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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/26/2012 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
 
I just posted this story on the Fibro forum as well....maybe someone here can relate, too, and tell me whether I was just stupid or really, REALLY stupid.
 
Long story short, I pulled open 2 big, heavy doors a week ago.  Now, I know I can't do this w/out a flare in pain, even normally, but especially because I just had spinal surgery 6 weeks ago.  Of course, now I'm in more pain and, if anything, it's getting worse.
 
Has anyone done something similar after spine surgery, and did you get away with it?  Is this just a temporary owie?  confused
Please, oh please???
 
Debbie 
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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent surgery), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres)

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/27/2012 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   

 

      Debbie!...Debbie!...Debbie! nono devil   What are we going to do with you! tongue

      .....the answer to your question is??......are you ready?.......YES! YES! I changed a tire for my wife...and after the third pull on the lug wrench....I got zapped hard in my back! smilewinkgrin   I learned my lesson...or at least I thought so.

    I also just trimmed around 50 trees with a pole saw a week or so ago...and my neck has been on a flair,.. now....go figure! I pull the same stunts all the time too! shakehead

      We need to remind ourselves...especially after taking a pain med..and were feeling quite a bit better...that we can indeed still hurt ourselves.

      You are not the first one to join that club and won't be the last!...but hopefully you learned something from it.

      Take care....now get back over to the Fibro forum and help Sherrine out! tongue tongue   (you are always welcome here) smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin I'm teasing you! LOL

      SE wink


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grandmaroses
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   Posted 4/27/2012 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Debbie I know it's very hard not to do the easy things like opening a door. I hope the pain settles down quickly
Take care
Rose



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Jim1969
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   Posted 4/27/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
More than likely the increase in pain will be temporary. It may be a while before things settle down but should calm down on its own. With that said though it might not hurt to touch base with your doctors and see what they say and maybe make an appointment and get checked out for the peace of mind if nothing else.

I think every last one of us has done something...or more like done things numerous times.....that we know we shouldn't have and end up paying for it for several days or weeks.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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mrsm123
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   Posted 4/27/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Debbie,
I don't know what procedure you had done on your spine, whether it was a discectomy or a laminectomy or fusion, but if you have had instrumentation ( rods and screws) put into your spine, there is a possibility of dislodging the screws by pulling or picking up something too heavy.
Where you given any restrictions for post op? Like no bending, lifting or twisting, or weight restriction? If you were, your safest bet is to contact your surgeon and go in for an xray to make sure things are okay. If the pain doesn't settle in a few days, your surgeon may decide to send you for an MRI or CT scan to check on any instrumentation and to confirm you didn't do any damage.
I know that recovery from spine surgery is long and drawn out and especially when you feel better, those restrictions can seem like they are getting in your way, but it is for your protection and your body's recuperation.
Hope you feel better soon...and just give your surgeon a call and try to rest as much as possible.
Sandi

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   Posted 4/27/2012 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Debbie this is so typical, we know better, yet always have to take that chance knowing we are going to pay for it later. I hope now since you really are still fresh from surgery you will slow it down a little, its hard but be careful.

Susie
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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/28/2012 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies. SE, how are YOU doing by now?

Sandi and Jim, I had an open discectomy, no hardware, and no restrictions (well, for 6 weeks no bending, twisting, or lifting more than 5 lbs, but that period was JUST over. No one ever said anything about opening doors, though!) The handles were just a little lower than chest-level, and I pulled them open the bare minimum to squeak through. You know how it is when you're being paid for something - I was running late and had to get into the school building. Duh!

I'm just so freaked. My pain had been much better (but now that I think of it, a couple of things were already bothering me - like the fact that it was starting to hurt again when I blew my nose or coughed - and that was gone after surgery. Now, of course, it REALLY hurts to do that.)

I left a message a few days ago with the surgeon's assistant. I'm sure she'll tell me it's fine, not to worry, and actually, I couldn't afford any more tests anyway, unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. This surgeon is no help, anyway. If it keeps up, I'll run it by my regular doctor. I have to ask him to refill my Norco, anyway, and I know he won't want to...I don't want it, either, but at this time, I can't get by without it. I already had to go back to taking whole pills instead of halves.

Thanks again for taking time to read this. Venting is good, esp. when people understand as you all do!

Debbie
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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent surgery), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres)

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/28/2012 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Morning Debbie! tongue ..up a little late are we!

…well!…I'm hanging in there!…but I think I'm disappointed in the Gabapentin results so far. I think Lyrica is next in line…but I'm not holding my breath on it.
What is killing me is overtime at work, and yard work…almost 6 acres of it! However, bless my wife's little heart…she had most of it done tonight by the time I got home…and she is having back pain as well.

Swing over here anytime…and let us know how you are doing, and bring that ornery Sherrine with you! devil

Take care,

SE wink
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mrsm123
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   Posted 4/30/2012 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Debbie,
If you are still having that much pain, I would go see the surgeon. Just to make sure. How come the surgeon isn't taking care of your pain med needs? When I had both of my back surgeries, my surgeon took care of my pain meds for the first three months post op........that also helped when it came to any signs that things were improving or not ( in my case) .
A discectomy can reherniate when you are coughing alot or from pulling on something too soon post op, even though you were just past the 6 weeks post op restrictions, you really do have to be extra careful for more like 3 months since the disc can reherniate.
Take care Debbie and hopefully things will subside soon.......
Sandi
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

Acheybody
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   Posted 4/30/2012 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Good question! I'm going to leave another message over there. I just don't have a lot of faith that this surgeon gives a hoot, that's why I deal more with my regular doc.

Now you've got me really scared, Sandi! Because that sure is what it feels like.

Debbie
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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent surgery), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres)

mrsm123
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   Posted 4/30/2012 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie,
I don't want to scare you, honestly, but discectomies are known to reherniate , and given that you are coughing alot and then the pulling on the door, and the increased pain that is still ongoing, combined with the return of the symptoms before surgery would make me concerned.
It may be nothing more than inflammation or a flare up of the nerves, but it could be more too and it is better to find out now, than to let the pain continue, and the symptoms so that they become permanent problems.
I hope that my concern is unwarranted but I have seen far too many problems pop up after back surgery not to be concerned.
Sandi
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

grandmaroses
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   Posted 4/30/2012 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debbie, how are you feeling now that you have had a few days to rest? I know what you mean about dealing with your surgeon mine is the same he still has a couple of follow up apps with me but that will be the only times to see him, unless my GP contacts him on my behalf.

I remembered this post today when I went for an appt with my pain doctor, their doors are huge but not so heavy. I will post later what my doc had to say.

I certainly hope you are in less pain and that you have not re-injured yourself, this pain is not pleasant so I know you did not do anything to hurt yourself.
Door should have had a warning on it.
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