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hydrangea
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi just wanted to know how your recovery was going? I hope you are feeling better and the pain is subsiding somewhat for you. Your recovery time is going to be longer than mine, I can't believe that you were in surgery for almost seven hours. Does the Dr. think that the surgery will be successful?
Sounds like you went thru so much, but I am sure that you don't even remember most of it from the drugs. Just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you and I hope you are doing well.
I am sure that you are glad that surgery is over and you can focus on recovering. I for one can not wait till I can start physical therapy!
Hydrangea
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07, Bladder tumor and inflammation, Herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, siatica, Three laparoscopis, hysterectomy, physical therapy, trigger point injections, spinal epidurals, Meds lyrica, vicodine, amrix.
Spinal Fusion 3/2010


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/17/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Hydrangea for posting this yeah as I've been wondering about Michael, too...
SE Hope things are getting better and that your following your doctor's orders...
Lots of soft hugz and Prayers...
thinking of you...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Michael))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 3/17/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mikie, Wasup?? I was wondering hou you be too! I haven't had much time to post lately but I have been scanning the posts looking for some news on you. Sure hope yer feelin better than last time we heard from you! Say, seven hours? You broke my record of six and a half for my fusion. Sounds like you came out of it w/ similar pain as I did. Of course that doesn't mean squat on how your final outcome will be though.
Hang tough and take it E~Z!!!!!! or I'll come out there to the land of the lollypop guild or where ever you live and knuckle you in the foot!
Your Big Fat sweaty smelly Fla. Buddy,
Pete!
PS> only smelly when I'm doing too much and pulling some>>"Petes!"

tmjpain
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   Posted 3/17/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I spoke to Mikey yesterday and he is doing much better. Up walking and less pain. He is using Percocet on a prn basis. He says hes sees a light at the end of the tunnel!!!
Keep the faith Michael as you are getting there.
 
Hugs
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/17/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, just when I'm beginning to heal, some big ole boy writes something here to make me laugh so hard, I have to start the process again! :) Gee Petey Boy! :)
OK, here is the best I can do for you all on information on me. The surgery was a rough one, and I will never forget it. They simply could not control my pain, and I almost OD as they tried to control it.

I'm now sporting a new tummy scar big enough to hide a Kangaroo in. So far, I have had some decent days, and yesterday I thought I was a new man again, but today I took two steps back. This evening, I'm doing OK. I simply have a long way to go, and the healing process takes time. I'm walking quite a bit these days, and my meds have been reduced to only Percocet's, the Oxycontin's are now over with.

Thank you to all of you that are asking about me. I need a couple of more weeks, before I'm ready to start chatting on line here again, as I'm very tired, and have a lot of healing to do. Please don't take offense to this, I just need some extra time to feel better.

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/17/2010 7:40:29 PM (GMT-6)


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Screaming,

I am so glad to see your posting. You are a lot of good people here of HW rooting for you. Go slow and try not to over do it. Healing takes time and if you don't allow yourself time to heal properly, you will have additional rpoblems.

Do take care and keep us posted as to your progress.

Stella Marie   Chronic Pain Forum Moderator

Progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy, muscle spasms, muscle pain, neuropathy, & neuropathic pain, central sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and 2 pain implants – intrathecal pain medication pump and an SCS (spinal cord stimulator).  Extra fun little toys and gadgets; O2 generator and assorted wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and orthotic braces.  Med - too many too list or even care about!

 

 



tmjpain
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete trips again! said...
Hey Mikie, Wasup?? I was wondering hou you be too! I haven't had much time to post lately but I have been scanning the posts looking for some news on you. Sure hope yer feelin better than last time we heard from you! Say, seven hours? You broke my record of six and a half for my fusion. Sounds like you came out of it w/ similar pain as I did. Of course that doesn't mean squat on how your final outcome will be though.
Hang tough and take it E~Z!!!!!! or I'll come out there to the land of the lollypop guild or where ever you live and knuckle you in the foot!
Your Big Fat sweaty smelly Fla. Buddy,
Pete!
PS> only smelly when I'm doing too much and pulling some>>"Petes!"

Petey, you make me laugh buddy!!! We sure need you on here to make us smile and laugh to bring out those natural body painkillers!!

Hugs to my friend!!!!!!!! turn


   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/18/2010 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy to hear your getting up and around. At least the weather is getting nicer so you can get outside to walk. I was like you, got off the oxycontin & valium after my first recheck and was just taking percocet then. I didn't normally take them during the day much but at 5:00pm I'd take my shower, some drugs and hit the bed for the night. Rest is still very important for the body to recoup.

Isn't that first shower wonderful. I didn't get to take one for 8 days after my lumbar fusion and my hair was just plain gross. If I had to do it over again I think I'd shave my head beforehand.

Take care Michael and hope you have a speedy recovery!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/18/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jag! Yes, that first shower is nice, but I was worried about the scar getting wet and me falling in the tub. I'm still pretty tender in the gut area. That darn surgeon took the Whipper Snapper out of me! :)

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


bluejet2
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   Posted 3/18/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi SE:

I'm glad you are plugging along, and you are right, you will never forget it. My first surgery which was supposed to be 2 1/2 - 3 hours was 9 1/2 hours, and they had to stop because I had lost so much blood, so a year later I had to go back and have additional fusion done. I was in and out of consciousness for 3 days. The worst part of the pain for me was where they took the bone from my hip for the fusion. On my first checkup I asked the doctor which side he took the bone from, and he said "I don't want to tell you" and I told him "Well, I'm going to tell you - you took it from the right hip" and he got a big sheepish grin on his face. My herniated discs were "centrally located" meaning they bulged to both sides, but my right side has always been worse than the left, so I asked him why he had to go and make it even worse, and he said "Well, I didn't want to make both sides bad".

I remember very vividly telling everyone that every day was one step forward, two steps back. I could do something one day, and then not be able to do it the next. I had a 2 1/2 month old son that I was not allowed to even hold. It was very frustrating. You will get there though, I promise. Just don't overdo it and pull any "Pete's", If you are not aware, your buddy Pete can tell you what that means. (Love ya Pete!)

I don't want to make this too long, as I know it's hard to concentrate on much at this stage and you need to concentrate on your recovery!

Mrs. SE - make sure you are taking good care of yourself, or you won't be able to take care of either of you! You both remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorie

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/18/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Lorie, you have been there, I can tell. Looks like we are in the same club now. Your post here to me is touching to say the least, and to the rest of you, I can never Thank you enough for your concerns. This has truly been a terrible struggle to go through, and my advice to anyone thinking about this kind of surgery, is to put it off as a last resort. However, that being said, I do not recommend the pain med route either, especially if you are still in the work force.

The first thing I did when I got home was to remove myself off the Oxycontin. I have reduced my Percocet intake to 4-#10 325mg a day, and now today have reduced it further to 3 a day now. My goal is to get completely off of them if I can. Two days ago, I had a great day, and yesterday was horrible, but today, has been wonderful.

I really feared the evenings, and it was always the roughest time for me, but last night was so much better for me. Let me also say, it is a good thing to have a support system for this kind of thing. I'm going to say that I have a wonderful wife, of which I'm madly in love with. Truly! Also, one of our members here on line has been wonderful support as well. She was a voice that I could connect with, and that really helped me. I want every one to listen to what I'm about to say...and that is that I firmly believe in the buddy system, even here on Healing Well. If you can find someone to trust here, and can make contact with them, it really makes a big difference. Thank you to Tmjpain, and my special buddy from right here in KS, Privey.

For those of you that have that big of a mistrust, not to be able to do this, I feel sorry for you, but I understand that there may be good reason for it.

OK, I'm worn out for today....more soon! :)

SE
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


IsThereAnEnd?
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   Posted 3/18/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello SE!
So great to hear you are having decent days here and there.....I would venture to say you are on the road to recovery! Fantastic! I so understand what you mean about dreading the evenings/nights.........they are a complete nightmare!!!!! You are in my heart and prayers, prayers, prayers coming your way my friend. Take this time to HEAL, don't overdue, and most importantly is to take CARE OF YOU. :) Wishing you a tolerable-pain evening ~

Take Care & Huuugggggsss!
Cardiomyopathy, Celiac Disease, High Blood Pressure, 2 Failed Fusions @ L4, L5, S1, 2 Failed Fusions @ C7 & C8, Implantible bone growth stimulator cervically, and soon to have Neurostimulation Therapy to treat lumbar area, Chronic Pain Sufferer for 8 years, take several meds daily to survive! Praying for a miracle and fighting through the pain daily ~


Chartreux
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   Posted 3/19/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
SE sure hope your getting a little bit better each day, sounds like your surgery was very rough and I hope the pain levels are gettting better for you.
I'm sure you have a lot to tell us about your surgery, but it's way to early for that yet so please take it easy and follow your doctor's orders to the tee..
or me and pete will come for you...so get better and know we are thinking of you...Lots of soft healing hugz being sent your way...
wait till they get you into physical therapy...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Michael)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
hugz
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michael....

I e-mailed you; no need to respond, just wanted you to know...

Take care of yourself. I hope you are doing ok today. I've been thinking of you!!

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor(depression)/Ativan(anxiety); Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/19/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Chartreux! I can always count on you to cheer me on too! You have become a good friend and supporter. I am doing exactly what the Dr has ordered, and my first appointment with him is this next Tue. I truly Thank each and everyone of you for your support. Wonderful friends here! Today has been better than yesterday, but again this will be a very long healing process, and I will have to be patient for quite some time. Chartreux, I'm so glad to see that you are feeling better these days, as I was so worried for you.

SE

Also, I wanted the experts here to know that I'm walking about 8 to 9 football fields a day. Does that sound like too much or about right?

One more thing! I'm getting the feeling that many of you think that I'm up at a desk typing away here on HW. Not to worry, before I went in for surgery, my wife and I set up the computer system to swing over our bed, and the keyboard is wireless as is the mouse. I'm simply sitting or laying here in bed and posting when I feel up to it.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/19/2010 1:19:59 PM (GMT-6)


tmjpain
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   Posted 3/19/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael
sounds like things are moving along nicely. Good for you. Where is your incision? along the spine but you mention something about your gut is sore or your side?? How is your appetite? I bet you will be glad you are seeing the dr. next week. Ask him about how far you should be walking. To me it sounds like a bit much. Just listen to your body as well. Did you start watching the soaps yet in the afternoon?? LOL.
 
Well you take care my friend.
 
I am away for a baby shower this weekend. So I will call you on Monday.
 
Hugs
   
SUZANE
      
 Chronic, severe and continuous bilateral temporal headaches since April 2000.
 Poor prognosis, seen thousands of doctors, been on dozens of meds and tried all forms of treatment with no success.
 Currently Feb 2010: cycles of IV Ketamine infusion via a PICC line and pump at home with some success.
 Meds: oxycodone for breakthrough, cymbalta, vitamin D, B12, magnesium, omega 3, melatonin
 Profession: Part time registered nurse on Long term disability and applying for permanent disability thru CPP
 52 yrs old, female, married, two boys 19 & 21, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
           


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/19/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear that each day is getting better for you!

I say with your walking...that if you aren't in a lot of pain or too sore during/afterwards...then it should be ok to do as much as you feel like since it's the best form of exercise you can get being low impact:)

I type with one of those breakfast tables set up on my bed with laptop to make it easy on my neck too...so can just picture lots of us in our PJ's while we type!! LOL got my pink fluffy socks on now:)

Thanks for your updates and will keep praying each day for you..

Big Hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 

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