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Jimbo
02-03-2010, 01:59 PM
Well guys I did it!

I have returned home and I tell you what I feel and look just great. In fact apart from the post surgical pain, this is the best I have felt since I was a small boy :)

That Dr Gray is a FRIKKIN genius! You should see the x-rays, unbelievable. It is as straight as a ruler. I will post those rays as soon as I can get some on disk.

Regarding the post-op pain, it is quite challenging. I am taking 5mg endone (short acting oxycodone-around 3 hours pain relief) when needed. But I have teamed up with the hospital pain management specialist and boy does that make a difference. COX-2 inhibitors, paracetamol, and valium all help make the pain tolerable. I advise, if you can, to see a pain management specialist post-op within the hospital before you are discharged.

My Aunty who is an Immunology Professor also advised me to get a bunch of hospital pre-op triclosan 1% wash before discharge and wash your whole body with it for about a month each day to de-load the amount of MRSA, Staph microorganisms on the body. Ask the nurses for a few containers of them.

I am wearing my little lumbar brace which helps stabilise my L4-L5 vertebrae and hopefully, allows that disk to carry the weight of the unfused. I have to wear this brace whilst walking for 6 months and it is very well hidden, not that I really care anymore. I sometimes just wear it outside of my shirt.

Up to this point I feel surgery, although extremely difficult (probably analogous to getting shot multiple times) has been worth it for me and I am pleased with myself for doing it. It takes great strength to take that step and all of us should never forget just how strong we are.

I am off for my walk in the rain and wish you all the best.

Jimbo.

debbei
02-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Welcome home!! I'm thrilled for you Jimbo!

JenniferG
02-03-2010, 02:37 PM
Ah... The joy of being post-op!

Very glad to hear you doing so well, so positive and so happy with the results. It really is all worthwhile, isn't it?

Enjoy your walks.

loves to skate
02-03-2010, 02:41 PM
Jimbo,

I'm so glad to hear you are home and doing so well. You young ones amaze me.

Sally

Vali
02-03-2010, 03:39 PM
Welcome home Jimbo. It almost feels like your in another world after being in hospital for a week. You sound really upbeat and thats great. Positive thoughts give strength to good healing.
My good friend who is one of the Head Nurses of Emergency in one of our hospitals, told me to do the same thing, however, i just bought Gamophen or Sapoderm soap as they have Triclosan in them. As Jen said, 'enjoy your walks', at this point there's not much else to do except, walk, sleep, excercise and if you feel up to it, take up that hobby that has been eluding you!

Doodles
02-03-2010, 03:44 PM
Jimbo--Aren't you glad to be reporting from this side AND to be home. This is great. May you continue to have a good and uneventful recovery. Janet

RitaR
02-03-2010, 07:35 PM
Jimbo, you are a true inspiration to me!!! I can't wait to see your postop x-rays. I can only hope to be that straight someday. Good luck to you. and keep us posted.

mbeckoff
02-03-2010, 07:53 PM
Jimbo, That is such great news . I am getting excited and nervous about my surgery which is 5 weeks from tomorrow. I can only hope and pray that mine goes as well as yours did.



Melissa

hope404
02-03-2010, 08:12 PM
So happy for you !!!!!!

Enjoy your NEW self!!!!
:)

Radiogirl
02-03-2010, 09:07 PM
YEA!!!! JIMBO!!!! Sooo happy to hear you say those words. You sounded in great pain in the hospital. And, it seems they let you out very quickly! And you are walking that much already??? Wow. Gotta ask...what about the BMs???

JenM
02-03-2010, 09:53 PM
Just wanted to say congratulations, Jimbo! Your posts are very inspiring to someone like me who is going to have the surgery in 4 months (except for the part about how the surgery was analogous to getting shot multiple times, LOL!!) Glad to hear that it is the best you have felt since you were a small child. Best of luck to you with your recovery!

Take care,
JenM

Ryy
02-04-2010, 12:34 AM
Excellent to hear Jimbo, healthy and speedy recovery wishes for you :)

jrnyc
02-04-2010, 04:01 AM
Jimbo
congratulations! happy days!! the sky is blue again!! :)

so glad to hear that you are home & well on your healing path!

just one word about cox 2 inhibitors...i am highly allergic to them...they took vioxx off the market for bad reactions...it cut off my breatheing, so i figured it might be off the market soon, and sure enuf! but then i tried celebrex...which is on the market..the hives stopped me.....SO..just a heads up to be careful & watch yourself to make sure you are OK on those meds......i am sure you will be fine if you have never had an allergic reaction to any of them!

happy healing! i hope each day is better than the one before & that you are up to being yourself...but better, cause no more pain!

best regards
jess

Jimbo
02-04-2010, 04:16 AM
Thankyou so much guys. Your words help so much.

One thing that is getting a little strange is everyone of my friends and family that I meet, I am now taller than them and they are finding it a little frightening. xD

Oh well, I will probably shrink a little as the hardware and muscle settle.

It is extremely hot here in Australia and the the lumbar brace is presenting a bit of a challenge, but after going through the surgery it is a minor inconvenience.

My parents have been great. My dad makes me awesome food,, like gumbo and yankee spare ribs, which I get all over my head and face lol. Thank God I have them here to help me, but I do believe I could manage quite well alone.

anyway, the pain is yet again creeping in and i must retire.

Shari
02-04-2010, 11:21 AM
Congratulations Jimbo and I'm IMPRESSED!

I can't believe it when anyone gets on here so soon after surgery. I couldn't have done it. Maybe I should have went "down under".:p

I'm almost jealous but I can't help but feel so happy for you. And you're even taking a walk about already???

Amazing.
Shari

JenniferG
02-04-2010, 03:54 PM
I agree, it's stunning the way some are able to post so soon post-op. I think I was about week three and then it was only for a few minutes. It took weeks before I could even sit at the computer for more than 15 minutes. Ouch! (Remembering the sore tailbone! Did anybody else get that?)

Jimbo, I'm so happy you've done so well and you can now get on with the rest of your life knowing this scoliosis is not going to continue progressing.

RitaR
02-04-2010, 06:11 PM
Does anyone take a laptop into the hospital for posting after surgery? Dare I ask? Can you even believe I am asking such a thing??? :LOL

Radiogirl
02-04-2010, 06:31 PM
Jimbo...do you mind telling me how old you are? And how tall? How many inches did you gain?

mbeckoff
02-04-2010, 06:55 PM
Does anyone take a laptop into the hospital for posting after surgery? Dare I ask? Can you even believe I am asking such a thing??? :LOL

I was thinking the same question . so what is the answer?

melissa

debbei
02-04-2010, 07:15 PM
Does anyone take a laptop into the hospital for posting after surgery? Dare I ask? Can you even believe I am asking such a thing??? :LOL

We did, but my husband kept it with him when he went to the guest house overnight. I did make some of my own posts from the hospital. It was also nice and encouraging to read others' good luck and response posts to mine.

titaniumed
02-04-2010, 07:31 PM
Jimbo
Glad to see you are home....Looking forward to seeing your x-rays.

Jen
I was the same as you, Sitting more than 60 seconds was a problem for the first 4 weeks for me. I think it was the large anchor screws in my hips. My hips were very sore. At 6 weeks, I had a new computer brought over here, and I became slightly enthused again about computers. LOL
I think John (JDM555) set the record for posting after surgery. 10 minutes out, and he posted off his phone.

Rita & Melissa
My hospital didnít want me bringing anything of value. They of course will not claim responsibility for any missing things. I didnít bring much with me. I knew I could get items from my visitors after I was released from ICU.

I also was moved quite a bit and was in many different areas for some reason. Each time, they would throw my belongings under my bed. At least I had a change of scenery, and liked the trips.
Ed

txmarinemom
02-05-2010, 01:58 AM
JIMBO!!! There you are!

Man ... you summed up my experience:

"In fact apart from the post surgical pain, this is the best I have felt since I was a small boy"

Despite the fact I was never a small boy (I ~think~) that's EXACTLY how I felt. Recovery was easy compared to what I was living - which was really starting to blow.

I'm sooooooooo proud of you. Some days may be unpleasant, but they'll get better. You made the jump into the unknown; the rest will never be as scary.

Hugs,
Pam

txmarinemom
02-05-2010, 02:00 AM
Does anyone take a laptop into the hospital for posting after surgery? Dare I ask? Can you even believe I am asking such a thing??? :LOL

Was posting from mine the day after surgery. Didn't bring it with me (doh), so I was limited to calling everyone when I woke up. :)

loves to skate
02-05-2010, 04:00 PM
Does anyone take a laptop into the hospital for posting after surgery? Dare I ask? Can you even believe I am asking such a thing??? :LOL

Gosh Rita, with the drugs I was on, I couldn't even figure out how to use my cell phone.:D Sally

Vali
02-05-2010, 06:42 PM
There is no way i could have posted immediately after surgery. I barely woke up until 5.30am next morning. My surgery started at 8.30am and finished at 3.45pm. I went to recovery unitl 6.30 then back to my room. My family said i looked very swollen. My daughter told me i uttered the words - i'm gonna be sick, and i don't even remember that! The next morning, i definitely could have posted if i had a computer AND if i could sit more than ten minutes! I remember the extreme anxiety i had about this surgery pre-op, only to wake up and think - OK, it's not a walk in the park - but it's not that bad either! To all pre and post ops, keep well and have a good weekend.

RitaR
02-05-2010, 07:59 PM
Dear Vali: you're the first one I've heard say it was not that bad. It was painful but not really that bad. I'm very glad to hear you say that. Of course, one of the things I've wondered about is just how bad it really is. Of course, with the amount of pain I have now going on, muscle spasms, hurts to talk, laugh or even sniffle, decreased lung capacity, and so on.....it may not be much worse than that. And, at least that you know will get back. Whereas this pain we fell all day everyday - day in and day out - we have to wonder will it ever end. Amy I close here?

JenniferG
02-05-2010, 11:59 PM
It's hard to say. For me, the pre-op pain was only intermittent and moderate but bad enough to want to be free of it. But can I chime in and say I too, found surgery/recovery not to be as bad as I'd expected. There may be an element of forgetfulness due to drugs, but looking back, the recovery time went fast, I remember bad moments but they didn't last and for that reason Rita, I think you are right.

It wasn't as painful as the last hour or two of labour, for those, like me, who had drug free childbirth, though there were brief times that it came close. Waiting for the next oral meds was when it hurt, but once they kicked in, or I was given a morphine injection, the pain went completely.

So it wasn't days/weeks of non-stop agony. The meds do a good job. It's just that they don't always get you through to the next lot.

But time passes quickly and you keep getting improvements which keep you positive.

Jimbo
02-06-2010, 03:00 AM
Jimbo...do you mind telling me how old you are? And how tall? How many inches did you gain?

I was about 5ft 8 before and now i am about 5ft 9, I am 28 :)

As for posting so quickly after surgery, people can use their iphones and mobile phones to put up messages on the forum. I definitely would have done that but my phone did not have that capability so I waited until I could use my laptop.

Straight after surgery in ICU I was just about pain free, most likely due to the very powerful anesthetics and muscle relaxers used during surgery. Once those wore off though there was no way I could have posted a message to you guys, but I wanted too :)

The only real problem I am having now is post-op pain. And get this, they gave me NO repeats on my endone analgesics! I know they are highly addictive but only one week worth and all I have left is non-narcotics, I mean DAYUM, that is a tad strict :P

My lumbar brace is annoying and SO hot (temperature).

I think the kids who have to wear the larger braces are real little heroes. It takes great will power and courage to keep them on.

I went out into the city for a hamburger today and had a little difficulty negotiating traffic, since I look fine nobody really gives you room or a second thought, so I must stay vigilant.

I just had many of my friends move over seas during the week to start new lives and new careers which is making me kind of sad, I still have so far to go, career and money wise and it is frustrating being held back by this.

On another note, this surgery has given me a profound insight into my own abilities and skills I thought I never had. The extreme pain seems to purge oneís soul and harden oneís mind and I feel much stronger because of this. I am going to continue my nursing career as my surgeon encouraged me to do so. I feel I have much to offer in that industry due to my experiences of being a patient.

I am going to go have a nice hot shower now and bathe those tortured muscles, aaaahhh.

Oh and here are some post-op pictures taken with my nikon, they will do until I get the x-rays on disk.

JenniferG
02-06-2010, 03:43 AM
That's one very straight spine, Jimbo, you must be thrilled.

When do you run out of Endones? I was sent home Saturday morning with only enough to get through to Sunday night. Phone the hospital and they will contact your surgeon and he can fax a script to your local 7 day pharmacy. Look up the phone book, ring your nearest pharmacy and ask for their fax number. This is what I did. It seemed to be fairly normal practice. From then on, I phoned my GP and she faxed whatever scripts I needed through to my local pharmacy and my partner picked them up. It was made so easy for me.

I am sure they don't expect you to go without this early post op.

Good luck with your nursing career. I have always regretted not doing nursing, myself.

Jimbo
02-06-2010, 07:43 AM
That's one very straight spine, Jimbo, you must be thrilled.

When do you run out of Endones? I was sent home Saturday morning with only enough to get through to Sunday night. Phone the hospital and they will contact your surgeon and he can fax a script to your local 7 day pharmacy. Look up the phone book, ring your nearest pharmacy and ask for their fax number. This is what I did. It seemed to be fairly normal practice. From then on, I phoned my GP and she faxed whatever scripts I needed through to my local pharmacy and my partner picked them up. It was made so easy for me.

I am sure they don't expect you to go without this early post op.

Good luck with your nursing career. I have always regretted not doing nursing, myself.

Thanks Jennifer.

mbeckoff
02-06-2010, 08:34 AM
Wow , what a straight spine

You must be so happy

Melissa

ddb
02-06-2010, 08:47 AM
Jimbo I've been following your posts and I'm so happy that your on the other side and recovering well. I too would call your dr about the pain meds - I think if you don't ask you won't get.

Good luck with your nursing career - you may think your being held up by this, but your getting a side of training that most don't (patient side). This is the best training especially for your future patients!!

Best to you in your recovery!

Dee

RitaR
02-06-2010, 09:46 AM
It's nice to hear that they keep you reasonably comfortable - at least it doesn't sound like it was a situation where you just thought you were going to die in pain. Maybe I guess. I'm ready to get it over with. Waiting till July sounds like such a horrible long time.

mbeckoff
02-06-2010, 11:31 AM
I am so ready now to go .
I have a little over a month to wait. At first, I was so anxious and nervous but now I can't wait to be rid of the pain.

I am doing things all around the house that needed to be done or will make life easier when I get back.

I have scheduled my last pre-op with the Doctor and I have my fun fulled day at the Hospital scheduled as well.

Closer to the date, my Daughter and I are going to a Spa to get a manicure and a pedicure and my legs waxed since I will be unable to do these things for a while

Glad to hear things are going better for you Jimbo

Doodles
02-06-2010, 01:02 PM
Oh my gosh, Jimbo, those are amazing x-rays. You must be thrilled. I agree with all that Jennifer said. I had to have them call in new Rx's and also later went to my GP--that was just easier. Good luck. Janet

JDM555
02-06-2010, 02:06 PM
Wow! That is a nice looking spine man! Very very straight, that looks like it's in the single digit degrees, I wished my looked like that :(

GL with everything!

RitaR
02-06-2010, 03:17 PM
If I look half that straight postop I will be happy!!! What cool x-rays and very STRAIGHT! I like it! Congrats. :)

txmarinemom
02-06-2010, 04:12 PM
Dear Vali: you're the first one I've heard say it was not that bad. It was painful but not really that bad. I'm very glad to hear you say that. Of course, one of the things I've wondered about is just how bad it really is. Of course, with the amount of pain I have now going on, muscle spasms, hurts to talk, laugh or even sniffle, decreased lung capacity, and so on.....it may not be much worse than that. And, at least that you know will get back. Whereas this pain we fell all day everyday - day in and day out - we have to wonder will it ever end. Amy I close here?

Rita, I lived with pain for almost 30 years before it drove me to surgery as a last resort. Having only the experiences of others to draw upon, I had NO clue what it would be like for me.

Like Vali, it wasn't nearly as bad as I'd imagined.

The day of surgery, I came out and spent Ī30 minutes in PACU before they sent me to my room. I shook the anesthesia by about 4pm, and was wide awake: I started making phone calls to update people. More than anything, I was aggravated people kept telling me I didn't need to be on the phone - LOL.

I walked about 75' the day after surgery ... 300 the next day.

Day 2-3, I started blowing IVs (vancomycin is caustic ... I'd previously had MRSA, and it's just a precaution I always take). The pain got semi bad for a day or so until they worked out alternate pain management - but honestly, it wasn't as bad as after my ankle reconstruction.

Everyone's different (which I know makes it really confusing) ... but not everyone sees it as the worst experience of their life. I'd do it again (100 times over) vs. going back to how I felt *pre-op*.

Just my .02. BTW, I sent you my surgery photos password via PM.

Pam

(... and, again ... Jimbo - I'm so proud of you! ;-)

RitaR
02-06-2010, 06:46 PM
Hey, I tried opening your pictures, although how my computer is set up is a little different than most because I have some super duper security since I do medical transcription electronically. But, it was worth a try. Thanks so much for your encouragement. You saying you would do it again 100 times over and it wasn't near as bad as the preop pain, made my day. Especially with the amount of pain I'm in now. I am envious of those who can exercise preoperatively - heck, I can't get too far from the heat pad, that's my only salvation so far.
Thanks again. If I'm able to get your picgtures I'll let you know. And, keep the encouragement coming.... :p

debbei
02-06-2010, 09:23 PM
Hey, I tried opening your pictures, although how my computer is set up is a little different than most because I have some super duper security since I do medical transcription electronically. But, it was worth a try. Thanks so much for your encouragement. You saying you would do it again 100 times over and it wasn't near as bad as the preop pain, made my day. Especially with the amount of pain I'm in now. I am envious of those who can exercise preoperatively - heck, I can't get too far from the heat pad, that's my only salvation so far.
Thanks again. If I'm able to get your picgtures I'll let you know. And, keep the encouragement coming.... :p

For what it's worth, I didn't think the pain was as bad as I expected. Yes, it hurt like hell and felt like I was hit by a truck, but it wasn't as bad as I thought, and as I literally dreamed it would be.

RitaR
02-06-2010, 09:42 PM
Thats nice to hear. I have envisioned this not quite as bad as I had initially thought, thanks to you all. I am hopeful they have some good "stuff" to help me through the first initial shock of postop pain anyways. After that, I'm pretty confident that the horrible pain we have endured everyday all day is not going to be near as bad, if not only for the knowing that we are now on the other side - that has got to make a difference just knowing that.

mbeckoff
02-06-2010, 10:07 PM
That is the way I feel as well. At least with that pain, you know that soon there will be some relief .
Melissa





Thats nice to hear. I have envisioned this not quite as bad as I had initially thought, thanks to you all. I am hopeful they have some good "stuff" to help me through the first initial shock of postop pain anyways. After that, I'm pretty confident that the horrible pain we have endured everyday all day is not going to be near as bad, if not only for the knowing that we are now on the other side - that has got to make a difference just knowing that.

RitaR
02-06-2010, 10:25 PM
Amen to that! This day after day, all day, horrible pain, not able to sleep well gets old very quickly.

Jimbo
02-06-2010, 11:10 PM
I have no regrets undergoing that operation. It has given me my life back and I am only two weeks out.

However, I was reasonably fit before the surgery and naturally very flexibile, which enables me to care much more for myself.

Today I went to the computer expo with my friends and was walking around looking at gadgets for 2 hours, that was after I took 5mg of endone though.

My biggest complaint right now is the severe stiffness in the lumbar region due to the extended temporary rods into L5 and the lumbar brace. Due to this restriction, it has given me the 'flatback' condition. Glad it is only temporary.

Sleeping in the lumbar brace is quite difficult due to the heat, I mean it was pushing 40 degrees here (104 f) and it is like having on a blanket all night. It will get easier though.

one month hey Melissa? I think the hardest part of this surgery is the week leading up to the operation and the week after the operation. Just stay focused and positive and you will make it.

mbeckoff
02-06-2010, 11:17 PM
one month hey Melissa? I think the hardest part of this surgery is the week leading up to the operation and the week after the operation. Just stay focused and positive and you will make it.[/QUOTE]

In the beginning , I was very nervous and anxious .Now I am welcoming the surgery as a relief from the pain.Today was a bad day.When I woke up, it hurt and it only went down hill from there. Now I can only hope for a spine as straight as yours

Melissa

Jimbo
02-06-2010, 11:23 PM
You will get there Melissa and you will never look back.

jrnyc
02-06-2010, 11:24 PM
Hey Jimbo
what great x rays..they should be on display..that is practically art! good job by the surgeon!!

what is the "temporary to L5" thing??...

i would need fusion to pelvis...so i am delaying & delaying...i really believe that people on forum who have had fusion to pelvis never talk the same way...they cant forget their surgery EVER...i dont think...cause they can never bend again!
and reading all the folks who "beg" their doctors not to go below L5 doesnt help me decide to do the surgery one little bit!!

best of luck to you... i hope your health gets better & better!

jess

mbeckoff
02-06-2010, 11:24 PM
You will get there Melissa and you will never look back.


I know that and I am so ready to go now

Melissa

JenniferG
02-07-2010, 12:50 AM
Jess, losing that bendability is a very small price to pay for no pain. And I was never in the pain you are. I wish you could come here for a day and see how easy it is for me to get through the day. I feel like a spring chicken. Please don't be afraid of losing the ability to bend at the waist. You will still be able to bend at the hip, remember. :)

Jimbo
02-07-2010, 03:44 AM
what is the "temporary to L5" thing??...

Since they found a fracture and partially fused vertebrae at L5, it was unable to withstand the force of the other fused vertebrae. My surgeon, instead of fusing to the pelvis, chose to extend the rods down to L5 for one year to attempt to stabilise it. That is why I am in a post-op brace - to limit the movement of that vertebrae as it has been left unfused, just pushed into position with rods.

I hope hope hope that it works and if it does the surgeon will remove the extended rods in one year and leave the fusion level at L4.

A bit of a setback. I thought a big setback, but my surgeon thinks it is just a minor inconvenience that will most likely have a positive outcome. Fingers crossed :)

Vali
02-07-2010, 06:28 AM
Dear Vali: you're the first one I've heard say it was not that bad. It was painful but not really that bad. I'm very glad to hear you say that. Of course, one of the things I've wondered about is just how bad it really is. Of course, with the amount of pain I have now going on, muscle spasms, hurts to talk, laugh or even sniffle, decreased lung capacity, and so on.....it may not be much worse than that. And, at least that you know will get back. Whereas this pain we fell all day everyday - day in and day out - we have to wonder will it ever end. Amy I close here?


Rita, i was quite comfortable after surgery, no extreme pain that i can recall. I was on a PCA but never used it much, so they removed it day 2 post-op. I think that i may have gotten used to the pain building up. My pain started in June 2006 and progressively got worse. I was having several kinds of spinal injections to keep the pain at bay - the facet joint ones worked the best for me. I used to cringe when i could feel a sneeze coming on. I didn't think the pain could get much worse but when the curve started deteriorating at the rate of one degree per month, it was getting excruciating. I was pretty much home bound, driving was hard, walking would give me like 'electric shocks', i couldn't take much more. When my surgeon said we need to take care of this within the next 12 months, I still took three weeks to make my decision, but it is one that i don't regret and as Pam said, ' i would do it over again. So....
yep Rita you're close. Best wishes.

Vali
02-07-2010, 06:30 AM
Jess, losing that bendability is a very small price to pay for no pain. And I was never in the pain you are. I wish you could come here for a day and see how easy it is for me to get through the day. I feel like a spring chicken. Please don't be afraid of losing the ability to bend at the waist. You will still be able to bend at the hip, remember. :)

Ditto for me on this one... I was in a lot of pain

jrnyc
02-07-2010, 07:58 AM
Dear JennG & Vali
you are both so sweet! i know you have told me that...& i thank you...i do believe you, cause you live it! it is just hard to imagine without being in your shoes! but what i really meant was....can you ever FORGET about your back...if you did, could you break the rods by accident, having them all the way down as you both do....if you bent down wrong...without thinking....??
i wish i could come visit...i really do!!

Jimbo
i will keep my fingers crossed for you absolutely...cause it would be great if you didnt need the fusion to L5 if they can prevent it!

thanks to all who write...i am having a hard time making my decision...but i know if i am meant to do this, i will...there are days when the pain is so bad, i am ready to have surgery...then, especially after injections, there are days it eases up somewhat....
i expect to visit my NYC surgeon this spring.....

jess

loves to skate
02-07-2010, 03:22 PM
i would need fusion to pelvis...so i am delaying & delaying...i really believe that people on forum who have had fusion to pelvis never talk the same way...they cant forget their surgery EVER...i dont think...cause they can never bend again!
and reading all the folks who "beg" their doctors not to go below L5 doesnt help me decide to do the surgery one little bit!!

jess

Jess, That statement is so not true for me. I still have some pain issues, but I think part of that is because of my age and the fact that I wasn't diagnosed early enough and my spine was in such bad shape by the time I found a Doctor that had the confidence to operate on me. As to bending, I can still bend and almost touch my toes and can pick up a paper clip off of the floor just by bending my knees a little more than I used to. You have to realize that the longer you put surgery off, the more difficult your surgery could be and the older you are, the longer your recovery will probably be. Note that I said could and probably. Life is too short not to be able to do the things you love to do and you know what you have given up because of your pain. Maybe if you had the side effects that I have had with cortisone shots, you might be ready sooner to have surgery. I don't ever want another cortisone shot! Who on this forum is unhappy that their Doctor had to fuse them to S-1? I would have this surgery over again in a heartbeat, because I have my life back.

megz
02-07-2010, 03:55 PM
Jess, That statement is so not true for me. I still have some pain issues, but I think part of that is because of my age and the fact that I wasn't diagnosed early enough and my spine was in such bad shape by the time I found a Doctor that had the confidence to operate on me. As to bending, I can still bend and almost touch my toes and can pick up a paper clip off of the floor just by bending my knees a little more than I used to. You have to realize that the longer you put surgery off, the more difficult your surgery could be and the older you are, the longer your recovery will probably be. Note that I said could and probably. Life is too short not to be able to do the things you love to do and you know what you have given up because of your pain. Maybe if you had the side effects that I have had with cortisone shots, you might be ready sooner to have surgery. I don't ever want another cortisone shot! Who on this forum is unhappy that their Doctor had to fuse them to S-1? I would have this surgery over again in a heartbeat, because I have my life back.

aww sally you truly are an inspiration to me =) I always love reading your posts<33 I really agree with what you have to say. I don't really feel any different being fused from t2-pelvis. I took a bath lastnight OMG I loved it hahaha it my first I had always been using the shower. and I was able to do everything myself. I could shave my legs just fine.. I found my body wanting to go backwards but I am assuming its just the mussels and stuff arent strong enough..You are truly an amazing woman sally and I love you for that!!

meg

ADMoul
02-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Congratulations on getting home. I am about a week-10 days behind you so you are truly inspiring for me. We're here in NY but home, (4 hours south) in PA is covered with over 2 feet of snow with more predicted this week. Don't think I'll have to worry about heat rash with my brace. Will find out tomorrow if we're going to be able to do some rehab here in NY--depends on insurance. As much as I want to get out of this hospital, I (and my husband who will be my primary care-giver) want to feel comfortable and safe once we get there.
Keep those positive posts coming!!

titaniumed
02-08-2010, 12:56 AM
Jimbo

Very nice looking x-rays! Straight as an arrow.

Glad to see you are doing well.
Ed

jrnyc
02-08-2010, 03:29 AM
Thanks Sally...and everybody who posted about fusion to pelvis..i really do pay attention & think about everything you guys have to say...it makes me feel ALOT better about leaning (:rolleyes:) towards surgery ...it truly does!

expect to call the 2 patients Dr Anand's office gave me phone numbers for this week..will write the forum with what they have to say....i am sure it will be positive or i doubt i would have been given their phone numbers!

thanks again..
jess

JenniferG
02-08-2010, 03:11 PM
It will be interesting to hear what they say, even if they are "good examples" Jess!