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How in the world do you pull up your pants?



  • Like everyone says get you a grabber, they work wonders and for my socks I ordered a sock puller on the internet that was the greatest thing invented! I could not put my socks on and still cant, they also make things that assist you in the restroom so you dont have to twist.I have learned to use my feet for so many things and people just dont know how good they have have it that have a good back.God bless you and keep the faith.
  • I would think using your feet in the bathroom would take some pactice. :))(
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  • I would recommend house dresses for the ladies. It's comfortable and practical, especially during the first few weeks.
  • LMAO =)) But yah I hardly EVER wore any pants or sweats. IT was just the hubby and my 2 year old daughter around. BUT there were times that we had company so I had to get dressed. That is when the grabber came in handy.
  • I think it really depends on how flexible you are. I never had any problem putting socks and shoes on. From sitting in a straight chair,(or side of bed, or toilet seat) it was easy for me to bend my leg at the knee (akimbo) and then, keeping my posture upright and my back perfectly "straight," to reach my foot to put on socks and shoes.

    Also you can learn to do a lot of things, even things like getting laundry out from the dryer, by --- I hope I can explain this -- learning to bend, keeping your back in a continuous line (like a table top) and hinging at the hips, rather than bending at the waist like most people are used to doing. To take this a step further, stand on one leg (and hanging on to something stable with one hand), hinge from the hips and tip forward while letting the free leg come up behind you as far as is comfortable. (This would be kind of like an "arabesque" position in dance, if you're familiar with that.) Your standing leg works almost like a fulcrum, allowing you to reach further down to the floor without bending in inappropriate places. Oh, I should add, this works for lumbar fusions. I don't know about others higher up. Again, for someone who isn't very flexible, I assume this will not work comfortably!

    My doctor doesn't use braces after fusion, but his PA knew I was concerned about the lack of one. As I was being discharged from the hospital, she arrived with one of those wide, elastic braces that goes around the middle section and attaches with velcro. She told me I could wear it at first, to remind me not to bend or twist, until I got used to the concept. You could try something like that before your surgery, and try different ways of moving to see what works for you.
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  • Hi,
    Your going to get so many different opinions on this one.
    I had no issues putting pants on etc.
    Pretty much the first 2wks I lived in sweats, loose jammie pants or night shirts.
    Shoes I had slip on sneakers (no backs) by the 4th wk mark I was able to put my leg up over my other knee and put my other sneakers on fine.

    So yeah its going to depend on the person. Some people have a very hard time, some of us we don't give it a second thought.

    Now you said ADR. Are you have a cervical artifical disk replacement or a lumbar artifical disk replacement???
    2 totally different surgeries where its harder to do different things..
    Just asking as I had both a cervical and lumbar fusion.

    GOOD LUCK!! I wish you all the best.. Take one day at a time and don't expect to much to soon..
    Terri xoxo
  • Actually, I'm not from Seatle but it was a catchy topic. Everytime I come into this site and see the topic question "How in the world do you pull up your pants?" I begin to laugh. I envision a world of Spineys all sitting at their computers Pantless with their trusty Grabbers and elongated Shoe Horns right by their sides. Now where did I leave my Tongs, no not the ones for barbequing. Jees Lousie, don't mix those up.

    A Smiling Dick from Mass.
    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.
  • Thanks Dick, I needed that - Im sitting in bed laughing my butt off right now :))(
  • Hubby helps or I use my gripper. But I am really really good about not bending, lifting or twisting. I have grippers all over the house! lol

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