Hi All, these forums have been an invaluable source for both information and inspiration. I like most have been through the wringer and now am staring down the barrel of yet worsening symptoms and after 18months post surgery PLIF L5S1 with further complications my surgeons have admitted that I'm classified as an incomplete paraplegic. Well I've had the pity party and want to share some knowledge about what I've learnt.
Firstly Lyrica, for me has been a wonder medication, albeit with some horrendous side effects. Yes I had the massive weight gain, mental confusion, edema, etc etc. What it did for me was control the pain, allowed me to sleep at night. I just wanted to crawl into a hole and as I had a lot of pain and severe disfunction I didn't know what to do.
My physiotherapists had given up, knowing that I was working out five times a week, almost manically walking 10km per day eating nothing and still gaining the pounds. I had actually gained at that stage nearly 40 pounds. Horrifying stuff!!
The good news was that while I wanted to support my partner in a new supplement regime I have since found a system that gets rid of most if not all my side effects.
In four months I have lost over 40 pounds, am able to read a book and have retention of information, my mind is much clearer (less Lyrica moments) and I've not done any exercise. In fact for all of this time I have been on a Catamaran sailing around the Great Barrier Reef so I couldn't do any more exercise. Sounds impossible as my symptoms have actually worsened. Can't feel my left leg, both feet have partial foot drops and I'm slowly loosing my upper thighs.
My Drs are amazed and are now recommending the diet and supplements to all of their patients. Naturally we try everything to loose weight and I can certainly attest to this being a major improvement in me both physically and mentally. I was staring down he barrel of being in a wheelchair in no time flat but if I can say one things for sure I'll give anything a try to avoid it. While this may not be possible long term, he longer I can prolong it the better I feel.
My new motto is, "Control what you can control" and this has allowed me to do just that.
Aussie Aussie Aussie
PLIF l5-S1 L4L5 herniation, incomplete paraplegia