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    I had this same question a couple of years...

    I had this same question a couple of years ago.... I had a curve progression due to the surgeon not extending the fusion and instrumentation up high enough, so I ended up with "junctional scoliosis"...
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    Hi, Welcome... In terms of ab exercises, I do...

    Hi,
    Welcome...
    In terms of ab exercises, I do the leg lowering kind, rather than crunches. Look at some of the pilates 100 kinds, they should be suitable and challenging. For cardio I swim, walk,...
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    Pass on my best wishes to Discombobulated. We're...

    Pass on my best wishes to Discombobulated. We're almost exactly a year apart in revision surgery! I hope all goes well for her in her recovery.
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    Thanks, that's good to know. It is helpful to...

    Thanks, that's good to know. It is helpful to know that I will keep getting better, because that is certainly how I feel... a work in progress!
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    Thanks Suzie, and for the PM's. I really think...

    Thanks Suzie, and for the PM's. I really think that the psychological stuff can be the hardest but it's not talked about enough. It's easy to underestimate the impact that surgery has on your...
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    One year post revision, the highs and lows

    Well, it's a year today since my surgery. It's great to be not staring down the barrel of an operation at this time of year, heading into christmas and summer with my family knowing that this year...
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    Hello from across the tasman! I can't answer all...

    Hello from across the tasman! I can't answer all of your questions, but some of them I can.
    I understand your concerns about progression, the jury is still out on whether or not curves will...
  8. Thread: This Scar

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    I loved it! You have an amazing voice, and I love...

    I loved it! You have an amazing voice, and I love the piano too. I liked this verse. It's fitting.

    With this scar,
    That represents my life
    A good old fashioned fight
    The willingness to...
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    I didn't have any instructions about when it was...

    I didn't have any instructions about when it was ok to sleep on my stomach, I used to LOVE sleeping on my stomach and had since a baby.... I was told by my PT that it wasn't good for me, and I...
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    I named my kitten Leo, he's been a godsend. Apart...

    I named my kitten Leo, he's been a godsend. Apart from when he wants to play and I'm not up to it! Our last cat had no road-sense... :( We're a bit overprotective with Leo, but he has a good life!...
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    Another thought, can you share a text book with...

    Another thought, can you share a text book with someone in your class so you don't have to carry them to and fro? That is the option I chose when I was needing to use them at University. Or else...
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    A rolling backpack is good, but I know I was a...

    A rolling backpack is good, but I know I was a little embarrassed to use one. If you choose to go with that option (totally worth it!) find a cute one and use it confidently!
    Alternatively, find...
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    Hi Discombobulated! My surgery was december too,...

    Hi Discombobulated!
    My surgery was december too, so that makes for easy comparison! I'm not sure how well I could compare the surgeries, and I'm guessing given your course of study that you might...
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    Yay! Someone WAS reading my blog! Thank you!

    Yay! Someone WAS reading my blog! Thank you!
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    Update on my progress!

    Hi Everybody,
    Just wanted to update everyone on how I am going. I had my revision in December, and I can honestly say, it was worth it. I've really improved the last month, and am back to full...
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    maybe start a thread on rain drop therapy, it...

    maybe start a thread on rain drop therapy, it sounds a bit like snake oil... how do we know whether her curve would have stopped progressing on its own? Not to be negative, wouldn't it be lovely if...
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    I've had some nasty rib pain, which seems to be...

    I've had some nasty rib pain, which seems to be better after revision (somewhat better). The pain you are describing is similar, like I was being stabbed or something at the very lower few ribs on...
  18. Thread: Post op Fatigue

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    Hi, I'm still tired... getting better, feeling...

    Hi,
    I'm still tired... getting better, feeling generally pretty good, but I get wiped out sometimes after things that would normally be ok. Like last week I did a big presentation, and had spent a...
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    Hi Sasha, Welcome to the forum. I'm one of the...

    Hi Sasha,
    Welcome to the forum. I'm one of the unlucky minority that needed a revision. I found the revision surgery was actually better than the first, going into it terrified after how awful my...
  20. Thread: Oh, the PAIN!

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    I chose surgery too when I realised that my...

    I chose surgery too when I realised that my quality of life without it, was worth the risk. It was a difficult choice but it was ultimately the right one. I had realistic expectations going in, that...
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    Hi Scolimich, I'm a 27 year old and had a...

    Hi Scolimich,
    I'm a 27 year old and had a revision in December last year. I was having increasing pain over the few years prior, and was on quite a bit of medication for that. My curve had...
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    Hi Abbie, I found that using relaxation tapes...

    Hi Abbie,
    I found that using relaxation tapes helped me get to sleep really well, and all the other usual things like not drinking coffee in the afternoon. I'm also a university student, and I...
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    Hi Suzy! Wow... you're doing great! Can you take...

    Hi Suzy!
    Wow... you're doing great! Can you take short breaks in the day and take a rest somewhere? When I start working, it's likely that I'll have my own office so I'm planning to get a rollout...
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    There was something on Greys Anatomy, I think...

    There was something on Greys Anatomy, I think Season 2, where a girl had a scoliosis/kyphosis op. She was bent in half, and then ended up 'fixed' at the end. It was cool, is nice to have references...
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    Me too... I had a horrible down patch after...

    Me too... I had a horrible down patch after surgery, crying over nothing, no motivation to do anything, and feelings of isolation. I really felt like I should be able to do more than I was, but it...
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