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bath vs shower

I had l4l5 fusion PLIF on Aug 21st. So far I have been showering but I am a bath person. I forgot to ask my surgeon when I could return to having a bath. I am wondering what others have found out in this regard?
LindaMac
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  • Have the bending, lifting , twisting restrictions been lifted? If so, having a hot bath may not be a bad idea but I would talk to your surgeon first........and when you do have that bath, having someone available to help you get back up to standing is a good idea... I remember my first bath and getting up was much harder than I anticipated.
  • My surgeon said I could have a bath once my wound was healed. I held off for the first 6 weeks postoperative. I found getting in & out of the bath a little tricky. To get out I had to roll over onto my side pull my knees up & do a weird manoeuvre kind of like the log roll to get out without bending or twisting. I also found it difficult to get comfy while in the bath. Now at 12 weeks postoperative it's much easier (restrictions have been modified) & a soak with some essential oils is helping me sleep.

    Veronica
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
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  • LindaMacLLindaMac Posts: 49
    edited 11/02/2014 - 7:02 PM
    Thanks for the feedback. My restrictions have been lifted and I have been used to strange manoeuvring to get up as I had both knees replaced 18 years ago. I put my neck out over three weeks ago now and think a good soak might help. I've also noticed my skin is very dry and flaky and want to be able to scrub in a way I can't in a shower. I plan to ask my GP to check my thyroid to see if that might explain it. I had half removed some years ago and wonder if the stress of surgery might have compromised its functioning.
    LindaMac
  • LindaMac said:
    Thanks for the feedback. My restrictions have been lifted and I have been used to strange manoeuvring to get up as I had both knees replaced 18 years ago. I put my neck out over three weeks ago now and think a good soak might help. I've also noticed my skin is very dry and flaky and want to be able to scrub in a way I can't in a shower. I plan to ask my GP to check my thyroid to see if that might explain it. I had half removed some years ago and wonder if the stress of surgery might have compromised its functioning.
    You mentioned that you wonder if the stress of surgery could have affected how your thyroid is functioning....I have been wondering if that is possible too. I am never EVER cold normally....yet now I am cold almost all the time and I also have the very dry flaky skin. I've long thought I was at least borderline hypothyroid anyway because I have had nearly every symptom...except being cold. Now I have that too!
    Christina
    Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
    L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
    L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
    Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014
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