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hamlette
12-23-2009, 11:11 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm new to posting on this forum although I read many of the posts before having my operation 13 days ago. I got home from hospital 4 days ago. I had my surgery in the UK with Mr Gibson at Stanmore, London. I'm 22 and had two curves, one was 30 and the other 55, and had posterior surgery. I'm back home now and am really worried I'm going to damage my rods somehow! I'm almost worried I'm recovering too quickly as apart from the ongoing slight pain, which doesn't bother me too much (sometimes I forget to take painkillers) I feel fine. Is it wise to try and get back to normal as soon as possible or is it best to just take it slowly, even if you feel like you can do more? The district nurse came round today to remove my dressing but my scar hasn't healed so she just changed it, and I'm worried it's because I'm moving around too much. Did anyone else feel the same so soon after surgery?

Merry Christmas to all!

Hamlette xxx:)

rich1752
12-23-2009, 11:18 AM
Hamlette, I had my surgery on December 9th and had both Anterior and Poterior surgery. I was told to take it easy for at least 4 months. I went to my first follow-up yesterday and all my incisions are closed. I would rather play it safe and do less. The only thing my doctor wants me to do is walk. I also have to wear a brace.

rich

hamlette
12-23-2009, 11:22 AM
Thanks for your quick reply Rich. We had our surgery the same sort of time then! Do you feel like you want to walk a lot or are you more tired a lot of the time? I've been home 4 days and have itchy feet - I can't actually go for a walk here though because there is so much snow on the ground and I wouldn't want to risk slipping on the ice, so have been housebound and bored. I'm going to learn to knit this week I think! 4 months seems such a long time to be bored :-(

debbei
12-23-2009, 11:51 AM
I wouldn't do anything too vigorous, or lifting objects that are too heavy, etc. However, if you over-do, I'm sure that your body will let you know.

Good luck with your recovery,

spinalfusion09
12-23-2009, 12:28 PM
Hi there! I'm 18 and I had surgery on September 30th of this year. That's great that you are feeling better and better. However definitely take things slow because things on the inside are still healing. I just had my 12 post opp check up yesterday and the bone is healing but it'll still take a few more months for it to complete. You don't want to disturb your body while it's healing. My doctor and physical therapist said that the first few weeks are crucial to the healing process and if I were to fall or anything it could damage all the work that was done. So definitely take it easy. At 12 weeks I just got the "ok" from my doc to return to work and school. So you may be feeling wonderful but you're body is probably still working to getting you back to 100%. Hope you continue to recover well + smoothly! :}
Maliha

rich1752
12-23-2009, 05:19 PM
Hamlette, I live in Central California, so I don't have to deal with snow. I am okay with walking. I went with my wife Christmas shopping yesterday and it wasn't too bad. I did have somebody run into my back with their shopping cart, which wasn't too bad because of the hard plastic brace that I wear. I know what you mean, 4 months is a long time. My Doctor said that 4 months is a good case scenario and it could be as long as 6. I also have to find something to do, so far just surf the web.

rich

hamlette
12-27-2009, 08:52 AM
Wow - Christmas really tired me out having so many people here and being up all day! The snow has all melted now so had my first walk outside and didn't get very far at all so I guess I'm not as well as I thought I was, just being confined to the house had me bored! My appetite has come back now so hopefully I'll be getting stronger, and I've learned to knit which is going to be my new hobby to pass the recovery time! I hope everybody had a great Christmas!

P.S. Rich - I can't believe someone drove a shopping trolley into your back - that must have been quite scary! Glad you're Ok!

sillycoffeegirl
12-27-2009, 09:47 AM
welcome to the forum hamlette! Hope your recovery gets easier every day. Im scheduled for surgery on jan 6th. :)

52skeedoo
12-28-2009, 01:28 PM
Hi Hamlette,

Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you are feeling so well. I agree with the others that it is best to take it pretty easy for the first few months.

I'm a lot older than you are and they expect the fusion to take 12-18 months so I have to be careful for a long time, but I've found plenty to do within my limits. I was told not to pick up or carry anything more than 10 pounds; not to twist at all and not to do a lot of repetitive leaning over. After my first post-op checkup I was told to do lots and lots of walking and a few other exercises that the nurse gave to me. Since I am not suppose to bend over repeatedly, I use a grabber to get the laundry in and out of the machines.
Since I can't pick up and carry more than 10 pounds, I make several trips with light loads (which means more walking and that is good).

It was hard for me to lie around so much. I was used to being very active but rest is important for healing so I hope you have find things (like the knitting) that you enjoy doing.

Take care,

Sheri

Vali
12-28-2009, 05:59 PM
Hi Hamlette,
Welcome to the forum. I quit my pain meds on day 15 post-op as i only had minor discomfort myself, however, as my surgeon strictly said not to do anything but walk until 3 months post-op, i did exactly that (kind of). It wasn't easy, as i was used to doing quite a bit in one day. What levels are you fused (or did i miss that somewhere - still recovering from xmas day, wedding rehearsal get together, wedding reception and post wedding get together!) As others have said before me, i think you should take it slow and easy for a while. Wishing you a uncomplicated and speedy recovery!

hamlette
12-31-2009, 10:42 AM
If the pain is really not that bad then, should I stop taking the meds? Originally I was taking Tramadol and then just normal over-the-counter paracetamol and iboprufen, and I'm not just on Tramadol... should I stop altogether? I have to take antibiotics for the next week and I've got into a routine of taking the Tramadol with them, but I don't want to get addicted!!

I'm also really terrified I'm doing damage if I accidentally twist or bend slightly, or pick something up thats a bit heavy, like the other day I picked up my cat (who is small but not weightless!) and then I really panicked and couldn't sleep because I was so worried I'd broken something!! Did anyone else have these worries?!?! Am I doing actual damage if I bend slightly, or will my body tell me (via pain) if I'm really doing damage?!?!

hamlette
12-31-2009, 10:45 AM
Hi Hamlette,
Welcome to the forum. I quit my pain meds on day 15 post-op as i only had minor discomfort myself, however, as my surgeon strictly said not to do anything but walk until 3 months post-op, i did exactly that (kind of). It wasn't easy, as i was used to doing quite a bit in one day. What levels are you fused (or did i miss that somewhere - still recovering from xmas day, wedding rehearsal get together, wedding reception and post wedding get together!) As others have said before me, i think you should take it slow and easy for a while. Wishing you a uncomplicated and speedy recovery!

Vali congratulations on the wedding!!!!!! Did it feel wonderful to be totally straight in your dress?!?! I'm not actually sure what levels I'm fused - I'm in the UK (I don't know if that makes a difference) I'm sure it's written somewhere but I don't actually know myself... I'm fused from the bottom of my neck to my waist, so relatively high up, and I had two curves, the bigger of which was 60 degrees!!

Vali
01-01-2010, 04:21 AM
Sorry Hamlette, i think my post may have been a little misleading! The wedding reception was for friends of ours from Kansas. Scott (Australia) and Molly (Ohio) were married in Ohio last November, returned home for Xmas with family and given an Aussie reception for all family and friends that did not make it to the US. As for me, the only thing i am concerned about at the moment is - will i be capable of holding my new (and first) grandchild due next week!

Vali
01-01-2010, 04:43 AM
Hi Hamlette, i just re-read your first post. I think that if you are forgetting to take your pain meds and really only having some discomfort as opposed to pain, then you should definitely give the meds the flick. If i'm correct Tramadol is a very strong pain med and if you were finding relief with simple OTC paracetamol, then stick with that. I had some Panadeine Forte left from hospital which i took home and used them if needed otherwise simple Panadol was sufficient. I was not allowed ibuprofen. With regards to the B,L & T'ing, your body will surely let you know if you have done something as it can be painful or even very achy for several days. My advice, find something you are really interested in or have always wanted to do or learn and do it now while in recovery. When i told my neighbor that i was not allowed to do anything for 12 weeks, he suggested i write a book!

JenniferG
01-01-2010, 02:11 PM
"I was so worried I'd broken something!! Did anyone else have these worries?!?! "

Oh yes! I worried about everything early out. But you slowly come to realise that this hardware is very solid and secure and it would take more than a little twist or bump to dislodge something. But you're wise to take care though, just in case, and for your own peace of mind.

gmw
01-08-2010, 07:21 PM
reading all these positive posts make the surgery sound not quite so threatening. Who knows I may get the nerve up to schedule eventually. I have joined a gym and plan to work toward getting my body in as good shape as possible.

RitaR
01-08-2010, 08:15 PM
Go for it GMW. You'll be very glad in the end that you did. Although, now that I found out my date might be moving up scarey thoughts are flooding my head! I'm in so much pain I just cannot fathom waiting until July - I am very hopeful I get my date moved up.

hamlette
01-09-2010, 04:38 AM
Go for it! I am so so so much happier now and I'm still under loads of restrictions! I feel really confident and the pain isn't an issue most of the time, and the thing which has been hanging over me since adolescence has gone!!!!! The surgery was not that bad at all, although I had a very straightforward curve, so the risks were minimal. Surgery is soooo worth it!

RitaR
01-09-2010, 11:36 AM
Dear Hamlett - That is good to hear. I hear all these people say surgery is well worth it. I hope so. I think as my date might get moved up now I seem to be getting a little, uh = SCARED shall we say?