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Sent to bed??????

paulab67ppaulab67 Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi everyone. 1 Month ago today on June 9th, I had a fusion of the lower lumbar area. I had to stay in the hospital 5 days because I spiked a fever the 3rd day I was in the hospital. It was 102.0. Not sure what it was the tests all came back saying nothing was wrong. Fever went down 24hrs later.

Anyway, I came home from the hospital. I was told to only sit for meals no longer than 20mins. No twisting, bending or lifting. Oh and I was suppose to stay in bed except to get up and walk 6 times a day. Fun huh????? I am bored stiff. I haven't been able to just lie there all day. I admit, I cheat( like I am now) and sit up even if it not meal time. I just can't stand being in bed. 8}

Have any of you been told to stay in bed? I don't see dr. again until July 29th. I asked him when I could get rid of my walker and he said when i felt I could do without it. I have been walking around inside my house a bit without it. I still use it outside though.

Were any of you told to stay in bed? Is it a common thing for surgeons to tell patients to do after surgery?

I have been out and go places where I know they have motorized scooters. God Bless my mother. She has helped me sooooo much since the surgery. Without her I wouldn't have anyone to care for me. I owe her my life.

I feel so much better than I have in 5years. I hardly have any pain. Except for the little set back that I had where the right leg calf and foot was in excruciating pain. The Dr. put me back on my neurontin and hydrocodone(the percocet was making me really sick) and the pain went away. For the most part. My feet hurt alot but really only when I lie down. Weird huh?

I know it is hard to stay positive some days. I know we all have had good days and bad. I am trying to stay positive and I hope you all are doing the same. I know it's hard. You can do it though. :D Good luck with everyone's recovery. >:D< :H


  • I was told not to sit (except to use the bathroom) for 30 days. I could stand, walk or lie down, but no sitting. So I modified our apartment to accommodate that and set up a daily schedule that I made myself stick to. By having the schedule, it kept me from getting too used to lying down, kept me from doing all my walking in one trip and gave me something to look forward to throughout the day. I also keep a log of how I am each day, how long I walk each time and what new things I was able to accomplish each day. These logs are great reference material if need be and are excellent for seeing improvement.

    To use my personal computer, I got a printer box and placed it in my chair and placed my keyboard on top of the box. I tilted the monitor up so I could comfortably see it while standing and placed my mouse on another box to elevate it as well. That way I could get on the computer and feel like I'm not lying around all day. Eventually I purchased a laptop computer and would just lie in bed or on a chaise lounge and type on the laptop.

    Best Wishes

  • I moved a single bed into our family room and so he can be part of the family. He hates to lay when people are there but he is getting better at it. He walks six times a day. I do think he is sitting more than he should be and I also think we need to limit the amount of visitors we are having. In the last two weeks we have had many well wishers and that is nice but not good for him.
    A friend asked him just how he could help the fusion process and he explained the BLT thing. Friend then remarked, " So it is up to you if it fuses or not." Best thing he could have said as it made hubby think.
    If I were you, I would heed the doctor's advice as it is short term frustration for long term gain.
  • Wow! All these surgeons say something different. My ortho-spine specialist said, get up, up, up and walk, walk, walk. I too had to stay in the hospital for 5 days instead of three....blood count dropped 2 day and had to have a transfusion. No real explanation for that. I left the hospital with a cane and got rid of that after the 2nd week. My world for the first two weeks was bed 30 mins, sitting 15 mins,, walk around stretch my legs, then lie down again on the couch. Repeat.... I probably had a nap every day for the first month for sure. Maybe your surgeon did more than just fusion ???? Do you have the rods and screws???? Mine said by the beginning of week three I should be walking outside and trying to increase the distance daily. I'm 8 weeks post-op and am walking 3 miles probably every other day and doing backstroke in the pool or on my recumbunt bike for 1/2 hour. I'd give the guy another call and check what exercises you can do. Staying in bed seems to me, COUNTER PRODUCTIVE for you spine????? mel v.
  • Again, every surgeon seems so different but I think the concepts are the same~no BLT, limited sitting, no smokong, and walk, walk, walk.

    I asked my surgeon about sitting at my first post op. I was told it really wasn't about the sitting itself, but rather the moving. He didn't want to get side tracked by a movie, etc while sitting and end up sitting for hours without getting up.

    So, I trained myself to learn to fidgit! :) I constantly get up even now at 4 months.

    I started PT on day 14, walk 2-3 miles a day depending on if I had PT or not, and go out and about to run errands, etc. Now that it is so hot and hummid, I do aquatics more than walking.

    Since you are now 4 weeks out, maybe you could call him.

    I also kept a log of the activities I did, the meds I took and the pain scale I had when I took it. What and where I was feeling it, and other modalities I tried for pain. TENS, ice, etc.

    This turned out to be invaluable as my surgeon used it to determine when and how I herniated the level above my fusion!

    Wishing you the best! I say "get up and go get 'em girl"!!:)
  • hiya paula
    I personally think laying in bed makes muscles weaker ....
    I had l4/5 fusion in 06 and my doc said only time you should be sitting is to go bathroom..
    walk walk walk as much as poss...
    I kept daily logs also great idea and gave me more to do...
    perhaps you should ck with your doc and see maybe he did more than just fusion..
    everyone and every doc is different on ther recovery..
    I was lucky with my doc him or his assistant checked up on me...
    I didn't do so good with pt...soon as doc said was ok for me and i was walking alot..then i did most of my recovery in water...was the best thing every for me..

    pls check with doc cause in my opinion laying in bed is not the best...
    take care
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded. I also think that laying in bed is not good for the muscles. Just not good for the whole body.

    I had a fusion at L5 S1 he put a bone in there some where. I don't know about all that. I have screws and stuff as well. I wanna get in the pool so bad. He did say after incision scab came off, I could bathe and get into the pool. I get sooooo bored walking. At 4 weeks I am no where near walking a quarter of a mile. I live in a court. it's a circle. So I walk around that. not as much as I should but it is so hot here now and the sun beating on my face really bothers me for some reason. I been walking up and down my hallway today. I just don't wanna go outside. I sit in a lounge chair with feet up sometimes. it's funny u mention BLT. I didn't know what u all were talking bout til I was working with the PT. LOL Now I understand.

    Remember whow I said to keep your chins up and don't get down. Try to stay positive. Well, I am not living by my words today. I feel down and just tired of this whole process. I'm sure i'll be fine tomorrow.

    I have two cockatiels that I can't give as much attention to like I want to and they just sit and scream for me. I sit and talk to them but they ar used to having outside of the cage time and are not liking that they can't get out and play.. I also need to go to Petsmart. I have a ride but they don't have motorized carts or wheelchairs. I'm trying to get a hold of a wheelchair tho. Our neighbor said he could maybe get me one. His friend may have one. But I haven't seen him today cuz I haven't been outside.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice and well wishes and all. You all take care too. :*

  • Yes, recovery is a long and tedious process. There are ups and downs along the way.

    I've been through 2 back surgeries, both 2 levels each. Dr. never told me to just lie in bed. First fusion was a PLIF and that was a brutal recovery, but I don't remember lying around much. The PTs in the hospital had me out of bed the next day and wanted me to move.

    My most recent surgery I was up and walking the hospital hallways with no help the next morning. Surgeon stressed WALKING. Maybe call your Dr. and see if there is a specific reason why he wants you to lay down so much.

    As for your Petsmart trip: if you know exactly what you need, why don't you call the store, explain your situation and see if they would put the order together for you. Its worth a shot. How could they say no, especially if you give them plenty of time to get it together. Let us know if you try it.

    Good luck with your recovery,

  • I did go to Petsmart today. I figured I would make it part of my walking I have to do throughout the day. I held on to a cart and walked along one aisle. Got what I needed. My mother drove me there of course. We then went to Target. I had to get a few things. I went thru target in a motorized cart. After we were thru, i sat and waited for mom to bring the cart to the curb to let me get into the car. Well, I woman came out of the store and said VERY rudely, why did she have to park right there. I could barely get my cart off the curb. GEESH!!!!!! As she walked past my mom she was saying something under her breath. The woman had plenty of room to make it off the curb with her cart. I hope she never has a loved one in my situation or that she never has to go thru what we are all going thru. I was so mad. The nerve of some people. She had a child with her. I feel bad for the child. If she is that rude to strangers, how is she with her child. :OO :(

    I wish everyone a pain free week. Take care. >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • Glad your recovery is going well,just don't overdue it. :smile:" alt=":smile:" height="20" /> It's nice to get out and do a few things and feel human again.

    As for the lady at Target...Karma has a way of coming around and biting someone in the butt.
  • Rwill said:
    Glad your recovery is going well,just don't overdue it. :smile:" alt=":smile:" height="20" /> It's nice to get out and do a few things and feel human again.

    As for the lady at Target...Karma has a way of coming around and biting someone in the butt.
    Ain't that the truth. LOL :))( :P O:)
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