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No bending/lifting/twisting question...

TatiyanaTTatiyana Posts: 194
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
okay so the lifting part is a no brainer #o , but as I was pretty mindful of my movements yesterday, I think I am twisting & bending more than I can catch myself & NOT do it!

So is this restriction meant for more extreme movement or should I be more careful with ANY slight movement??? :/

example; I was sitting on the edge of my bed & twisted to move my pillow (w/o thinking) is this a No-No in your opinions?? I just don't know how literal to take it..I may be doing too much without realizing.

What do you guys think? :?

(BTW, I am 3 weeks out/ ALIF)


  • I would take it literally and not twist to move a pillow. It IS so hard!! But one little movement and that's all it takes (trust me, I'd 3 surgeries, 2 fusions.)

    Biggest - don't do a thing with the dishwasher. At all. Or the washer and dryer. Those 2 just require some bending and twisting.

    Imagine you have a stiff body cast on and what would it allow you to do? That would be your parameters, but you can walk walk walk. That is excellent.

    But I know what you mean. As you feel better and better, it will be harder and harder to remember to be careful. Then if you accidentally do something and hurt yourself, you will freak out until the doc tells you if you are fine. It can just drive you crazy!!

    Hang in there,

  • I asked this when I had my staples removed at 2 weeks post-op. I was told that you absolutely have to avoid the extreme movements. You are supposed to try to avoid lesser movements too, though doctors understand that it is next to impossible for patients to completely avoid them.

    Do the best you can to avoid those movements. It's better to avoid them if at all possible. If you have a brace, it may help to wear it more often. That will definitely restrict your movements.

    As a side note, even with my hard brace, I had a little room for movement - we're talking fractions of an inch.
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  • I would call your dr on this one.
    They all have their own opinions on this BLT restrictions.

    At my 4wk last yr for the 1st surgery I was bending down to the floor. Like a ballet squat with my knees.
    So I really was not bending it was squating. He said it was fine just do not do it alot.
    Twisting to my dr was not going all the way around (EX: like shaving the back of your legs if in the shower)
    If your fused its pretty tuff to screw up that fusion. I mean the hardware makes it pretty solid.
    I am only saying this because at not even 3months post up I fell in our driveway. Not your normal fall. Wish I had a video camera because I certainly do not know how I pulled it off :jawdrop: My right foot slid from under me I went UP in the AIR I thought very very fast what to do. So I landed on my right side full body weight then rolled over onto my stomach. All I screwed up was my wrist and my hip was sore. No damage done to my back at all.

    Actually from last years site there were a few falls. Also a few bending all the way over to pick something up without thinking.
    In my own personal opinion I'v always twisted a bit to get a pillow etc. As your right WE FORGET. #o I found the more cautious I was the stiffer I got.
    But yes the grabber I kept with me at all times. I even went through 2 of them!
    So if you remember slide your self off the couch or bed. Get up then turn your whole body to fix the pillows.
    I'v always found myself even laying in a flat postiion reaching my arm behind me and yanking on the pillow without thinking. Then said ouch! But it was more muscular pain then anything else.

    I apologize for this being so long I just wanted to let you know all the things I went through without any issues.

    So please call your Drs office Monday and the nurse will explain everything to you and what is ok (twisting) and what is not..

    As like I said we all are going to have different experiences , opinions and so are the Drs...

    Good luck with your recovery!! O:)
  • Glad everyone defined what BLT mean to them. I can do all the BLT's even when I'm wearing my brace apparently. I've tried to do the squat bend (like to plug something in the wall) but it doesn't feel right. Think I will give my back a rest today and see if my foot symptoms are being aggravated because I'm BLTing and not noticing. Just between us..."I HATE THAT FREAKING BRACE"! I feel like I'm wearing a flight jacket or gun Armour. And it pushes the "girls" up into my chin! ;))
  • I do remember my OS saying that it would take a high energy impact to mess anything up, I had asked him because I was worried after vomiting several times post op, that I could have done something.
    He said I could not hurt anything by positioning myself in bed or anything like that. (But then why the BLT restriction??)
    Anyway, I guess I get concerned when I hear some people didn't fuse and wondered if that was because of movement or situations beyond our control.
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  • I didn't have a brace but could have used it I guess. I accidentally bent over two weeks out. I just didn't think about it. My dog dropped something and I just bent over and picked it up. Thank God it didn't hurt me. I freaked out a little but it was over and I couldn't undo it. I really have to be mindful of my recovery even though I feel fine most of the time. I am careful doing laundry and bend with my large quads, they finally have a good use lol. I am lucky I have long arms, I can reach so much without my grabber and my feet are getting so good at picking things up.
  • Hey Barbwire, I know the feeling with those freakin braces. My brace pushed my boys down somewhere around my knees. Try bending, lifting and twisting when that happens.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Dick....you crack me up!! Now that's funny! =))
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