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Just looking for some help

AlbuterolAAlbuterol Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone,

I am new to these boards so hopefully I can get some helpful responses here..

The situation is as follows.. My girlfriend had a surgery about a year ago to fix her kyphoscholiosis. This surgery was something called a spinal fusion. She is now in constant discomfort mostly in the upper shoulder and neck areas. I feel terrible not being able to help her more.

She gets tri-weekly massages to try and relieve some of the discomfort.

What are some things that I could do to help her relieve some of the tension and discomfort??

Also would getting a temper-pudic bed be of any use.. The mattresses that she is sleeping on now are about a 3 to a 5 in quality and a temper-pudic from what little she got to try was about a 10?? What do you guys think on that?


  • HI,
    Welcome to spine health...feel bad for your girlfriend but you didn't give enough info... when was it done, where exactly was it, what type of dr performed the surgery, etc. New mattress was a good idea for me, but I'd be looking to find out what is going on medically and why this is happening.
    Good luck and keep us updated!
  • your nick got my attewntion, i use you!lol albuterol...not funny as i have severe copd now.I thank you for caring so much about your girlfriend!My hubby doesn't help me hardly at all.He thinks if I do one thing I should be able to do all.Enuff about me tho..thanks so much for all of us who don't have that special support system we all need.Please don't ever give up on her,she has enuff to deal with, with the pain.You r great!
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  • we bought the top end one and hated it .so we bought aveda sprung and memory foam combination mattress on an electrically adjustable base very good ..the flat tempur beds are very hard work to get off with a person with a bad back .i would recommend an adjustable bed if you are buying new
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I love our tempurpedic! Now when I ruptured myndisc, I was a little hesitant on it, but I find, it allows me to sleep on my back and side comfortably. I have had 2lumbar surgeries.

    What can you do to help?
    Offer to go to doctors appt with her. A second set of ears was always a huge help.
    Go for short walks with her. Walking is helpful.
    Be attentive to the silly tasks that require bending, twisting, lifting. My hubby helps bring laundry up and down stairs, vacuum, etc.
  • Like was said, you really haven't stated what your girlfriend went through - fusion wise.

    Myself, I have an adjustable TempurPedic, and it has given me a lot of my sleep back, and too knocked down my headaches.

    My suggestion though? Like buying a car, you guys need to go to a mattress/bed center and have her lie on various mattresses to see what is best for her. That is what I did.

    Sorry she is hurting, but happy to see you are in her corner!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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