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3 weeks + Post Op, NS apt today

saltzworksssaltzworks Posts: 1,032
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm just back from my 3 week post op apt. with my NS.

He said I looked great, and looked to be doing much better than he had expected. I agree, I think I am doing great too :)

That said, I still have FULL restrictions:

-The less I sit, the happier he will be.

-He really does not want me driving, really really. But if I just absolutely have to, well, think twice about it and don't.

-No BLT (bending, lifting, twisting)

-I am to walk LESS. He does not want me to be exhausted at the end of the walks. I had been doing 30 minutes 2-3x a day. He suggested 20 min. instead.

He did take off the steri-strip tape and I can see the wonderful incision. I love that there are no stitches on the outside, makes for a nice smooth line.

I am going to try some valium instead of Robaxin and/or Roxicodone. And just at night when I can't get my legs to stop the aching.

In 6 weeks I'll have a follow-up with X-rays to check on the fusion.

I am still looking at 3 months before I can consider going back to work or starting PT, of course that all depends on the rate of fusion and could change on my next apt.

One thing I am irritated about: I FORGOT to ask if he has any idea why my numb right leg is so much warmer than my left!! I feel dumb wanting to call tomorrow and ask, like it's not a big deal, not like it affects my healing or anything. I'm just PO'd that I would forget.


  • p.s.

    It's completely normal at this stage to be easily exhausted and feel wiped out.
  • Salty, That is great news that your Dr is happy with you, and yes -do as he says. I know I was able to drive after 6 weeks but even though I wanted to I didn't rush straight out and do it. We have to remember that just braking puts pressure on our spines.
    After my op I had 10 days in hospital then 2 weeks in rehab which was go, go go. Each day started at 7am and I had several physio appointments, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, spine care classes oh and walks. I even phoned family and friends to say dont come and visit because I dont have time to see you.
    When I got home I swear that apart from going to physio and walking I slept for 14 hrs a day! I had soo much sleep to catch up on after rehab lol

    Blessings Sara

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  • Funny....MY right leg and foot is also warmer than my left! My pt told me that I was not getting enough circulation in both of me feet and that is why they are cold to the touch (even when I am hot).
  • That everything is going so well for you. >:D<

    Keep up the good work,
    Christina :)
  • Cool Salty- I don't get to see my NS until Sept 25th and will also get to see xrays of my fusion.

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  • Salz, reading your post, I'm amazed at your courage & re-bound ability---!! Two back surgeries in two days....! And you are conherent, walking around and sound in great spirits! You sure went thru a lot---way too much---and now deserve an "uneventful recovery", as they say, lots of time to rest/restore your strength and just heal up!

    Sounds like you have a conservative doc, also: so listen to him, don't BLT, take it easier, rest a lot, and keep thinking positively! Enjoy that beautiful incision--and may it remain CLOSED UP now forever! :)

    All the best! Keep us posted on the future appt--it's always so exciting to see those x-rays!

    BTW: I'm 7 months out & still have a lot of leg numbness/tingling/muscle aching. Guess it goes w/ the territory! But do watch it if gets worse, etc. MY NS said it was nerve-realated stuff & nerves are real slow to heal.

  • I hear you Lakeside, on the nerve stuff - yeow! I had a rough rough night last night. I guess muscle relaxants just don't do the trick when it's nerves that are acting up. I just can't seem to get my legs to get rid of that ultra-exhausted-to-the-point-collapse feeling.

    I think I'll give them a week and then call the Dr. if I think I need something besides tylenol and valium.

    Julie - you are going to see on your fusion before me - but not that far apart, it'll be cool to compare. I'm taking my camera and I'll be snapping some photos to post :)

    Shay - you've got the skin temp thing too? I'm glad I'm not alone, I was starting to think I was all alone on that.

    Oh, and thanks Christina, now if only we could be healed enough to drive huh ;)
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