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discectomy 5/12/10. questions



  • I think only spineys really understand what mornings are like....it takes awhile to get out of bed and get going. I too, try to get up in the night, walk a bit and then go back to bed.

    We now have 3 dogs, so at least one usually has to go out. Not sure what I will do when it's time for me to go back to work and I really need to sleep through the night.

    When walking you might try several smaller walks vs big, long walks. That way, if you feel it becoming too much for you, you can rest.

    Hang in there, each day will get a bit better. We're thinking of you!
  • When can I take this bandage off? The tape itches like mad
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  • Don't you have to change the bandage daily or something?
    discectomy in June 2010 - success! No sciatic pain, just some remaining numbness in foot. And I get charlie horses a lot.
  • Often this info is written on your discharge instructions when leaving the hospital. If not, you could call your surgeons office in the morning.

    The itching could be from skin irritation from the tape or it could be from the meds.

    Hope you are feeling a bit better each day! Hang in there!

  • I think it all depends on the way you were closed - staples, stitches or superglue.
    You should have been given instructions if you needed to do anything. Otherwise, I think they will change it when you go to have the staples or stitches removed.

    Were you given any instructions about keeping it dry, or are you allowed to shower and get it wet?

    If you are having a lot of itching, maybe you should talk to your doctor. You might have an allergic reaction to the dressing. I had that and it is fairly common. Is there any redness visible around the dressing? I was given piriton (antihistimine) while I was in hospital because of the itching and reaction I was having. I would speak to your doctor to get it checked.

    Hope that it feels better very soon :-)
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  • I took dressing off. All I see are 3 steri strips. I covered it with a new bandage. All seems to be going very well so far.
  • You realize this is just one week after surgery?? You are doing so incredibly well!! Just like a man to be impatient...lol

    I had staples and will admit I cheated a bit. When I came home from the hospital I was a mess with dried blood everywhere that they had never cleaned up. So I headed right for the shower. My bandage was water-proof so it was fine. On day 3 my husband changed the bandage and by day 4 I was leaving it off since I was home. I don't recommend this for everyone since we all heal differently and have different closures and complications. But this worked for me. And damn that shower felt great!

    Salty when did you say you go for your recheck?
  • I go the 26th for follow up
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