View Full Version : Five week check up

05-18-2015, 09:24 PM
All good. Off diazepam now only tramadol and gabapentin. Gotte kick those soon too. Making progress. Hubby taking me to see The Who this coming weekend at Mohegan sun... Don't worry everybody's old no craziness anymore. I feel like I'm moving on...... I pray for continued success.

05-18-2015, 11:59 PM
Don't worry everybody's old no craziness anymore.

Yeah right.....(smiley face) You must be feeling pretty good to be doing a Who concert....Please consider wearing your clamshell to this show.... after all, you “are” still delicate......

Nice x-rays. You had a nice T curve there.....

I will be taking the “Magic Bus” down to Vegas on Wednesday.....That was nice of the Who to come up with the name. (smiley face)


05-19-2015, 05:52 AM
Amazing bit of work you've had done, Cathy. Hope everything continues smoothly and you enjoy The Who.

05-19-2015, 07:07 AM
So happy for you, Cathy!!

05-19-2015, 01:11 PM
Have a great time but please wear your brace.

05-19-2015, 03:12 PM
I don't have one I was never given one I don't know what a clamshell even means where can I get one between now and then?

05-19-2015, 04:04 PM
Happy for you all is well, congratulations on your check up. I will be 5 weeks tomorrow but am not ready to go off my meds yet. Or go out to a concert, be very careful. But have fun.

05-19-2015, 06:21 PM
I don't have one I was never given one I don't know what a clamshell even means where can I get one between now and then?


Not all doctors have their patients wear a postop brace. So, don't worry, you don't need one.


05-20-2015, 09:03 AM
Hi Cathy,

I'm so glad to hear of your improvement--you sound great! Your x-rays look beautiful, and you must be loving your new torso and waistline!

Keep up the good work, and have a great time at the concert. Take it easy of course.

05-20-2015, 04:33 PM
So I call my doctor all freaked out about a brace so he's going to get me a custom one but in the meantime he just sent me to the surgical supply to get me one of those small Velcro lumbar ones it just makes me feel little more secure thank you for all the advice and I'm going to be very careful

05-20-2015, 08:59 PM

I was assuming that you had one......A clamshell usually has splits on each side and velcro is used to tighten it up.....

I wore mine only when I left the house for the first few months....

When you think about it, the extra measure of protection is worth it. I was also very nervous around people invading my space and bumping into me......the brace in this situation will help in that regard......For some reason the Who triggers these “bumping” thoughts.

After you are healed, you can use it as a planter.......He he


05-21-2015, 01:33 PM
Ed you crack me up I'm throwing away every single thing that reminds me of this whole episode once I am done with it there will be no planters LOL my doctor doesn't usually recommend braces of any kind but since I told him of my kind of paranoia regarding any kind of crowds even though we're going to VIP route he said to just get the Velcro one and it had some flexible bands and bars and it felt almost like a corset. As long as it gets me through the concert I'm happy and PS one of the last times we went to see The Who there was one couple sound asleep behind me and another couple yelling at me to sit down when I stood up to applaud so yeah they're not as wild as they used to be trust me!

05-21-2015, 07:51 PM
I knew you would get a kick out of the planter idea.....(smiley face)

I never saw the Who. But have witnessed floor riots and well,....you want to exit stage left if that happens. It wasn’t Liberace, it was (Bon Scott)AC/DC in the Garden back in the 70’s.....

After 50 years of head banging rock n roll, you would think that Angus Young’s neck would be shot. (They need to study his cervical discs)

and”if”they were to advertise cervical cages or spacers..........Angus would be the guy......

“I’m sporting Angus Young neck spacers” He he

I can see Dana Carvey doing this one on SNL.

As time passes, you will heal and things will get easier. In the mean time, try to laugh as much as possible!


05-21-2015, 08:24 PM
You sound great. I think the brace for the concert sounds like a good idea. My surgeon, Dr. Lenke, doesn't use a brace with most of his patients either. He thinks the muscles get stronger sooner if they don't rely on a brace. Have fun at the concert!

05-22-2015, 08:50 PM
Great to read this post, Cathy. You sound like you're in a much better frame of mind. Getting rid of some of those "mind altering" drugs makes a huge difference. Your before and after x rays are just flat out stunning. What an incredible job Dr. Lonner did! I was someone who was in a lovely clamshell for the first 3 months simply because I was sort of "unfinished"--missing screws, etc. due to complications during surgery. Since it was winter and I wasn't out and about very much, it wasn't that big a deal. Sort of looked like one of those Brun Hilde vests from a Wagner opera. All I would have needed was a helmet with horns to finish it off. But it might make you feel a little more protected if you're somewhere you could get jostled by a lot of people.
Enjoy the concert and know that you're on the upswing!!

05-29-2015, 08:51 PM
So all went well at The Who I got right down to the stage for some great pics. Wore brace and dosed up. Then began tapering tramadol. Holy living hell. I almost understand drug addiction. Spread the word, DON'T EVER TAKE TRAMADOL. Finally resurfacing. Now living on Tylenol every four hours because with no painkiller comes pain. A lot. If not for heating pads I'd be lost. Pool heating up soon I'll be heading in for a little early p.t. Besides a hot tub any other recommendation for pain relief besides what I've already mentioned from you intelligent experienced people?


05-29-2015, 09:30 PM
It's funny how meds affect people differently. Tramadol doesn't affect me at all. It barely does anything any different than tylenol. I suppose it depends on how much you took??? Glad you enjoyed The Who.

05-29-2015, 11:51 PM
Cathy, I had a terrible time coming off of tramadol. It was worse than the narcotics. I won't make it again. I find heating pads work. Also a lot of walking.