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Post-Op Spinal Fusion T10-L3

WarblerWWarbler Posts: 2
edited 11/20/2014 - 5:22 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hey everybody,

Before and since recovery I've watched this forum and read some helpful information. It was about time I registered so I could become more involved.
I am just over 6 weeks post-op recovery from spinal fusion (T10-L3). I had surgery October 8th and it is the only time I've ever been in a hospital or had anything done, so it's all new and kind of daunting.
I had scoliosis for the past ten or so years and physical training to try and progress my career further led to pain, leading me to find it had gotten worse. Surgery was my best option and now here I am.

I just started physical therapy this week, but there have been two things I'm trying to get more information about that I've been unsuccessful in thus far. Weeks ago I weaned myself off of medication (Tylenol and my muscle relaxant). But... since surgery I have had trouble getting to sleep. Originally it was from discomfort, but now that I can move around more and sleep on my side, not just my back, I thought it would go away. I'm still having a lot of trouble just falling asleep and it's not due to discomfort or pain. [Worsened lately at losing my dog just before my birthday last week]

The other problem I have, that I can't find ANY help on is burping...or lack thereof. Within the first few weeks of discharge, I could really only eat/drink while lying down or minimally elevated. I don't know if this caused it, but since surgery I have incredible difficulty voluntarily trying to burp, since my stomach won't do it naturally much currently. It becomes very uncomfortable and unless I try to force air into my throat to open the passageway, I can't burp well.

Thank you for all of your posts that have helped me through recovery so far.


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