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post #11 of 41 Old 04-04-2013, 03:30 PM
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What hospital? (you can pm me if you want .. or tell me it's none of my business!)
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post #12 of 41 Old 04-04-2013, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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saddlebag - no, I didn't have a spinal for the knee surgery but I have had 2 epidurals a long time ago but not in the thoracic area

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post #13 of 41 Old 04-04-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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It will be at St. Joseph's in downtown Houston. My surgeon is Dr. Edward Murphy.
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post #14 of 41 Old 04-04-2013, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hubby has his panties in a bunch about my spine being "open" in the back and then horse back riding. OMG really? This man was in a motorcycle accident with no helmet - and


Wait for it





Wait......





He still rides the dang thing WITHOUT a helmet!!!



If the Dr. Recommends it I might get a vest for riding but dang....that sounds uncomfy!!

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post #16 of 41 Old 04-06-2013, 07:43 PM
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Have you as yet been converged on by all the horror stories people just have to beat a path to tell you? When I was facing minor surgery, I couldn't believe the stories, not that it happened to them, but to someone who knew someone. A few weeks after my surgery a friend was to undergo the same so I called her to reassure her as she too had been told all the horror stories.
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Haven't had the surgery, but have worked with people who have. If they were riding before they ended up riding again. Some had varying pain which limited how much riding they did.

The ones who seemed happiest with the outcome followed their therapy exercises religiously and also lost weight. To a person, they said that contributed to less pain. I guess that would impact any spinal problem.

Good luck and hope you get horseback soon. Oh, I've worn a protective vest a couple times. Wasn't too bad. I think I could get used to it.
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post #18 of 41 Old 04-23-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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well, y'all, the surgery was on April 15th. I spent 2 days in ICU due to a little bit of high blood pressure. OMG their ICU sucked. I do not do well with anesthetics or pain killers. They make me nauseous to say the least.

Anyway, Dr. Murphy said the compression was more severe than showed on the MRI's and he did a partial on T9 and full laminectomy on T 10 and T11 so I have about a 5" zipper in the back. I could lift my right foot up more than 12" off the ground which was a miracle because I couldn't lift it more than a few inches before. To get in my RAV4, I had to lean back, sling or pick my leg up into the floorboard and then get in the car. Ugh.

I can walk much better - still wobbly but not near as much. I am sure in time it will get better. My feet and legs are still numb but that will take a while for the nerves to regenerate.

I am hoping to ride in 3 months - it may be longer but we will see. I go back to the doctor on May 6th to have the staples out.

Eric - how are you doing? Let us hear from you. Hope your surgery went well.

I am going to sell my endurance saddle and get a deep pocket saddle so that if my balance is even a little off I don't have to worry about coming out of my seat! I want to get back to riding and playing with my Biscuit Man!
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I've been thinking about you, girl! I'm glad it all went well ..

Hurry back in the saddle .. we're talking about a Texas Thread get together again!
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I hope you have a speedy recovery and get back in the saddle soon!!! When I was 17 I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and a L4-L5 rupture disc. My doctor did not want me to do surgery due to my younger age. He kind of told me that as of now i'll be better off with out it. I've been doing physical therapy off and on for about 2 years now. The problem I have right now is I get terrible flare ups of intense pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. This scares me to have this problem at 19, only to see if it keeps getting worse.

Did you have lifelong problems with your back or did it just start acting up one day?

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