• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Recovering from T9, T10 and T11 Laminectomy for severe spinal stenosis

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Recovering from T9, T10 and T11 Laminectomy for severe spinal stenosis

    I am post op one week today. I started having electrical shocks down my back and legs mid October. By late October I was wobbling when I walked. I had MRI that was odd...no ruptured disk. Some dark spots on spinal cord. Had a zillion blood tests and nerve shock tests and had to rule out MS as it was presenting somewhat like a demylinating disease. Ugh.. Spinal taps and several different doctors and 2 more MRI's. I got where walking was so hard - I looked like a drunken sailor. I could ride at a walk or jog but that was it. I was practically dragging my right leg - couldn't hardly raise it but a few inches off the ground.

    3 weeks ago they finally ruled out MS thank God and I was scheduled for surgery. Top notch surgeon said it was compressed even more than it showed on MRI's so he did T 10 and 11 and a partial on T9. I came off of my horse last year flat on my back. I actually pitched over the top of him and landed on a rotten small stump on soft dirt. It hurt a little but I got up and brushed myself off and got on my horse. They think this could have caused it as this is odd in the spot. Anyhooo.....my doctor said 2-3 months prior to the surgery and when I left the hospital Friday I said "ok...when can I run in an endurance race?" and he said 6 months. I don't know when I will be able to ride. I am 54 years old and was training to do just a low level LD ride when this started. I was so disappointed.

    I have a brand new endurance saddle that sets me to forward now that I have to sell because my balance is freaking way off. I can ride in a deep pocket (or my last two rides were in hubby's Billy Cook!) way better so I will be getting something else.

    Has anyone else had this surgery - no fusion - just laminectomy? The surgery was a major success. I can lift my foot up about 12" easily now and my walking is not normal but way closer than it was. My mom was ecstatic.

    My cousin and I ride together every weekend and now of course, I can't. Just wanting to know how long it took to get over this and back to riding - nothing fancy - just trail riding on a pretty dang gentle non spooky fellow. My cousin just happens to be the director of an ER so I do have a nurse at all times LOL

    I miss my horse something fierce - I won't be released to even ride in a car for 2 weeks. Hoping to hear good news for y'all that have been where I am at.
    Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com
  • Original Poster

    #2
    Ok...so maybe no one has had this exact surgery but anyone have surgery on their thoracic area of any kind?

    I am getting better everyday. Feet and lower legs are still numb but my toes are better today. The numbness is weird - it moves around. Tiny bit of drainage where the actual drain in my back was but that is almost done. I wanted to sit on one of my padded barstools last night to make a gum paste peony but that didn't work out so well. I am a cake decorator and have two weddings this weekend. Cake Friends are helping me thank God. I want to do everything I can to get better so that I can resume riding even if it is just slow riding on the flat!
    Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

    Comment


    • #3
      I don't have experience with your surgery at all or even thoracic, but wanted to say that I'm glad you're feeling better and getting better everyday. Hooray!

      It's good that you have friends to help you with your cakes - two wedding cakes for this weekend sound like a lot of work to me. lol

      Don't overdo it and best wishes for a speedy recovery

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        thanks rubygirl.

        I am better. I didn't take pain meds or muscle relaxers at all today. I am supposed to take them twice a day. Yesterday they made me way too woozy. I don't do well on meds like that and I think they had built up in my system and POW...I was drunker than Cooter Brown for 2 hours.

        I miss my horses something fierce. I cake decorate to support them. Two weddings aren't bad unless you are ate up with the body rot and then yeah...wish I had been able to have this in February - I didn't have one wedding cake in February! If you would like to see my cakes they are at www.cakessospecial.com take a peek!
        Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

        Comment


        • #5
          Op just remember thAt its ok to take pain meds when needed! I have not delt with back surgery but as someone with chronic pain i can tell you that withtye layup it can really effect you emotionally.

          I dont do so great when im not riding it keeps me realatively sane, though im too broke to ride now snd uni is pushing said sanity and it comes out as physical stress for me
          Beyond the Ring-para dressage, training, coaching
          www.facebook.com/btrparadressage

          Proud Team Four Star Minion! Renegade for Life!

          Comment


          • #6
            Wow - your cakes are gorgeous!!!! There are so many ones I love I can't even keep up --- the cherry blossom cakes, stars & moon, shells....... Gracious, you are talented!

            If I ever got a cake that pretty I wouldn't want to eat it. lol

            Muscle relaxers make me feel that way too. Like a limp noodle that could take flight at any moment. Hopeully you will continue to improve and be able to quit taking them soon.

            I'll bet you do miss your horses. When will you be able to go and visit them? Horse therapy always makes me feel better, even if it's just to watch them in the field and then give them a carrot

            Okay, I just saw that you have two weeks before you can ride in the car. I hope they go by very fast. But just think of all the homemade horse treats you can make for them in that time frame. lol

            Comment

            • Original Poster

              #7
              Teddy, thank God I am not really hurting now except for occasional twinges. I took both meds last night when I went to bed. I do have one spot just to the left of the incision that feels like a tight muscle that needs a massage. UGH. The corset is I think causing that but like I said, that is to be expected. I think I am doing ok.

              Horses keep me sane too. I bought them so I could smell their horsey smell, run my fingers through their manes and kiss their velvety noses. I am pretty dang crazy about my horses. I have two Quarter Horses - Biscuit, a palomino about 15.1 and such a sweetheart. Good trail horse, non spooky and he has such a wonderful jog. Sarge is my husband's horse - he is 15 hh on a really good day, has been trained for team penning and is a great trail horse as long as he is in front. LOL hubby makes him stay in the back and that really annoys Sarge. Sweet as pie, coppery bay in color - and gives me kisses all the time. What is not to love about Sargent?

              Rubygirl, thanks so much. I work at it pretty dang hard. Two cake buddies are helping me get my cakes out because I can't lift or bend. I am doing a seashell wedding cake this weekend and a wedding cake with a big peony on top out of sugar. They will be here after lunch to help me.
              Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

              Comment


              • #8
                OP - I had thoracic surgery some years ago - as in lung surgery.(in thru back, under shoulder blade) Not sure it was anything like yours, but: drove the car about 2 weeks out. I think I was back on the horse at 5 weeks - surprised me, made dr. crazy, but I was feeling pretty good. Only walked him for maybe a week and slowly built up from there. Good luck!
                We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

                Comment

                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  2tempe - OMG that would be wonderful if I could ride at even 3 months - 2 would be fabulous!!

                  I think I am doing pretty well - I am not taking pain meds or the muscle relaxer except at night. It is not so much that I am hurting - I just want to be sure and sleep! It is hard to sleep with staples in the middle of your back. It feels funny and if I turn on my side it twists it somewhat and that feels funny too. Ugh.

                  I went out and walked on the driveway today but tired pretty quick. I was up late working on cakes and then at it again this morning. I did have 2 friends help me with the cakes but I did all of the decorating on them. I was very tired this afternoon and I am about to turn in! Glad you improved so quickly - that couldn't have been very fun!!
                  Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Do what little walking you can, then take a nap. Little bit every day. Think like reconditioning the horse! My sleeping issue was that I had to sleep sitting up for a long time. My other big (ha ha) issue was that I could not wear a real bra for quite a while. Thankfully it was winter and I could layer stuff over the girls, and finally found a front zip, wide back sports bra that didn't touch the incision area and provided a bit of support!
                    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Sorry, have never had to deal with anything more than a sprained back (horse related. Of course) but i hope you feel better soon and those cakes are FABULOUS!!
                      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Thanks Charimaryllis - I appreciate that. Sprained back doesn't sound fun either!!!

                        2tempe today is the first time I put a bra on. My mom's cousin came to visit and since it is a man I thought I would dim the headlights. The strap in the back runs right across the incision but it doesn't seem to be bothering me so it is all good.

                        I am going to take a nap now!!! My son brought me bar-b-que that he made yesterday and it was pretty dang good!
                        Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Was youtubing maybe look intto A reactor panel endurance, they are really popular and the dutch team uses them bonus of being adjutable

                          I can only give dressage and jump saddle opinions but generally the higher priced ones were more comfy

                          Ooh i want a chelderic soo comfy
                          Beyond the Ring-para dressage, training, coaching
                          www.facebook.com/btrparadressage

                          Proud Team Four Star Minion! Renegade for Life!

                          Comment

                          • Original Poster

                            #14
                            I am getting better but my gait is still a little off and I still get tired. Monday the 20 staples come out WOOT!!!!! My friend Betty is going to take me to Houston and we will certainly celebrate getting rid of the zipper in the back. I am under the weather today and was throwing up. OK....throwing up when you just had back surgery and can't bend over is not really a fun thing to do. Hoping I don't have a virus and it was just taking meds on an empty stomach. A nasty bug is going around!!!
                            Last edited by AlfalfaGirl; Apr. 30, 2013, 12:57 PM. Reason: wrong word! DUH!!
                            Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                            Comment

                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              I just got back from the doctor a little while ago. Staples are gone!! Woot!!!! I am improving and can now get out and about. I have to walk more every day and build up my core muscles again. I will add swimming in a week or so after the little holes from the staples heal closed. I will see the doctor again on July 1 and hopefully he will clear me for riding even if it is at a walk!
                              Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                              Comment

                              • Original Poster

                                #16
                                I am clicking along but still get pretty dang tired. My daughter graduated from college a week ago and I had to climb up and down stairs. I did just fine with my back but it wreaked havoc on my knee where I had surgery almost 2 years ago. I can't walk too much right now because of my knee being super aggravated. Still a little wobbly, still numb but it is getting better. Looking forward to July 1 to see what the doctor says. Miss riding my horse so much!
                                Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Good luck, AlfalfaGirl! I haven't had thoracic surgery, but I have had lumbar and two cervical surgeries. The lumbar was in 1995 and was a laminectomy without fusion. The two cervical surgeries were with fusions.

                                  The 1995 experience left me with severe cauda equina, which has left me with a permanent cauldal block. I can't feel my bum, the back of my thighs, my right calf or either foot. It feels really bad at first, but you do get use to it eventually.

                                  My problem is that my disc herniates inward, onto my spinal cord. So far I have had three surgeries to repair damage to the cord. The most recent was in October, when I ended up with a fusion with hardware at C-4, C-5 and C-6. I couldn't lift my left foot up high enough to take a step, either! Kind of puts a damper on getting around, doesn't it?

                                  I riding again about 4.5 months out from surgery. I started off slow, and then built up. I might have over done it though, since I a having some pain in my groin that makes it hard to mount. I can ride through it, stretching down into the stirrup on that side, and it seems to go away. I worry now that I have had this happen three times. It has made me paranoid. I don't know how I would deal with losing my horse and riding.

                                  Anyway, good luck with your recovery. I hope you regain your sensation and that your back in the saddle and stronger than ever.
                                  Sheilah

                                  Comment

                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    Thanks Sheilah. So sorry you are having such problems. Ugh. Nerve pain/injury is the pits.

                                    I joined a local Wellness Center on Monday and went the first time Tuesday to walk in the pool and then joined in a Water Aerobics class. I did ok and it didn't hurt my knee. I was pretty much able to keep up except for balancing on one leg!! I went yesterday and walked in the water - going from my waist to the middle of my neck. I so enjoyed it. I am going to keep going.

                                    I couldn't go Thursday and I can't till Monday. I have such a busy week with cakes I want to just bust. Three 4 tiered wedding cakes, a semi-sculpted groom's cake and a 3 tiered pirate themed quinceneara cake. Ugh....thank God I have two cake budding helping me. They are busting their butts for me. I baked cakes yesterday with the help of my friend and my other buddy made fondant and buttercream. They came at different times today. I iced cakes for hours today. I now have two 4 tiered cakes iced, covered in fondant and ready to decorate.

                                    I am also exhausted and wobbling like a weeble people. Not in pain - just so off balance and wobbly. I think the walking in the water/aerobics class gave my muscles a run for their money...and my muscles lost.

                                    I do not have another wedding til June 29 and so I will be going to the Wellness Center every day except when we go out of town next weekend. I want that doctor to notice a difference and let me ride....even at a walk would be blissful!!!

                                    Hope you get better....maybe walking in water would help you too. I relaxes me and that helps. My feet and lower legs are freaking numb and that makes me nuts!
                                    Logging Miles with the Biscuit 530.5 Miles for 2011 visit my trail riding blog at www.dashingbigred.blogspot.com

                                    Comment

                                    Working...
                                    X