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kimber9807
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   Posted 4/7/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi SE, I was wondering how you were feeling? Is your surgery pain getting any better? I hope you have a lpn.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Chartreux
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   Posted 4/7/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been wondering about you too, Michael..so up date when your up to it, is it 3 weeks post op now?
is the wound site healing and are you getting some low pain days???
Been thinking of you, Prayers and lots of soft (extra soft) Hugz coming your ways...
Thanks Kimber for starting this...
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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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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/7/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you two! Im in it here at 5 weeks now, and I have mixed emotions on it at times. Some days I feel like I'm on my way to to feeling like I'm healing, and then there are days I feel like I'm in permanent trouble here. I think for the most part I feel this way because I have never had this type of surgery before.
Kimber I get a kick out of you and your worrying about your pain, and I can understand your feelings. We both are the same in that we want to heal as fast as possible. It can be rather worrisome if it is a slow process.

I have to laugh, in that I took some very good advice and started the Prune eating route on a daily basis, and it has been a blessing in disguise. (Thank You PaLady) While it may not work for everyone it worked for me so far. I also drink a glass of Prune Juice when I get up in the morning, and right before I go to bed.

I think everyone's fusion is different, and the fact that some surgeon's go in through the back and or the front may have some bearing on the healing process. Oh!...and before I forget, my sister is having a double lumbar fusion this next week for the same thing as I, except she has an annular tear on top of her DDD. I wish her my very best of course, and will sit with her during the day while she recovers. I remember her telling me that she told the surgeon that she felt like she was dieing. I told my Dr the same thing. She is ready.

Her husband can only afford being off of work for a week, so I will chip in and help her. Kimber you don't even come close in the worry department as my sister. She has called me every day with questions and concern. I will encourage her, but will not tell her what the pain is like after the surgery, like some of you did to me :) WOW did it ever hurt! But I will never ever tell anyone! :)

There are so many things that I want to say about my own personal experience and the surgery, but i don't think Pete will appreciate the length it will take me to do so.

Here is the bottom line on how I feel. It is way too early for me to know if the fusion has worked for me. I do however feel better on a daily basis, but again it is a very very very slow process. It is not like getting an OWEY and then have it feel better in a few days and be all gone.

I'm so very grateful for the support here on HW, and I have also been lucky with the dozens of friends here in my community checking on me as well. So Thank you, Kimber and Chartreux for checking on me today.

I love this forum, and the wonderful members. Pete had a great vision when he created it, and it will benefit members for years to come.

Man! Did I ramble or what! :) Oh don't get me started! :)

Kimber I was going to ask you or any other member for that fact, about the crying part after the surgery. It was the most weird thing to me, but for several days after the surgery I cried at the drop of a hat like a little baby. One of my good friends from church came over to visit me, and I set and cried in his arms for several minuets. He and his wife came back to visit me this last Sunday and we had a good laugh over it, and I told him that if he ever told anyone about, I would do bodily harm to him :) I know it was a very emotional thing to me, but so odd.

And Chartreux if you will email me, I will be happy to send you a photo of my scar, and let me tell you it is rather long and big. I have already sent out several emails with it.
I'm also only taking two to three Percocet's a day, and 1600mg of Ibuprofen a day, of which I'm very happy about. I hated to be on the pain meds, but they do serve their purpose when needed.

Sorry for the lengthy reply here, but I needed this, so thank you Kimber and Chart! :) This is what HW is all about! Compassion, Caring, Sharing, Giving, Respect, Learning, and the list goes on!

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) : 4/7/2010 8:06:57 PM (GMT-6)


Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/7/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michael.... thanks for giving me some reading material while I'm resting here in bed :) :) (Just joking with you....of course!!) turn

Anyway...it was really good to read your update... I'm glad you are healing...but I'm sorry it's a lengthy process. Of course, my continued prayers are w/ you always.

Yes, Kimber...it was really nice of you to start this thread
yeah

Yep, I'm glad this board is a place where we can come together and really support one another.

--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


bsjaguar
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   Posted 4/8/2010 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Michael, I'm surprised that your meds are on the low side.  After my lumbar fusion I was sent home with oxycontin, percocet & valium until my first recheck visit, then I went to just percocet.  I would think with them going in from the front that you are having more incision pain, mine was from the back.  Still I remember it taking a long time to heal and start feeling better.  You do have to rest along with the walking.  Try to watch sitting in any soft chairs, those are killer on the back after surgery.  If I remember right I started showing some signs of fusion after about 2 months from an xray taken.

In another post you mentioned your cervical fusion.  The cervical fusion was a piece of cake compared to the lumbar.  I went home with 14 vicoden and went to a wedding reception after only 4 days, no dancing though.  I had two levels done on the cervical area and you can't compare the two.

Hope you start feeling better soon!!!


---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


MIKEL99
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   Posted 4/8/2010 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey eagle man , Ihope your feeling better , I hear the doubt yout dealing with , its difficult with the inconsistant results but please hang tough brother .IF its too early to really tell , well try to be patient , I hope you eat healthy cause that will contribute to your healing .Stay strong we're all with you ! Mikel

kimber9807
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 492
   Posted 4/8/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
SE,I hope you recover soon. That is how I feel too I was feeling ok yesterday and now Im back to feeling awful today . But I guess it could be stress cause I got bad news twice this week . Its not related to my health though the bad news. I was depressed after surgery but no I didnt cry . I take trazodone every night to help my sleep so it must of helped me from breaking down. ((((((hugs))))) hang in there. I know what is to feel discouraged Its only been 16 days for me and just thought I would feel better by now . I know you have a longer road to recovery than I do. Im just so disgusted that Im not feeling any better. I hope you have a lpd.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 4/8/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael, so sorry about the time lapse thing< wow almost 6 weeks good and I hope it gets a little better for you each day.
I remember and thought having my tonsils out (as an adult) was pretty bad surgery, I lost over 20 lbs from that and couldn't
taste food properly for over a year...so I just bet the fusion was god aweful pain...and I'd rather see pic's of your kitty (lol)...
How's the lil fuzzy ball these days??? does he sleep with you??? as I got three kitties, the other nigh Remington (Snowshoe breed)
got on my pillow started to bite my hair and then bit right into me, and he kept jumping back up to get on my pillow, so
I got the squirt bottle out and scam he went....of all three lil beasties, Remington keeps me on my toes....(lol) they
are characters arn't they...I've had to baby lock some cabinets cause Remington can stand up and pull back and open
them, he doesn't go in he just open's them, the other two go in....(lol) for real baby locks remember that....
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hugz, sorry to get carried away...
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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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Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 4/8/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I'm going to reply backwards here! I'm going to start with you Chartreux! You are so right about the Cats being a load of fun and surprises. Mieko, has abandoned me and gone to loving on the wife, because I have been pretty limited in how much I can play with him. However, when I wake up in the middle of the night he is either sleeping next to me, or he is sleeping on my shoes beside the bed. We love him dearly. I will try to post some more photos of him as soon as I can. Chartruex, you have been faithful in checking in on me, and I greatly appreciate it as well. I will have to look up that breed of cat also (snowshoe).


Kinber, I believe that major surgery is pretty such a major surgery no matter what you have done. It all hurts doesn't it! I have been following your post here and there, and was shocked in one sense, but I had worried that this might happen to you. I never trust the insurance company's, and I take names and notes when I'm on the phone with them. I truly hope all turns out alright for you. I trust you will feel better very soon.

Anniedaze! "This is what HW is all about compassion, caring, sharing, giving respect, learning, and the list goes on." You have it figured out! If you can put into practice the idea of these few words, and many do, then I think you will find a sense of enrichment that will be a blessing to you and the members that you may help here. We truly have a lot wonderful members here, and many of them have a huge knowledge base that many here can tap for support.
Now as far as to what led me to my decision to have surgery? I simply felt like I was dyeing between the pain and the fact that I could no longer do anything. The pain meds were affecting my ability to do my job and ruin my business. If you want to know what a fusion is, I can't think of no better person to send you to than White Beard. He is very well respected here on the forum, and I just read a post where he explained this to one of our members here. So my advice would to be look up that post of his, and maybe one of the good members here will help me find it for you. Good luck to you.

Mikel! I can always count on you for your rock solid support as well. You are a very sincere and gracious man! Thank You!

Jag, I always look forward to your post too! I think that I have been taking myself off of the meds because I have a desire to please my Dr and Surgeon. It may be a mistake, and I do tend to over do it, and then get myself into trouble with pain. I did break down the other day and take an Oxycontin to give me an all day relief as I was tired of fighting it. You are also right, in that I have had more trouble with incision pain, and feel like I was kicked in the pelvis area. I do have some back pain, but the pelvic pain is driving me nuts, and its weird because I have some areas that are numb like dead and them pain all the way around it. You are also right about sitting, so I either tend to lay or walk and do very little sitting these days. I hope that you are right about the fusion beginning to start in the 3rd to 4th month! Right now, I'm not going to let anyone else cut on me, as far as a cervical fusion goes :) Take care my friend.

Momto6boys, you have turned out to be a very good and sensible friend. I so enjoy seeing your positive replies here on the forum. Please keep it up, as we need good members like you here. I know you have your hands full with those boys, and I was glad to see that your husband took all of them fishing. Did they catch anything? :)


Thank you all!

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.

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