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LeeJo
02-12-2009, 04:38 PM
I have been trying to put it off, but I'm sick of living in pain. I am considering getting into the surgeon, but only want to do it if it will really relieve my pain.

So, was your pain improved, eliminated, or not improved at all.

Karen Ocker
02-12-2009, 04:50 PM
I am 6 years post a very complicated surgery for very severe triple curves--and I have absolutely no pain.:)

debbei
02-12-2009, 04:53 PM
I am almost 4 months post-op, and my lower back pain, as well as the pain down my thigh is totally gone. I haven't had that old familiar gnawing pain in my lower back since before surgery. Prior to surgery, I'd get that pain even if I stood around in one position too long, or walked too long.

Good luck with your appointment. Like you, after wearing a brace, I was 'cleared' at 23 years of age, and I thought I was good for life. Let us know what happens.

LynnMarie74
02-12-2009, 05:10 PM
I think Im the wrong person to talk to at this point, as Im only 4 weeks post op,but from what Im told from all of my Scoli friends here, is that it takes time to recover & heal & that the pain of the surgery eventually goes away. I can tell you that like Debbe, I dont have the pain I had in my lower back or the sharp shooting pain in the upper part. My pain now only consists of my entire back, muscles & all, moving into place, trying to figure out what I did to them! They are pi$$ed I guess & stuborn! :) Gotta keep your sense of humor during all this or else Id go bonkers!!!!!!!!!!

debbei
02-12-2009, 05:26 PM
Don't get me wrong--I certainly did have surgical pain, but the old lower back and leg pain that pushed me into having the surgery was gone immediately.

LynnMarie74
02-12-2009, 06:15 PM
I /we knew that..I was just saying that the old lower back pain & the stabbling shooting pain in my upper is gone......thank goodness.....just explaining about the surgical pain.....thats the fun stuff, right?! :)

Nancy Joy
02-12-2009, 07:22 PM
I had 2 surgeries a month apart. 1st Oct. 8th, second Nov.10th of 2008. The pain I had for years before is totally gone. I am still healing and feel that but it has been totally successful. I was ironing up a storm last night and realized after about the 10th pair of slacks that I could hardly iron a shirt and pair of slacks before without extreme discomfort. It is just wonderful to be pain free after years of suffering.

Suzy
02-13-2009, 12:45 AM
The minute I woke up from surgery I knew the pain was different. It wasn't the pain that forced me into surgery it was surgery pain and that I knew was going to go away.


I am almost 3 years post op and pain free. I just got back from vacation and danced EVERY night, 4 nights straight in 4" heels! NO BACK PAIN!

debbei
02-13-2009, 07:23 AM
The minute I woke up from surgery I knew the pain was different. It wasn't the pain that forced me into surgery it was surgery pain and that I knew was going to go away.


I am almost 3 years post op and pain free. I just got back from vacation and danced EVERY night, 4 nights straight in 4" heels! NO BACK PAIN!

Suzy,

I BOW to you--what a woman! I am looking forward to the same :) I"m glad you had such fun on vacation.

Singer
02-13-2009, 08:37 AM
No 4-inch heels for me ;), but the severe grinding ache I used to have in the middle of my back, where the curve started to rotate, is gone. I can also stand and sit for much longer periods of time, and have recently gotten into cooking big meals for my family simply because I am able to for the first time in many years. I'm a bookworm and never used to be able to stand and browse in a bookstore or library, and now I can.

Of course the surgery hurts -- but as others have said, knowing that it will improve makes it bearable.

briarrose
02-13-2009, 10:59 PM
I'm almost 9 months post-op and I have the same pain I had pre-op and then some.

LisaMS
02-13-2009, 11:06 PM
I feel like I've had a miraculous recovery! I'm so happy that I had the surgery. At 6 weeks, I was off all pain meds, driving, and working part time. I even clipped my own toenails (I did a lot of yoga before surgery, so that has made me very flexible, which has definitely helped in recovery). At 12 weeks, I can do all housework, some yoga poses, lots of walking, etc.

I don't have back pain anymore. The only thing I have is muscle spasms sometimes (I also have MS, so that makes my muscles more prone to spasms), and some numbness on my left hip which is probably nerve damage from the surgery. That's common, and I feel like it's getting better. Most people who get nerve damage find that it takes several months (or even a year) to heal, but that it does heal.

Everyone's experience is different, but mine has turned out VERY positive! I hope that yours turns out as well as mine did!

Lisa

txmarinemom
02-13-2009, 11:08 PM
My experience mimics Suzy's ... including the 4" heels (okay, sometimes 5" for me ... Suzygirl's a LOT taller!).

The second I woke up (and I popped out of anesthesia, seriously), the pain I had between my shoulder blades for 30 years was GONE.

Did I feel stiff? Sure. Do I have some pain now? Yeah ... especially when I throw myself down on the ground under a tag ;-). I haven't exactly babied myself in recovery - LOL.

Would I, personally, do it again in a heartbeat? Absolutely.

Regards,
Pam

txmarinemom
02-13-2009, 11:22 PM
I had 2 surgeries a month apart. 1st Oct. 8th, second Nov.10th of 2008. The pain I had for years before is totally gone. I am still healing and feel that but it has been totally successful. I was ironing up a storm last night and realized after about the 10th pair of slacks that I could hardly iron a shirt and pair of slacks before without extreme discomfort. It is just wonderful to be pain free after years of suffering.

Nancy Joy,

Who ever thought there'd be such hidden joy in ironing? LOL!

Sooooo glad to hear you're doing well! ;-).

Pam

Susie*Bee
02-14-2009, 09:08 AM
briarrose-- I'm sorry to hear of your pain, but appreciate hearing a little of "the other side of the story"... It's wonderful that so many of you are pain free-- "YAY! :D " but that isn't always the case.

I know that as I read through both scoli books by Dave Wolpert and Michael Neuwirth, there was no promise of pain alleviation... so I didn't know what I would end up with. Mine is just mostly tightness, tenderness and aching and may eventually go away-- or not. It is different from what I had before surgery and I prefer this.

I believe most of our surgeons would say that the surgery is intended to stabilize our spines and provide some correction-- and hopefully decrease pain. But that part is never promised. Please feel free to correct me if you've heard otherwise.

About HEELS-- I'm glad wearing heels isn't a biggie to me! For some reason wearing any kind of heels makes my hips hurt and feel out of alignment or something. :eek: And that started well before my surgery.

txmarinemom
02-14-2009, 03:04 PM
briarrose-- I'm sorry to hear of your pain, but appreciate hearing a little of "the other side of the story"... It's wonderful that so many of you are pain free-- "YAY! :D " but that isn't always the case.

Susie, I'm not pain free either, but in comparison to what it WAS (and had been since I was about 10), it is oodles and oodles (of course that's a technical term! ;-) better. What I have now is a pain level I can live with.

Shell, hang in there. Although it doesn't seem possible things will improve after a certain point, sometimes they surprise you. I'm crossing my fingers there's one (a surprise) around the corner for you.


I know that as I read through both scoli books by Dave Wolpert and Michael Neuwirth, there was no promise of pain alleviation... so I didn't know what I would end up with. ...

I believe most of our surgeons would say that the surgery is intended to stabilize our spines and provide some correction-- and hopefully decrease pain. But that part is never promised. Please feel free to correct me if you've heard otherwise.

You're exactly right there ARE no guarantees. I think most, if not all, of us took this plunge as a last resort. It certainly wasn't on *my* to-do list ...

Hanson estimated a 70% chance of significant pain reduction for me, a 30% chance of no change, and very little chance of increased pain. No, he didn't promise anything, but I was SO tired of 30 year chronic pain (and then, the bonus pain that was building), I was honestly at a point I would have jumped at a 10% chance.

If I had to guess, I'd say *maybe* my outcome was a little easier to predict because my curve was non-progressive, had always hurt in the same place, and had been static my entire adult life. In fact, it likely could have been left exactly as it was if it wasn't hurting so bad.

As for heels, I LOVE them ... the higher, the better (I think there's a post around here somewhere from me pre-op where I swear I'll be back in them if I had to SLEEP in them!).

I'm 5'2" (only here does it matter that I'm 5'2" AND A 1/4" post-op): The closest thing to flats I own are tennis shoes and cleats ;-). Oh ... and flip-flops. Other than that, I don't think I own any shoes with less than a 3" heel!

Regards,
Pam

titaniumed
02-15-2009, 05:57 PM
Since there are "no guarantees", I was one who put off surgery as long as possible, being scared to death. Pams right, with me, it was a last resort. I just wasn't getting any relief after all the things I did at age 49 and with 2 70 degree curves. (see my threads)

I have no pain now.

Lee Jo
You need to change your location since you are in a blizzard all the time. That would put you up at the North pole. LOL
You wouldn't want Santa to drop you down the chimney at the hospital now, would you?

Ed

LeeJo
02-16-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks, Ed, though with our record snowfalls this year, the statement "in a blizzard, right now" has been appropriate here more often than not.

I have had occasional back pain all of my teen and adult years, then after having my second child, 6.5 years ago, while he was in that nursing and carrying all the time stage, it got more consistent and worse. Then when he was 15 months old, I got rear-ended in my car, and since then I have not been pain-free in my upper back and neck for more than a few days at a stretch. (Every once in awhile i have a period of "serendipity" when all of my vertebrae are actually happy). Those stretches are fewer and farther between. Now, 5 weeks into 8 weeks of myofascial release and PT I am still running around most of the time at a 6-7 on a 1-10 scale for pain. This is no way to live. I'm not the mom I want to be, I'm a tired, achy grouch an awful lot. I think it may be time to find out just what degree my cobb angle is, and see what can be done.

I really am thankful for all of your input, it makes me have hope of living a semi normal life.