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    I was about 110 lbs going into surgery...at 2...

    I was about 110 lbs going into surgery...at 2 weeks post-op, I was 102 (despite looking 4 months pregnant due to how swollen i was). i gradually kept losing more weight because my appetite was...
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    i'm a pilates instructor and i will say that...

    i'm a pilates instructor and i will say that pilates is amazing for scoliosis! it really targets muscle imbalances and strengthens the core like no other -- and a strong core supports a healthy back....
  3. Thread: Pilates :)

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    I'm fused T2-L1

    I'm fused T2-L1
  4. Thread: Pilates :)

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    Pilates :)

    For anyone that lives in Colorado (or plan to visit!) I am a certified pilates instructor and would LOVE to work with any of you to build of your strength, balance and flexibility, or address...
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    this still kind of concerns me. I am loaded up...

    this still kind of concerns me. I am loaded up with BMP and wish I was aware of the cancer correlation (or other complications) two years ago when I had my surgery.
  6. Thread: Anyone?

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    while i'm only 2 years post-op, i can say that...

    while i'm only 2 years post-op, i can say that overall my surgery was/is a great success. my back hardly ever bothers me these days, and when it does, it's the sort of pain that can happen to anyone....
  7. leanne, i wouldn't worry too much. i actually...

    leanne,
    i wouldn't worry too much. i actually could not walk for more than 5 steps without getting winded and feeling like i was going to faint. the shortness of breath was THAT bad w/ my pleural...
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    Thanks for the input, everyone! I, too, am...

    Thanks for the input, everyone!
    I, too, am greatly affected in the cold weather...my back/rods always gets really tight and tense and it huuuurts when I shiver. I normally do fine in warm...
  9. just FYI...i, too, was having EXCRUCIATING...

    just FYI...i, too, was having EXCRUCIATING knife-stabbing pains for a few weeks/months after surgery -- more so on my left side, felt like it was in-between my ribs. took awhile to get an accurate...
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    Hot stone massage?

    Hi everyone... I'm wondering if any of you have had a hot stone massage post surgery? I'll be 2 years post-op on March 25 and have an appt. scheduled for a hot stone massage this weekend. I didn't...
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    I too was sooo skinny and weak after my surgery....

    I too was sooo skinny and weak after my surgery. I started doing pilates at 5-months post-op and that's what has helped me the most in terms of regaining my strength and muscle tone. you should try...
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    i'm doing awesome! finally went snowboarding...

    i'm doing awesome! finally went snowboarding again this year, and i became certified in pilates recently...teaching a lot of folks with back issues! it has been fun.
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    My 2-year anniversary is this month as well -- on...

    My 2-year anniversary is this month as well -- on the 25th! It doesn't feel nearly as weird as it did exactly a year post-op, but it'll still be a very memorable, nostalgic day. I've been a hinge...
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    it's hard to know exactly what's going on without...

    it's hard to know exactly what's going on without seeing you... but if you're looking to really engage your abs, i suggest using the Pilates chair. most of the exercises are done with a flat/neutral...
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    yay Amy! Have you met with Dr. Bess yet? I...

    yay Amy! Have you met with Dr. Bess yet? I typically don't work on Mondays, but I will see if the physical therapist there can meet with you then! I know she teaches a 9 a.m. pilates class... are you...
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    Anyone live in Colorado?

    Hi all - I recently got certified in Pilates and would love to work with any of you (pre- or post- op!). The studio I work at is also a physical therapy clinic and the owner ( a PT) and I, work very...
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    i'm actually a pilates instructor - i use the...

    i'm actually a pilates instructor - i use the reformer all the time and it's great! i like the pilates chair even more, though, as many of the exercises performed on the chair are done with a flat...
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    yeah, i caught myself going pretty fast at some...

    yeah, i caught myself going pretty fast at some points and then i realized "oh yeah, i have a fusion and it would really suck if i were to cut an edge right now" so i slowed down. it was very...
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    I went to Keystone (in Summit County, Colorado)

    I went to Keystone (in Summit County, Colorado)
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    definitely. my surgeon originally told me 1.5-2...

    definitely. my surgeon originally told me 1.5-2 years post-op for snowboarding, and that's when I went! my only 'lifetime' restrictions are trampolines, sky diving and bungee jumping.
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    I went snowboarding!!!

    Hey everyone. I'll be 2 years post-op this spring, and this past weekend I went snowboarding for the first time since my surgery (T2-L1 posterior fusion)!!! It was very exciting. I was a pretty avid...
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    I am certified in Pilates, and what actually...

    I am certified in Pilates, and what actually inspired me to become certified was doing Pilates exercises on the reformer as part of my rehab post-op. It helped me sooo much! I was a total weakling...
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    i'm fused T2-L1, so pretty close to where you'd...

    i'm fused T2-L1, so pretty close to where you'd be getting fused. as far as limitations go, i notice a bit of lack of mobility when raising my arms and extending my arms back over my head...even...
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    Very strange, but all I wanted to eat post-op was...

    Very strange, but all I wanted to eat post-op was BLTs...though I'm a vegetarian so it was with veggie bacon. :) I had absolutely no appetite except for those things!
  25. Thread: 3 days post op

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    yay, they didn't have to fuse to your sacrum!...

    yay, they didn't have to fuse to your sacrum! that's awesome. I'm fused from T2, so I also had a lot of pain/weakness/difficulty when lifting my arms...I remember I couldn't brush or wash my hair on...
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