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January 28th, 2010
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Hi Pete,
Hey there, we have been trying to get the medical records from the hospital to see if they dropped him as it didn;t make sense when he came home from surgery and his left hip was hurting like crazy, worse than the graft from the right hip, there were no exterior scars, everything was done under the skin. Once you have surgery thats it with the surgeons and we are both broke to boot. that may make sense as my friend that does acupuncture and laser therapy, did laser on him and he felt allot better, but again its 70.00 a visit and we can't afford that, and i will not take advantage of my girlfriends kindness, we have no physio left for him. I am wondering my self what this year will bring thinking Crying or Very sad , i am so scared, we have 2 months of finances left and then we will be living in our truck. thanks pete big hug wave luvcomp sadhug to you buddy warmest regard wanda
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replied January 28th, 2010
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hi ww

i think i know why your husband has pain on the unoperated hip. in order to harvest the hip bone the surgeon will have the hip facing up. you husband is heavy plus the surgeon is pressing down adding more pressure over a considerable length of time. all that pressure will eventually cause pain.
it happened to me when my neck was operated on. it was a long surgery of 11 hours laying on my stomach. after the surgery my chest was in a lot of pain and it lasted forever even though thats not where they were operating!
as for physio being used up...do you remember what the therapist was doing to him. you could continue those moves at home. i just did 2 months of therapy and there were about 15 different exercises. i continue to do them at home.
this may not be to your husbands liking but i get some pain relief in the morning when i shave without shaving cream. for some reason the discomfort distracts me from my pain and i feel better for awhile.i think its like acupuncture.
hope you dont have to hit the truck. in a little over a month we will be looking at march and spring will be near. things will brighten up for you guys...i just know it...take care....pete
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replied January 29th, 2010
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Hi Pete,
I just went and told my hubby what you said sunny , and its make sense Idea Rolling Eyes as he came out with scratches glance all on the right side of body from his head to his knees. the bruises never came up until i got him 3 days post op. I new glance something was up as the surgery was supposed to be 2 hours and he was in there 7 hours and i know they were finishes with him 4 hours into it, because i went to the cafeteria and noticed the doctor surgeon eating lunch hb ! I didn;t say innocent covermouth a word out of respect thinking , but i was tempted to lol. I told him so later, he thanked me for respecting his meal, i said "I know better than to come between and man and his food eat "!lol. He has been exercising and the fusion is healing well sunny lifepreserver rainbow , no sciatica pain boogie cartwheel . We r frustrated as when the economy tanked Shocked Mad , every builder in this province stopped developing protest Evil or Very Mad thumbsdwn and literally laid off thousands of trades protest megafon , and we all are at the end if EI now, i am too ill to work, so we are frustrated and he is bummed and down Mad . I know things will pick up, we will have to seriously down size, sell all excess as with one income and high medicine costs about 1400.00 Mad lifepreserver for me alone and thats with insurance a month. I try and get alot covered thru programs with the university of Calgary, that have teaching programs 2thumbs angel that help seniors and others, they are a god send angel . I laughed when you said you shave without shave cream lol giggle , i use light massage and just genitally Rolling Eyes touch his whole back, lifepreserver and that takes your mind off the pain 2thumbs innocent ! But when its bad Mad , i rub his back and the pressure points help 2thumbs sleep ..I am going to see if my gf angel nurse will help with some treatments, i sure we can work a trade Idea , using our skills, i am a chef and my hubbys can build anything. For him being laid off Shocked Mad at 51 was so hard, so many youngsters to compete with ahhhhhh life sunny .. i hope you feel well and thanks for the support luvcomp tt u soon ww
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replied January 29th, 2010
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hi wanda
well ww i almost bought the farm 2 weeks ago...
i had minor procedure to remove polyp in stomach. 3 days later the site bleed and i got bp of 80/40. a 911 call got me to hosp and they gave me 3 pints blood. everythings ok now.
but ohhhh those hospital beds!. im used to sleeping on floor on nice rug. plenty of room to roll around. i asked nurse if i could sleep on floor and she gave me the strangest look...ha ha.
after 5 days i thought id die. i was still in a mess all week till yesterday. went to aqua therapy and now the pain is far less. i'm ready to do a few things now yippppppiiiiii.
i hope things a bit better for you guys.
cant believe your insurance pemium so high in canada. you canadians have gvt health so why insurance so high?
is there any chance of relocating to find some work?
well its a busy day of doc appointments. the best thing about them is you have to get your butt up and about. for that reason alone they are a great help. have a better day and keep the faith ww....pete
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replied January 29th, 2010
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Hi Pete,
My husband just read my e-mail and died laughing Rolling Eyes giggle Shocked , i meant to say gentally not the other word(NO I do not rub my flower Laughing giggle glance on his back, dang spell check!) lol!!!!
yeah i agree the insurance here is sick, we pay about 140.00 a month for services, and then each prescription is to a maximum cost of 25.oo each. We have another plan for dental, but its just cleaning to a max of 600.00 a year and they give you an extra 250.00 a year on drugs that are not covered by the first plan, and 1 appointment with a physio and 1 appointment for psychiatric care, that doesn't include eye exams. So yeah we do have insurance, and our hospital stays are free, no cost, it just takes YEARS to see a gi (18months) for a colonoscopy which is stupid. We try and be proactive with our health, but the system is poorly run. The last 2 jobs we relocated for work, but with my lungs, and pancrease so bad, i need to be in calgary for care. My hubby drove to work everyday 1 hour each way and then was laid off no notice, when the economy crashed. It was because of the driving the mountain roads daily, basically caused my mans back to go out, so surgery is required. I too only get out for drs appointments, they keep me sane lol.
thanks buddy feel well my friend Wanda
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replied January 30th, 2010
L5-S1 Spinal Fusion Recovery Time
I had L5=S1 spinal fusion with rods pins screws, and anchors. Donor and synthetic and my bone. Quite an extensive proceedure. It was done sept. 19th 2009. Now it is Jan 30 2010 and I am not even close to going back to work. I want to and am going crazy here. I was told I would be looking at one to one and a half years off work. MS Contin sixty mg three times daily is the meds. Soma for muscles and am going to start Lyrica 150 morning and night. Hopefully I can get off the MS CONTIN I dont like taking it at all. This is a hard and complicated surgical proceedure. I was told absolutely no Bending, Twisting, Lifting, Leaning at all for the first 12 to 16 weeks. After those initial weeks it is time to start Physical Therapy.. This will aid in minimizing scar tissue, build muscle, and enlarge the range of motion. This in itself will aleave the majority of the pain. Bare with it. It is a long long long healing process. But do exactly what you are told to do or it will be your demise. Tell them exactly what your symptoms are. They will know if your not being honest. So be honest. They want your surgery to be a success almost as much as you want it to.
Good Luck,

WES
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replied January 30th, 2010
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Hi Wes,
thanks for the comments, we were told no soma and we can;t get it here in Canada any more. My hubby had his done Aug 10/09 and is lifting weight now, walks allot and stretches. Its just the fact that there in no work in his field, which is distressing and i am very ill and can never work, he has had 6 weeks of physical therapy and knows his therapist for 15 years, so he knows him well and he was so impressed, my hubby is so grateful to have no pain from the fusion! It has been a total success now if we can find work, i may go public to the news papers and ask someone to consider him, he super talented won 4 building awards in the last 5 years, but he is 52 now and people want to hire younger people, which is their choice..any how thanks for the comments, drink lots of water, key to the fusion healing well and get x rays to see how you r doing.. god bless ww
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replied February 22nd, 2010
Double spinal fusion
I am a 61yr old female, 5mths post-op double spinal fusion, L 2,3 and 4, plus laminectomy (Sept 4th 2009). The first 10 days were hard, no doubt, then I had a change in pain management consultant and things started to improve during 10dys rehab. I was on oxycontin slow release 10mgs x 3 to begin with. At the moment, 5 mths later, I am on oxycontin slow release 10mgs in the morning and 5mgs slow release in the evening and am reducing it slowly. I am also on nortriptyline 50mgs at night,for nerve pain and 150mgs Lyrica,morning and night for meralgia paresthetica in my right thigh post-op, which is improving. I also take prednisone, Arava and Mobic for pain from psoriatic arthritis. The last thing I take is paracetamol(acetiminophen) 1 gm four times a day. This regimen has controlled my pain very well and allowed me to walk 5kms/day before Christmas and return to part-time work in January 2010. Of course, when I overdid things, housework-wise, I could hardly wait for 6pm to come around for more pain relief. This has eased dramatically. When I think that I could not walk more than 300 metres before the op. I am very grateful. For me,the most pain definitely came from the donor site in my left hip, but that has finally healed now. My surgeon reports that the donor site often causes much more pain than the actual spinal surgery. My advice to anyone undergoing this type of surgery, ask around and make sure that you have access to an up-to-date pain management consultant. They know so much more than your local doctor about how to prevent chronic pain from setting in after this surgery and are not paranoid about �¿ou becoming addicted to opiates. I am just so pleased to be able to walk regularly with my husband again. Good luck to all and best wishes for rapid recoveries.
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replied February 23rd, 2010
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Hi think positively,
Your so right, my hubby still has a good ache at the donor site, but the fusion has healed well and he is active and ready for work!! Thanks for the information, it helps all that read these posts. god bless Wanda
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replied March 23rd, 2010
Hi i just had 2 level lumbar fusion done l5/s1 l4/l5 i had a herniated disc 11 years ago at the l5/s1 level and had surgery i had no problems at all till Nov 2009 when i herniated the l4/l5 disc at work. After 3 months of BS workers comp said that nothing needed to be done (according to their IME)DR. Thomas O'Brien out of Tennessee,what a joke this guy was 10 min in his office was it, if ya ever run into him run after ya tell him thanks for screwing me. My neurosurgeon Dr. Sheekar Dagum is a A Mayo Clinic and George Washington medical school trained from Milwaukee looked at me for 90 min on my first visit in Dec 09' and it was decided by him that a fusion was necessary because i had some damage to l5/s1 still and now the new injury at l4/l5. My new herniation was left sided but i had bad right leg pain and moderate left leg pain which didn't make sense, so he figured that i either had a tear in the disc at l4/l5 or then new injury had tightened things up and was now putting a strain on the nerves at the other level. So since work comp cut me off i went on disability at work and i had the surgery 5 days ago March 18th 2010. I was in the hospital for 3 days and have been home now for almost 2 i don't have the leg weakness anymore but the numbness comes and goes on the right side still i think that will go away after i can start exercising more in a few weeks. I am currently taking Vicodin 5mg 2 every 6 hours but my pain is back in 4 think i might get this changed to higher dose or something else because it takes 45min at least for new dose to kick in. At first i was miserable in hospital and wished i hadn't done it but now i am glad i did, i do heavy work but i think i will be fine and i am committed to going back within 12 weeks. Finally i would like to add that Dr. Dagum is a wonderful doctor as far as everything goes and St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee was wonderful even though i hate hospitals the nurses there were remarkable and caring excellent healthcare choice.
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replied March 23rd, 2010
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hi susans man
well that sounds really good. you were smart to get new surgeon involved. wc just wants to save money. they could care less about you. did you get a lawyer.
numbness always happens after surgery but at least in my case it eased over time.
follow your good drs orders and it sounds like you will soon have a life again....pete
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replied March 23rd, 2010
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Welcome susansman,
My hubby also does heavy labour and there comes a time when u must look at what you do. I hope that with your experience you will be able to work in supervisor position. We all must look to the future endeavors and talents. As we are all wearing out. My hubby is back to work and sore, he had his first foot rub in 52 years 3 days ago, and i said see what you missed, because your ticklish, he was so happy. and glad to be back at work. Stay positive and i am sure the numbness will go away. Be care full not to do too much while on pain killers. take care wanda
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replied March 23rd, 2010
thanks Pete, yes i have an attorney same one i had 10 years ago, they are actually still responsible also because it's 12 year statue of limitation from date of last compensation
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replied March 23rd, 2010
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so i guess you get a 12 year warrantee on this last surgery....pete

wanda....glad hes back on feet....dont rub him the wrong way!!!!!.....pete
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replied March 23rd, 2010
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Pete, lol!!!wanda boogie shimmy covermouth
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replied March 25th, 2010
I'm undergoing x rays at the moment for a worsending back condition, so my Doctor must be considering fusion surgery. It's a prospect that fills me with dread.

Whilst I can't imagine the pain and frustration that you are going through in your recovery understand that it does take time.

I've had other forms of major surgery and I beleive that positive thinking is the most important thing on the road to recovery.

I've been in pain myself before and know that it can be a very depressing thing, and the depression makes the pain worst. It's a vicious circle. I've also found that to really try to beleive that I will recover, and to take steps to keep a postivie mental attitude actually helps in the recovery process.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't do all the practicle things neccessary, but positive thinking goes a long way.

I do meditation for instance, and this has helped me in the past. I know this is easy to say, and hard to do but try to keep believing in your recovery, it will happen.

This is also a great forum with some wonderul support. That's priceless.

Janice
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replied March 25th, 2010
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Welcome Janice!
Yes we have a wonderful forum here. I agree 100% in positive thinking, going to that dark place in our minds doesn't help anyone. I can;t stress enough for you to get a spinal surgeon, someone young and up on techniques. As for the fusion my hubby says the worst part was the harvesting of the hips, they are still sore to this day, but getting better. The fusion it self healed quickly with the Ade of laser therapy, really helped him.. if you need a friend i am here for ya girl all the best wanda
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replied March 29th, 2010
Well it's been 11 days now post op. My back is doing pretty good actually, but i get these weird headaches when i move a certain way? I think maybe cause swelling is putting pressure on some nerves. i've been moving pretty good but i don't think it's going to improve until they let me start stretching and bending in a few weeks.
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replied March 29th, 2010
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hi susansman

well better to have headache rather than backpain. youre right the pain should subside,

try some ice on your hasd and neck.....pete
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replied March 29th, 2010
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susansman,
just be paitient and do what they tell you to do, make sure to move a walk a bit everyday. good luck ww
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