I'm currently preparing for Lumbar fusion L4/L5.
I have what may seem to be some odd questions. A quick tid-bit about me - I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos that effects my collagen. All of my joints are very hypermobile, I do things like dislocate shoulders in my sleep. My back was the one thing that worked until that day I picked up more than I should have. I've been looking through things and have some concerns about how I am going to do a few things. I wanted to hear from others, if they could think back as to how much they relied on their knees, ankles, wrists, and shoulders to get out of bed, get out of a chair, or anything else. I want to make sure that I have all the appropriate braces to minimize dislocations and subluxations.
It doesn't help that I've gotten much weaker since my injury in most of the muscles around my joints. I use my muscles to hold those joints together, so no bueno. I was reading that for example the log roll you push up with your arm from the bed. Eeep, that's a wrist dislocation right there if I'm not careful.
So could you guys maybe shed some light on some of the ways moving around, getting up, sitting down, changed for you? How you did it after surgery. I want to make sure I do my out of the box thinking before surgery about how I will handle these changes. Thank you so very much in advance. This group seems to be very helpful!
Up coming Lumbar Fusion at L4/L5
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