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mistybowe
12-12-2017, 05:49 PM
It has been so long since I have checked in with the site after religiously checking in daily throughout my recovery. I am about 16 months post now and have done really well, all things considered. I healed fairly quickly right out of the gate, and by 9 months, was cleared to do most activities. My doctor said that the hardware all looked really good, so he was comfortable with me getting 'back on the horse', so they say. I was able to golf, travel and even dance a bit over the summer and through this fall with little issues. Even though I have a desk job and sit the majority of my day, I try to stay as active as possible and work out 3-4 days a week on my Peloton or treadmill and I think it has really helped.

I do still feel like I am still in healing mode some days. My pain is usually at the top of my fusion (T-6 and above) and can sometimes force me to lie down for a bit if I do too much. Just recently this pain has seemed worse and is concerning me a bit so have scheduled a visit with the doc this Friday. I am sure that it's nothing and just normal aches and pains, but I am always nervous that something will go wrong. Better to be safe than sorry ;)

I just wanted to let all of the supporters know on here how much your support and advice meant to me. I probably didn't express that enough in the early months when my only concern was getting better, but a very big thank you is in order. A special thanks goes out to Ed in particular. The time that you put in here is noticed and admired.

Much love!
Misty

titaniumed
12-13-2017, 07:53 PM
Misty


Thanks for the glowing report, did we ever have any doubts? Never!

The top of the spine can present issues along with the lumbar spine. I guess a lot of us might think that since there is less weight, that it is less of a problem but that thought is wrong....If you look at the difference in weight and force between the cervical and lumbar, there must be a significant difference....but look at how many cervical problems there are in people without any curves. Curves are only a small factor in adult degenerative situations. The rest of it is this surprisingly infinite puzzle of problems that we need to focus on. You know, the other 99%. The spine is complicated....and its everyone's problem. We are just the lucky ones who have to deal with the brunt of it all....

I am glad you appreciate my posts. I think that we all learn from one another and this site helps in that regard. The testimonials have been invaluable, along with reading about all the different cases. My special thanks would go to Linda Racine, our moderator. She has been invaluable around here....

I had a friend pass (Age 53)from a 27 year battle with MS so I am in the dumps right now.....This took a lot of determination on his part. So many of my friends have had to do battle with some sort of disease in one way or another....It's something I am really thinking about these days. The old questions of "Why me?" that arose when I was diagnosed with scoliosis, even with 50 years and surgeries and all the lovely stuff we go through, are blessings compared to some of the hardships I have seen people go through.

That's why we are the lucky ones...

Ed

Kara1992
12-13-2017, 11:49 PM
Hey misty Iím glad your surgery went well

LindaRacine
12-14-2017, 03:39 PM
Misty


Thanks for the glowing report, did we ever have any doubts? Never!

The top of the spine can present issues along with the lumbar spine. I guess a lot of us might think that since there is less weight, that it is less of a problem but that thought is wrong....If you look at the difference in weight and force between the cervical and lumbar, there must be a significant difference....but look at how many cervical problems there are in people without any curves. Curves are only a small factor in adult degenerative situations. The rest of it is this surprisingly infinite puzzle of problems that we need to focus on. You know, the other 99%. The spine is complicated....and its everyone's problem. We are just the lucky ones who have to deal with the brunt of it all....

I am glad you appreciate my posts. I think that we all learn from one another and this site helps in that regard. The testimonials have been invaluable, along with reading about all the different cases. My special thanks would go to Linda Racine, our moderator. She has been invaluable around here....

I had a friend pass (Age 53)from a 27 year battle with MS so I am in the dumps right now.....This took a lot of determination on his part. So many of my friends have had to do battle with some sort of disease in one way or another....It's something I am really thinking about these days. The old questions of "Why me?" that arose when I was diagnosed with scoliosis, even with 50 years and surgeries and all the lovely stuff we go through, are blessings compared to some of the hardships I have seen people go through.

That's why we are the lucky ones...

Ed
Thanks Ed.

Sorry for your loss. It's hard when a loved one goes so early. I suspect it's the universes way of getting us warmed up for all of the losses we'll have to withstand a little later in life.

--Linda

titaniumed
12-14-2017, 07:21 PM
Linda, I hope not too warmed up.....of course, this comes to mind

Sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YbVsEhNuT0

We really don't get cut off short, you know? And we have to endure our scoliosis for long periods of time, almost like our own Green Mile.....

Ed

KathyInIowa
12-15-2017, 10:32 AM
It has been so long since I have checked in with the site after religiously checking in daily throughout my recovery. I am about 16 months post now and have done really well, all things considered. I healed fairly quickly right out of the gate, and by 9 months, was cleared to do most activities. My doctor said that the hardware all looked really good, so he was comfortable with me getting 'back on the horse', so they say. I was able to golf, travel and even dance a bit over the summer and through this fall with little issues. Even though I have a desk job and sit the majority of my day, I try to stay as active as possible and work out 3-4 days a week on my Peloton or treadmill and I think it has really helped.

I do still feel like I am still in healing mode some days. My pain is usually at the top of my fusion (T-6 and above) and can sometimes force me to lie down for a bit if I do too much. Just recently this pain has seemed worse and is concerning me a bit so have scheduled a visit with the doc this Friday. I am sure that it's nothing and just normal aches and pains, but I am always nervous that something will go wrong. Better to be safe than sorry ;)

I just wanted to let all of the supporters know on here how much your support and advice meant to me. I probably didn't express that enough in the early months when my only concern was getting better, but a very big thank you is in order. A special thanks goes out to Ed in particular. The time that you put in here is noticed and admired.

Much love!
Misty

Hi, Misty! It is good to hear from you! I'm so happy that you are doing well, and I hope that your aches and pains are nothing serious, just part of the healing process.

I will say, I felt pretty good at my 1-year post op check up, but not 100% great. I did notice more healing from 12 months to 16 months. I'm now 18 months out and I feel like I'm as good as it's gonna get. I can't complain as I am SO MUCH better than before my surgery. But, I have certainly make life adjustments, and I'm OK with that. I'm sure the "18 month healing time" for me was partly due to my age.

Please let us know how your appointment goes.

Kathy

mistybowe
12-18-2017, 02:45 PM
Please let us know how your appointment goes.



Good to hear from you Kathy! My appointment went just fine. No issues with the hardware at all, he thinks it is likely caused more in my neck due to being at my desk emailing for long periods of time. He encouraged me to go to a few physical therapy appointments to learn some exercises to strengthen the upper part of my back and neck. It's probably not a bad idea to do that anyway... I never went to physical therapy after my surgery, I was told just to walk, walk, walk!

Hope you are well and you have a beautiful holiday season!

Misty

golfnut
01-05-2018, 08:11 PM
Misty,
It sounds like you are doing really well. I noticed that you are a golfer, too. I am fused T4-sacrum and could not imagine that it would be possible to ever play halfway decent again, but I won the Club Championship 1 1/2 years after my surgery. I noticed improvements and an increase in flexibility even after two years.