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    But even non-aggressive swimming requires use of...

    But even non-aggressive swimming requires use of the back muscles. That didn't hurt? Did you have a 5 pound lifting limit?

    Yes. everyone heals differently. I think you were 10 years younger than...
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    Are you kidding? I'm finding these quick recovery...

    Are you kidding? I'm finding these quick recovery stories hard to believe. This isn't my experience at all. After 6 months I am not close to resuming normal activities. I still can't lift much, can't...
  3. That's good advice from jackieg412. For your...

    That's good advice from jackieg412. For your first surgery your parents made the judgment call, now you have the responsibility. Find out how you will be different after surgery and what the surgery...
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    At least one day? And at most how many days? Find...

    At least one day? And at most how many days? Find out what the blood work is for. That will help decide where and when to have it done. The surgeon's office should be on top of things like this and...
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    Travel for Blood Work

    Nancy, I can't find the post, but somewhere you asked if you had to travel to your doctor's location, St. Louis, to have blood work done for him in advance of the surgery.

    Is that really...
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    Another thing that might be useful in my kitchen...

    Another thing that might be useful in my kitchen would be a chair on wheels, an office chair. In a seated position I'd be able to reach things in low-lying locations that I can't reach standing....
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    Well one hip was higher because of my scoliosis,...

    Well one hip was higher because of my scoliosis, I'm sure of that much. But I concede that there is no proof that the hips appearing level after weeks of PT was caused by any actual straightening of...
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    I was wondering about rods being removed. There...

    I was wondering about rods being removed. There are conflicting things written about it. I have heard that they are only important until the spine fuses and not needed after that. Then I have heard...
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    Well, it wasn't the soft tissue I noticed. The...

    Well, it wasn't the soft tissue I noticed. The hip bones themselves were uneven, one higher than the other. I can't be sure that the spine itself relaxed its tight curvature, because I really...
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    "Because some curves stop on their own even at a...

    "Because some curves stop on their own even at a high degree of curvature, it is going to very hard to show PT stops progression. That doesn't mean it hasn't stopped progression in certain...
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    I have been prescribed PT over the years. It was...

    I have been prescribed PT over the years. It was probably to relieve pain but with one therapist the exercises appeared to do more than that.

    My primary curve is down low, making one hip visibly...
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    Is Physical Therapy Effective?

    I have received physical therapy over the years for my scoliosis. One surgeon I consulted says physical therapy is ineffective.

    Does anybody have comment about this? Can physical therapy be a...
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    Yes, I don't love treadmills at all. I much...

    Yes, I don't love treadmills at all. I much prefer to see the world go by and the view change when I walk. And breathe fresh air. But you can't always.
  14. Thread: 11 years out

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    I mentioned that my brace slides down. It happens...

    I mentioned that my brace slides down. It happens especially when I walk. Maybe it's something about my body type. My upper body is kind of bony, not cushioned with flesh that might be more...
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    My visiting physical therapist recommended the...

    My visiting physical therapist recommended the treadmill. It's possible my surgeon would have been less enthusiastic about it, but this therapist was from his network.

    Exercise is important,...
  16. Thread: 11 years out

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    My surgeon has seen it on me and had no...

    My surgeon has seen it on me and had no objections. I will say that I don't like the way it fits, it tends to slide down despite being a small size and a snug fit. I need to wear clingy material...
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    Under clothing, my brace makes me look...

    Under clothing, my brace makes me look hunchbacked so I don't know if that would be an improvement.
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    I seem to need the cane but I hope I can toss it...

    I seem to need the cane but I hope I can toss it away someday. I'm starting to doubt that will ever happen. I have heard of cases where people become psychologically dependent on canes and maybe...
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    I use the cane because my balance isn't good...

    I use the cane because my balance isn't good enough. I should be a bit stronger, too. My surgeon expected that, a walker was prescribed at first and then came the cane. He has not yet told me to wean...
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    I think it is negotiable to get fully fused in...

    I think it is negotiable to get fully fused in one operation if you don't want to risk multiple operations for whatever reason. Rather than limit the fusion and wait and see if more fusion is...
  21. Thread: 11 years out

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    That's great. Can you walk without a cane? After...

    That's great. Can you walk without a cane? After 6 months of mostly lumbar fusion I still need a cane. Maybe I've just become too dependent on it. I used to love hiking in the woods. That would be...
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    I do like the idea of a good sized comfortable...

    I do like the idea of a good sized comfortable SUV. They perform better in snow than sedans, if the weather should not be good. I have owned both.

    If snow is predicted that could slow the trip...
  23. Thread: 11 years out

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    Super. Do you feel that you fully returned to...

    Super. Do you feel that you fully returned to normal after the surgery or are there some changes you just have to live with? If you don't mind my asking.
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    Electric seats because they are almost infinitely...

    Electric seats because they are almost infinitely adjustable? I guess so. An SUV is better than a sedan because it's tougher to get up and down from a place that's close to the ground. Too high would...
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    Vehicle advice

    I hate riding in my husband's car (a Forester) because the neck supports are in an uncomfortable position no matter how you set them. I hope you can try out the car you rent in advance. Comfort is...
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