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10 Ways to make sure we dont have another surgery



  • Well for me, I "PRAY"!! sweetpotatoe57
  • You always have a smile!

    One of my ways, absolutely mindful fo what my back and legs are feeling, during every moment. I know what I can do and what I cannot just by being thoughtful.

    I Walk - as much as I can stand and then I have down days where I take time to rest.

    I stretch, even when I don't want to. I have stretching for bed and for the office chair and I only stay in the chair for 30 minutes max and then I am away walking.

    I keep my self talk - pointing out that I am fine and that I have 3 billion blood cells, washing my spine with healing energy.

    I know that I am blessed because I can still move.

    A couple from myself.
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  • maybe glucosamine may prevent ongoing DDD.
  • I had a 2 level lumbar fusion in 2003 when my first daughter was 15 months old.

    When I finally recovered from that I became pregnant (the reason for going through fusion in the first place). Baby Phoebe was a Godsend, but also a torture for my back again. It took a while, but my 2 discs under my fusion are shot.

    Oh, of course as I felt better I was gardening, lifting, etc..... my own worst enemy, but at the time I didn't realize what I was doing to my spine.

    Now that I have another 2 level fusion scheduled (discs are almost totally gone), I will not be so foolish and will watch how I move, what I lift, etc.

    I wish I was more careful the first time, but I just didn't get it, or really, I did but my kids needed me and there are just too many awkward movements all day long.

    Sorry if I am rambling, this struck a cord with me.

  • Don't vacuum,rake leaves,or mop.ASK FOR HELP-something that is difficult for me.Slow down.It is easy to forget proper body mechanics when one is always rushing. Walk.SMILE at other's and treat people as you would like to be treated.Breathe deeply-it relaxes and oxygenates our body's.Decrease as much stress as you can.Realize what is really important.Eat properly.Don't smoke.Find back appropriate activities to keep from dwelling on pain. Don't twist to retrieve objects from back seat while in the car.Make a list of everything that increases back and read it daily.
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  • I never want to forget the sacrifices that my family, friends and self made to get my health back. I cherish every day I live without pain, and use that as a motivator to take care of myself. I worry that even this is not enough, and still live in fear of another injury. But my resolve is stronger than my fear.

    How to avoid another surgery? Positive attitude. Believing in myself.

    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • Walking is vary important aspect of recovery. Stretching and exercising the neck muscles tend to be helpful. Listening to your body. It certainly let you know when you have done to much or turn the wrong way. Try not to get into an accident (Should have listened to my own advice). Ask for help instead of lifting or carrying something too heavy.

    12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7 with plate, screws,
    BMP & bone fragment filled cages
    2/14/2011 trying to go back to work as a teacher
    2/17/2011 starting PT
    wearing bone stimulator 4 hours a day
    DDD, arthritis, herniated disks, pinched nerves
    3 months saw a little bit of bone growth (YEAH)
    4/15/2011 Home Tens Unit
    6 months - end plate growth going well - no more bone stimulator, issues with hands going to vascular and hand surgeons to find out why
    8/2011 - may have TOS or RSD still researching
    9/2/2011 Rear ended at 30 mph. Think I am okay going to OSS on Tue or Wed. School begins Tues.

    Dealt with the pain and issues for more than 5 years
    tried PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, cervical epidural shots and selective nerve root blocks prior to surgery
  • I guess listening to your body is very important. Walking. I don't understand why the surgeon told me I could do anything I wanted after surgery: running, yoga, biking, even bongi jumping... I don't understand.
  • That is one I don't understand either. No restrictions, just doesn't make any sense to me either. I had L4-5 discectomy May 09, was released back into the wild late July early August 09. Went surfing August 28. Was getting out of the water after surf session felt a slight pop and 2 weeks later it was back. Had nerve block injection worked for 16 months. Symptoms came back. Tried injections again - unsuccessful. Revision at l4-5, October 25, 2011. Recovering well. Pray to God it keeps improving. Doctor is still NOT planning to limit my activities once I am "recovered fully". Again I don't get it.

    Best of luck to you. No more surgeries for sure!!!
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