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Singer
05-09-2009, 11:07 AM
Well, it's been a while since I got on here to complain....:cool:
But...last week I got a new pair of sneakers, which apparently changed my stride or my gait or something because after a brisk two-mile walk in them, I have been in significant discomfort (okay, PAIN) ever since. I believe it's muscular because I feel fine if I'm sitting still or lying down. But walking...I feel like I'm three months post-op again. Have felt this way for 3 days now.
I have some spasms along the anterior incision and feel lots of pulling and soreness where all the hardware is.

This has happened before -- like when I got a new car -- and it seems that no matter how much I try to build my core with PT exercises, walking, etc. etc. there is always a big price to pay for every change in my routine. Even after all this time, I STILL have not figured out when to push myself and when to rest. I just wonder if those muscles around the fusion will ever work properly again.

Any thoughts? Commerisation? Pep talks?????????????

debbei
05-09-2009, 11:32 AM
Chris,

I'm sorry you're having this problem now, especially after you've felt so good for some time. I can't give you any good advice other than to rest while you're feeling bad. Do you use muscle relaxants when this happens? They really do help me. Last week we were driving on a road with construction and my husband didn't see a curb when we were pulling into a restaurant. A big KABOOM actually lifted me out of my seat a little and I banged back down. OMG I thought I would die, and during the dinner I felt my back tighten up. As soon as we came home, I took one muscle relaxant (I use Baclofen) went to bed for the night (because they make me stupid). By the next afternoon I felt just fine. No need for another muscle relaxant or anything. I did use the hottub which I think also helped.

There have been other times when I had no clue what I did to cause the spasms. I'm sorry to hear that you are still in the dark about what you've done after 3 years.

Maybe once you feel better, go back to your old shoes?

Editing to add that heating pads also help me big time when it happens to me.

Feel better soon,

Singer
05-11-2009, 07:55 AM
Thanks Debbe, I'm feeling better. Heating pads and sitting around for 4 days helped a lot. I'm two years post-op, not three, but who's counting?!? ha ha

I do wonder if there is a way to isolate and strengthen the muscles around the fusion...they are so vulnerable. At least mine seem to be.

titaniumed
05-11-2009, 09:08 AM
Chris

Which hurt more? The new sneakers or the new car? LOL I bought a new BMW years ago and it almost KILLED me.

Our muscles will always be compromised to a certain extent.....................

Once again, slow and easy now
Ed

LindaRacine
05-11-2009, 11:44 AM
Hi Chris...

I hear ya! It seems like every time I change anything, I pay for it for awhile. I've found it can be almost anything, including carrying a new purse, or wearing a new type of bra. Crazy! Hang in there.

Regards,
Linda

debbei
05-11-2009, 01:12 PM
Hi Chris...

I hear ya! It seems like every time I change anything, I pay for it for awhile. I've found it can be almost anything, including carrying a new purse, or wearing a new type of bra. Crazy! Hang in there.

Regards,
Linda

ACK! As far as the bra goes, when I'm home I always go without!! I really can't stand wearing them any more. Does it get better? I hope so because even though I'm not that big if I keep this up I'll end up drooping down to my knees!

Qikdraw
05-11-2009, 01:54 PM
I know everytime I wear a bra is chafes something fierce... Sometimes I wonder if I am meant to wear a bra or not.... :D

My left leg is a tad shorter than my right leg, and my PT suggested I add an insert into my shoe to comensate. Well after 37 years of walking without an insert, and now walking with an insert, good grief does it hurt! All the muscles around my hips get so sore after walking. The only good thing is the wife offers to massage if it gets too much. Who would turn down a massage? :)

As Ed said, slow and easy. If you feel your back starting to hurt, take it easy for a few days, don't overdo it.

Brad

Singer
05-11-2009, 02:22 PM
Hi Chris...

I hear ya! It seems like every time I change anything, I pay for it for awhile. I've found it can be almost anything, including carrying a new purse, or wearing a new type of bra. Crazy! Hang in there.

Regards,
Linda

Yet another reason to be grateful I'm flat-chested....The training-bra-like contraption I wear weighs less than a feather.....:D

Ed -- definitely the sneakers. Like Linda said .... crazy.

Linda W
05-11-2009, 04:02 PM
Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing your sneaker story because it struck a chord with me. I'm sorry to hear that your new sneakers caused you pain. You and I share anniversary dates that are close -- although I have a few years and levels more than you. I, too, am disappointed when attempting to press the limit I find myself in pain for the effort. Dr. Rand keeps telling me to remember "quality of life" and to slow down from testing the limits. I wonder about if this is as good as it gets, will the stiffness EVER totally go away, what will trip me up when I least expect it or what the next 30 years will be like. Patience has never been one of my virtues.

Last week there was enough rain to create puddles. While doing errands with my husband, I noticed that my left foot felt wet. I asked him to check the bottom of my sneaker (one of those annoying little things I cannot do for myself) and he noted that I had walked off some of the rubber in the heel area. They are the sneakers I purchased just before my surgery and have worn just about every day for almost two years. Desperate for Spring in New England I decided to try flip flops for a few days and leave the leaky sneakers at home. Not one of the best choices I could have made. The difference between the leaky sneakers and flip flops is enough to have me walking like Lurch again! I plan to search on line and hope to find an exact replacement for my sad Keds.

Despite the annoying little things that crop up from time to time, I still agree with Forum members who have stated that their worst day now doesn't come close to their best day prior to surgery. I have no regrets. I hope you feel the same way and that you feel better soon. In the meantime, donate those pain enducing sneakers to someone without scoliosis who might enjoy them and look for an exact replacement like me.

Take care,
Linda W.

JenniferG
05-11-2009, 06:06 PM
I'm another who's having big trouble wearing a bra. It irritates something awful, and hurts after a few hours. Off it comes as I walk through the door!

A question for those who had surgery years ago...do you ever get used to wearing a bra again?

titaniumed
05-11-2009, 06:19 PM
Brad, You might cut back a litttle and wear it "on the town" then rip it off as you come home. Cuts down on the chafe. Is this the adult thread?
Ed

loves to skate
05-11-2009, 08:46 PM
Laughter is good for the soul and the abs. Thanks Brad and Ed. What size are you wearing Brad. Maybe you need a bigger size.;);):D:D

Qikdraw
05-11-2009, 10:01 PM
Well its not the cup size, that seems to be fine, but maybe I shouldn't be using it as a jock strap?? :confused:

Brad

titaniumed
05-11-2009, 11:53 PM
Being in the metal working industry, I find this design interesting........

Ive actually designed and made made non-linear springs for the Air Force years ago for the F111 program at Mc Clellan AFB. Mine looked just like this bra, only without the..... you know.....laser caps.
Ed

JenniferG
05-12-2009, 03:21 AM
Ouch!

:D

debbei
05-12-2009, 06:01 AM
I can guarantee that I'd get muscle spasms in THAT thing Ed!! YIKES!

summer
05-12-2009, 04:37 PM
I'm with you Chris! Just when I think I'm in the clear......BOOM muscle spasms hit me around my fusion. Does anyone know if there is anyway to strengthen these muscles surrounded by metal or do I really just need to take it easy the rest of my life???!!???

Qikdraw
05-12-2009, 06:18 PM
I used to work in a building that housed a few hockey rinks, a gym and a restaraunt. (I worked in the restaraunt) Anyone in the buiding got discounts for anywhere else in the building, so I went across the hallway to the gym to see what I could do. The owner there started me off on a recumbent bike and some floor exercises, nothing more until I saw a doctor to let me know what to do. What my doctor said was low weight, higher reps. So thats what I did, and will do again once I work up to that.

The main thing is talk to your doctor before doing anything strenuous, you really do not want to wrench something that needs more work.

debbei
05-18-2009, 04:37 AM
HI Chris,

I had to go and open my mouth last week on how good I was feeling. Since yesterday I've been having these stinking muscle spasms on my left side where I usually get them. It's been at least a month and a half since the last time. I think I know what did it too. Since insurance isn't paying for my PT and longer, bought one of those latex tube exercise bands and was doing one of the exercises I did in PT--rowing with the tube anchored in the door frame. I didn't THINK I overdid it either. BAM--a day later I'm taking my muscle relaxants and waking up drooling on my pillow. Those pills really turn me into a zombie. I know that I'll be much better in a few days but it really is no fun to have these setbacks when you *think* you're feeling so well.

Chris, I hope you are all over your episode from last week.

emwonderfull
05-18-2009, 11:59 AM
I know what you guys mean; It is so frustrating. I just spent the week end in severe pain, just becuase I pushed the limit way to far on Friday. My friend told me I need to call her or someone and tell them what I'm thinking about doing, then they will give me the okay or call my crazy! LOL.

It is amazing how bad something small can make you feel. But noe regrets, I just need to move forward slowly.

Singer
05-18-2009, 06:29 PM
Poor Debbe! I hope you're feeling better soon. I am feeling much better ...thank you... and I have NOT put the offending sneakers back on, which is too bad since they were expensive...!