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sillycoffeegirl
02-07-2010, 04:58 AM
My back feels like a board when I try to lean it my back up against a chair. Will that feeling go away eventually? Has anyone else felt like that? Yea I still use a pillow behind it but when I sit in a chair without one I don't lean back cuz of that feeling.

Vali
02-07-2010, 06:35 AM
It does get better, but still at this stage, i have that feeling in my lower back at around the l5/4 area, the rest has cleared. Give it time.

debbei
02-07-2010, 07:09 AM
My back feels like a board when I try to lean it my back up against a chair. Will that feeling go away eventually? Has anyone else felt like that? Yea I still use a pillow behind it but when I sit in a chair without one I don't lean back cuz of that feeling.

I took a little pillow around with me EVERYWHERE for the first 3-4 months to put behind my back. Still, even now, 16 months later, there are certain hard chairs that are just too uncomfortable to sit it. It DOES get better, but slowly.

Remember, you are a work in progress.

Singer
02-07-2010, 07:33 AM
That's a totally normal feeling. I carry a small inflatable pillow with me everywhere and use it a lot.

megz
02-07-2010, 04:14 PM
do you have to wear a brace?! I know when I take my brace off to get changed and I lean back against the chair its the weirdest feeling..I can't feel any part of my back so it such a VERY odd feeling.

sillycoffeegirl
02-07-2010, 07:01 PM
No I don't have to wear a brace.

megz
02-07-2010, 08:11 PM
i am jealous! I have to wear this horrendous brace and it drives me nuts! What were you fused from?! I find it weird having no feeling on my back whats so ever.

Shari
02-08-2010, 12:30 AM
Hi Coffeegirl,

My back felt weird for months. How I used to explain it was that on some days I felt like I had 2 by 4's in there, then 2 by 2's, and as time went on they got smaller and smaller, and there are times I don't even feel the hardware back there.

I'm almost 5 yrs post-op, and I still try to be aware, when I go somewhere, what kind of seating they have. Wooden back chairs still hit me in the wrong places on my back and can't get comfortable. I always have a pillow or jacket that I can lean against just in case. Just try to find out prior to the event.

Bleachers are no fun for me at all, but they have seats that you can adust to your back and it holds you up without pain.

Hope this helped,
Shari

Jimbo
02-08-2010, 03:55 AM
sillycoffeegirl do you know the levels of your fusion?

I totally understand the feeling you described, I have it and it is difficult to process the sensation. I am quite confident though the feeling will fade or you will become accustomed to it.

remember, you have most likely lost sensation around the incision site, and it takes quite a while for this sensation to return.

For now it is just toughing it out ! :D

sillycoffeegirl
02-09-2010, 05:52 AM
I believe I'm t4 to l4. Mostly the middle. I'm wondering if I ever got the rods out later if it would feel better and more natural. Any body have rods out?

Jimbo
02-09-2010, 06:59 AM
Bethany I do believe you may just need to give yourself a bit more time to become accustomed to the hardware. Try and relax and recover for now :)

debbei
02-09-2010, 07:17 AM
Bethany,

Jimbo is right. The more time that passes, the less you will 'know' or 'feel' that your hardware is there. For me, it's the 'new normal' and doesn't feel wierd at all. It's amazing how resiliant we really are.

sccrm08
02-09-2010, 06:25 PM
Bethany

It took me about 2 years to get used to the rods. I could not stand to feel them at times but it does get better with time!!!

Radiogirl
02-09-2010, 08:17 PM
Hi Sillycoffeegirl....I have a question. I will be fused the same as you T4-L4. Can you you bend at all??? I don't know what to expect with that long of a fusion...also, about how long is the incision?

Thanks!

debbei
02-09-2010, 08:30 PM
Hi Sillycoffeegirl....I have a question. I will be fused the same as you T4-L4. Can you you bend at all??? I don't know what to expect with that long of a fusion...also, about how long is the incision?

Thanks!

Laura,

asking Sillycoffeegirl how much she can bend so soon in her recovery is a bad question because at this point, she is supposed to retrict her bending so that she fuses properly.

I am 16 months post-op, and fused T3-L3. I can bend over and pick a penny off the floor if I choose to. And it doesn't feel odd or restrictive either. I find that when I exercise regularly my back feels it's best--which is good incentive.

I had the same concern as you and was freaked out at the prospect of walking around like a wooden soldier--but it's just not the case (for me.)

Radiogirl
02-09-2010, 08:34 PM
Ooops! Sorrry!! Sillycoffeegirl....don't try that! haha!!! Debbe, thanks for that catch! There is so much I don't know! Can I ask what kind of exercise you can do now Debbe???

debbei
02-09-2010, 08:43 PM
Ooops! Sorrry!! Sillycoffeegirl....don't try that! haha!!! Debbe, thanks for that catch! There is so much I don't know! Can I ask what kind of exercise you can do now Debbe???

Hi Laura,

Starting last spring, about 5 months post op, I started an aerobics dancing class 2x a week and loved it. However, the class I preferred was too far away, so Jan 2nd I started going to Zumba classes with a neighbor and I'm HOOKED! I go 3x a week now and would do more if I could fit them into my schedule. It's Latin Aerobic Dancing and such a hoot! Now, the other women can 'wiggle' more than I can, but you'd be surprised at what I can do. Heck--I surprise myself all the time. I can wiggle my hips, front to back and side to side, I can shimmie--just because the spine is fused doesn't mean the muscles around it can't be limber, and I can bend. Some people I've talked to in the class said they had no idea I was fused because I can dance 'normally.'

Here is a link from the Today show on what Zumba is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Hxw_Jf2B4

You'll be ok Laura. My curves were both 66, and yours is about that. You have one of the top surgeons in the country. You made a wise decision. Come here and ask all the questions in the middle of the night that you want. I did plenty of that myself.

naptown78
02-10-2010, 07:20 PM
Its been a year and a half for me since my surgery and my back is still very tender to touch. Not as much as at first, it gets better. But you have to watch when people want to hug you and pat your back, wow. They just don't think. Some parts of my back are still numb, and unfortuneately a back rub doesnt feel as good as it used to ;-(((
I am hoping as time goes by, this will get better.