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  1. I have been having trouble getting on this site,...

    I have been having trouble getting on this site, but just wanted to say "thank you", Gayle, Evelyn and Sally for your responses. I feel much better now about having a spinal block with a fused spine...
  2. Thanks, JenniferG, it's a good question, and I...

    Thanks, JenniferG, it's a good question, and I should clarify. A spinal block is safer in general for both the mom and the baby (babies delivered through general anaesthesia get the effects of the...
  3. Spinal block for scheduled C-section - any others with fusion gone through this?

    Hi all, I haven't been on for a long time, probably since I had my son two and a half years ago. I tried to deliver naturally, but was unsuccessful and ended up having a C-section under general...
  4. I tried to deliver naturally, but couldn't due to...

    I tried to deliver naturally, but couldn't due to the baby facing the wrong way (not a breech birth - he was "sunny side up"). They gave me pain meds through my IV during labour and pushing. I...
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    I tried to deliver naturally, but the poor baby...

    I tried to deliver naturally, but the poor baby got "stuck" in my pelvis. I ended up having a C-section under general anaethesia and it turned out the baby was facing the wrong way ("Sunny side up"...
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    I agree with going to see a physiotherapist. I...

    I agree with going to see a physiotherapist. I ended up needing to go to one after herniating a disc under my fusion several years after my surgery. An excellent physiotherapist, trained in spinal...
  7. Lorz - thank you for the information you have...

    Lorz - thank you for the information you have from experience. In my pre-natal class, they made it sound so easy to flip the baby around using lunges or walking upstairs sideways, that part of me...
  8. Had my baby:) and bizarre labour situation

    My beautiful baby boy was born a couple of weeks ago (a couple of weeks early!). He is doing really well and we are completely in love with him.

    Here's my bizarre labour story. I'm wondering if...
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    I am due any day now with my first baby and have...

    I am due any day now with my first baby and have a Harrington rod that runs from T5 to L2. Because of this, my age (35) and the fact I had a herniated disc at L5/S1 a few years ago, I was matched...
  10. Pregnancy, delivery, long scar and epidural

    I'm now a little over 6 months pregnant and had my appointment with the anaethesiologist today. I'm very leery of having an epidural, more due to my past herniations at L5/S1 than to my scoliosis...
  11. Hi Colleen, My heart goes out to you! I...

    Hi Colleen,

    My heart goes out to you! I remember when you were going through the tough decision over whether or not to have the surgery or not. I'm so sorry to hear things are actually worse...
  12. Pooka: I remember you writing this on a thread a...

    Pooka: I remember you writing this on a thread a couple of years ago and I remember hoping mine would fuse too because I was in so much pain and you told me the pain went away when it fused. From...
  13. Hi Tracy, I was kind of shocked when I saw my...

    Hi Tracy,

    I was kind of shocked when I saw my x-ray when I hurt my back a few years ago - I hadn't expected the Harrington rod to look like it did. My rod looks identical to yours - they just...
  14. That's good that you followed your intuition and...

    That's good that you followed your intuition and got another opinion and another set of measurements. I felt like my scoliosis came out of the blue when it was diagnosed when I started having back...
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    I have dealt with the sudden swelling and pain...

    I have dealt with the sudden swelling and pain around the tailbone that goes away after awhile. You may want to get it checked out, to see if it's a cyst. If it is, it may be what is called a...
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    Hi Anya, I had my surgery (T5 to L2) nearly 20...

    Hi Anya,

    I had my surgery (T5 to L2) nearly 20 years ago now, and I remember having quite a bit of upper back pain at different points, everything from general achiness to an intense pin pricking...
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    I definitely get back neck pain whenever I have...

    I definitely get back neck pain whenever I have to do anything that requires me to lie on my stomach (always for medical procedures - seems you can't fix one thing without hurting something else:()
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    Hi Debbie, I am on another back pain related...

    Hi Debbie,

    I am on another back pain related board because of a herniated disc at L5/S1. The other board is more for people with herniations, stenosis, etc. (not a lot of scoliosis). The general...
  19. Hi Karen, Totally understand where you're...

    Hi Karen,

    Totally understand where you're coming from, but I'm not actually asking anyone to diagnose me - I've been to a clinic (have started antibiotics, etc.) and it's just the results I'm...
  20. Reduced lung capacity and pneumonia diagnosis

    When I had my surgery nearly 20 years ago for scoliosis, the thoracic curve was at about 65 degrees and tests showed I had lost lung capacity (which I was told back then, I would never fully...
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    Hey always smilin'! Glad to hear you're back...

    Hey always smilin'!

    Glad to hear you're back at work and enjoying it! As a teacher myself, I smiled when I read how they re-jigged the classes to give you a better year...but it sounds like after...
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    Hi jowilly, I've been reading through the...

    Hi jowilly,

    I've been reading through the threads Linda posted, and while they are reassuring in that many people with Harrington rods had no problems in pregnancy, I don't know if they would...
  23. I played a lot of high impact running sports up...

    I played a lot of high impact running sports up until a few years ago (field hockey in high school, Ultimate frisbee up until a couple of years ago, road hockey on occasion) and still play some very...
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    I just saw this on the canada.com link (I've...

    I just saw this on the canada.com link (I've posted it in the adult surgery section). Incredible!
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    Less invasive new surgery

    http://www.canada.com/health/spinal+surgery+patients+walking+within/2086285/story.html

    I'm not sure how long this link will be active, but hopefully some will be able to check it out. Advances in...
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