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lisazena
07-31-2011, 05:29 PM
I am asking a different version of the same question I asked before in the hopes of getting some additional interesting answers. I thank all those who have answered me so far. I know earlier I read about someone who couldn't stand before surgery. I wanted to read that article again, but couldn't find it. As I mentioned earlier I have a 60 degree thoracolumbar curve and have troubles standing (I can stand, but it brings me a lot of pain afterwards) and I can't walk normal distances (I can walk, but not distances). I am interested in hearing from people with similar pre-surgery problems to hear if surgery alleviated their problems as the only reason I am considering surgery is if I could stand and walk normally again. Thanks in advance.
Lisa

JenniferG
07-31-2011, 06:59 PM
Standing was a problem for me pre-op. Walking was ok, even distances. But I'd join a queue and 30 seconds later, I'd be looking for something to lean on. (Not that leaning helped much.)

Post surgery, I have no pain, can stand and walk as long as I want. Osteotomies and laminectomies were performed (not sure how many though.)

LindaRacine
07-31-2011, 10:12 PM
I am asking a different version of the same question I asked before in the hopes of getting some additional interesting answers. I thank all those who have answered me so far. I know earlier I read about someone who couldn't stand before surgery. I wanted to read that article again, but couldn't find it. As I mentioned earlier I have a 60 degree thoracolumbar curve and have troubles standing (I can stand, but it brings me a lot of pain afterwards) and I can't walk normal distances (I can walk, but not distances). I am interested in hearing from people with similar pre-surgery problems to hear if surgery alleviated their problems as the only reason I am considering surgery is if I could stand and walk normally again. Thanks in advance.
Lisa

Lisa...

Do you have leg pain, back pain, or both? In general, doctors can usually relieve leg pain. Surgery isn't quite as effective against back pain.

I had both leg pain and back pain. The surgery I had in January relieved both types of pain.

Regards,
Linda

Doodles
07-31-2011, 11:11 PM
Jennifer's experience sounds very much like mine. Nothing was worse than standing at kitchen counter cutting vegetables, fruit or preparing something. I still could walk and did a lot and usually was OK when I did it for exercise. Stop and start walking (shopping) was awful. I can stand now pretty easily and only occasionally have hip soreness when walking. Janet

loves to skate
08-01-2011, 02:41 AM
Lisa,
I could barely stand or walk for five minutes leading up to my surgery. It was mostly sciatic pain that was so debilitating for me. I had back pain for many years which didn't stop me from doing anything I wanted to do. Since my surgery, even though I still have some leg pain, it doesn't prevent me from doing most things. I can stand in the kitchen to prepare food. Washing dishes is hard because I have to bend over the sink and vacuuming is difficult, so I do a little each day. I can walk at least a mile and probably could walk a lot more, but my knees and ankles cause me pain. Anyway, I am way older than most on this forum and would definitely chose the surgery if I had it to do again.
Sally

lisazena
08-01-2011, 10:51 AM
Thanks Sally, Jennifer, Linda and Janet. That's helpful and good to see. Sally, I'm not young either. I will be 58 in less than two weeks, but am otherwise in good health.

Linda, my problem is leg and foot pain--seems sciatic in origin as the problem began 6 years ago with sciatic pain and now I still have some discomfort in my butt.

I saw one surgeon so far--Lonner--and he wanted me to investigate my leg problems to make sure it was from the scoliosis. I have a left thorocolumbar curve and my primary problem is my right foot and leg. Pain directly relates to activity and the neurologist found that though I have feeling in my right foot, the sensation for cold was markedly more intense lower down on my right foot and leg. This made him think that probably the scoliosis impedes the circulation to the spinal nerves that go to my feet. The only way to test is with a CT myelogram, which he only thought I should do if I'm ready for surgery. I've been trying Lyrica and am about to say this isn't cutting it and am getting ready to try the myelogram, but every time I try something it sets back my activity level, which is low now. I'm in the middle of a potential job change so want to wait to do anything till things settle.

I did try one epidural and it didn't seem to do anything. I know I could try more. I am poised to ask the neurologist if he thinks it would be helpful. And I want to ask Lonner what he thought about the neurologist's report. Again, I don't even want to try the epidural until things settle.

I really appreciate everybody's thoughts.
Lisa