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Anybody hit an impass at around 4 1/2 mths??....



  • oh yes, please let me know how the new PT goes. It is difficult to convince them that massage doesn't work; they just don't want to believe it.
  • When I used to see a therapist for deep massage, he gave me the trick of putting a tennis or golf ball in a stocking and lying on the bed with it under your butt. You can then move it around till it hits the spot using the stocking. :))(
    It really works when you get the extrememly tight muscles.

    With the tight groin muscles, if you can lower yourself by squatting down on one knee while placing the other leg behind you and stretching the leg back. You will need to hold onto a door jam or similar and if your balance is not good then place your standing knee on a chair and stretch the other leg behind.
    Alternatively you can lie on the side of the bed and drop one leg over the side till you get a good stretch. To increase the stretch bend foot of the lowered knee back up.
    This is a really good one to do before getting out of bed.

    Blessings Sara O:)
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  • It's so funny about the exercise you mentioned about dropping one foot off the bed! When I wake up, I feel like if I could just do a really BIG stretch I would feel so much better. I noticed when I do my log roll out of bed, I'd just like to stay in that position of the one leg dropped! It feels SO good in that position. I never thought of it as a stretching exercise, but that's what it is. Cool!
  • OMG! I was ROTF reading this post...well not the parts about hurting and postop, but the rubbing or holding the low back and groin. I do this! subconsciously! I just thought about it. Now, I'm going to be self-conscious. No telling how many people have wondered what disease I have. I press on my upper hip spots when walking or after I get out of the car, then I sometimes slide my hand inside the waistband too and just rub the low back across. I'm 13 weeks post op from ALIF L4/L5 with BMP and cages only...these past two weeks have been killers with pain. Stiff, tight muscles, every movement, ouch. Trying to use the skaters (lifting one leg straight out) to bend for the laundry or to pick up stuff and that kills my hips and SI joint. I can't squat due to knee spurs and arthritis. My legs are still weak too...I have to lift my left leg into the car after getting in if I'm driving and then swivel to get out on both legs.

    When does it get better? What if it doesn't get better? I'm beginning to worry about the heating pad self-attaching itself to me since I use it so much. I'm going to ask/beg for an MRI when I go back the 21st for more xrays. So far I haven't shown any fusion. One of my cages was crooked but the NS wasn't concerned. I also fell/sorta rolled on my right hip this Saturday. It scared the stuffing out of me! But I was just a little more sore than normal. Nothing cracked or hurt really bad, but it sure makes you worry.I was leading a horse out of the pasture and he decided to bolt off. I tried to hang on to the lead rope and I tumbled.

    Lord, please look over us spineys!!!
  • Oh yes - squatting just kills my hip joints - by afternoon they are screaming if I have tried that approach to picking things up, getting stuff out of low cupboards, etc. too much in one day. Putting an icy/hot patch on the hip joint helps but then I smell like an old lady - and I am not THAT old. If anybody has found a good exercise that relieves the hip joints that we can do post-fusion please let me know!
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  • itsalongwalk....how did your new PT go.....fill us in k??

    OMGOSH, I am rolling, not only do we have pppl walking around with their hands on their groins and some on their butt, now we have someone with her hands down her pants????? LMBO....that was worth a good laugh.
    I am sorry we are all experiencing this but is reassuring to know Bruce has also gone through it and at 22 mths. out (think I got that time line right?) no longer experiences the problem and is climbing mountains. We can do this we're just going to have to live & laugh through it.
    13 weeks is still early and you are perfectly normal to have a ton of muscle stuff happening simply from how you were positioned in surger...that takes a long time to pass...the more you walk, as time passes, that part will go away. I'm at 21 weeks and muscles are still giving me grief as you saw from my post. It's nice to know others who have gone before us have survived the same stuff and came out o.k. in the end (now keep your hands out of your pants ppl!) =)) =))
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