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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/30/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Jag, I have not seen you for a while here, and I have not been my true self since my surgery. Are you OK? I hope members here have not thought I have ignored them at times, but I have really been lost with myself for the last 3 weeks or so, and I'm just now getting back to my old self. It has been kinda like an out of body experience for me. Its funny but I spent the first 5 days crying all the time when I got home from the Hospital. I do not have a clue as to why. I spend all of my time in bed or walking or going to the bathroom, and that's it. Today I have walked 4 miles, and tomorrow I will be sore.

So Jag if you read this, I hope I did not offend anyone while I have not been myself. In fact there are several members that I have missed here. I'm getting better day by day, just give me some time.

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.


MsBunky
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
SE, please, please don't feel like you've let us down by not being around or available lately. Your body has undergone extreme trauma and you need to take that time to get back to where you feel like participating. We all know it's not personal, and nothing against us. That's the nature of health issues and surgery and recovery.

Please focus on you and getting as healthy as you can. We all know you'll be back here as much as you can when you're ready and I think I speak for everyone when I say your health is your top priority right now.

hugs,
Pam

ps: the crying is often just a release of all the stress you've been under and it quite natural. Don't worry about it unless it continues or if you start to feel down and depressed at all.
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D and Multi-Vitamin daily


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bunky! The crying did go away, and was very strange to me, as it was uncontrollable. It went on for a few days, maybe 4 or 5 days at the most, but i will never forget it. I do feel better, and want to help support the members here. You are probably right, and like I said in another post, I think the surgeon took the Whipper Snapper out of me. I'm getting there, but BOY it is a long process.

Thanks!

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.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/31/2010 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm still alive & kicking, Michael.  I've just been rather busy lately and not spending as much time sitting at the computer.  The weather has been nicer so I'm getting outside more.  I'm not pulling a Pete though.  I do take breaks and by 2:00 in the afternoon I've pretty much had enough.  I'll take a hot bath, bt meds, then lie down on the bed with my cat, Russell, until my husband gets home from work.  It gets frustrating not being able to get alot done like I used to.  I really miss the old me.

I remember after my lumbar surgery walking & hurting was pretty much my life.  It wasn't until I got to see the first x-ray to check to see if I was fusing that I realized why I was hurting so much.  Just seeing those long screws in the disc made me understand the amount of pain.  Did they take any bone from your illiac crest?  My surgeon used cadaver bone to replace the disc but did shave some off the illiac crest to add to my metal for reinforcement.  That area gave me problems for a long time and I do wonder if that is still giving problems by allowing osteopytes to form where the bone was removed.   I've had 8 surgeries now and have survived them all so just be patient, you too will heal with time.

I will hopefully have my nerve ablation done on April 12th, if all goes well with the insurance pre-cert.  The diagnostic injections were so successful that I am just wishing so hard that this works.  I am sick and tired of hurting all the time even with the meds.  They really don't seem to help alot but I don't want to go any higher with the amount and loose what mind functioning I still have.

Take care and thanks for checking on me!


---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 3/31/2010 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good to hear from you Jag! I think the surgeon told my wife that he used the bone from the holes he drilled, and not from the hip. Does this sound like a possibility to anyone? I have not seen any x-rays yet, but expect to, the next time I go in to see him. I walked 4 miles yesterday.
Jag, I so know, and understand the statement of missing the old me. I miss my old hard working self too. I'm just glad to hear from you, and hope that we all will have better days ahead.

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.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 3/31/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Wonder where he got your bone from if not from the hip area. My surgeon didn't want to use the bone that replaced the disc from my hip because I am on the slim side with a small bone structure. It was kinda cool though cause I got a letter from the donor place asking me to write a letter to the family of the donor. There was no actual name of the donor, only a number for tracking purposes. I did write the letter and am very glad that I have requested to be a donor when I die. I also have cadaver bone in my neck.

Just wait til you get to see your xray. You are gonna flip. The screws in mine look long & big, very cool pic. I do not set off security at airports either. So just remember that inside of you is alot of trauma and will take some time to heal. Keep walking but do rest and take it easy too, your body needs it!
---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


Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/31/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Eagle,

My bone came from the back area where they cut it away to release the nerves. They sort of powdered it during the surgery and mixed it with a gel type filler. Then they put it into a mold of some sort and put it in where the disc was removed. They said this has worked best for the fusion and I have fused very well. Perhaps if I had done the surgery years ago before the damage was so bad I wouldn't be in pain now. I do have to admit that the feeling that your back is "slipping out of place" is gone now and I don't freak out every time I sneeze because the shooting pain of the nerves is not there anymore.

I hope you got to yours in time and that you will have complete fusion with no pain left at all.

Oh, they did INSIST that I wear a bone stimulator from about two weeks out (four hours a day) for several months. After they could see fusion going well, they stopped the bone stimulator. It's annoying, but does work for many people better than the "just give it time" theory. If they haven't made the suggestion, you may want to ask at your follow-up.

Also, I totally agree with Jag. The pictures are amazing!!
Formerly PrayingForRealRelief...
 
DDD, CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), VERTIGO, MIGRAINES, GERD, SLEEP DISORDER, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCPD, PTSD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY, CARPLE TUNNEL SYNDROME, EXTREME IDIOPATHIC HYPOGLYCEMIA FROM AGE 12
 
 
 
 

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