Two weeks post op

Car journeys are painful, every time the car jerks around it’s hell. Physio was rough; I cannot do much, so going back in 10 days. I’m starting to sit in a chair each day and I’m walking and doing neck exercises. I managed to go for a walk today with the dog; I just held the lead in my left hand. I was shattered when I returned and was snoozing all afternoon and slept for an hour.

My little doggy has really helped!! He has been really careful round my neck wound.

It’s important to be careful and not to overdo things with the side of your neck that’s been cut open.

Also keep the scar covered in the sun ☀️

Mentally I feel really good, I think some of that is down to the Oxy, everyone knows they make you feel great. I’m hoping that I can continue this without taking them……..but I know the pain is going to be tough to deal with once I’m off these. I tried cutting back yesterday and was hurting. I’ve cut down the immediate release by half today, still dosing at the same times just cut down by half dosage.

Been out a couple of days, to mums in a taxi and back, felt ill so had to come straight home, went to a gala near our house, let Dave hold the dog lead.

Took him for his first walk today since the operation and looking to increases this to twice a day shortly. Need to take it slow as still recovering.

Still have issues swallowing, still have to look down to swallow. Still having to use a straw, but it’s all good.

So far so good, it’s important to make a plan with goals for recovery, but don’t forget to reassess daily and listen to your body, not other people 😍

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Author: Maz Brown

Hi there, I am a busy mum who had found a new lease in life by completing my diploma in Hypnotherapy and NLP and led a successful part-time online hypnotherapy business, preparing personalised online recordings and using tried and tested NLP techniques as homework for my clients. I found out I had advanced degenerative disease in my spine over 10 years ago and then spondyliothesis 4 years ago. 2 of my lumbar discs collapsed and I needed a fusion in March 2014, but left the other collapsed disc in place. It was then that things got really weird. It took me over 2 years to get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which I developed after the surgery and that is when the fun started........ I now have Osteoarthritis in my neck and have another 2 discs that are collapsing into my spinal column. I am considering having a double fusion to reduce the pain.

2 thoughts on “Two weeks post op”

  1. Hi. Was wondering what fibro symptoms you first started with after your 1st fusion? I had my lumbar fusion 8 years ago and had a new lease of life till recently. The mri of my spine is fine so they aren’t sure why I’m in so much pain in my lumbar spine, hips, groin and knees as well as occasional pain in other joints such as neck and shoulders. I dont think i have the 12 out of 18 pain points they use for fibro, but I know there is something wrong!
    As you know I’ve been following your progress since this 2nd fusion and you are a real inspiration to me, you sound mostly positive and are evidence that you don’t have to let your various problems rule you, as long as you are careful and sensible. Thanks for sharing all this, it does help others. All the best sweets, Paula xx

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    1. Thank you so much. I go try to stay positive, I don’t take life too seriously at all and can come across quite childish, but it’s how I cope. My fibro didn’t start straight after the surgery, I started to notice I was finding more things painful and seemed to have fatigue probably as soon as 18 months post op. I had a few niggles before then, but I was still going to the gym, still able to go out and enjoy myself. But then at work I noticed I was fatigued very easy, I was working on a stressful project I eventually left thank goodness. But every ache and pain in my body all of a sudden became very painful, I’d had spinal injections and the pain afterwards was awful. My pain consultant first mentioned fibro to me. I started to wake up each morning and felt like I had the flu, couldn’t get out of bed, got bad fatigue, everything hurt, like muscle aches, I noticed that I couldn’t drink booze and certain foods were making me feel very ill.

      What I’ve found is that fibro does not invent pain, it accentuates it, so things that in the past you wouldn’t notice, now feel painful. Things that might have been on the pain scale as a 3 now feel like an 8. A fusion is such a horrific surgery for your body it seems to me to be quite common to get fibro. It’s horrific and never goes away, but you can control it with a lot of blood, sweat and tears. I hope you don’t have it and it’s just part of your recovery; it gets worse very quickly until you figure out what it is and the only thing that’s worked for me are the lifestyle changes I’ve made. Meds just occasionally mask symptoms or bring additional issues as we are so sensitive to side effects……..

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