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   Posted 9/9/2009 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
can only type with one finger.......shoulder replacement surgery went well. i think this is worse than having my knees replaced. the area between my shoulder and elbow where the stem was put into the bone hurts the worst, i can't dress myself or do my hair. taking a shower wears me out. i can't wear a bra  so i stay in a nightgown most of the time. i'm having terrible pain but the lortabs or percocets don't seem to kill the pain. might be my fault for not taking them as much as i should. we are doing pt at home. my husband is so wonderful...couldn't do without him. recovery time i found out is 6-12 months. going to be a long haul.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.
Find blessings in every day!

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   Posted 9/9/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Nurse2, good to hear the report that you made it through and are starting the recovery. I have come to realize that recovery times don't mean much. We hope that at the end of the six weeks, 12 months or whatever the time they give us, all the pain is not relieved so do we say we are on a perpetual jorney of recovery? I say this to encourage you to hopefully define what recovery will be. I look at it in functionality and not the absence of pain. Thus I hope you get the function you desre as you move forward. Stay in touch every so often to let us know how you are progressing. Blessings

White Beard
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   Posted 9/9/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope yoiu have a smooth recovery! Your in my prayers!  Reading your post I can just about feel your pain! Please don't undermedicate yourself! You know that is not the way to treat pain.  Treat yourself as you would treat one of your patients! Would you tell your patients not to take as many as they should? :-)   I don't think so! Be good to yourself, keep your husband busy, let him take care of you!
 I wish you well!
White Beard
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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

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   Posted 9/9/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
It was good to see your update, and I'm glad you're on the road to recovery and the surgery is behind you. But I agree with White Beard - please don't undermediate yourself. I mean you're in your pj's, so just hang out and watch tv or whatever but at least do it as pain free as possible!

We'll send healing hugs your way!



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   Posted 9/9/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Nurse, don't be worried about medicating yourself. After my fusion I'd try to go without meds but then I saw my first x-ray with the screws in my spine and realized why I was in so much pain. They did some serious work on your shoulder and you have a reason to be in pain now so medicate away. You will feel better with time so take it easy for now. I know it's hard just sitting around doing nothing all day. My husband listens to books on cd maybe that is an option for you.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 9/9/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
It was nice to see you posting, so soon after surgery and I will hope your recovery goes well..
will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and sending lots of soft healing hugz your way...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc, Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's and Ocular Migraines


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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi nurse2,

I'm glad to hear that you came through the surgery well & are doing okay. I remember how hard recovering from all my shoulder surgeries were & I'm sure that they are nothing compared to an entire joint replacement! I'll pray for a speedy, smooth recovery for you! One day at a time!


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   Posted 9/9/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well thank goodness the surgery is behind you, best of luck with your shoulder recovery, I remember dislocating mine doing PT after a reconstruction so take it very easy. Definately take your pain killers, give yourself a chance to relax , you don't want muscle spasms from pain. You're in my thoughts, golitho

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   Posted 9/10/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to see you posting but have to agree with the others, don't undermedicate yourself. You know that it is not doing you any favors to try to not take the pain killers, all you wind up doing is chasing the pain by doing that.
Take them as scheduled and then you may find that you are feeling better so you can better tolerate the PT . I can only imagine how painful your arm and shoulder are. I had my shoulder reconstructed after a motorcycle accident and that was no picnic!
Hang in there, and rest lady, rest.......
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.

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   


   Dear Nurse2,

Good morning! *warm huggs!* I am so glad you stopped by to tell us how you are doing! I know it must have been painful to type it out, but really appreciate hearing from you!! Please try to rest as much as possible and update, if you can.

*warm huggs*


TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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