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    I wouldnít say I feel an increase in pain when I...

    I wouldnít say I feel an increase in pain when I lift but more so tightness in my low lower back and pelvis. I am technically still in the no BLT zone of recovery so I donít lift much. My carrying...
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    Everything of what you quoted and said in your...

    Everything of what you quoted and said in your reply makes sense to me. All the more reason to put them far, FAR behind me. My goal is to be off the dilauded completely by the September 1st at the...
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    Hi Ed, things are still going well! As far as...

    Hi Ed, things are still going well!

    As far as meds...I attempted going from 10mg of flexiril 3x per day to 2x per day and the nerve pain was RAGING! So I said, ďyou know, itís not addictive and...
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    I had another appointment today, this time to get...

    I had another appointment today, this time to get the last of my stitches out; what better way to celebrate 1 month into post-op life than being bandage free!?!?!

    We did some more films and...
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    I donít feel that my balance has suffered or been...

    I donít feel that my balance has suffered or been depleted. I guess by robotic I could also say ďdis-jointedĒ or not as fluid as before surgery. I donít know if itís me being too analytical too soon...
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    The tightness is starting to dissipate. I think...

    The tightness is starting to dissipate. I think itís just the fact that there has been a MAJOR overhaul of a lot of bones including my pelvis and everything is still settling out into its new...
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    Another observation...

    As I am starting to trust my body and do more things I notice a very localized tightness at each SI fixation location. Has anyone else experienced this and if so did it ever go away? Itís not painful...
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    BMP was used. I remember my surgeon mentioning it...

    BMP was used. I remember my surgeon mentioning it specifically. Thank you for bringing my attention to the markers. That will be helpful in navigating x rays when they are taken. Definitely taking it...
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    Alright everyone, first post-op appointment today...

    Alright everyone, first post-op appointment today went well. Started by taking out 75 staples combined between 4 incisions. I still have sutures in until next week on my posterior incision just to...
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    My first post op appointment is this Friday, in 2...

    My first post op appointment is this Friday, in 2 days, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for good news. One question though, when sitting upright or slightly reclined in a recliner, my upper back...
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    The pain so far is much better than when I was in...

    The pain so far is much better than when I was in the hospital. The pain feels more like stiffness/soreness instead of sharp shooting hardware on bone pain. When I walk though I definitely feel a...
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    I think I am pretty well plumb without any lean...

    I think I am pretty well plumb without any lean front/back or side to side. My husband swears i have gained a few inches in height also. Right now now PT has been ordered and the only thing they want...
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    I would say my pain is mostly just aches and the...

    I would say my pain is mostly just aches and the occasional sharp pains in my pelvis when I walk but overall like a 4 or 5 out of 10. The incisions donít hurt much but are tender and sensitive to...
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    The edema isnít all that bad. At first it easy...

    The edema isnít all that bad. At first it easy really bad in my feet
    /ankles and also in my calves. This was all after the second surgery that ended up being 3 hours longer than they anticipated. My...
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    They did do my SI joints. I have 5 incisions...

    They did do my SI joints.

    I have 5 incisions total; belly, waist, center back, and two smaller ones right next to each hip.

    I canít say I can completely rule out an ileus. I thank at about 4...
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    Hi everyone! Iím so sorry itís taken so long for...

    Hi everyone! Iím so sorry itís taken so long for me to reply. Here are the updates.

    The first surgery was 4 hours and went well. They did an ALIF for L5-S1 and then did a lateral inter body...
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    T10-pelvis tomorrow morning

    Hi all, this will be my last time posting for a little bit...surgery in the morning and again in two days

    6/29 anterior L5/S1 and lateral T12-L5
    7/1 posterior hardware including SI joints, T10-S2...
  18. Ed Did you get a post surgical clamshell...

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    Did you get a post surgical clamshell brace? Just wondering....

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    I got a brace that Velcroís around the lumbar and then has two ďpull stringsĒ for lack of a better term...
  19. They are saying no IV pain meds. They said for...

    They are saying no IV pain meds. They said for the first few days I canít have anything by mouth because they want to avoid post op ileus but they want me taking oral pain meds. Huh? That doesnít...
  20. Bone growth stimulator? No IV pain meds? 5 days and counting...

    5 days and counting...the questions keep mounting...

    1. My surgeon is having me use a bone growth stimulator that I will wear for 2 hours a day during recovery? What is it like? All external...
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    Just got the news that surgery is a go. Both...

    Just got the news that surgery is a go. Both surgeons and the PA are confident they can access all disc spaces without needing to enter the pleural cavity. He did say there was a very small chance...
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    Pre-Op apt. & they might reschedule!

    Hi all, surgery is in 13 days and I had my pre-op appointment this morning. Here is the low down...

    ALIF L5-S1
    LLIF T12-L5
    PLIF T10-S1 with SI joint fixation both sides

    The PA I was talking...
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    Pooka, I guess what I am saying is that I have...

    Pooka, I guess what I am saying is that I have heard people who are fused with a lot of metal say that when the seasons change or when itís always cold out they are much more sensitive to it because...
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    Thank you Ed, your input always helps. I'm...

    Thank you Ed, your input always helps. I'm finding it hard to focus on regular things, especially at work. I know I have so much to do both at work and home to prepare for being out of commission for...
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    ALIF fear...vascular surgeon required

    Hi all, surgeries are approaching....T-21 days and counting. The first one will be an ALIF from T12-S1 and we have met with the vascular surgeon. He immediately went into the ďcove your ass speechĒ...
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