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Forum: General Discussions 21st November 2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By bluestone
Re: pregabalin medication for pain

I have been on Pregabalin for a few years now and find it to be very effective. On the first day I took it I did feel a little 'drunk' but the feeling soon passed and by the second day I felt fine....
Forum: General Discussions 18th November 2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 78
Posted By bluestone
Re: Swelling around rod?

I'm sorry I couldn't say what the swelling might be but if I was you I would make an appt to see my GP, it sounds to me like it needs checking out.
Forum: General Discussions 17th November 2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By bluestone
Re: Can they do this?

Thank you Kay:)
I have spoken to somebody else in another forum who had the same problem and she had to have all of her hardware out too-just the offending screws couldn't be removed.

I've had a...
Forum: General Discussions 16th November 2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 266
Posted By bluestone
Re: Positive people :)

I agree Carol.
I'm member of a Facebook support group and it can be a negative argumentative place which quite frankly stresses me out.
I never feel stressed here and everyone is so lovely :)
Forum: General Discussions 16th November 2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By bluestone
Re: Can they do this?

My surgeon did say that it's because of the system he's used that just the screws alone can't be removed. He showed me on my xray that the group of protruding screws (about 4) are right where the...
Forum: General Discussions 15th November 2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By bluestone
Can they do this?

It might be a silly question but does anyone know whether surgeons can trim the heads off protruding screws?
Forum: General Discussions 10th November 2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By bluestone
Re: Rod starting to make sounds?

I get crackling and clicking especially if I lie on my side (for the short time that I can before it gets too painful) when I turn back onto my back I get crackling in the left side of my spine, its...
Forum: General Discussions 8th November 2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By bluestone
Re: Check up, mixed emotions

It sounds as though you are doing great! A lot better than I was at 3 mths.
When you reach 6 mths you will see that things have improved further and again at 12 mths. You have been through a huge...
Forum: General Discussions 7th November 2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By bluestone
Re: Sleeping straight

Didn't you say you don't have any underneath you because it would be too uncomfortable? Sorry I'm still trying to get my head around it :D

Gosh you must look a picture-hunt for sparkles amongst all...
Forum: General Discussions 6th November 2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 251
Posted By bluestone
Re: Question about rods

I'm four years post op and I haven't noticed any settling although there has probably been some because I don't feel as tall as I was when I first had the surgery-nobody has commented on my loosing...
Forum: General Discussions 5th November 2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By bluestone
Re: Sleeping straight

Sparkles-I think I would be in pain arranging 26 pillows around me, it must be very hard work!
I've got a husband and a dog with me so all those pillows would be impossible :D

I sleep with a soft...
Forum: General Discussions 5th November 2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By bluestone
Re: Sleeping straight

I have to say we've got a king size bed and I tried to imagine (with no hubby in it) :D 26 pillows and I just can't! Where on earth do you put them all? Surely some would have to be underneath you...
Forum: General Discussions 2nd November 2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By bluestone
Re: New member here, about to go through surgery

Hi Tim,

Its not drastically life changing if all goes to plan, its amazing how our bodies adjust to something. I can't lie, for me the surgery was tough but I was 45 and had huge surgery-fused T2-L4...
Forum: General Discussions 2nd November 2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 259
Posted By bluestone
Re: Do you guys feel your rods?

I go through phases where I can live with the rods but that's usually when I haven't been very busy. This week hubby's had a week off work before the Xmas rush sets in (he has a butchers) so we've...
Forum: General Discussions 1st November 2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 259
Posted By bluestone
Re: Do you guys feel your rods?

I asked my surgeon whether there was a time limit on removal because of the bone growing around and he said no, that if has to chip them out its a good sign because it means fusion is solid.
Forum: General Discussions 31st October 2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 177
Posted By bluestone
Re: What do you guys do when you're felling really stiff

A lovely hot shower followed by a lie down sooths stiffness for me :)
Forum: General Discussions 30th October 2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 259
Posted By bluestone
Re: Do you guys feel your rods?

My hardware is still uncomfortable-I'm 4 years post op and some days I want it out!
I've been offered removal but don't like the idea of it so I try to cope with it. Lying down I can feel the...
Forum: General Discussions 26th October 2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By bluestone
Re: Sleeping straight

My surgeon told me to do whatever feels comfortable and listen to your body. I'm a big believer in that with this recovery, your body will let you know, of it hurts don't do it.
Forum: General Discussions 24th October 2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 143
Posted By bluestone
Re: Sorry again for another post just curious

I'm also fused T2-L4. I'm considerably older than you are though so its taken me longer than it will probably take you :D At first it felt difficult and I did use a grabber for a while but I've...
Forum: General Discussions 24th October 2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 331
Posted By bluestone
Re: Metal work heating up in hot weather?

We have had some lovely hot weather here the past two summers and I've never felt that my metal was getting hot-and I love to sit in the sun:)
Forum: General Discussions 24th October 2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By bluestone
Re: Life decisions

Hi,

I had my surgery when I was almost 45 and my recovery has been long and tough, I'm also still in pain which most of the time is as bad as the pain I had before surgery-its just different pain. I...
Forum: General Discussions 22nd October 2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 331
Posted By bluestone
Re: Metal work heating up in hot weather?

Same here Mark, since my op I feel the cold so badly.
Just wish I could hibinate :disap:
Forum: General Discussions 22nd October 2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By bluestone
Re: 12 wk post op and thoracic question

Bras can be uncomfortable for me but not to the point its causing me this pain. I do have to wear bras that are loose which not being particularly big on top I can get away with :D I do find that...
Forum: General Discussions 22nd October 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By bluestone
Re: Nerves During Surgery

During surgery there will be a spinal cord monitoring team and there job throughout your surgery is to constantly monitor your spine. At my pre op-and I'm sure this is what happens with everyone, I...
Forum: General Discussions 22nd October 2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 331
Posted By bluestone
Re: Metal work heating up in hot weather?

I've never had a problem like that, in fact its during the summer if we have good weather that I'm in less pain, I dread the winter because my back kind of spasms up in the cold and it can be very...
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