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7.5 Months Post Op Report - a success story

saltzworksssaltzworks Posts: 1,032
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone!

I just had my NS apt. yesterday and I officially got a 'You're doing better than most in your recovery' comment from the dr.

I am back to the weight I was 2 years ago when I first went to the NS (which is still 15 lbs over what I was before the accident - but I've lost the 20 lbs I put on while I was off work)

I've not needed any prescriptions and am only taking Tylenol.

Apparently I have Peek cages - which is allowing some flexibility in the spine - this is really good for trying to keep my L3 from going out in the near future.

The only thing that is really a pain right now (other than the atrophy that I exercise for) is that he said I'm going to probably need to have my hardware removed.

THAT was a shocker.

I really want to KEEP my hardware. It makes me feel safe.

It is causing a catch in my back though. He pushed on the spot I'm having trouble with and said he thinks it's a screw head that is catching on the muscle. It gives me a pretty major backache everyday - I'll just have to see where I am at in July when I go back.

He prescribed a Tens unit, told me to move to just home stretching instead of a PT and forgot to change my restrictions (I'll call on that on Monday).

And that's my success so far story :)


  • I will be having 2 level fushion on April 9 and need a little encouragement from someone who has been there. Appreciate the positive message
  • Are you having S1-L4 done? That was my 2 level - a very common one.

    One comment from my dr. - 'a positive attitude makes a bigger difference than you would normally think'

    It made me feel like my 'forced positive no matter what' look at life was a very very good thing.

    Best of luck on the 9th - I remember the pre-op days, my blood pressure (stress levels) was out of control!

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  • That is what I am having. My surgeon has already commented on my positive attitude and how it will make things easier. My stress is more work related because they don't appear to understand that I am not doing this for laughs. Kind of sad isn't it?
  • I really appreciate reading success stories while in recovery. Being flat on my back most of the time can make me stir crazy, since I am always usually on my feet.

    I am happy to hear that you are doing so well. Best wishes!
  • Oh- you reminded me of what my co-workers are saying now!

    I get SO many comments now on how much better I move! It was a surprise to me to hear it - I am one of those people who try to hide their pain and hate it when people ask me how I am doing (who wants to hear it - I mean seriously??! They don't mean it, it's just a reflex question - ah, but I digress)anyway... in some ways it's sad to know that I was not hiding things well before, but VERY good to know that I am noticibly better now :)
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