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!
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)