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    ...two cents here, as well. Though my surgery...

    ...two cents here, as well. Though my surgery went very well and the doctor got more correction than he thought, I still have a hump above my fusion. SO sadly, some of us still have a more visible...
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    In the beginning, I walked, more like scruffed...

    In the beginning, I walked, more like scruffed along, in my pj bottoms and t-shirt down the street to the stop sign everyday, then twice a day. The Percocet left me no pride! But you will find that...
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    I couldn't sneeeze at all for weeks...its as if...

    I couldn't sneeeze at all for weeks...its as if my body knew it wasn't a good idea!
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    When I went away for an extended trip for my...

    When I went away for an extended trip for my tenth anniversary ( a very long time ago!), I left my then 5 and 3 year old kids with relatives. What really helped was a makeshift calendar so they could...
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    I had an anterior approach...my scar goes from...

    I had an anterior approach...my scar goes from under my right shoulder blade and then continues down and across my side... and ends right above my right hip bone. They used my rib for the fusion and...
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    Well, well. I am eight months post-op (one of the...

    Well, well. I am eight months post-op (one of the August ladies!)...and lately my stamina seems to have taken a nose dive...mostly due to the fact that the strange leg pain I had off and on 3-4...
  7. My fusion is in my lumbar area. For the first 4...

    My fusion is in my lumbar area. For the first 4 months, I was happiest flat on my back! But I did go back to work at 3 months. I'm a reading teacher so I would sit for thirty minutes and then get up...
  8. Thread: Hip Pain

    by kt2009
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    I have had groin and hip pain occasionally since...

    I have had groin and hip pain occasionally since my anterior surgery. its on the side where my incision is which is opposite my concave side. My PT says it's just my femoral nerve getting aggravated...
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    I have silk wrap on my fingers with a french...

    I have silk wrap on my fingers with a french polish and I had it removed before my surgery (toe nail polish, too). Unfortunately, it was a while before I could sit long enough to get the silk put...
  10. Thread: Leg Pain

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    Yup,,,me, too. About 5 days post-op I started...

    Yup,,,me, too. About 5 days post-op I started with THE worst pins and needles pain in my right leg (my incision was on the right side). It was even worse when I stood up. It took about a week to go...
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    Wow! I think those numbers are very impressive!...

    Wow! I think those numbers are very impressive! Your body has been through so much and you're feeling good. that says a lot! I myself only got 50% correction, though I could have asked for more...
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    Make sure you sit in the back so you can get up...

    Make sure you sit in the back so you can get up and stand or walk around. That's how I got through events like that 4-6 weeks after surgery...and definitely a pillow!
  13. Thread: Pain Meds

    by kt2009
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    I found that you really have to listen to your...

    I found that you really have to listen to your body. I tried to cut back from 2 to 1 percocet at two weeks and it was WAY too early...so I went back. You will find that you kind of take two steps...
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    At three months post op...I did three hours with...

    At three months post op...I did three hours with 2 very short breaks....I don't know that I could have done much more. I'm almost 6 months now, and I wouldn't look forward to 9 hours...but would...
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    If you mean Chris from NC, I spoke with her on...

    If you mean Chris from NC, I spoke with her on the phone and she is doing very well and feeling good. Having some of the same stomach issues you are having...totally normal!
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    I also dreaded night time. I had to sleep on my...

    I also dreaded night time. I had to sleep on my back b/c of my side incision. Try lots and lots of different, soft pillows that you can use to prop your self in different ways in bed. You're still...
  17. Thread: Leg Pain

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    About 4 days post-op I had what I called severe...

    About 4 days post-op I had what I called severe pins and needles all up and down my right leg (same side as my anterior incision). It lessened and went away after about a week...but it was...
  18. Thread: Home again

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    NIghts were tough because I wasn't that tired and...

    NIghts were tough because I wasn't that tired and I hated to sleep on my back! I would stay up a little later than usual, take my pill and just wait. I used tons of pillows to make my self...
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    I often felt that I was convincing others that...

    I often felt that I was convincing others that this was a good idea. And though I would never do this for cosmetic effect, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I was hoping to have some...
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    Welcome! I'm a former Jersey girl myself! Are you...

    Welcome! I'm a former Jersey girl myself! Are you having blizzard conditions right now like we are in DC? I bought a treadmill off of Craigslist because the weather has been so miserable! Good luck...
  21. Thread: my first outing

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    I was amazed at how tired and exhausted the...

    I was amazed at how tired and exhausted the simpliest task could be. I took my daughter shopping for a Homecoming dress at about 5 weeks post op. I told her she had about 20 minutes to find...
  22. Thread: Home on Tues.

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    so glad u r on your way back home. Doing this via...

    so glad u r on your way back home. Doing this via phone. 30 inches of snow here in No. Va. 10 more tomorrow. had to hike to a friend's house for heat for 2 days but my back made it through waist high...
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    I , too, spent an hour on the phone today...

    I , too, spent an hour on the phone today reassuring someone who is haivng surgery on Friday. And we "met" on this forum. I was so thankful to have this forum that I am more than happy to "pay it...
  24. Thread: Megz update

    by kt2009
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    Thanks for the update...wow, she really went...

    Thanks for the update...wow, she really went through it. I was so glad to have my mom with me after the surgery...even with the rest of my family around me, there is nothing like having your mom...
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    Well said.

    Well said.
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