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What should I be doing 10 days post - op



  • You are used to running things and doing for everyone else. NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Really, everyone here cannot stress enough that it is not only important to rest your body, but you need to relax your mind, too. It probably does little good to lie down if your mind is running overtime thinking of all you SHOULD be doing.

    Throw out all that thinking and just think about the moment and how your body has been through a HUGE shock (you wouldn't believe how much pounding the doc has to do). You need to focus all your positive energy to getting better.

    I hope you are feeling a little better by today. Talk to your doc about that brace. It is more important to be able to walk a little than to wear the brace and be unable to move because the brace is hurting. Many docs do not brace any more, having learned to trust the new instrumentation. I have one of each and have quizzed both of them on all the pros and cons of bracing....anyway, talk to your doc when you go in.

    Gotta run -- am off to accupuncture.

    Hang in there, my friend.

    xx Gwennie

    P.S. It will be your sister's "turn" one of these days and you will be able to repay her efforts on your behalf!!

  • I want to Thank you for the words of wisdom. I know rest is the best, and yes that's the hardest thing to do. But I am working on it.

    Thanks again,
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  • Well, dr. appt. went fairly well. Drew some blood to check for infection...... Pretty much answered all of our questions. Said she should be walking around house as much as she is comfortable with. Walking helps the healing. Raised her meds up! Now she's taking Percocet 7.5/325 x2 and Robaxin 750 x1 four times a day. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be helping ease her pain at all! Now she is having severe muscle spasms deep in her lower back. Because of these, she hasn't slept more than 2hrs at a time since Mon. and probably a total of 8 in all. Dr. said spasms are common and will ease up. Walking is helping to ease them but, she is basically a walking zombie due to lack of sleep. She just can't get comfortable and is terrified to try and lie down for fear of spasms.
    On the positive side, she has no problem pointing out things that need to be staightened up and she can get her own coffee. These, to me, are significant signs of improvement and I'm very proud of her! =D> She said she would be feeling pretty good if we could get these spasms under control and she could get some uninterupted sleep.
    My thoughts and best wishes for a speedy and full recovery for everyone!
  • You had a multi-level fusion done, so I am sure that was much more invasive than my surgery (which was consider a minimally invasive 1 level fusion). How big was your incision(s)? Was it open surgery? My first doctor wanted to do an 8 inch incision open fusion surgery in my stomach and I am SURE I would be still really hurting if that was the case!

    I feel lucky that my doctor doesn't brace - so I haven't had that to deal with although I wore the thing for 2 months prior to my surgery because my L1 vertebrae broke during a fall.

    I just started really working on walking to encourage healing. I am only able to do .5 mile a day so far but hope to be at 1 mile in 1-2 weeks.

    So, to answer your question - there is no place you should be, you should just do what you can handle right now - if your body still needs to rest, then follow what it needs! Keep us updated on your progress.

  • I am going to go see the Dr. tomorrow, I am looking forward to this. (I have 3 incisions about 3-4" long) I am hoping my staples come out tomorrow. I got a bone stimulator today. yip-eeee I don't like my brace it pushes into my staples.

    I have been walking around the house, I will be glad to get outside tomorrow. I am kinda gun shy about it, I guess I am afraid about going back down the stairs or falling.

    It sounds like you are doing pretty good after your surgery. I like to hear this from others, this keeps me going. I really like all the people that post and give you tips on how to deal with different things.

    Well I will let you all know how the Dr's visit goes tomorrow. And I am looking forward to getting back outside.

    Until then, Take it easy,
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