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theizzard
03-17-2009, 02:50 PM
i finally got myself out walking on the street but boy I am so disappointed. I pretty much have the same pain that I had before surgery in addition to the surgery site pain. Someone please tell me that this is normal and will fade in time.
avis

debbei
03-17-2009, 03:04 PM
i finally got myself out walking on the street but boy I am so disappointed. I pretty much have the same pain that I had before surgery in addition to the surgery site pain. Someone please tell me that this is normal and will fade in time.
avis

Where exactly is the pain Avis? I know that early on, after walking even short distances outside, I was exhausted, my back was tired, and I'd take a 2 hour nap.

((Hugs))

Karen Ocker
03-17-2009, 04:36 PM
It's way too early!!!!
What are you thinking?
After having your body realigned you expect not to have pain:rolleyes:

Make sure you take adequate pain meds. Your body will not heal and your immune function will be affected if there is too much pain. This is not my opinion but what I have learned in my profession regarding pain management.
Every nerve in your trunk and spine has been shifted. Expect assorted;pains, jabs, shocks, unscratchable itches and even feeling crooked like before.

I felt all those things, off and on for many months. Pushing too hard is counter productive. One thing I felt for a long time was the need to lie down; I thought that feeling would never end--but it did--and I was older.

debbei
03-17-2009, 05:13 PM
...One thing i felt for a long time was the need to lie down; I thought that feeling would never end--but it did--and I was older.

Amen to that Karen. I'm 5 months out and I still feel the need to lay down (not always nap) every day to rest my back.

sccrm08
03-17-2009, 11:54 PM
I am 22 months post op and am just now to the point where I can make it through a "good" day if I have to without laying down and not feel too bad. Just 5 to 10 minutes flat on my back can make a huge difference. Not to say I am still not having problems, but the good days do come and I love them.

Louisse
03-18-2009, 04:11 AM
Hi Avis,
same here too, at just over 6 months post op I too, still take a lie down (sometimes a couple) to help me make it through the day - my back just says whooooah I need a rest and I find this helps.
Take it easy and built up gently and most of all, listen to your body...at 4 weeks I was resting a lot of the time in bed, interspersed with walking and sitting but not for particularly long periods. I hope this helps.
All the best
Louisse

theizzard
03-18-2009, 10:33 AM
I expect to have pain and I expect to be tired and want to lay down. That wasn't it. It was that the pain and weakness I was experiencing was the same pain that I experienced pre-surgery and that is something I never expected to feel. When I had my fusion 4 years ago, the pain that was there pre surgery was totally gone after surgery. Of course there was pain but not the pain that I had before surgery and that's what worries me. I expect much pain and I have so much pain in my back but i think it's totally normal. I have an email in to my doctor to see if he thinks it's normal or not.
avis

LynnMarie74
03-18-2009, 12:34 PM
Let us know what he says. Im sure its quite frustrating to still feel the pre op pain....but, again, like I had to be reminded of 1000 times, you're still early on. You figure, this isnt your 1st surgery, and all surgeries are different. Maybe you will just need a little more time before that pre op pain subsides?! Take care!!

Lynn

Nancy Joy
03-18-2009, 06:56 PM
Hi Avis~ In response to your real question, my presurgery pain was gone right away. Then I got nervous that maybe it was just masked by the strong pain meds and kept waiting for it to return. Thankfully, I have never felt it again so it really is gone (some days I don't take any pain meds now- yeah!) I hesitated to answer as I don't want to add to your frustration and disappointment but this has been my experience.

theizzard
03-18-2009, 09:29 PM
thanks nancy. that's exactly what i was trying to find out because that has been my experience in the past. today i went walking in the mall, which was flat and didn't require my concentration to see where my feet were going and I did not have the pre surgery weakness or pain. I still think i should not have pre-surgery pain no matter where i walk but at least today there was no pre-surgery pain.
avis

JoAnn5
03-19-2009, 10:39 AM
I wonder if some of it could be "phantom' pain... where the nerves are still grumbling about being messed with? Just a thought... :) Hope it's better soon.

Nancy Joy
03-20-2009, 05:57 PM
Hi Avis~

I am so glad you had an experience without that pain. Hopefully it will just get better and better with time. I have taken regular medicine for my back for 10 years. I am now on none except an occasional muscle relaxant. That is very foreign to me and I love it. Now I have to put my hormone meds and a vitamin in one of those container things to make sure I take them. I didn't need any reminders with my back meds!!! JoAnn- you might be onto something there also.

debbei
03-20-2009, 07:41 PM
thanks nancy. that's exactly what i was trying to find out because that has been my experience in the past. today i went walking in the mall, which was flat and didn't require my concentration to see where my feet were going and I did not have the pre surgery weakness or pain. I still think i should not have pre-surgery pain no matter where i walk but at least today there was no pre-surgery pain.
avis

It's definitely easier to walk on a completely flat surface, especially right after surgery. Mall walking did get boring for me the first month and a half, but it sure helped build up my stamina.