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HappyDeanna
01-09-2010, 01:07 PM
Hi All!!
I have become addicted to this forum. It is sooo interesting to read how everyone is doing, so much great information, & a wonderful support system.
Thanks, & encouragement to you all!!
Okay, P.T. - did all of you do P.T., if so, for how long? Did all of your MD's
recommend just walking. How much walking did you do? I feel like I'm doing
great at 6 months post-surgery, BUT I am not a disciplined person & I find
myself walking less & less. My complaints have very little to do with my back, I've been having ongoing problems with my knees, & my hips are not
as flexible as they used to be. What were/are your experiences?
Happy Deanna

T10-S1 with instrumentation & cages x2.
51* corrected to 21*, rib hump resolved.
Surgery 7/8/09, Dr. Nitin Bhatia, UCI Medical Center, Orange,CA
Almost 65 years young/old!!

gmw
01-09-2010, 02:50 PM
Deanna, I'm 63 and needing to have T12-S1 fusion. Was your surgery all done in a single surgery? Did you have pain in your hips and knees before surgery? I too am learning a lot from others on this forum.

Glenda

fierceliketiger
01-09-2010, 03:05 PM
I did PT, starting after 6 weeks, and I think I only did it for 2 or 3 weeks, by that time I had surpassed what they were hoping for me to achieve.

Yes, they did recommend walking. A LOT of walking for me. As others on this forum will attest, probably an excessive amount of walking. My surgeon wanted me to walk 10 to 15 miles a day, and I achieved that (10 miles, I never made it to 15) around the end of April or beginning of May (my 2nd half of the surgery was in December). I was/am also allowed to bike on a cruiser style bicycle (currently indoors with a cycle-trainer).
I can tell you without a doubt my hips are WAY less flexible than they were before, but I am fused to the pelvis. I used to be REALLY flexible, now I'd say I am less than average.

Hope that helps. I am a fair bit younger, so I am not sure if my answers will help you any, or at all, but I figured I would share just in case. :-)

lapieper
01-09-2010, 05:44 PM
My hips have become progressively tighter, shorter stride. When I asked the doc about it, he referred me to Pt... AGAIN. We are working on stretching them out, takes another person to really stretch those muscles. I just can't do it by myself. Must teach my husband quickly as I really want to do it all myself at home! But I do love PT and all that it has done for me since my first surgery in Apr 08.

JenniferG
01-09-2010, 05:50 PM
I'm 10 months post op and pt was never recommended to me, despite my asking at my 2 month post op appt. I will ask again at my 1 yr. appt. in March.

Walking was all my surgeon recommended. When I said I was walking 2-4 km. every day, he said do it twice a day! At about eight months I lost momentum and now walk 3 times a week. It's very hot and humid here at the moment so that puts me off...although I guess I'm looking for excuses at this point.;)

Glad to hear you're doing so well Deanna.

HappyDeanna
01-10-2010, 02:57 PM
Hi Glenda,
Yes my surgery was all at one time - around 10 or so hours. It was posterior only approach. I had trouble with my right knee before surgery - some arthritis there. I injured the left knee when I went down into a squat without remembering my body changes & I felt an immediate strong pain but I couldn't get right out of the position, it took me awhile. Anyhow, I don't know if I pulled a tendon, ligament, or did some other damage. I keep waiting for it to improve - been over 7 weeks now. I see my MD on the 21st. so I'll see what he thinks. I don't have pain in my hips, it's loss of flexibility.
I used to be very flexible & I'm not now - maybe it comes back.
Good luck with your upcoming surgery.


Fierceliketiger,
Your post really amazed me!! 10 miles a day!! What a gal!!
Continued good health to you.

Thanks,
HappyDeanna

sheri66
01-10-2010, 04:37 PM
Hi Glenda,I had alot of pain in my right hip and leg before, and its all gone now since surgery.I have lost some strength in my legs.I do lots of walking,but don't think I'm working all my muscles And I'm finding I have to do things differently.I start PT tomorrow so we will see:)

rainbow2010
01-10-2010, 06:33 PM
Try exercising in a pool. Water walking, swimming breast stroke, and simple leg exercises in the water will strengthen your legs and back while supporting your back and it is a great way to exercise if your have arthritis. I go to a therapy pool where they keep the water at 90 degrees and it feels great. I have had 2 back surgeries, arthritis, and degenerating discs. I am only allowed to exercise in water. My pool has an elliptical and treadmill in the water for exercising, plus water exercising classes. It is run by our local parks department and is for seniors (50 and older) or people with a doctors note. There are many people who go there that have had knee and hip replacement and use the pool for rehab!

gmw
01-11-2010, 07:52 AM
Lots of good info! Hearing of no (or minimal) pain the hips after surgery is encouraging. I have a lot of hip pain now and radiating leg and foot pain, stinging and numbness.

CHRIS WBS
01-11-2010, 09:31 AM
Deanna,

The only physical therapy recommended for me was walking. My surgeon once commented that physical therapists can get too aggressive. And I also think he takes the position as that of another member here who posted that his surgeon recommended no PT until the spine was healed. Makes a lot of sense to me.

Fierceliketiger,

I would not be a bit surprised if the ridiculous amount of walking your surgeon recommended contributed to your broken rods. Shame on him!

JDM555
01-11-2010, 03:18 PM
Hmm, I see people complaining about loss of mobility in their legs/hips. My right hip hurts when I extend it all the way to take a step. My left is fine, but I kind of limp cause my right leg doesn't help all that much.

I am meeting the doctor at Feb 8, 10 and I will ask him about PT to get some of my flexibility back, I am only 19.

Speaking of things after surgery, I hear a lot of that random Rib pain comes too. I'm dying from that, my left side has a specific place in the ribs that hurts a lot. When I sit/lay down it's hard to breath. Is this common?
John

HappyDeanna
01-12-2010, 12:11 PM
Hi John,
May I suggest you start a direct thread regarding your rib pain. I haven't had any of that but maybe you had a higher fusion? (Mine started at T10)
I think you would get a lot of response because I have read many replies
dealing with rib pain.
Good luck & sorry that you're having to deal with breathing issues & pain.
HappyDeanna

HappyDeanna
01-12-2010, 12:22 PM
John,
I just noticed you just had your surgery in December. You're soooo
NEW....give yourself time to heal. You'll feel better day by day!!
HappyDeanna

JDM555
01-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Hi John,
May I suggest you start a direct thread regarding your rib pain. I haven't had any of that but maybe you had a higher fusion? (Mine started at T10)
I think you would get a lot of response because I have read many replies
dealing with rib pain.
Good luck & sorry that you're having to deal with breathing issues & pain.
HappyDeanna
Mine was at T9, but idk why I still get constant pain in that area, it's weird. Thanks anyways.

John,
I just noticed you just had your surgery in December. You're soooo
NEW....give yourself time to heal. You'll feel better day by day!!
HappyDeanna
Lol, yeah, late december too lol. I guess I'll just wait it out for a few weeks before I start to get worried about this rib pain.
Thanks again.