Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Annie, Jun 25, 2006.
How's the back feeling? Better I hope!
Yes, thanks for asking!
The radiating pain down my left arm is completely gone since the surgery. I am slowly starting to get more movement in my neck area although it's still a bit limited. The incision area is still a little tender, it's still a little tough swallowing, and where the disk was is also a bit tender. Looks like I'll survive though!
Ouch! Sounds like you had some major problems with a cervical disc. What can I help you with?
Ouch! Are you in some sort of rehab program? Did they give you excercises?
Bully, forgot about this thread and already sent you a detailed PM. But it was an anterior cervical diskectomy w/fusion. My main concern is the reoccurence rate, and the increase in possibility due to my smoking.
No program, no excercises. They basically said I could resume normal activities ASAP. Of course they recommended lightly treading until the pain was relieved and the wounds had a chance to heal. I am seeing the surgeon tomorrow morning for my first follow-up but haven't had my x-rays completed yet for him to examine. I'm still going though so he can at least look at the incision and make sure all is okie dokie there and I don't have some wacky infection or something. It looks cool though.
Well I hope the doc gives you the green light. I know that swimming and hot tub has helped my back feel better. I do 'light calestenics' in the water. Helps my arthritis too!
I would love nothing more than to sit in my bathtub and soak. It would be good for the incision and my back. Unfortunately, my hot water ceases to function after about 6-8 inches and turns cold. I think the hot water heater capacity downstairs is that of a milk carton.
The reason I joined a health club this year, I think I'd soon be crippled without it. Arthritis runs in my family and the old gymnastic injuries have turned brutal. Add the ruptured discs and arthur setting up shop there. :coffee3:
So while I cannot 'afford' it, I can't 'afford' not to.
Having two blown discs myself, L-4/L-5 and L-5/S-1, I know the pain can be excruciating to the point of being surreal.
With spinal surgery, there's always going to be a risk of new injury. Key here is a) quit or seriously cut back on the cigarrettes and b) work very seriously with the physical therapists. Conditioning is a big part of preventing a recurrence or new injury.
As for your pain meds, as long as the oxycodone provides the relief you need, no need to get anything else. Pre-medicate before physical therapy will help you get the most out of it.
To help manage your recovery, find a good osteopath (D.O.) who specializes in manipulative therapy and I would also suggest this book:
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It's available on amazon.com. The exercises saved me from having surgery, and I'm mostly pain free except for some occaisional, mild sciatica which doesn't require medication. These days, I do yoga 3-4 times a week, resistance training 2-3 times a week and martial arts 2-3 times a week. So I can tell you, his program works. It's very basic, but you really have to stick with it to get the results you need to get full function back.
It's very easy to let something like this discourage you, especially if you have recurrent pain. I'll check here every day or so to see if you have any further questions, and if I don't have the answers, I'll try to direct you to someone who does.
Take care and good luck! I'll be pullin' for you!
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