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  1. Oh by the way, I am 28 and wasn't too old for...

    Oh by the way, I am 28 and wasn't too old for surgery :)
  2. I was also given misinformation by certain...

    I was also given misinformation by certain doctors and told nothing could be done. I will tell you how to get around that - RESEARCH AND PERSISTENCE! Find a great surgeon who empathises with your...
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    I smoked up until a month before surgery, but was...

    I smoked up until a month before surgery, but was only a light smoker of bout 1-2 ciggies a day. Quit as soon as you can pre-op! You may as well quit because you aint gonna be able to go out for a...
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    I have been wearing my lumbar brace now for...

    I have been wearing my lumbar brace now for nearly two months. It is very hard to see it and nobody notices it. You will be fine.
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    I stopped one month before surgery. However,...

    I stopped one month before surgery.

    However, my surgeon did not specify alcohol was to be stopped before surgery. It is usually done of one's own volition.

    I think you will know when to stop...
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    I am in college doing nursing. I spoke at length...

    I am in college doing nursing. I spoke at length with my surgeon about whether this would be a practical profession for me after fusion. He said probably not, but if I decided to do it, choose a less...
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    I am 28, and was in a similar situation to you...

    I am 28, and was in a similar situation to you with similar degree of scoli.

    I decided to get the surgery and am extremely pleased with the results. In my opinion, just MY opinion, the surgery is...
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    Solid Salad is yummy :P

    Solid Salad is yummy :P
  9. I dislike my brace and cannot wait to begin...

    I dislike my brace and cannot wait to begin weening myself off of it. I am then going to take it out to the bush and shoot it with my dad's anti-tank rifle!
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    Probably the hardware. Maybe they can get in...

    Probably the hardware. Maybe they can get in there and grind a bolt down or something.

    My surgeon told me this was one of his most common complaints post-op.
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    Yea, I still pop a 5mg oxy some nights before bed...

    Yea, I still pop a 5mg oxy some nights before bed as I wake up at 4am with significant pain.

    The other day I went for a swim, or more a float, and it felt damn weird. I could feel the bars in my...
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    Looks terrific :) Well worth the battle aint...

    Looks terrific :)

    Well worth the battle aint it !
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    You are one tough Mother Ed :)

    You are one tough Mother Ed :)
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    I am am 28 and was fused T3-L4 one month ago :) ...

    I am am 28 and was fused T3-L4 one month ago :)

    I am lovin it too :D
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    I am three weeks out and drive around for hours...

    I am three weeks out and drive around for hours each day and love it :D

    mmmm, nine hours, that is a longy! My prediction would be three weeks, maybe sooner if your are doped up on opioid meds.
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    Just remember to eat good foods whilst doing...

    Just remember to eat good foods whilst doing this.

    I found having increasing leg and arm strength helped a lot with surgery, so try doing some weights on your arms. This really helps when you have...
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    I would see a scoliosis surgeon about this issue...

    I would see a scoliosis surgeon about this issue with some urgency. It could be that your thoracic curve is pushing against your stomach or esophagus. Or it could be nerve related.

    Don't wait, see...
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    Oh that feeling of post-surgery delight at having...

    Oh that feeling of post-surgery delight at having held tough and followed through with the surgery.

    Congratulations asha! I wish you a great recovery. The pain and discomfort sucks, but just...
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    I would think diazepam would be effective with...

    I would think diazepam would be effective with this issue, if you are able to take it. It has worked well with me.

    With its muscle relaxing and anxiolytic effects it is a good drug to help one...
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    Hey Tiff, I am 28 and had very similar degrees of...

    Hey Tiff, I am 28 and had very similar degrees of scol as you. I am 3 weeks post op and feel friggen fantastic :)

    Just giving you some positive news in case you opt for surgery.
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    If you need this surgery, just put these possible...

    If you need this surgery, just put these possible complications aside. I know it is extremely difficult to not keep thinking about them, and they are a possibility, but you must believe they wont...
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    Currently only available for thoracic scoliosis,...

    Currently only available for thoracic scoliosis, unfortunately.

    Anyways, I think I am going to like my scar :)
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    My surgeon told me it would take 4 hours and...

    My surgeon told me it would take 4 hours and ended up being 7.5 hours due to L5 defect.
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    Interesting article. But rather than running out...

    Interesting article. But rather than running out and purchasing that DVD, one should try google searching "stretching psoas muscle".

    There are also multiple videos on how to do this through...
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    Get it DONE! You have lived with this for...

    Get it DONE!

    You have lived with this for long enough.
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