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peachrush7
06-27-2011, 09:09 PM
Can't believe that today is that magical 6 month date I've had my eyes on since I had the surgery back on december 27th 2010.

I had my visit with my surgeon last week, and everything is looking great! I don't have to wear the bone stimulator any more (woohoo!) and I can now start bending and twisting (although he did say the less i do both of those the better)

I am only taking 1 flexeril (muscle relaxer) a day now, usually before bed, and 2 gabapentins (for the residual nerve pain in my leg).

I am getting a massage every other week, and that has REALLY helped with muscle stiffness in my neck and the leg pain. I still lay on my back, and she doesn't go near my incision. I also bought a foam roller, and that has really helped too with the tight muscle that runs down the side of my leg, that had been getting pain signals for the last 4 years from my compressed nerves. Now that it's not getting as strong a signal, massage really helps where it never really helped at all pre-op.

I am sleeping a lot better now, even compared to a month ago. I hardly wake up at all when I need to roll over. It's amazing how much you can improve in just a month.

I am doing more now at only 6 months post-op than I have in years. I drove 2 hours by myself up to visit family last weekend, for the first time in at least 3 years. I had no pain while driving, and no pain after. AHMAZING. My attitude and spirit have been lifted as my pain continues to decrease. I was never much of a "downer" but now that I feel better, I realize how awful I just felt all the time. Now I want to go out and do things, make trips, hang out a little later, because I know I won't "pay" for it later in more pain. I can also work longer and harder, without the constant distraction and frustration of an aching back and leg.

So, for all of you out there about to make the plunge, I'm living proof that this surgery can radically improve your life. It was the hardest, scariest thing I've ever done. But I would do it all over again if I had to. I can't believe I've had such a smooth recovery, and I am so thankful.

Blessings!
Rebecca

titaniumed
06-28-2011, 09:58 PM
Good job! Congratulations!
Ed

JenniferG
06-29-2011, 03:19 AM
It's great to hear you so happy and coming along so well. Great for those thinking about surgery to read too. Keep up the good work Rebecca!

Jen

Lorz
06-29-2011, 07:04 AM
Rebecca,
Congrats! What an encouraging post! I am so happy for you, and look forward to my 6 month milestone as well. Keep up the good work!

golfnut
06-29-2011, 10:41 AM
Congratulations, Rebecca. Thanks, again, for sending me some good exercises. It was nice to finally do something to get my heart beat up a little.
I'm glad you are doing so well!

debbei
06-30-2011, 05:28 AM
Congartulations! believe it or not you will continue to improve more and more. A year from now you won't believe the difference!

Keep up the good work!

backissues
06-30-2011, 07:12 PM
I'm so happy to hear you are doing so much better. Thanks for the update.

Congratulations!!

Wishing you continued improvement. I know what you mean about how amazing it is to do the things you could only wish to do before the surgery.

Best wishes,
Irene

peachrush7
07-02-2011, 07:44 PM
you all the BEST =)

If this is what 6 months feels like, I can't even imagine a year or more. Thanks for always being here, and sharing your lives. It's been a life changing thing being a part of this forum, and I am so appreciative. I don't know I would have made the leap so soon if I had to figure this all out on my own. And then i would have been missing out on my life right now, and probably be in worse shape as each year ticked by.

JenniferG
07-03-2011, 01:24 AM
That's how I feel too. We're the lucky ones. I often think of Joyful and her tragic outcome and wonder how she is, (and who her surgeon was.) Fortunately her awful outcome is rare, most of us are very glad we had our surgery and marvel at the improvement in our lives and marvel at our surgeon's skills.

Best wishes for the remainder of your recovery peachrush!

peachrush7
07-06-2011, 04:22 PM
"That's how I feel too. We're the lucky ones. I often think of Joyful and her tragic outcome and wonder how she is, (and who her surgeon was.) Fortunately her awful outcome is rare, most of us are very glad we had our surgery and marvel at the improvement in our lives and marvel at our surgeon's skills."

Jennifer, I remember reading Joyful's posts, right when I first joined the discussion over a year ago. Does ANYBODY know what happened to her? It is a sobering reminder that things can go wrong, and there are no guarantees. I think about her too, and pray for her family. I wish we knew her surgeon too, just to be able to put it out there...

Anyway, I agree with you too, we are the lucky ones!

mabeckoff
07-06-2011, 05:23 PM
I think often of Joyfull's post and now that I am going to have surgery again. Both times something happened to me that could have been terrible and I thank God for looking out for me.

Melissa

golfnut
07-06-2011, 06:22 PM
I think Joyful's surgeon was Dr. Lonner.

Confusedmom
07-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Peachcrush,

So happy for you!!! I remember when you were considering surgery. Wish I was 6 months out now!!

Joyful had a good surgeon; I think her experience is just a tragic testimony to what can happen with any surgery of this magnitude.

Prayers and gratitude for all those who have good outcomes!!!

Evelyn

kennedy
07-06-2011, 10:22 PM
congrads on 6 months postop