BrainTalk Communities 10/2006-8/2011 Archives  

Go Back   BrainTalk Communities 10/2006-8/2011 Archives > Specific Neurological Conditions (M - Z) > Spinal Disorders

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-11-2008, 03:17 PM
twins225 twins225 is offline
Community Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: FLORIDA
Posts: 42
Thumbs up twins225 Doing Great - Thoracic Fusion Recovery Update

hi everyone! i hadn't posted an update in a while about my recovery, so i thought i would do so, for those of you interested to know.

first, i am sooooo excited to say that i have only taken ONE 7.5mg percocet yesterday and only 1 today so far (and it is after 2pm)!!! i was taking 10mg every 5-6 hours for a full 2 months!! i feel that is a HUGE step in my recovery. and i haven't needed to take any valium for spasms since last week!!!!

i am also sleeping through the night, without the assistance of pain medication OR sleep aids! i wake up in the mornings feeling refreshed and literally PAIN FREE. of course, once i have showered, dressed myself, and helped my husband get our 3 year old twins dressed and ready for preschool, i am definitely tired and a little achy. but not to the point where i run to the medicine cabinet for pain meds.

i had been taking cymablta 60mg for 2 months after surgery, because i was so distraught from our tragic accident and the realization of my life changes ahead. i was emotionally a mess and disconnected. i am now starting to back that down to 60 mg every other day! and i still feel great!!!

i had a ct scan last week, but i won't find out the results until my dr's appt in 2 weeks. i will also have an xray then too. that appt will be my 3 MONTH post-surgery appointment. i will find out how my back is healing and hopefully everything is FUSING on track!!! i will find out about pyhsical therapy then too and i might be able to starting driving again soon???

i will post another update after my next appointment on 2.26.08.
please keep your fingers crossed for me and keep me in your prayers!!

i am overall doing great...it is amazing what the body can recover from...i am soooooo LUCKY!!

thanks for you support,
rebecca
__________________
11.21.07 = T5 burst fracture
Corrective Sx: 11.28.07 = Thoracic Fusion (T2-T8); T4 laminectomy
Recent Sx: 3.4.09 = Complete Hardware Removal = T4/T5 Permanently Fused
Read My Survival Story...Visit my Blog
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-11-2008, 10:17 PM
Mark N Mark N is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: S. Indiana
Posts: 9,900
Default

rebecca, it is great news you are doing so well. It was such a big surgery that you never knew if scar tissue or anything else could be causing trouble. Thankfully you don't have those problems and seem to be on your way to having the accident and its aftermath just a bad dream. I hope you have years of good health and can avoid any accidents in the future.
__________________
1979 spinal issues, 1993 lumbar microdisectomy L3-4, 1996 360 3 level lumbar fusion L2-5, 1999 open thoractomy fusion T8-9,
2002 C3-7 herniations and T4-7 herniations, 2004 total disability, a new limited life
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-11-2008, 10:31 PM
Maggie Maggie is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Oblivian,U.S.
Posts: 334
Smile

I'm glad to see your are doing well. That is a dreaded surgery for most back patients. I am amazed that you are only a little tired after taking care of twins.

Keep up the good outlook.
Maggie
__________________
Retired nursing professor of 18 years. Cervical herniations. Five lumbar surgeries 1995-2005. Morphine pump for 5 years, removed due to s/e. Ulnar Nerve decompression and Trapezemetacarpal interfusion 2007. Adult onset scoliosis.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-11-2008, 10:39 PM
lucidmaster lucidmaster is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boston
Posts: 215
Default

Rebacca, that's great news!

Consider yourself fortunate, in a strange way, that you could avoid the thoracotomy and that they could fix your spine with posterior fusion. Regardless, it is still a major surgery, and take your time recovering and do not rush into anything. Best, -Ozgur.
__________________
Submuscular Left Ulnar Nerve Transposition Oct'06
Transpedicular T7-T8 Discectomy Feb'07--Failed!
Open Thoracotomy & Fusion T7-T8 May'07--Recovering...
Submuscular Right Ulnar Nerve Transposition Jul'07
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-12-2008, 01:16 AM
Shanti Shanti is offline
Community Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: IL (near St Louis, MO)
Posts: 82
Default

That's so great to hear, Rebecca!!!! I'm so happy for you
__________________
Love & Health To All,
Shanti (Find me on MySpace & Facebook)

DX's: L4/5 herniation ('98), DDD, DJD, T11/12 herniation w/endplate changes & 10% wedging/focal kyphosis/canal stenosis, cervical spondylosis C4-6, endplate changes L1-S1, L4/5 reherniation ('08), L5/S1 canal stenosis/central herniation ('08). Surgeries: Failed L4/5 IDET ('99), Failed L4/5 open microdiscectomy ('00), L4/5 TLIF (April '08).
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-12-2008, 02:55 AM
Nana4&cntn Nana4&cntn is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The Heartland
Posts: 4,418
Default

Rebecca,

Such wonderful news, I am so happy for you and your family!! Remember to still take care of yourself as you are still healing.

My prayers for your continued recovery,
Kathy
__________________
Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. .....................Melody Beattie

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time................Abraham Lincoln
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-12-2008, 12:43 PM
jimac jimac is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Southern USA
Posts: 226
Default

Rebecca,

This is wonderful news. You have been through allot. You are such a strong women.

Take care of yourself and the family,
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2008, 02:38 PM
Cervie Barb Cervie Barb is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 217
Default

Woo Hoo, Twins, most excellent news! I am amazed that you are doing so well after a 7 (!!) level T surgery! All that musculature they disrupted...

Are they going to put you in PT eventually?

Anyway, you are my hero. Just amazing. Take care of yourself and continued good luck to you!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-12-2008, 02:43 PM
greenacres greenacres is offline
Distinguished Community Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 174
Default

Good to hear you are doing well. Plesae keep us posted. WOW, that is some surgery you had! GOOD LUCK to you!
__________________
Sandra~~Dx-2004-Osteoarthritis (DDD). ACDF C6/C7 on 11/6/08 w/PEEK Cage and generous foraminotomies. Protrusions/Herniations C2/3/4/5/6Rest of spine is a mess Thoracic MRI - Small protrusion T7/8 impinging spinal cord; Lumbar MRI -2 protrusions sitting on R&L S1 exiting nerve roots.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-14-2008, 06:03 AM
White Light White Light is offline
Community Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 47
Default

It is wonderful to have a positive outcome, keep up the good work, but be careful not to over do it as you start to feel better.

ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY!

I am truely glad that though this has been life altering for you, the Lord has blessed you by giving you a chance to enjoy the wee little ones. Hat's off to your hubby sounds like you got lucky and he loves you deep enough to help and support you, as it should be.

Best of luck, I will keep you in my prayers!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
7-Level Thoracic Fusion (T2-T8)...CAN ANYONE RELATE??? twins225 Spinal Cord Injury 10 07-17-2011 10:54 AM
new to forum-need thoracic help artchick Spinal Disorders 7 08-20-2007 11:37 AM
What is the benefit of spinal fusion? / Failed Fusion? GJZH Spinal Disorders 8 01-15-2007 02:08 AM
MRI help please. Thoracic problem serious? KathyIL Spinal Disorders 7 12-13-2006 12:52 AM
? Re Thoracic Spinal Fusion Jan Spinal Disorders 10 11-13-2006 08:21 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
BrainTalk Communities Incorporated