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    Congratulations!! What a milestone!

    Congratulations!! What a milestone!
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    I too had my surgery just before you, and I am...

    I too had my surgery just before you, and I am frustrated at how low my energy and strength are. I was glad to see your post and the responses. I am trying to learn patience through all of this but...
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    I was doing it wrong too, so the PT watched me. ...

    I was doing it wrong too, so the PT watched me. I was not getting the arm I was lying on underneath me enough to use as a good lever to push me up. After I learned to correctly position my lower...
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    We too were at the 6 weeks mark. It is a little...

    We too were at the 6 weeks mark. It is a little awkward but if you are careful nothing hurts. A lot of your body is still numb so lower your expectations for a while. You will be able to tell what...
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    I didn't have that but I remember everything at 4...

    I didn't have that but I remember everything at 4 weeks still hurting. It doesn't help that the parts of us that work have to make up for the parts that don't - then they wear out too. I hope you...
  6. Thread: Cat litter

    by AustinPaula
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    Cat litter

    I know this is a fairly disgusting thread but it is a real issue. Have any of you figured out a clever or easy way to change cat litter with this fusion?? My husband has been doing it but is going...
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    I am not a teacher, but I naively told my work I...

    I am not a teacher, but I naively told my work I would be off 6 weeks also. I am at 3 months and not nearly ready to be able to work. I am 59 years old though and had a pretty long fusion so that...
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    Thanks to all for the info. I am going to try...

    Thanks to all for the info. I am going to try Linda's suggestion. It sounds intriguing. The numbness is not a problem by itself, but it means the muscles don't respond when I try to command them. ...
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    Back Numbness

    I am almost 3 months post op and still have numbness all over my whole back from my shoulders down (fused T4-L5). They (PT) want me to work on tightening my glutes - they barely respond. My...
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    I'd like to concur. I did 'Yoga for Scoliosis'...

    I'd like to concur. I did 'Yoga for Scoliosis' for almost 15 years trying to forestall this operation. It did forestall the operation for a long time and helped me stay flexible. They got far more...
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    I was very afraid of them too. And I had quite a...

    I was very afraid of them too. And I had quite a bit of pain pre-op but narcotics nauseated me as well. However it has been an entirely different situation post-op. I too take Norco 325s. I am...
  12. Thread: travel

    by AustinPaula
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    Please let us know how the traveling goes. The...

    Please let us know how the traveling goes. The snorkeling as well. Just be careful.
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    Oh my goodness. Thank heavens you are ok! That...

    Oh my goodness. Thank heavens you are ok! That is a good testament to this process. I am only 2 months out and have a completely irrational fear of falling so I appreciate your posting this result.
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    Hi Zoee: I had almost the same surgery as you...

    Hi Zoee:

    I had almost the same surgery as you about 2 months ago and we are almost the same age. I took a stool softner, Metamucil, and milk of magnesia at night and that worked. But if I forgot...
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    Awesome. Thanks!!!!

    Awesome. Thanks!!!!
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    I have the same thing as the two of you. My...

    I have the same thing as the two of you. My surgery was a couple of months after yours. I still feel crooked and by the end of the day I lean more and more over toward my toes. Are you all...
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    Ed: I can't help but ask, how long was it...

    Ed:

    I can't help but ask, how long was it before you had that AHA! moment of no pain?

    Thanks,
    Paula
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    Dolores: That is so great to hear. You are...

    Dolores:

    That is so great to hear. You are about a week ahead of me so your message was especially encouraging. I hope the rest of your week is as 'normal'!
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    Best of luck. We will look forward to hearing...

    Best of luck. We will look forward to hearing how it went when you can communicate with us - which won't be too long. I just looked at it like diving off a high dive. Scary but exciting and it's...
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    Thanks to all for the replies. It made me feel...

    Thanks to all for the replies. It made me feel so much better. I was worried something wasn't right. Sounds like I am about on track though. Looks like this is going to be an exercise in extreme...
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    Sitting/Standing Duration

    Hello All:
    I am almost 3 weeks post op (fused T4-L5) and I can still only sit or stand for about an hour at the max (later in the day all I can stand is 15 minutes). After that I have to go lie...
  22. Thread: Swimming

    by AustinPaula
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    Thanks to all. Sounds like I will be able to...

    Thanks to all. Sounds like I will be able to swim, although maybe with limitations at first. I don't swim competitively - just for fun and exercise. I didn't even think about the fact that the...
  23. Thread: Swimming

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    Thanks to all for the quick comments. I am glad...

    Thanks to all for the quick comments. I am glad there are people who have gone through this before me. I guess there are two things that concern me. One is how fast they will let you submerge...
  24. Thread: Swimming

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    Swimming

    My surgery is scheduled for June 15th. Do any of you all swim and if so how soon after surgery were you able to swim? The fusion is supposed to be from T4 to L4 or L5 if I am lucky.

    Thanks for...
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