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Old 09-16-2006, 09:25 AM
fiddle fiddle is offline
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I am considering buying a laptop so I can work on the computer and be reclined at the same time. But, I have never owned a laptop. Would this even work?

I am trying to reduce the amount of time I am sitting in a chair, but would I have to sit up in bed to use a laptop (would my weight still be shifted to my lumbar spine)?. Or are laptops stable enough so that I could recline and still use one?

Any thoughts would be very helpful! Thank you.

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Old 09-16-2006, 05:36 PM
kennethhoff kennethhoff is offline
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There are many laptop tables that have legs that slide under the bed with wheels, but the table goes over the bed when your laying back. They are quite common. Google searches (laptop bed table) will show you many. Here is but one link:
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:48 PM
Justin Justin is offline
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I LOVE my laptop. I use it all the time for school--with my spine history I like to study laying in bed or flat on the couch. I do this to avoid making my muscles upset, and I retain more information this way (I am weird, I know).

I just rest the laptop on my chest (when I am sitting on my bed or in a chair I rest it on my lap). Make sure to get wireless internet too. I can go anywhere in my three story house and I am connected to the internet--I can also send documents to my printer wirelessly. Don't you just love technology?

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Old 09-16-2006, 09:11 PM
fiddle fiddle is offline
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Thank you so much Justin and Kevin! I am borderline technology-challenged. The laptop bed table is exactly what I am thinking about. If you (or anyone) has any other suggestions they are much appreciated. Any thoughts about what laptop? I don't want the discussion to get too off course from ADR; this is going to help with my pain level if I can reduce the sitting.
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:02 PM
djscal djscal is offline
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I 2nd a laptop. I can't sit at my desk for too long so I lie on the couch with my laptop and I can get a 15 hours worth of work a day done that way. I get up and walk around every so often.
Age 34
DDD L5-S1, bulge and Grade V annular tear.
SED 2/15/05 - no luck
Charite @ L5-S1 8/2/05 with Dr. Regan
Struggling with facet joint pain.
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:02 AM
David David is offline
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I would suggest you spend some time at Notebook

Definitely a good place to see reviews of just about every latpop available, plus, you can search for laptops based on: manufacturer, processor type, graphics, weight, and screen size.

Another place to look at would be here: - laptop buying guide.

If this helps, it looks like laptops/notebooks are divided into the following "types":

--Desktop replacement
--Thin and light
--Tablets and convertible notebooks.

(I was looking into getting myself a laptop, and my work just got me one instead)

47 years old
Surgery: 14-NOV-2006; Straubing, Germany (Dr. B.)
L4-S1: Prodisc
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:19 PM
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Lyndsay Lyndsay is offline
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I've just invested in a wireless laptop, partly in readiness for when I've had my op but also because I've been finding in increasingly difficult to sit at my desk, even with an excellent chair.

I've not yet got a bed table but I did also get a laptop cooler stand to help prevent it getting too warm, it was an additional $10 but definitely worth it.

I have to say, with the week I've been having, the laptop has been a god send so I just know it will be even more so after my op!

All the best
Lyndsay x

37 years old
L4/L5 - L5/S1 DDD
L5/S1 Annular Tear
End Stage Facet Joint Arthritis
Chronic Pain
Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
15 Nov 06 ~ Prodisc ADR at L5/S1
Need a revision but not a surgeon in the UK will (or can?) remove a Prodisc!!
Prodisc has ruined my life
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:24 PM
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Good idea to get a laptop cooler stand. They do run hot and I'm amazed that my Mac PB 15" has had hardly any problems in 2.5 years despite this.

You'll feel short pain in your discogram. The anticipation can eat you up more than the procedure.

Severe, extensive DDD, considered inoperable by Dr. Regan, Lauressen, & some guy at UCLA. Severe foraminal stenosis (guess they can't operate!) and some spinal cord compression that Lauryssen would fix if gets outta hand.
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:50 PM
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I would HIGHLY recommend getting a cooler. All the fans are on the bottom of a laptop and they overheat if they are on your lap while laying in bed. I think I killed my mother board by using it too much in bed.
Injured 9/01
Annular tears L4/5 & L5/S1
denied adr by insurance for 2 level charite as well as hybrid fusion at L5/S1 with Charite at L4/5.

New ins paid for 2 level lumbar prodisc surgery on 4/7/08 (at age 39) with Dr. Westerlund, at Core Orthop
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:23 PM
sharman sharman is offline
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I highly recommend a laptop PLUS a zero gravity recliner. You can try out the recliner relatively cheap by ordering the plastic lawn chair version over the net--called a "La Fuma." That runs about $150, and is a wonderful portable option. The upholstered version of the recliner runs about $1500. Good luck!
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