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    Hi HappyDeanna You described my situation to a...

    Hi HappyDeanna

    You described my situation to a T. I'm also just over a year post op and was fused T10 to S1. My gait is slower than it was in the earlier months post op. I cannot sit on the...
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    Update on Walking Gait Issue

    Hi All,

    Back again with a progress report. I have two more weeks of PT and saw my spine surgeon for my one-year checkup. Here's what is going on:

    It seems my SI joint may be "out of whack."...
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    Thanks Shari Polio is definitely a...

    Thanks Shari

    Polio is definitely a consideration.

    When I had polio in 1949, I was never in a brace. However, I recall my mother exercising my feet. Frankly, I cannot remember that my left leg...
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    Thanks Shari and Jennifer It was a surprise to...

    Thanks Shari and Jennifer

    It was a surprise to me that the inflexibility in my hips might be at the root of my gait issue. I've been doing my stretches and hopefully in time I'll see a...
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    Thanks, Glenda I appreciate your support. It...

    Thanks, Glenda

    I appreciate your support. It seems I will need to be very consistent in doing my PT exercises at home, something I have a hard time doing. Two days ago, I started back taking...
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    PT for Gait Issues and Pain

    Hi All,

    Here is an update on my gait issues. I started PT on Tuesday this week. The initial assessment found that:

    - I have hardly any mobility in my hips and ankles
    - I have sciatica in my...
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    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. ...

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Sally, I am also sorry to hear about your pain.

    Yesterday my surgeon returned my phone call. He brought up my last x-ray on his computer and said that...
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    Sacrum Pain Sitting and Walking

    Hi All,

    It is now 11 months since my A/P surgery. In another thread I discussed having difficulty with my gait recently. Next week I'm starting PT for gait assessment and treatment. When I...
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    Nordic Walking poles - Indoor use? And what abt insurance?

    Hi Backed Out

    Actually Nordic Walking poles have little rubber "feet" on the end. They can be used inside (as in mall walking) or outside. They are very good for people who have a hard time...
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    Yes, it sounded like my surgeon was concerned. I...

    Yes, it sounded like my surgeon was concerned. I hope it is nothing more serious than retraining my walking gait.

    Have a great weekend!

    Karen
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    I just got off the phone with my surgeon. He...

    I just got off the phone with my surgeon. He asked me a number of questions, such as did I feel pain when I walk (no I don't), do I feel my gait has changed (yes I do, in the last few months). He...
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    Thank you all for your comments. I'm going to...

    Thank you all for your comments. I'm going to call my surgeon today to discuss my gait issues. I'll let you know what he says.

    Karen
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    Nordic Walking Poles

    Hi All,

    Although I was issued a walker when I came home from rehab, I quickly switched to Nordic Walking Poles. I adjusted them to the right height, and they help me walk without bending over. ...
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    Thanks, Susie Yes, in addition to the post-op...

    Thanks, Susie

    Yes, in addition to the post-op therapy at home, I did go to PT at around 3 months. However, we worked on stretches, which I still do, but not on my gait. So I'll call my surgeon...
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    Hi Avis I'm at 11 months post surgery. About...

    Hi Avis

    I'm at 11 months post surgery. About two months ago I started pilates and have no difficulty with the reformer or cadillac. However, my pilates instructor gave me some mat exercises to...
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    Difficulty Walking at 11 Months

    Hi All,

    It has been some time since I posted here, but I do read your threads often. I recently passed my 11-month surgery anniversary. Overall I have been very pleased with the results,...
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    Hi Melissa Like others here, I thought I would...

    Hi Melissa

    Like others here, I thought I would be using my grabbers forever. I'm a little over the 9-month mark and had T10-sacrum surgery. What I'm finding is that I still use my grabbers but...
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    Linda, thanks for posing this question. Right...

    Linda, thanks for posing this question.

    Right now I'm between my 8th and 9th months post-fusion and am beginning to get concerned. All was going very well. I was walking better and better, doing...
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    I haven't been on here for awhile but decided to check in. I am 66 years old and was fused from T10-S1. At my six-month checkup, my surgeon (Dr. William Lauerman) asked me, "Is there anything you...
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    Hi Zoee Your message made my day! Thank you...

    Hi Zoee

    Your message made my day! Thank you ever so much for sharing your progress. I had my surgery (T10-S1) at the end of August so I am a step behind you in the recovery path. I just got off...
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    Hi Meg I had both anterior and posterior...

    Hi Meg

    I had both anterior and posterior surgeries with a ventilator, but it was removed before I woke up. Ignorance was bliss. Then, I needed a third surgery the same week to fix a problem. ...
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    Hi Loris Congratulations on your wonderful...

    Hi Loris

    Congratulations on your wonderful recovery!

    I used a walker for several weeks post op. My physical therapist, who came to my house for several weeks, encouraged me to use my Leki...
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    When I go for walks, I use the Leki "Traveller"...

    When I go for walks, I use the Leki "Traveller" Nordic Walking Poles (http://www.leki.com/nordicWalking/poles.php). They are great for stability and look so much cooler than a cane.

    Karen
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    Hi Joy I'll be glad to provide you with any...

    Hi Joy

    I'll be glad to provide you with any information I can. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to send you a PM in reply as this thread deals with homemade solutions.

    Karen
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    Well, I am now sleeping with a 2-inch foam...

    Well, I am now sleeping with a 2-inch foam topper. It is very comfortable, but I don't feel it is helping me sleep. However, last night I took one Percocet, along with Neurontin, and that did a...
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