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JenM
06-20-2010, 08:17 PM
I have to say that even though my surgery was June 8th and less then 2 weeks ago, I am SOOO glad I got it done! I don't know why I waited so long...guess I was basically just terrified of the surgery. I am still in alot of pain, but it is so exciting to see the new me evolve!! Everyone who comes to my house makes a comment. I feel so much more confident in clothes!!! Now for the first time this summer, instead of hiding under my baggy XL (frumpy) t-shirts, I will get to go out in confidence and not worry about what people think about my rib hump!!! I can't wait to go out shopping and buy stylish tighter fitting clothes.It's funny too because I always see my husband checking out my new figure too. He is so excited about it too! I feel like I have a new lease on life and I am excited to see what it brings!! The surgery is definately a big boost in self-confidence!!! When I was diagnosed with scoliosis around 12 years old I had a negative self-image, and felt very down on myself. Just have to say I am soooo glad I got this surgery now at 31 years old as opposed to waiting until my mid to later thirties and forties. I feel like I was robbed of my 20's and want to get that time back again!!!again!!!! Does anyone feel the same way?

Thanks so much for listening. I love this forum. You are a great bunch of people!!!!

Love, JenM

golfnut
06-20-2010, 09:01 PM
Jen,
What an upbeat post! I am happy for you and your new image.

jsully
06-21-2010, 03:53 AM
You go girl!! Now if I could get rid of preggo tummy. I think the Dulcolax may be kicking in sooon:rolleyes:
Janet

JenM
06-21-2010, 03:59 AM
Janet-

you so crack me up! I still have a preggo looking belly too! I'm not able to go to the bathroom alot still!!!

Jen

jsully
06-21-2010, 05:24 AM
If the Dulcolax doesn't work I'm doing Mag Citrate tonight then everyone oughto hold on to their hats!

JamieAnn
06-21-2010, 08:00 AM
CONGRATS Jen!! That's so amazing.

You'll have to post before/after pictures :).

coscottsx61
06-21-2010, 08:14 AM
In my mind I can see you in new clothes with a big smile. When I had my surgery, 34 years ago, I remember my mom taking me shopping after I got out of my brace. She spend $100 (a lot of money in 1976) on all new clothes for me and I felt beautiful for the first time in 16 years!

Congratulations and keep you eyes upon your new, beautiful bod:)y!

foofer
06-21-2010, 08:29 AM
Jen,

Love hearing from the new you!

rohrer01
06-21-2010, 11:20 AM
This made me smile. :)

JenniferG
06-21-2010, 04:00 PM
Great to hear you so thrilled with your new body. You'll have to tell us all about your first shopping spree.

I didn't think a lot about cosmetic changes, pre-op. I was more concerned with keeping the pain at bay. I knew I hated my rib hump but I wasn't overly concerned about my shape. But when I first saw my my new shape I was stunned. It really is a confidence boost.

Post op pic was taken at 11 weeks.

jrnyc
06-21-2010, 05:14 PM
hey Jenn
that looks fantastic! hope you feel as good as you look!

jess

rohrer01
06-21-2010, 05:43 PM
These pictures always amaze me. What a fantastic new figure! I'm happy for you. :D

jsully
06-21-2010, 08:04 PM
Mag Citrate rocks!

Confusedmom
06-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Like this thread! Would love it if more of you post-surgery folks would post photos. It's so inspiring. I'm not doing this for cosmetic reasons--but it sure would be a nice bonus!!!

Congratulations JenM, and other JenniferG your photos are awesome--you're not really 58 are you?

Barb, you have a big surgery coming up--keep us posted so we can provide moral support!

Evelyn

golfnut
06-21-2010, 08:24 PM
Jennifer G,
Your post op. picture looks great. I will be 60 in Nov. and will be fused T4-sacrum, also. It makes me not so fearful and more excited to see the transformation. You have to be pleased!

JenniferG
06-21-2010, 11:23 PM
Hi Jess, I feel lucky, I know that. And yes, I feel very well. I couldn't ask for more.

Thanks Rohrer and Evelyn. Karen, I'm 60 next May, almost 58 when I had surgery and it sounds like we may have travelled a similar path. If you have any questions, please just ask.

titaniumed
06-21-2010, 11:33 PM
Congratulations JenM

and AussieJen... for the great looking backs.

and Janet, on the mag citrate results....Oh man! Its nice to have backup! LOL

All you guys who are in your first stages of recovery should be keeping notes on med intake, food intake, bowel movements. Opoid constipation needs to be watched for every day.

Hang in there, it will get better.
Ed

foofer
06-21-2010, 11:42 PM
Ed,

I love it when you chime in. :)

LynetteG
06-22-2010, 04:36 PM
Janet - mag citrate is what I used, and it worked wonders for me :)

Back-out
06-22-2010, 06:15 PM
Re constipation from opiates - yes, it can cause killer pain and more. Having been on opiates for a long time (very little now, but a year ago - an astronomical dose), one of my highest monthly expenses was for Miralax. It hit me hard when it was offered OTC instead of as prescription drug.

Don't laxatives work prophylactically? A good friend of mine went for extensive abdominal cancer surgery six months ago, and I urged him to take Miralax beforehand to minimize that paralytic ileus business (it REALLY hurts when your belly is a mass of stitches, as any of you know if you've had abdominal incisions for anything!).

He said the constipation and bloating were worse than other pains, ventilator, etc, but that at first it was easier because his stool had been softened to start with.

Back-out
06-22-2010, 06:22 PM
On newly straight backs:

Congrats JenM! I'm so happy for you It must have been awful to go through adolescence with visible scoliosis!

And JenniferG - whistling sound!
You sure don't look your age, not before NOR after your surgery. But what a lovely correction. It looks to have been very painful for you too - your neck looks strained and I can only imagine what was going on inside all those angles!

Tell the truth, though. You seem to have an athlete's body. Did you manage to stay active even before your surgery? If so, I'm sure that helped you loads through your surgery and recovery. Hope so, and meanwhile - many congratulations to you both! :)

ADMoul
06-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Wow, Jennifer, wonderful pictures! I am currently on vacation at the beach with friends we have travelled with for years, and they have all commented about my scar and how much straighter I look! Cosmetic aspect was not a big priority for me, but it's a nice bonus.

JenniferG
06-23-2010, 04:52 PM
On newly straight backs:

Congrats JenM! I'm so happy for you It must have been awful to go through adolescence with visible scoliosis!

And JenniferG - whistling sound!
You sure don't look your age, not before NOR after your surgery. But what a lovely correction. It looks to have been very painful for you too - your neck looks strained and I can only imagine what was going on inside all those angles!

Tell the truth, though. You seem to have an athlete's body. Did you manage to stay active even before your surgery? If so, I'm sure that helped you loads through your surgery and recovery. Hope so, and meanwhile - many congratulations to you both! :)

Thanks for your kind words Amanda but I was never an athlete. I was fortunate enough to not be affected by my scoliosis until around age 50 so I was always able to exercise. But I herniated a disc about 2000 and it was downhill from there. I never had more than what I'd describe as mild - moderate Scoliosis pain (apart from when the disc herniated - that was a 10!) and only in the lumbar area despite having a thoracic curve. But it was worsening. Once surgery was scheduled, I embarked on getting as fit as I could. What I found was, the fitter I got, the less pain I had.

I put my good outcome down to my surgeon's skills more than anything.

Thanks Anne!

Doodles
06-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Jennifer--I can't believe how good your back and your scar looks. I think I saw this months ago but forgot. We're just a month apart age wise--my Big 60 is one year away. Did you do anything special to minimize your scar? I've used all kinds of stuff and it is still very red and rather wide. Congratulations again for having such a success! Janet

JenniferG
06-23-2010, 10:48 PM
Jennifer--I can't believe how good your back and your scar looks. I think I saw this months ago but forgot. We're just a month apart age wise--my Big 60 is one year away. Did you do anything special to minimize your scar? I've used all kinds of stuff and it is still very red and rather wide. Congratulations again for having such a success! Janet

Thanks Janet. I just saw your post in Chris's thread and I have to say I feel so sorry you didn't get a cosmetic result you're happy with. After what we go through, we all deserve to be happy with the way we look.

No, I haven't put anything on my scar. That photo was taken at 11 weeks and only last night I did the double mirror thing and checked out my scar. It hasn't changed a lot, just a little lighter, more so the bottom half than the top.

I still lean slightly to the left, (it used to be the right,) my walking is slightly wonky but there is no pain, so I am happy. Fingers crossed for the long term.

How are you pain-wise now Janet?

Doodles
06-24-2010, 12:55 PM
Jennifer--Thanks for your concern. Pain-wise I'm having issues with my left hip and leg the last month or so. I've seen my pt, accuputure, and finally this week my old chiro who just uses the clicker thing around hips. He thinks he can "open" up some around pelvic area to free up sciatica. I now walk better but my left buttock is still so sore to squat, lean down, etc. Otherwise, I just have the usual sore spots around shoulder blade and various aches and pains occasionally but nothing serious. My right lean went left too. We're all different but with enough similarities on here to keep us supporting one another! Janet

JenniferG
06-24-2010, 06:28 PM
Jennifer--Thanks for your concern. Pain-wise I'm having issues with my left hip and leg the last month or so. I've seen my pt, accuputure, and finally this week my old chiro who just uses the clicker thing around hips. He thinks he can "open" up some around pelvic area to free up sciatica. I now walk better but my left buttock is still so sore to squat, lean down, etc. Otherwise, I just have the usual sore spots around shoulder blade and various aches and pains occasionally but nothing serious. My right lean went left too. We're all different but with enough similarities on here to keep us supporting one another! Janet

Thanks for the reply Janet. I'm sorry to hear about your hip/leg issues. Does your surgeon know? Meanwhile I hope the chiro can bring about more improvements. And time, which often helps. Fingers crossed for you.