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8/11/12 4:53 P

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Sounds as if you are doing all you can, WTG! I would make the same decision to be able to sleep and have less pain. Good luck with the return to work.

Enjoy life when you can, as life changes when you least expect it!!!


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8/11/12 9:32 A

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Thanks. Not in pt but I have saved all the things I was given the last year that I have put into pt. Scheduled to return to work in 3 weeks on light duty and then I can put this brace in the closet! Thank goodness last year I did not toss it.lol. I live in a hilly no flat ground area. It is beautiful but hills bother me still. I do walk . I do house cleaning,it's just my husband, the dog and I. If I do laundry vac, dishes and cook, (the keep my home up daily activities) my nerve damaged legs burn and ache all night and I can not sleep well. Thanks for all your tips. I wish you to luck with tthe post surgery. I am off steriods and take a seizure med. for nerve damage 3xs a day but if I don't take it I can not sleep or raise my legs up to rest my back and at this point I had to make the choice weight gain or less pain and sleep. Doctor said this can go on for 2 years! But I do want to make a healthy life style and stop this up and down weight gain and I am making excuses for some of this weight! Thanks

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8/9/12 8:56 P

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Hi,
Welcome to the team. Surgery is not fun as I am sure you are more than well aware of. I am recovering from my 7th surgery. I had stopped walking for almost 15 months so recovery is a slow, slow process.
You have commented about gaining weight, are you on Lyrica or an antidepressant? These can cause great weight increases. If you are on them, see ifyoucan come off of them.
For now, just try to monitor your food intake by using the nutritional tracker. After a week or two of just monitoring, see where you can make some cuts in your caloric intake.
Do not go any faster than you are told to. Make sure that you are observing your spinal precautions while in the brace. Getting the fusion to become solid are is the most important part of your surgery. Are you in pt? Could you have pt? You are about 10 weeks post op? If that is correct, I know the book I was given about fusions only has one keeping a walking log for now walking a minimum of 20 minutes a day. They recommend starting with four 5 min walks. You should be striving to either add time ( up to 10 minutes a week) or speed ( several tenths of a mile on days you don't increase time). At 12-18 weeks, you should start movement initiation and advanced stregthening with a pt, 1-3 times a week. At 18-24 weeks, you should have a complete fusion and be headed to returning to sports. These were the normal levels for most people. I had my surgery at the end of january and I am just trying to walk up to 12 minutes twice a day and I go between a walker and cane. I have been in pt since june and I am set to stay in it until the first week of October. This just is to show you that we all recover at our own pace. I do hope that your pain is being maintained. You sound as if you are planning to do all you can to keep your health.

Best of luck. There is a daily chat if you want to make contact with others. You can discuss anything you want there from health to jobs to funtimes. Maybe I will see you on the Daily chat

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8/9/12 11:36 A

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I had my neck fused and had lost a lot of weight just before that. Gained 20lbs in recovery and my neurosurgen said my discs are degenative. 2yrs later after a year of pain and some nerve damage to left leg he put in a fusion at the lowest spot on my back. Gained some more weight. 5 months after surgery I was still in pain they said do full exercises like before its post op. pain and will work its self out. Pain continues and it feels like my right leg is in thick mud and a am so out of shape I can barley raise my left leg.At 8 month post op. they say scare tissue is hurting me. A few weeks later my knee hurts and its on fire when I lay down and I can not sleep. Rushed in for MRI I need surgery again. Put it off to use FMLA as I can not afford to cobra my medical insurance my doc. advisies me not to wait. I really cant afford it so I wait till may 31,2012. I go in and end up with a rod and screws. Every time I go it is worse than the MRI showed. My brace I hope to remove in early Sept. I take meds. and am one of the lucky side effects user to gain weight but the burning and cramping is more than I can bear. So I wanted to join a team that is small. As of yet I am lucky to walk around the block. And over the last 2 yrs. gained back 38 lbs. I don't want to do thi again and whenwill it ever become a life style for me. Good luck everyone

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