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Old 10-25-10, 01:24 PM   #1
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Cleared for Full (well almost) Duty after Fusion

Minimally invasive L4-L5 Fusion and discectomy 13 days ago.

Saw the doc today, and I am cleared for any activity I find comfortable (except lifting more than 20 pounds).

Of course I will ease into things gently.

So, today I did some swimming after the appointment. I will do some more tomorrow. As soon as the winds get below 30 mph or so - and that is supposed to happen Thursday - I will be gently riding my bike again - likely start out on the mtn bike.

I start PT tomorrow. But, I think I am WAY ahead of the curve. He is going to call the PT lady and tell her that I should not be restricted in my activities.

He called me a "Rock star" and facetiuosly said he would like to give my phone number to some of the other younger surgery folks who needed a boost in their activities - he may have even called them "wussies." Not bad for someone 1 week away from 71yo.

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Old 10-25-10, 01:32 PM   #2
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Show those wussies how it's done.
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Yay!! I'm sending you all my best wishes for a speedy return to your regular routine.

I enjoy telling people the age of some of the members of our bike group who ride 50, 60... 100 miles in a day and then watching their eyes get big and the jaw drop. They are totally amazed at what a person that age can do.
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Old 10-25-10, 02:05 PM   #5
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Hooray! Gonna do a little skiing soon?
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Glad to see you are giving the Doc a boost. Most of them don't want to see their hard work ruined by patients wanting to get back to an active- Or in your case Over active- life too soon.

Just take the docs advise and don't lift anything too heavy- Perhaps n+1 at 15lbs would work

Glad to see such a quick recovery so don't get back on the bike till doc OKs it
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Congratulations, Denver.

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Great News For You!

This is encouraging. I had a full L4-L5 fusion in 2008 and my surgeon encouraged me to exchange my upright mountain bike posture for a road bike position. That was ~15 months ago and it has been great. My back stretches out wonderfully as I ride my road bike. Yours will, too.

Looking forward to hearing about your progress as you return to riding.

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Perhaps n+1 at 15lbs would work
A Medically Prescribed CF or TI Bicycle. YES!!
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A Medically Prescribed CF or TI Bicycle. YES!!
Let us know if:

A) You can get your physician to write the scrip and
B) Get the medical insurance to cover it.

You may be on to something...
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This is encouraging. I had a full L4-L5 fusion in 2008 and my surgeon encouraged me to exchange my upright mountain bike posture for a road bike position.
Until 14 days ago, I was riding my road bike 30 miles per day. I will return to it, also. Thanks.
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Denver, I am reassured to hear how well you are doing as it has been suggested that a doubler may be in my future.
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Denver, I am reassured to hear how well you are doing as it has been suggested that a doubler may be in my future.
Choosing the right surgeon and technique is CRITICAL. Check him out in journals, ratemds.com, healthgrades.com, referrals, etc., with your state Board, etc., etc. Many older surgeons haven't a clue about minimally invasive surgery. Also, you want a neurosurgeon, not an orthopedic surgeon.

We have a surgeon here in CO who ruined one of my good friends. She required two additional surgeries by another surgeon, and a 2 month hospitsl stay. He nicked her Dura among other things. Come to find out the Department of Regulatory Agencies had two legal settlements logged in against him from another state prior to moving to CO. Further inquiry reveals 3 other folks with ruined backs in CO. He is still practicing - if that is the proper term.

8 months ago I went to a surgeon, who showed me what he would do - NOT minimally invasive surgery. 2 weeks ago, I saw he was giving seminars on minimally invasive surgery. I guess he is a fast learner - but I don't want to be one of his first cases.

We interviewed 3 different neurosurgeons. And, your PCP really has only a general idea of who is "excellent" vs "ok." I want excellence.

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Excellent news "Rock Star"! With such great progress you'll truly have a lot to be Happy about on your Birthday!
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Congratulations. Pleased to hear about the great results.

Rock star... will you be autographing 8 x 10 glossies?
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Outstanding, Outstanding, Outstanding.

And....if you want to have something a bit lighter to try I think I know where you can borrow a nice carbon bike
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Perhaps a custom Rock Star 70+ jersey for celebration?
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I was just wondering how that surgery had gone, thanks for the update.

You should be a poster boy for bikes and AARP or something.

What do you want for your birthday?
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Way to go Fox. To my way of thinking you represent "The Secret of Life, the Universe and Everything" which is (drum roll) do as much as you can as long as you can.
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Denvr, Great to hear that you are doing well. I think that our more mature attitude and desire to achieve keeps us ahead of the others. Good luck on the wind. We only had 50mph gusts today. Hope that it lets you keep the singing group going strong also. God bless.
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I am so very happy to hear you are recovering quickly! Good show!
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A Brief Update with some new info

1. One of the things that I have not shared much is my extreme difficulty sleeping more than one hour at a time due to the extreme and totally urgent call of nature. I had seen my PCP, who had put me on antibiotic for a possible UTI, but it did not help - only made me a bit sicker. They had said that I would need to see a urologist as a next step. I also saw the surgeon and had previously phoned him about the problem. BUt, while surgeons are excellent at surgery, they don't know much about urology!!! Anyway, I saw a urologist yesterday who put me on a very fast acting "alpha blocker" - sort of like Flo-Max. I am retaining about 220cc's of fluid in my bladder. While not awful, definitely not good. So, last night, I SLEPT - SWEET WONDERFUL SLEEP. Wow, what a difference in one's life outlook after a night of sleep. The urologist stated this is very common, and despite what the surgeons say, any disruption or change in the flow of nerves in the spinal column can cause this. Nothing the surgeons did wrong, just something that I will likely adjust to over the next several months. I do wish the surgeon had referred me earlier.

2. I saw the PT yesterday - EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, who has convinced me to take it SLOW in getting back into things. She gave me some exercises - things I would never have thought to do, went through my workout routine and ok'd certain things for now, ok'd the swimming, and wants to to wait a week or two on the bicycling. OK - I have no problem with that. She DEFINITELY knows what she is doing, has worked with 100's of people with this condition. Why take ANY chances? She said I am going to do great because of my dedication, drive, etc. All the things we know about 50+ bicyclers.

So this morning at 5 am I am, for the first time in 2 weeks, AWAKE!!

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Wow, what a difference in one's life outlook after a night of sleep.

So this morning at 5 am I am, for the first time in 2 weeks, AWAKE!!
Until you're deprived of sleep it's easy to over look just how important it is. Your post reminded me of that truly exasperating component of UTIs and how it aggravates that particular misery.

Glad to read you're feeling better.
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