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Recovery


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Recovery from major back surgery is tedious at best! The skin will heal quickly, the muscles that were moved out of the way get over it and you are feeling so much better right away that one forgets that they need to take it easy.

The nerves however take the longest! It takes up to a whole year for them to truly heal and even then sometimes it takes two years. It all depends upon how much space between the ends are to see how long it will take. Have to much space and sometimes they don't even heal. It's always a crap shoot.

I'm almost three months out and not much has come back but within three more months we'll see what happens. In two more months I can hopefully stop wearing the back brace. I'll never really be able to stop using the knee brace. My knee is just way to unstable to do so. All the brace will do is slow down the inevitable knee surgeries and possibly a knee replacement down the road.

My Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is getting worse and my joints are dislocating more and more. When having a BP check the cuff can actually take my shoulder out of joint. Not to mention standing. lol The hips are so fun. The knees go as well. The brace is the only reason my right knee doesn't go out of joint.

But, back to nerves. They only grow 1 inch a month! Talk about slow! So little by little I'm hoping they grow back and the feeling as well as the control of my body will come back. Right now the gross motor muscles are pretty good. The fine motor muscles are just shot! There's no control over the fine motor muscles at all. Just twitching around. I'll be sitting there and my leg will just move on it's own. I look at it like an alien. I didn't tell it to kick out. So I wonder where it got the idea to do it? Then my hand will twitch. Sometimes it will be a back muscle the moves. That is really weird. It feels like a slug moving under the skin.

So just remember when having back surgery the recovery is very difficult because you have to take it easy and lay around a lot! That is difficult when all you hear in your head is "Get up! Quit being so lazy! Get the house work done!" There are only so many books one can read and so many games one can play. The internet is amusing for only so long as well.

It is not for the faint of heart. One has to have courage and be able to keep gently moving around and know when to rest.
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