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How in the world do you pull up your pants?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just cant imagine how i will be able to put on my pants after my adr in 8 days.If I cant bend or twist how will I get my feet in and reach to pull them up? Any ideas.....


  • I still can't put pants on standing up after 4 weeks. My husband helped me dress initially. Then I realized that if I sat down first, put my pants on half way and then stood up ... it worked!

    Good luck!

  • I bought one of those grabber things from walmart! It is amazing how many uses that you will find for them. Getting dressed was a big one. My hubby had to keep working while I was recoving from my L5-S1 fusion so I was home alone all the time. TRUST me I couldn't have done ANYTHING without the grabber!
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  • what's the old saying..."necessity id the mother of invention"...I think the sitting down in a straight back chair gig may work and use a long pair of tongs to grab them to pull them up half-way...I'm just really fortunate to have a wife who works from home
  • too at about week two how I was going to start getting my pants on. I sit at the edge of my bed because its high up enough for me that i am almost still standing then I put one leg in slide my foot through the bottom, then the other leg in till foots out the bottom, then grab a hold of them at mid thigh, and pull them up as I stand up. Now I can balance on one foot and do the same thing without bending. Ive learned how to do things in odd ways, like hooking my pants to my right foot and balancing straight up to grab them to put them in the laundry lol. Im a chimp! The real task for me was getting my shoes on, have mastered that now as well. You will start to figure it out in the days to come what works best for you.
  • Reachers, grabbers, hooks, sock aids all great things to help you get dressed after back surgery. Ask your doctor to have an Occupational Therapist come in and show you how to use these things. Some hospitals will even order them for you cant find them elsewhere.

    I am so glad I had my grabber for the first few months till m restrictions were lifted.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    Why bother, if it hurts putting them on, leave them off.
    Of course you must consider your surrounding envrionments
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Keep in mind I have been doing sweat pants for my entire recovery period.

    For the first few days, my wife helped out. After that, I was able to do the same thing as Susan. I was prepared to use my grabber, but didn't need it.

    In the bathroom, I never dropped my pants below the knees, so it was easy to grab them, pull up slightly, stand up, and then pull them up the rest of the way.
  • I have the grabbers and i just went to walmart and bought two pairs of elastic waist jeans ans two set of jamas with pants so those should help considering they are big and elastic waist.
  • at how different doctors are in their recovery instructions. Mine told me no REPETITIVE BLT. They said if you need to tie your shoes that's OK--just don't do it again and again. No brace. CRAZY. I'm starting to think I've done WAY TOO MUCH during this recovery. Is the concern that there will be breakage or non-fusion with BLT? Nerve irritation? I'm doing OK--not great--but I'm also off pain meds during the day--which caused increased pain.

  • with how different doctors have different ideas and orders...but I do know that I could not imagine even walking to the kitchen from the bedroom at my stage (1 week) without a brace...I'd be too paranoid
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