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    The nerve pain and swelling (? I assume there was...

    The nerve pain and swelling (? I assume there was swelling because I couldn't stick my shoulder blade out) has subsided and now just a lot of itching, which makes me think it was definitely nerve...
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    Haven't visited this sight in awhile, but am here...

    Haven't visited this sight in awhile, but am here today for the same thing you describe! I am 20+ years post op and hardly ever have trouble. I have a slight cold or allergies and am having a lot of...
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    Glad to hear about her correction and will...

    Glad to hear about her correction and will continue to send good thoughts and prayers your way for a full recovery!
  4. Thread: Swimming

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    I do flipturns just fine. Butterfly...not so...

    I do flipturns just fine. Butterfly...not so much. I can do it, but it's akward and I don't think I could have ever competed in that stroke.
  5. She sounds like a typical teenager:) My method...

    She sounds like a typical teenager:)
    My method of coping was probably more of a denial when I was 15. I didn't want to watch the surgery on PBS. My concerns were could I take driver's ed with my...
  6. For Gabs mum... I still have some curvature of...

    For Gabs mum...
    I still have some curvature of my spine, and actually acquired a bit more after surgery when I hit another growth spurt post op, so I still consider myself to have scoliosis.
    I...
  7. For Nickysmom, just to cover the request for...

    For Nickysmom, just to cover the request for responses for the "many years ago..." part
    My fusion was a little over 18 years ago and my recover was similar to what the parents wrote about already...
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    It looks like the guys on this site saw that...

    It looks like the guys on this site saw that study too.

    http://www.fixscoliosis.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87

    I don't even want to comment on this...I can hardly believe people would even...
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    I had trouble sleeping for a long time after my...

    I had trouble sleeping for a long time after my surgery, especially in my own bed, so maybe it's common?
    Does she have seasonal allergies? If so, you could try to get her doc to prescribe a nasal...
  10. I agree with SIsFORSarah about the pain sounding...

    I agree with SIsFORSarah about the pain sounding like sciatica. When I had that, physical therapy took care of it. The most helpful stretch was lying face down, keeping your pelvis on the ground,...
  11. I'm pretty athletic and slow, but I don't really...

    I'm pretty athletic and slow, but I don't really know how much I can blame on the rods. I have a feeling I'd be pretty slow without them too:)
    I swim pretty much the same speed, or faster than...
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    I don't know if this will work, but I've always...

    I don't know if this will work, but I've always been told for after workouts to replace proteins to drink chocolate milk or slimfast shakes.
  13. Thread: Aed?

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    FYI...I requested more info on this from the...

    FYI...I requested more info on this from the American Heart Association. If you are interested in their response!

    "Thank you for contacting the American Heart Association and American Stroke...
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    That is where my surgery was 18 years ago. I...

    That is where my surgery was 18 years ago. I also cannot say enough good things about them. I believe they are leaders in scoliosis research and treatment, and I have had far less complications...
  15. Thread: Aed?

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    Aed?

    I just completed CPR and AED training. They taught us to remove anything metal before administering the shock. Does anyone know if rods would interfer or worsen the condition if one were to be...
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    I tilt my saddle down a little more in the front...

    I tilt my saddle down a little more in the front than most do on my rode bike to help adjust for my lack of flexibility in my spine. It's tilted enough to where if I sit upright, I will almost slide...
  17. Thread: Swimming

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    Hi Paula...hope your surgery has gone well. I...

    Hi Paula...hope your surgery has gone well.
    I had my surgery a long time ago in Dallas at Scottish Rite Children's. The first month or so after surgery was very limiting. I had surgery in July and...
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    Hi Paula, I'm in Austin too! Just wanted to let...

    Hi Paula, I'm in Austin too! Just wanted to let you know, my curves and fusion sound similar to yours, and I don't have really have any limitations from the surgery on my freestyle stroke. I didn't...
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    briarrose: My upper was 63 and my lower was 47. ...

    briarrose:
    My upper was 63 and my lower was 47. I had a correction to 11 degrees on top and almost 0 on bottom. Good luck!
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    whenever I need to get in my lower cabinets for...

    whenever I need to get in my lower cabinets for more than just a second, I still sit on the floor to do what I need then stand back up. I am also pretty good at picking up stuff with my toes!...not...
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    I was 5'1" before surgery, then 5'4" the day...

    I was 5'1" before surgery, then 5'4" the day after surgery, and also grew 2 more inches the next year...5" in one year woo hoo!
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    I have seen him once before, but I can't give you...

    I have seen him once before, but I can't give you too much advice. The only reason I saw him was because it had been over 10 years since I had my back checked, so I just wanted him to see that...
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    I am terribly saddened by this tragedy. I ask...

    I am terribly saddened by this tragedy. I ask God to give Trudy's family strength to get through this dark time. Let her children know that she is now with them all the time, what she seemed to...
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    For the most part, she should be able to dance,...

    For the most part, she should be able to dance, but may have a little trouble with flexibility issues in ballet, and maybe jazz. It really depends how far they fuse. My fusion limited me in moves...
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    My Baby Girl, Just wanted to let you know that...

    My Baby Girl,
    Just wanted to let you know that the way your daughter's diagnosis went was very similar to mine. I got the letter in jr. high at age 13. We went took it to my pediatrician and she...
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