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6/20/11 6:14 P

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Thank you, you too! :-)

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6/2/11 5:02 P

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No, I can't help you there. I walked and did kayaking, Ea sports active and Dance Central for my exercising. I know many who swim and do water aerobics. I think walking is always the safest choice but I have met folks with fusions who went back to running. I think with a fusion you want to avoid contact sports. Also, I would not use the traction device without clearance from your doctors. You don't want to put pressure on your fusion and I'd be fearful that gravity and your body weight could cause damage. Good luck in finding exercises you will enjoy and therefore do.

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6/2/11 11:37 A

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As anyone used a home traction? I have one that I got before I had my surgery and I don't get any comfort from it.

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6/2/11 11:36 A

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Yes, I actually did 2 different rounds of PT. I also have a TENS Unit for home that helps a lot when I do hurt.

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6/1/11 1:11 P

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Welcome Lisa.

Have you had PT? If not ask your doctor, for a referal. I was never given PT after any of my five surgeries. But due to an injury and my muscles softening, while awaiting a doctors appointment to be set, my internist found me a PT who speciializes in Sports Theraphy. I am learning about keeping everything aligned and it isn't easy. Tell your doctor you are nervous and would like a treat and evaluate script for a month to get the body mechanics correct and see what they say you can do and make sure that your daily activites,such as getting out of a chair are being done correctly. Make sure to ask about any special things you may or may not do with sports. It shouldn't require too many appointments since you sound as if you are healing well.

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6/1/11 2:55 A

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Hello Everyone!
I'm Lisa and I had C5-6 fusion June/2011. I am now mostly pain free with everyday aches in my neck and shoulders. I am ready to start shedding the weight that I gained over the past few years. Some weight was added before and after surgery but sadly, most of the weight had nothing to do with my injury.

I was hoping you guys/girls could give me some feedback as to what exercises worked for you. I'm very scared to exercise, but also scared not to.




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5/2/11 4:54 P

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FACEURFEARS, welcome to the team. You can do it, but being fresh out of surgery,it wi;; require baby steps to get there. You will want to do more but follow the guidelines and if none are given- ASK!!!!!
I can't exercise now, so I cut 400-500 calories out of my diet. It is not as dire as it seems. My calorie range is now 1250-1550 per day. We all know how easy it is to eat when in pain. I think it is one extreme or the other. If the pain is truly severe you may not want to eat at all.
It is a fine line between maximum exercise and the least amount you can eat without taking the joy out of food. You will find the balance. For now try eliminating 100-200 calories from your daily diet. It will be a start on the right path. Best of luck on this new journey.

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5/2/11 6:18 A

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Glad to have you on the team. I know you will find alot of support from the team and some fun to. I am here for what ever you may need. Don't be afraid to ask. Again welcome to the team. And If you want to my sprark page and read about me. I know if I can to this anyone can do it.

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5/2/11 1:40 A

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Hi everyone.....New to the group :) In August 2010 I had a synovial cyst removed from my lower back that was pressing against my sciatic nerve. Since I have degenerative disc disease, I struggled with gaining strength in my low back after surgery. The decision was made in February to undergo a spinal fusion in that area. On March 8th 2011 I had a double fusion (L4-L5). I am still not able to attend physical therapy and have to wait until I am 12weeks out.

Since August I have gained 30 lbs, since I am eating out of frustration and haven't been able to do much cardio to help with weight gain. Still so much to talk about, but I will cut it short :) Please add me as a Sparks Friend, for I would love advice on how to get my life going again. Thanks :)

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM I AM HERE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT YOUR NEEDS MAY BE. I KNOW YOU WILL FIND THIS TEAM ENJOYABLE TO ME ON

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Hi everyone,
I just had ACDF - cervical discectemy and fusion on March 9, using my bone spurs for the fusion - C5-6, C6-7. I have just started physical therapy, and am working on range of motion. I had left arm pain, numbness, right arm numbness, urinary leakage, shoulder blade pain, and lots of upper back spasms - that kept me from driving, and even trying open the electronic window on the car would put me in spasm. Since surgery. left arm pain is pretty much gone, urinary leakage has pretty much stopped, still some right hand numbness. But, it has only been a few weeks.
I also have spondylolisthesis and will need to have a lumbar fusion in the future to stabilize the low back.
But, I am not my injuries.
Married (30+ years), two sons (one married), and have been on temporary total disability due to back injuries (work) since 8-10 (injuries were 2-09)
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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