Getting my disc fused tomorrow 2 MONTH REPORT

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9/19/2017 12:31 PM

So my discograph came back positive last month. It only took thirty days to get my spinal disc fusion scheduled. Not bad. Going in for my L5-S1 tomorrow am.

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit nervous for this one. Thanks for everyone's feedback on the procedure the past few weeks.

If anything bad happens , I bequeath my pale blue Scott USA wraparound goggle T-shirt from 1974 to vital MX !

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9/19/2017 12:42 PM

Good luck dude, hopefully this is the start of a lot of pain going away!

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9/19/2017 2:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/19/2017 2:14 PM

We just now got back from the Dr. for my wife getting a new MRI ordered for the exact same thing, L5/S1. (she already has C5/C6 fused)

Best of luck and keep us posted on your recovery. It will work out just fine, Doctors these days know what they are doing.

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"We don't rent pigs."

9/19/2017 3:37 PM

Prayers for a steady handed doctor rpoint !
Make sure the nurse has 44 tripple D's ... they feel real nice rubbin against a back ... wink

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9/19/2017 4:46 PM

Hope all goes well and you get relief. Heal up my friend!

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9/19/2017 7:24 PM

Much appreciated guys.

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9/19/2017 7:28 PM

Good luck.

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My wife calls you guys the Yahoos.

9/19/2017 7:30 PM

Good luck! Just use that morpheme drip every chance you get! You will be up walking around the next day. It's going to be brutal for a few weeks but remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will get your life back again. Chronic back pain is a nightmare. Wishing you the best!

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9/19/2017 7:58 PM

Hey thx TXDirt

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9/20/2017 5:45 PM

Well by this point I assume you are done with surgery and recovering now. They will have you up walking tomorrow, no later then Friday.

Hang in there!

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9/20/2017 6:06 PM

Yeah, hope all went well.

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much ty. How to spot a paid forum poster/artificial forum traffic producer (see list of actions/phrases below):

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Thoughts?
Any help is appreciated!
Thanks in advance!





9/20/2017 7:38 PM

Hoping for the best outcome! Listen to your Docs and be judicious with the meds. All my best for your recovery.

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9/20/2017 10:19 PM

116 how you doin?

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9/21/2017 1:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/21/2017 3:04 AM

So far so good. Dr. said it went well. I was up walking around 4 hours post op. 14 hours later I'm doing laps inside the hospital. No pain or numbness in my legs. I'm having problems with pain controll It's freaking off the charts ( not my original pain)). The issue is I was on a very high regiment pre- op. I knew it would be an issue. I'll just suck it up. I feel good about everything. He went in thru the back only, not the front and back which was key.

Sincere appreciation to everyone for your support. Very reassuring It means a lot.

I'll post again and in 2-3 weeks with an update. I know this will probably be a common ordeal for most of mx people. I grew up racing two classes in the 70s and early 80s. I'm 6"4" 190. I know I beat the shit out of my back as most of you have I'm sure

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9/21/2017 4:41 AM

Great news. Did they use a PEEK cage and some plating? Thats great they were able to go thru the back only !

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"We don't rent pigs."

9/21/2017 9:05 AM

Sorry about the temp pain. I can handle pain better than not takin a crap so I ween myself off the meds as quickly as possible. 6 days of no poopie taught me a lesson. angry blink blink

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9/23/2017 5:37 AM

JAFO92 wrote:

Great news. Did they use a PEEK cage and some plating? Thats great they were able to go thru the back only !

Not sure what kind of cage they used. The OR look like a stainless steel space station, pretty trick.

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10/8/2017 9:27 AM

So I'm 2 weeks 3 days post op back fusion. I think it went well. 60% of my pre surgical back pain is gone. 50% of my post surgical back pain is gone. I have my good days and bad days. I'm trying to walk just over a mile a day. The weather is getting nice so that works. The deal now is to find a good balance between minor walking and doing things, and resting. I can't risk doing too much and getting worn out and going backwards. (BTW they went in through the back only. )

I do have some minor leg pain which I did not have prior to surgery which is a concern but it comes and goes so I'll have to deal with it. I should know more in six weeks.

Thanks for everybody reaching out to Karen and thanks for everybody's support. Much appreciated.

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10/8/2017 10:47 AM

Great news ! That residual phantom pain can happen, my wife had that for the entire year while she recovered, and for the most part its gone. They told us it depends on how impinged the nerves were and how long they were like that. Hope it all goes away from you soon !!

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"We don't rent pigs."

10/8/2017 11:45 AM

Keep hammering , focus on the good times to be had in the future.

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11/8/2017 5:21 PM

I am six weeks post-op. 95% of my pre-surgical pain is gone. Most of my surgical pain is gone also. Sitting is still hit or miss now, but getting better. Everything else is doing good. I am still limited with activity (no bending or twisting). I’m doing a lot of walking. I see the surgeon next week for a follow up. He will probably start my Physical Therapy. Overall VERY happy with everything.

My post-op my pain meds were 45 mg Oxy every 4 hrs, and I need every bit of it. I’ve started my pain medication exit plan two weeks ago. I’m down to 15 mg every four hours now. Very very pleased about that. I’m not lying, that had me worried.

Thanks again for everybody’s support.

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11/9/2017 10:49 AM

Thanks for reporting. Did they plate the fusion site? Can you find out what device they used for you specifically? Did they give you Xrays of your post-surgery final product?

The wife did another MRI and flexed X-rays and its looking she indeed has the L5/S1 thing. (she has been having injections for over a year ruling out periformis, SI joint, etc.)

Glad you are getting passed the drugs and moving forward.

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"We don't rent pigs."

11/9/2017 3:25 PM

JAFO92 wrote:

Thanks for reporting. Did they plate the fusion site? Can you find out what device they used for you specifically? Did they give you Xrays of your post-surgery final product?

The wife did another MRI and flexed X-rays and its looking she indeed has the L5/S1 thing. (she has been having injections for over a year ruling out periformis, SI joint, etc.)

Glad you are getting passed the drugs and moving forward.

I’ll find out next week.

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11/9/2017 5:21 PM

Good news.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

11/10/2017 9:17 AM

I'm on the mend myself right now. Had c5-c6 fused on the 3rd. Feeling pretty good right now not even taking pain meds.

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11/11/2017 6:29 AM

116 did the leg pain subside? I thought it would come and go with inflammation. Is that what you've sorted out?

Great to hear you as well as 29 are well on the mend.

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11/11/2017 9:32 AM

Im 11 days post op c5-6/6-7 fusion.
Zero pain and no meds.
Neck collar for a few more weeks and PT in 2
Having lumbar opp in the spring. I already had an l5s1 fusion in 2014Photo

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11/12/2017 11:21 AM

ohiomotoxer wrote:

Im 11 days post op c5-6/6-7 fusion.
Zero pain and no meds.
Neck collar for a few more weeks and PT in 2
Having lumbar opp in the spring. I already had an l5s1 fusion in 2014Photo

Yikes ... Ohio ... prayingfor you brother. That's a lot to go through. Man I'd be in a competitive bingo team bout now.

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11/12/2017 3:51 PM

ohiomotoxer wrote:

Im 11 days post op c5-6/6-7 fusion.
Zero pain and no meds.
Neck collar for a few more weeks and PT in 2
Having lumbar opp in the spring. I already had an l5s1 fusion in 2014Photo

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"We don't rent pigs."

11/22/2017 8:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/22/2017 10:00 AM

I’m 2 months post op now. 100% of my walking pain and standing pain is gone & I say 50% of sitting pain is still hit or miss. I’ve gone from 45 MG of oxycodone down to five now. I’m still kind of loopy at times from my anti-withdrall medication.

I started PT yesterday. Which is not sore at all but they kept me pretty light. I am fairly active during a day now Doing light exercise as much as possible , I definitely do not want to step backwards though so I need to be smart about it.

I still have some days I get up stiff and sore and it takes me a while to get loosened up. I use a cane sometimes for balance if I’m out walking around. I don’t want any jackass bumping into me. I don’t understand it, I’m 6 foot 4” and it seems that walking through malls or shops or anywhere It is tight or congested, people want to bump into you.

A couple of the questions that were asked to me:

They went into my back only. No plates on my spine. They used rods, screws, and a cage all titanium. From 2 to 5 weeks I had intermittent pain in my legs. Really weird stuff different parts of the legs and pain levels just weird. But they are gone now.

I’ll keep everybody updated, any further questions let me know. Thanks again for all the support.Photo

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