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Graduating slowly

Jul 11, 2019 10:43 AM

Saw my Ortho surgeon for my hip yesterday and he's ordered more therapy. But now we get to slowly transition to a few steps here and there with my walking cane (it's attached to my walker with a clamp so I can have both available). Therapy is going good and getting tougher...no pain, no gain😲
I'm planning to be on my cane fully in 2 weeks, at least I hope so. Doc won't let me drive until I no longer need the walker. I'm so ready because I'm getting stir crazy being stuck at home. Besides that, our house is nearly 50 yo, and back then a 23" wide opening was normal. The only way I could get my walker through the doorway was to remove the door. And I'd really like to have the door back on my bathroom! πŸ˜† Hugs love & prayers everyone has a good weekend! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jul 11, 2019 2:36 PM

That's great you might be able to get rid of the Walker and use a cane. I hope the therapy helps a lot!

Jul 11, 2019 6:32 PM

So proud of you great job!

Jul 12, 2019 8:43 AM

Thanks! I think I did too much yesterday because I woke up at 5 am with sciatica all the way down my left leg. When I got up at 6:30am my leg felt sort of semi-numb. My hubby said, "No cane walking until I get home from work!". I love that man!πŸ’ž.

Jul 12, 2019 9:04 PM

He sounds like a wonderful supportive husband. I too am very proud of you. You’ve come a long way and should be proud of how much you have accomplished. Your right older houses don’t usually have wide door frames. I too have to enter sideways. Lol. My hubby God love him was discharged from the hospital today. He had a colon resection done because of a cancerous polyp they found during a routine colonoscopy. By Tuesday we will know the outcome of his pathology report. Hopefully he is cancer free if not they will do a generalized chemotherapy treatment on him. Please pray for a good outcome. You have accomplished much FlappysLady. Way to go girl!!

Jul 15, 2019 12:07 PM

Thanks for the positivity Painwarrior! I'm glad your hubby is home now, and I'll be praying for good results on the path report! Being at home will help him feel somewhat better. My uncle is undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer and they had to do some type of procedure to protect his colon. He was too old for the surgery like my hubby had for his prostate cancer. BTW, his 6 mo follow up labs were great the doc said! PTLπŸ™. I'll be keeping you & your hubby in my prayers, with hugs & love! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jul 18, 2019 11:08 PM

Thanks FlappysLady. Your prayers were answered. We got the results today and he is cancer free. Will have to be watched carefully of course. Thanks again. I will include all of you in my prayers.πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ¦‹

Jul 19, 2019 10:17 AM

PTL! That is awesome news Painwarrior!!

Jul 19, 2019 12:49 PM

PTL for sure and add a Amen to!

Aug 22, 2019 9:33 AM

I'm starting my 4th month of PT today on my hip. I've actually been using my cane 80-90% of the time for about 2 weeks. But my therapist & the doctor got on to me and said I still need to take breaks and use the walker a little longer on & off every day. The doc was pleased with my progress but told me it could take me a year to get back to walking like I did pre-injury. Not fitting into my plans very well. 😞. The good news is that I can drive again as long as I can lift my walker in & out of the vehicle when I need it. He told me to use it if I'd be walking longer distances. I'm good with that πŸ‘ and my hubby is ecstatic 😊. Here's missed a lot of work chaffeuring me to appts.

I'm stressed about my brother though. He had a really large abnormal looking polyp removed from his intestines on Monday. They suspect cancer, and he wants me to go to his follow up when he gets the results. I told him everyone is praying it's not cancer, but if it is then hopefully it's the same as our Dad had 36 years. It was the slowest growing cancer and didn't spread to his liver until 2007, and even then our Dad died from heart failure last year at age 87. We have to wait until 9/4 to get the results...ugh! 😬 Thanks in advance for your prayers & positive support! Hugs love & prayers everyone has as little pain today as possible! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Aug 22, 2019 9:18 PM

FlappysLady, I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. I will offer him up in my prayers for a healing. I am hopeful that all will be ok. Glad to hear that progress is being Made by you.
Congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ your finally able to drive. That is so rewarding. Enough cabin fever you can now get out on your own. Slowly I’m sure but dffinately progress. My same sentiments to you; Hugs Love and prayers for you and your family ( brother). πŸ¦‹πŸ™πŸŽ‰πŸš˜πŸ€—

Aug 23, 2019 12:51 AM

Hello everyone.
This is my first time writing here. I have a lot of diagnoses, but the one that hurts me the most I don’t have a diagnosis for. My neurosurgeon fused C6-7 in 2002, during that surgery he saw something he’s never seen before. His nurse told me that she was surprised that my bones look as if they are porcupine spikes, not just in joints, but down the length too. Had to get another fusion in 2008. They made me wait about a year before they did surgery, there’s spinal cord damage. That’s the hard part to live with.
I’ll keep everyone in my prayers.

Aug 23, 2019 6:46 AM

That's great FlappysLady81 you're able to drive. I'm sorry to hear about your brother. He'll be in my prayers. Welcome TweetyByrd to the community. I'm sorry you have chronic pain. There are others on here who have had fusion surgery.

Aug 23, 2019 12:40 PM

TweetyByrd, welcome to our community. I too have been diagnosed with many problems yo my spinal column. I’ve had C3-C6 fused. Have DDD, AS, Spinal Stenosis so I also suffer from chronic pain. Are those spiny things off your vertebrae bone spurs? What type of damage to your cord are you experiencing? Symptoms? I’ve also had fusions to my Lumbar area to. My discs are collapsing causing nerve pain to my extremities. I understand your feeling Down but you have many people who are suffering like you, so you are not alone. Feel free to vent if needed or just chat and ask questions. There are many seasoned pain warriors on this site who are more than willing to lend an ear πŸ‘‚. Sending you hugs πŸ€— πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Aug 23, 2019 2:37 PM

Hi Tweety I’m Shore I am now going through back things also . I have rid down my back and degenerate discs .
I am now going through therapy and I gave Rhyitzotomy dove on my right side then doing it all over again left side.
I went to my Follow up Dr this morning . He says keep doing my therapy and the Rhyitzotomy then follow up with him before the left side.
He says besides the tylv I have been take I can take Advil Two of them before bed and when I wake up afternoon when I need it ..
So I’m basically on Dr watch ...
Hug gently to you and all Hi to Animal pain and flappy everyone .
This Morning I woke up in really hurting back pain and legs I was like wow till I put as per cream on and Tylenol .
I hope that you all feel less pain sometime soon , I’ll pray for you guys Shore πŸ‘β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ™πŸ€—πŸ¦‹

Aug 25, 2019 10:53 AM

Thank you too each & every one of you!

Welcome to our community TweetByrd! I too have suffered spinal issues since the early 90's; fused C3-T1 in 4 different surgeries in different areas to now include them all. My last two fusions, C3-4 & C7-T1 have failed (pseudoarthrosis) and the doc wants to go back in to redo them, and include damage now at C2, T2-3, but I've yet to agree. I have multiple issues (most listed on my profile) that have likely contributed to the failed surgeries. And on Friday I had one of my multiple doc's tell me (during a follow-up for a hand MRI) that I have connective tissue disease which is why my hip surgery, to repair 2 torn tendons/ligaments, is taking so long to recover from ("along with the fibromyalgia & Sjogrens" he added). His opinion is that redoing my failed spine surgeries by going through my back muscles/tendons/ligaments may not be a good idea; he's my 4th doc to tell me to get a second opinion, which I intend to do. I suffer sciatica & hand tremors & weakness due to my spine issues, and cervicogenic headaches. Finding various ways to give yourself temporary relief from pain will be a good coping method to the chronic pain. This can include physical, mental & spiritual relief methods; meds, homeopathic methods, gentle stretches and exercises, Epsom salt bath soaks, pain ointments, massages, reading or watching TV, yoga & destressing meditation, prayer, etc. You have to be open minded and try many things to find what works best for you, as each of us are different and no one thing works for everyone. But never feel like you are alone in this battle, because we are all here. We laugh, cry, rant, and show support for each other however we can. Sending you hugs, love & prayers that you will get answers and relief from your pain! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Aug 25, 2019 4:08 PM

Very well stated FlappysLady. Sorry to hear of your connective tissue Disease. I would be very Leary about any surgeries. Makes sense now knowing of your painfully slow hip recovery. Take care and God Bless🌸

Aug 26, 2019 7:57 AM

Thanks Painwarrior! My hubby & I were totally caught off guard by the dx of connective tissue disease. But it really does make sense now. Hope you & everyone has a blessed day, & a better week than last, with hugs love & prayers! πŸ™‚β€πŸ™πŸŒΌ

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