View Full Version : Congratulations Doodles (Janet) - 2 years post op.

03-31-2011, 11:56 PM
I was glad to see you'd do it all again, but sorry there are still some issues preventing you from forgetting completely about it. But very glad that you feel it was all worthwhile.

Do you think you're 100% or still improving?

04-01-2011, 02:20 AM
You are such a sweetheart to mention this! Thank you. Yes, it was still definitely worthwhile and I hope to still be improving and eventually hit 100% or close to it. I think I overdid my Zumba class on Wed. (although I try to not do any of the jumpy stuff) so have been definitely feeling it today with zapping/zinging pain on the spot where the main curve was. I don't get to that class too often which is probably best since I seem to regret it later. But it's so much more fun than all my other exercising! I'd love to be able to do the yoga, etc. but can't even imagine how some on here can do that. We're all different for sure. Janet

04-01-2011, 08:35 AM
Congrats Janet! So nice to see people stay on the forum after they feel better. I had my surgery two and a half weeks ago and its so hard to see the other side. You mentioned yoga and I know that here in NY they have a yoga studio completely dedicated to scoliosis. It is called Yoga Union. I am hoping to start classes there when the time is right. Maybe you could find something similar where you live. I was going to the classes before my surgery and they really helped. Thanks for keeping in touch. Hope you feel wonderful here on out.

march 15 2010
dr. errico nyu
T5 C1 (not exactly sure)
thorasic 40
lumbar 70

04-01-2011, 09:41 AM
Congratulations, Janet. I hope whatever issues you still have will be resolved soon.

04-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Congratulations, Janet. Thanks for the encouragement you have given me the past year. I hope to get back to Zumba even without the hip action. It is a fun way to get a good workout.

04-01-2011, 09:06 PM
I hope you do reach that 100% mark this coming year Janet but glad that you're doing so well in the meantime.

We'll have to compare notes in another 12 months and see if there've been any further improvements! I think it's Susie Bee who feels her improvements continued into her third year.

Zuma looks like a lot of fun and I'd love to give it a go except I have no rhythm or dance style whatsoever! Embarrassment keeps me from trying it.

04-02-2011, 07:53 AM
Yes, Jennifer, I keep on getting better... or maybe I need to say stronger and more able. Janet, you've come a long way. Congratulations! It sounds like you are doing pretty well! Some of us are like fine wine or cheese and take awhile to achieve the best results. Ha ha. My thought is to be content with where we are, but press on... time is a healer. Patience is a virtue. We can help ourselves in certain ways (exercise, eating right, etc.), but beyond that, it is out of our hands. As I've said before, I thought I was "done" with my healing after one year. I've come leaps and bounds since then, but sooooo gradually. It's in turning back and looking that you see the progress you've made. Wait till next year at this time and see. I'll bet you will be agreeing with me.

04-02-2011, 09:40 PM
Oh, Susie Bee, you give us all such hope for even more improvement! I think you are right. Thanks all for your support and kind words. Jennifer, believe me, you see all variations of skills or lack of at Zumba. Just try the back row a couple times. The good ones go up front & I just follow what they do, more or less. It's just a matter of moving no matter if you get the steps. Thanks all! Janet

04-04-2011, 01:48 PM
[QUOTE=sarahcant;119659] So nice to see people stay on the forum after they feel better. I had my surgery two and a half weeks ago and its so hard to see the other side.

It's very hard to see the other side when your in the thick of things. I had a tough time accepting that I was completely dependant on my husband. however temporary it seemed to my husband, it seemed forever to me. Then I hit a point where I had anxiety and panic episodes because he was out of the house for awhile. However, you do get throug it! I was one of those really slow healers, having a 1 year old didin't help. The 15th and 22nd of this month mark my 2 year anniversay as well. I can say that just in the last 2 months I feel that all those lingerng spots that were causing issues have stopped. It's just my neck and muscle issues above the fusion. I so envy all those who have no pain past the healing phase. Hang in there and remember, one hour at a time, one day at a time. Slow and steady win the race!

04-04-2011, 01:57 PM

Congratualtions! I remember our conversations pre-surgery. It's hard to imagine that it's been 2 years. For me it will be the 15th and the 22nd. Amazing that it's been that long...which also mean only 1 more year on the ship for my husband :O)

04-04-2011, 10:28 PM
I'm sure you'll be very glad when your husband is done on the ship! That has to make everything harder with surgery. I'm glad you are finding those trouble spots are improving. I think the neck is a tough one. Prior to surgery Dr. Lenke said he couldn't guarantee anything about the neck situation. It definitely is still a problem on left neck/shoulder area especially. It is just a sore burning. Congratulations on your almost 2 years! Janet

04-05-2011, 06:42 AM

congratulations from a zumba-junkie. I started over a year ago--I found that when I go regularly, I don't pay for it later. When I first started the class I had about a 2-week period of horrible spasms. But once I (and my back) got used to it, I rarely have that at all anymore. I had an exception a few months ago when I REALLY overdid it, but I have to remind myself not to go too many days per week!

Again, congratulations on this milestone. You have come far.

Jo 71-09
04-10-2011, 08:43 AM
Hi Susan and Janet,
I was the "third musketeer" two years ago when we were all anticipating our surgeries. I totally agree that this recovery has been "slow and steady". Two months ago I would have said that I've never felt better. Uunfortunately since then I'm having lots of trouble with S1 joint pain. I didn't know what was causing the pain and extreme fatigue till the dr gave me an injection to numb the area. The pain was instantly gone, but back in full force within 24 hours! I've been in contact with the dr and will probably have a cortizone injection soon. I've also been wondering if it's time to call my acupuncture dr. Maybe he can help.

The joint pain is new and very discouraging, but up until two months ago I was very active and pleased with my recovery. I'm too afraid to try anything like Zumba, but I've been doing pilates with my former physical therapist and I find it to be VERY helpful with my neck pain, leg stiffness, and overall comfort.

...Trying to take this setback day by day and not get too down about it. I have to keep reminding myself to be patient with the "two steps forward/one step back" recovery pattern that this surgery seems to follow.

Nice to reconnect and check in with both of you.


04-10-2011, 05:35 PM
Hi Jo, lovely to hear from you. I'm so sorry to hear about this SI joint trouble. After doing so well, I sincerely hope this is fixed soon. Please keep in touch and let us know how you go.

04-10-2011, 08:07 PM
Thanks for chiming in! Sorry that you are having this difficulty after doing so well. I sure hope that you find some relief. The more I hear about Pilates, maybe I should try. I just can't imagine trying to do the stuff in Pilates/Yoga I used to do. Hey, I wasn't too hot at it before surgery! Zumba is more fun. Janet

dolores a
04-11-2011, 05:53 AM
Had to chime in also, congrats to you Janet and all the other two year anniversaries...mine will be in June, feeling pretty good, but like everyone is saying, it was a long two years of great progress but with some issues. The neck area seems to be a common area, wonder why? I've been working out with weights and this seems to help...also I've noticed that it helps with my balance. Glad to hear your felling better!

04-11-2011, 08:47 PM
Thanks so much. Glad to hear from you. Yes, the neck is a tough one. Just had a massage today so it's feeling pretty good right now. I go on the April 20th for my 2 year appt.--a little late. Hope you glide smoothly into your anniversary. Janet