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djkinkead
09-14-2011, 07:00 AM
Hello,

Maybe I am being too ambitious. I did put in about 1.5 hours (scattered throughout the morning) of telework, mosting at the computer. My husband said I needed to wear the Teoratic Brace as much as possible when I was sitting at the keyboard and other times...so I tried that.

I am in so much pain today, I am in definate "whine" mode. I feel like a pulled a muscle. Can't even be pain free when I lay down. May actually have to call doctor's office to see what they say.

Drinking some tea to see if this gets me out of some lethargic-ness too.

Anyway, anyone else run into this where you just run into bad days like this?

debbei
09-14-2011, 07:16 AM
Good days and bad days are perfectly normal at your stage in recovery! I remember I overdid it once in a while too. So then you just rest when you need it. Things will get better--have patience!!

djkinkead
09-14-2011, 08:14 AM
Thanks Debbei!

Got a call into Dr. Office too.

Marina63
09-14-2011, 12:52 PM
I had my fusion back in July. I am about 9 weeks post surgery. I know what you mean about good and bad days. I was feeling pretty good at about 6-7 weeks but then overdid it at the gym and had to cut back again. Way too ambitious, I suppose. Now I have a lot of stinging/burning pain along my spine (incision) which, from what I gather, is the result of nerves regenerating. Still, it feels awful.
When I look back, however, I am amazed at the strides I make from week to week. It's just hard being patient

jrnyc
09-14-2011, 04:36 PM
you are not even a month from your surgery....
a huge, body changing, life changing surgery....
i think you are doing too much, no matter how small your activity level seems to you...
i wonder if you back off activities, if you will feel better...
please...give your body a chance to rest and heal...
i think you are trying too much too soon...
sitting requires muscle control...it can make anyone's back sore.....
so after surgery, it is more of a strain than ever....

hope you feel better...

jess

djkinkead
09-14-2011, 05:44 PM
I need to realize my body is making some huge changes--and it needs to "knit one perl two" as it tries to fuse. My husband calls me the director of everything which means I am in constant motion.

I need to go dig out the tirarra I got for one of my dogs and wear it around the house to get me more into "princess" mode.

Tomorrow we get the new "spine friendly" car tomorrow: A Toyota Venza: assembled in Kentucky along with 70% of its components. Toyota is offering 0% financing on the remaining 2011's, so who can pass on that deal. Will miss my VW Diesel Jetta wagon: good by 43 MPG....dang.

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement....I need to keep in the slow lane...and not drive the new car yet. Absolutely do not have the brain cells to try that activity.

golfnut
09-14-2011, 08:16 PM
Yes, be patient. It's hard for most of us, but necessary. I didn't do much more than walk laps in our house for the first month. I think it's important to be conservative in the beginning.

progress
09-15-2011, 09:42 PM
Hi,
I'm five weeks post-op and doing pretty well but I have noticed if I do more on a day I am extremely fatigued the next day and more tight across the back. A few days ago I went to a morning movie, coffee with a friend, had a one hr work appointment (although not officially back yet), went out for dinner, and was thinking...gee I'm good". The next day I didn't get out of my P.J's and was extremely tired", dozing on and off. I realized I just have to pace myself as there is a lot going on behind the scenes.
Take care, I must admit I like being a bit of a princess but others don't cooperate and I'm just not bossy...maybe my next life!
Kelly

golfnut
09-16-2011, 05:05 AM
Kelly,
I'm sure you over did it. I think it's natural that we want to go at our pre-surgery fast pace as soon as possible, but the body just isn't ready yet. It sounds like you're doing well!

lray
09-16-2011, 01:31 PM
It is so easy to be fooled into thinking you're feeling well enough to do more than you should be. Please take it easy. Let your poor body mend. Do some short walks and eat lots of protein! Before you know it, your body will be stronger and less sore and you will be back doing the things you love doing.

Oh, and congrats with your new car! I love the look of the Toyota Venza. You will be much more confortable in it, I'm sure. I was looking at that crossover but decided on the Kia Sorento.

Hang in there, it gets better.

loves to skate
09-16-2011, 02:57 PM
I had my fusion back in July. I am about 9 weeks post surgery. I know what you mean about good and bad days. I was feeling pretty good at about 6-7 weeks but then overdid it at the gym and had to cut back again. Way too ambitious, I suppose. Now I have a lot of stinging/burning pain along my spine (incision) which, from what I gather, is the result of nerves regenerating. Still, it feels awful.
When I look back, however, I am amazed at the strides I make from week to week. It's just hard being patient

This post really caught my eye. May I ask what on earth are you doing at the gym 6-7 weeks post-op? Does your surgeon know or did he clear you to go to the gym? Many of us aren't even cleared for Physical Therapy until six months. Maybe you are a teenager and heal much faster than adults, I just don't know. Please fill in some details for me and for others who might think its OK to go to the gym so soon.
Sally

BendyBill
09-16-2011, 03:50 PM
Please be careful!! I don't know much but am pretty sure that your spine is FRAGILE at 9 weeks post-op. Always check with your doctor regarding even vaguely strenuous activity.

djkinkead, I hope you're doing better now!

B

djkinkead
09-16-2011, 06:17 PM
Still haven't donned tierra yet, but I am pushing myself to take it easy.

Right now I find my life revolves a bit around the pain meds. I sleep for 1/2 to 3/4 hour after taking them, then I can be a bit active (maybe do computer work or walk some laps around house) for a while then lay down and rest.

Found out if I do not time my meds right and go out to dinner, my most wonderful husband ends up eating dinner with a cranky wife. Lesson learned.

Netflix is a great diversion--going through the Lost series.

Also, I really like that we have the Toyota Venza--I can get in and out without any help and without turning my body into a weird shape.

I am trying very hard to remember whenever I turn my body that I want my spine cells to FUSE!!!!

Best wishes to all!

mabeckoff
09-16-2011, 07:52 PM
Still haven't donned tierra yet, but I am pushing myself to take it easy.

Right now I find my life revolves a bit around the pain meds. I sleep for 1/2 to 3/4 hour after taking them, then I can be a bit active (maybe do computer work or walk some laps around house) for a while then lay down and rest.

Found out if I do not time my meds right and go out to dinner, my most wonderful husband ends up eating dinner with a cranky wife. Lesson learned.

Netflix is a great diversion--going through the Lost series.

Also, I really like that we have the Toyota Venza--I can get in and out without any help and without turning my body into a weird shape.

I am trying very hard to remember whenever I turn my body that I want my spine cells to FUSE!!!!

Best wishes to all!

Except for the car, this is going to be my life until October 5th. It is easy to say and hard to do but it is important so I will try my best


Melissa

CaroleM
09-22-2011, 08:16 AM
This post really caught my eye. May I ask what on earth are you doing at the gym 6-7 weeks post-op? Does your surgeon know or did he clear you to go to the gym? Many of us aren't even cleared for Physical Therapy until six months. Maybe you are a teenager and heal much faster than adults, I just don't know. Please fill in some details for me and for others who might think its OK to go to the gym so soon.
Sally

I started PT and going to the gym at about 5-6 weeks myself. My surgeon actually encouraged it. I think that because I started my PT and going to the gym so early, that is why I'm feeling quite good at a little under 4 months. I lift weights, spin, do pilates and yoga albeit with some modifications, and more. I am actually able to do more now than I was able to do post op. Now don't get me wrong I still have some discomfort, but not any real pain. Except when I sneeze, sneezing sucks...

golfnut
09-22-2011, 11:19 AM
Yes, sneezing is just awful!

judyat60
09-23-2011, 09:02 PM
pt or not to pt…seems to be individual with the doctor from what I've read here. Some don't want any, ever, some want it quickly. I understand the benefits to both, the goal for both being to heal and build strength.

I am scheduled for surgery mid Oct with Dr. Boachie. His protocal is to begin pt 4-6 weeks out. My larger concern will be finding the right therapist, having gone to many who didn't know what they were doing on and off for years (the most recent in February who said she could correct the scoliosis.)
I will be reaching out to the north/mid Jersey folks for good recommendations for pt in November.

djkinkead
09-23-2011, 09:17 PM
My surgeon obviously trusted the PTs at the hospital in which the surgery was performed, but outside of that, they don't seem to point to anyone else.

Yes, I know what you mean about PTs who really don't know what they are doing. I had hurt some muscles in my back before the surgery and went to a facility with about four different PTs...they all wanted to do something different and to be honest, I don't think any of them really helped that much.

If you chose PT's, it'd have to be a clinic/organization linked to fusion spinal surgery medical facility....

For now, the PA gave me some exercises (breathing) and telling me I need to start doing ALOT of walking.

golfnut
09-24-2011, 05:46 AM
Dr. Lenke did not want me to see any physical therapists other than the one that works in his office. I got recommendations from her at 3 months & 6 months post-op for some minor arm exercises to do while laying on the bed. Now, at almost 9 months, I still am not taking any PT but feel like i'm doing fine by walking over an hour a day and taking water aerobics (besides the recommended exercises)-I started to type "bed exercises" but thought that might be misinterpretted! To quote Dr. Lenke: "Most physical therapists aren't familiar with the magnitude of this surgery and can do more harm than good." If you can get a PT who is familiar with the restrictions, it's probably beneficial. I plan to eventually get PT as my insurance completely covers the cost, even if it's close to a year post-op.

JenniferG
09-24-2011, 04:18 PM
I am another whose surgeon didn't recommend pt. But he was BIG on walking. When I said at 6 weeks, that I was walking every day, he said, "Now walk twice a day."

I suspect a lack of properly trained pts in our area might have been behind his recommendation. I think if they're fully versed in what this surgery entails and have the specialist training, pt might be a good thing.