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    14 months post-op and a hello

    Hello!
    I have been meaning to check in with you all, it has been a long time. My year anniversary was a June 14th and I celebrated by going to a concert. Never would I have dreamed I could be...
  2. Hi there! I had surgery last June and just...

    Hi there! I had surgery last June and just thought I would chime in. First, find reassurance and trust that you have picked an excellent surgeon. That is the most important factor! My main advice is...
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    Almost 5 months post-op

    Hi everybody,

    I can't believe I have been off the forum for so long. I think I was so engaged in it on a daily basis while I was in the trenches and it saved my life! Once my eye situation healed,...
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    That is a miracle Misty! There is no way I could...

    That is a miracle Misty! There is no way I could have done a trip at 8 weeks either. You are healing rapidly which is awesome. We have come a long way from the beginning.

    Cheers to healing!
    Jana
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    101 days and a miracle happened

    June 14, 2016 my life changed forever and I knew it would. I remember brightly chatting with the intake nurse and warning another nurse my veins totally disappear when I am nervous. I was preparing...
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    I am feeling like I should chime in as a recent...

    I am feeling like I should chime in as a recent post-op girl too. I realized I have stopped counting which week of recovery I am. That is a pretty big deal, as I was hanging on each week there for a...
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    Hi Misty, OK I am floored you can think about...

    Hi Misty,

    OK I am floored you can think about exercise at 6 weeks! I was just starting to feel somewhat human at that point. You are recovering very well!

    I hear you though, I think about my...
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    Hi Ed, You are probably completely right. I know...

    Hi Ed,
    You are probably completely right. I know I am seeing a very seasoned neuro-opthamologist and I need to trust that he is covering the bases. He said there have been no recorded complication...
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    Hi Ed, I really could not get over the...

    Hi Ed,

    I really could not get over the remarkable video. I covered up the graphic scenes but let my 9 and 12 year old watch the rest and they were mesmerized by the whole thing. They could not get...
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    Almost at the 3 month mark

    Hi everyone,

    It is nice to see the forum getting busy. I read and re-read posts so much during the first 8 weeks. It really helped me survive. Yes, the first 6 weeks were definitely survival mode....
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    I love it when our group gets chatty!! I am...

    I love it when our group gets chatty!! I am actually floored that people aren't writing here all the time. It is the best therapy for me!

    Kathy, the last 2 weeks I have seen the most improvement...
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    I would have chosen the same option. The body has...

    I would have chosen the same option. The body has amazing healing power. Hope it goes down quickly.

    Jana
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    I decided to have surgery because my curves were...

    I decided to have surgery because my curves were progressing and I knew that the pain was not far behind. I had days my back hurt, but it wasn't enough to stop me. I was really afraid of seeing my...
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    Kathy, I am sure not leaving the house either. It...

    Kathy, I am sure not leaving the house either. It is nuts to think over the last 9 weeks I've only left the house probably 5-6 times. I get too panicked if I can't be somewhere I can lay down. That...
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    Almost 9 weeks post-op!

    I can hardly believe it has been that long. I think the most dramatic improvement has been the last 2 weeks. Yet, it still is slow. I had a crazy nightmare 2 weeks ago that I had to go back in for...
  16. Is it normal to get really stiff in the evening?

    My back feels pretty good when I wake up. Of course the kids aren't in school yet and we are all rolling out of bed at 8am. I don't seem to function before 8, which is going to be a real problem come...
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    Well, I am not familiar with what else you need...

    Well, I am not familiar with what else you need done but here is what my surgeon told me. For me, it was discovered that I had a slipped disk at L4-L5, it was degenerated and I had some canal...
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    Linda, you are completely right. I do feel like I...

    Linda, you are completely right. I do feel like I have been hit by a bus, train, or some other fast moving vehicle. When I take a full breath in, I don't feel the pang I used to. My lungs have...
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    Why do I get out of breath so easy?

    I think I was expecting to breathe easier post-surgery, and maybe this is just me but I get winded soooo easily. Like showering and drying my hair, I have to lay down after. Today was my first time...
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    Hi Misty, Welcome home, you did it! It sounds...

    Hi Misty,

    Welcome home, you did it! It sounds like you are doing quite well, I surely was not walking remotely that much at that stage. Pain is very very dominant at this stage in the game. I was...
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    Hi Kathy, What terrific news! You are well on...

    Hi Kathy,

    What terrific news! You are well on your way to recovery now! That first check-up is so important and I am so glad you did so well. Getting home will feel great and you likely will start...
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    Hi Kathy and everyone else, Wow, I can not...

    Hi Kathy and everyone else,

    Wow, I can not believe the timing of these posts. I came home Friday and by Saturday I had cut my Dilaudid in half. Just like that. I just didn't feel the need for...
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    Hi Kathy! Sorry for the delay, I was somehow...

    Hi Kathy!

    Sorry for the delay, I was somehow logged out and didn't realize you had replied. So, a crazy few days. I got home Friday, Saturday was OK although I couldn't walk much because there was...
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    Misty, All the best for your day tomorrow. We...

    Misty,

    All the best for your day tomorrow. We are all here for you once you feel up to posting. Just think, next summer you will be feeling great, straight and balanced!

    Take care,
    Jana
  25. I still can't figure out the difference between...

    I still can't figure out the difference between muscle spasms and just pain. I never take the muscle relaxers but maybe I should try. I get this horrible ax-in-my-low-back sensation that gets worse...
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