for an extended STD(short term disablity). I had to get the doctor to fill out the rest of it and send it in to HR. I asked that I would also get a copy of it for my records. I got that today in the mail. It said for approx. date of return to work would be June 29th. So we'll see.Sounds good to me. I really am ready to get back to work. And I will do everythiing in my power to get back to work then!!!
Anice

golitho
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Its so wonderful to hear you sound so positive. Keep it up Anice, golitho
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