post surgical pain

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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/11/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm looking for someone with experience of post-op recovery from lumbarlaminectomy/microdiscectomy surgery. The first week has been tough.

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   Posted 9/12/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there. My lami was in my neck, but I think they're always rough. Try to be as active as your surgeon said was safe & do what you can to keep your mind off the pain.

Art, music & creative things are good, as are challenging problems -- puzzles, math problems, translation/interpretations work, etc.

Hang in there. For me, it started healing at week 2 (course the scar tissue grew around my occipital nerve, but that's a different story). You can also ask at what point it would be safe to try some light PT (passive PT) or massage (needs to be with osteopath or very, very conservative chiro -- avoid the "medical massage" places altogether & probably avoid the salon as well).

peace & blessings,

Retired Mom
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   Posted 9/12/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BN,

I just wanted to wish you well and wish you a speedy recovery. I'm sorry to say that many of us here were not considered surgery successes. This is why we don't have many positive stories to give you on back pain or surgery.

Because we are chronic pain patients, we have had many obsticals to overcome.

Most people do well after surgery....or they would not continue to do them. We just don't have a great success rate here.

All my best to you!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 9/13/2010 3:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually the first week is really the bad one and by week two it starts improving,. I am assuming you do have some pain medication on hand to take. You should take your meds as prescribed by the dr. Most drs tell patients to walk and that is the best form of exercise you can do that is safe. It will help build your strength back up and stamina. It is best to start with small walks and build up from there. The others have also given you some tips that are very good.

Keep us posted on how you are coming along.

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