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Thread: Is it bad to get out of the house, so early in recovery?

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    Is it bad to get out of the house, so early in recovery?

    At a week and a half post op I went to dinner and although was tired afterward felt fine. Today(2.5 weeks post op) would like to go to the movies (early to avoid the crazy crowds) but as I read the forum MANY people didn't even leave their house for weeks/ months. Is this because of pain? Should I not be going out? I feel like I sit at home nd watch movies why not go out and watch a movie?? But still want to make the safe, correct decision.
    Thoughts?

    -mini milestone yesterday first shower by myself, with no lightheadedness
    -put real clothes on not glorified pj's

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    Quote Originally Posted by king14 View Post
    At a week and a half post op I went to dinner and although was tired afterward felt fine. Today(2.5 weeks post op) would like to go to the movies (early to avoid the crazy crowds) but as I read the forum MANY people didn't even leave their house for weeks/ months. Is this because of pain? Should I not be going out? I feel like I sit at home nd watch movies why not go out and watch a movie?? But still want to make the safe, correct decision.
    Thoughts?

    -mini milestone yesterday first shower by myself, with no lightheadedness
    -put real clothes on not glorified pj's
    Hey King,

    You sound like you are doing well.

    Absent ice on the streets, I am not aware of any reason for you not to go out as much as possible. For kids at least and perhaps for young adults, our surgeon said physical restrictions are not necessary in 95% of patients in order to get a fusion. But because he can't know ahead of time who the 5% are who need restrictions to get a fusion, he restricts everyone for 8 months. Then all restrictions are lifted.

    It seems like each surgeon has his own regimen of restrictions and at least one has no restrictions. These do not appear to be based on individual patient cases for the most part but instead are just what the surgeon likes. There was a case where someone picked a surgeon based on a very short restriction period erroneously thinking that that surgeon simply does things better such that a shorter restriction period is possible. That is false. My comment was if that was their concern then they should have gone to the guy who has no restrictions. He is playing the odds but they are very good odds.

    See what your surgeon says.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    By the way I have never heard of a surgeon restricting going out or walking or anything like that. Based on that, I think the more the better.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    King

    Most of us here are older.... You have the advantage, you are young!

    When I went in to try for a handicapped placard, my surgeon laughed and asked why I need that? He told me from now on, park in the back of each parking lot and walk in. That attempt went over like a lead balloon. Talk about crash and burn. (smiley face)

    Sitting in a movie theater might be tough since sitting for long periods is hard....you might want to wait till next weekend. lol

    Walking short distances multiple times per day is a good thing. Being active keeps many things moving in the body which is good. Blood barely flows in the legs unless one gets up and walks, you donít want a clot forming down there...

    My surgeon wanted me walking outside. Itís a clean air thing. Air does get polluted inside homes and open windows are good things.

    Sounds like you are kicking butt! If only we could do that, most of us seniors would be surfing in Misfits mosh pits more often.....He he

    No falling now. Thatís against the rules....And NO car accidents! Donít drive with someone you donít trust as a good driver.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

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    I should clarify

    I have been walking outside everyday between 1.5 to 2 miles depending on the day. I'm not taking any painkillers unless I'm having a "bad" day. I also wear a TLSO brace whenever I am outta bed so I feel extra protected.
    I did go to the movies, brought a painkiller in case I needed it ( I didn't)-laughter is great medicine! Came home walked a mile and now off to nap.
    I was just wondering if we are to stay home for fear Of getting sick, or being exposed. Are people not getting out and about (besides walking) because they are restricted by pain or are Dr.'s telling you to stay put for a bit. (dinners, outings, etc) Stuff like that.
    But to end, I spend more time outside than I do indoors. Great Cali weather is super healing!!

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    Way to Go!!! Good for you--just remember you may have both good and bad days yet.

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    way to go king.
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    Sounds to me like it's the perfect medicine for you!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Are you bionic??

    If I ever need more surgery (please nooooooo), I'm booking your surgeon!!!

    Seriously -- I'm very happy for you that you're doing so well. It's awesome!
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    You do sound like you're doing amazingly well!!! Movie at 1.5 weeks ? What! I was still in the hotel in St. Louis and so drugged up I can hardly remember it. What are your fusion levels again? Sounds like you are heeling like a teenager!!!!!
    age 44
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    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    Did Dr Bederman give you any restrictions?
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

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    Hahaha

    Bionic.... that would be amaZing! high tolerance for pain?!? I don't know.
    I'm fused T4 to L1.
    Dr. B said - no BLT for 3-6 months. Wear TLSO if up, out, and about. After 6 weeks PT to work on core, but said its probably stuff that I do already. (Previously did) after 3 months yoga esq type things... And fully released After 12 months. He said the more walking I do the quicker ill heal. So I've been hitting the pavement.
    Combination of a miracle worker surgeon and being in shape before (remember I own a pilates studio) core core core!!!
    But actually - I don't think I'm in so much pain because it wasn't painful for me to bend my spine all sorts of ways in bikram yoga/ pilates / and I was a dancer so I think having flexibility in the spine helped tremendously!
    Blessed, blessed, blessed!

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    Hey you!
    Your doing so well.whats "no BLT for 6wks".i was going to say definately go to the cinema if you feel like you can sit for that long,take a cushion and painkillers.iv been wondering if I can make it but my body cast is hard and not too comfortable plus the cinema seats lift so not sure if I would be able to sit comfortably but im thinking in a few weeks,plus im not going to know unless I try it.
    Are you allowed to do any exercise?are you walking alone or with someone?your doing really well to walk that far.
    I know my fusions long but thought even with my fusion my age would mean I can do more but im not allowed to exercise (swim or gym) for 12mths! My surgeon said my body needs calories to help me heal so I had to up my diet.im now a size uk10 instead of a uk8 so im hoping increasing my walking will help get my weight downseems silly worrying about one dress size after such surgery.hope your well in yourself an not feeling bored or too restricted xx
    27 yr old Female.
    Scoliosis since 12yrs, fusion to lower curve in 1998, costioplast 2001 and further corrective surgery 26 July 2012.
    Now the proud owner of a very straight spine. T1- L5 fusion.
    Mr Dunsmuir, Orthopaedic Surgeon, LGI Leeds.

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    King, Say what you want, but you are bionic! You go girl! You are my role model!
    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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    Wow, going to see and sit through a whole movie at 2.5 weeks. I barely could do that at four months... :-)

    Walking 1-2 miles this quickly. Sounds like you are having a great recovery.

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
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