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  1. Best shape for surgery

    Hi Janice,
    I haven't been on this forum for awhile. I am fused from T3-L3 so I have much more flexibility than those fused all of the way to the sacrum. With that being said though, sitting on the...
  2. Pickle ball

    Hey Karen,

    I saw your posting about playing pickle ball now. I am still playing tennis, but I also started playing pickle ball too. The worst part of it is squatting down to pick up the ball. I...
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    The pushing/pulling of the mower just makes my...

    The pushing/pulling of the mower just makes my trapezius muscles tighten up so much and it just isn't worth it for me to have deal with that. I can't imagine being on a riding lawn mower; way to...
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    Four years post-op today!

    Hi everyone!

    I haven't been checking the forum for awhile. I guess that I became one of those who had moved on following the lengthy recovery period that I endured. Now that I have reached my...
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    Hi Fifa, I had my surgery at Barnes Hospital...

    Hi Fifa,

    I had my surgery at Barnes Hospital in May 2011. I only have positive things to share with you. My husband and daughter were with me during the day, but they stayed at the Parkway Hotel...
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    Effects of gabapentin

    I took gabapentin (generic for neurotin) for a couple of months. I had followed the schedule of gradually increasing the dosage over a few days when I first started, but apparently it was too much...
  7. Thread: Tight Back

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    Lifting weights

    Hi Evelyn,
    Based on my own experience, I am a huge believer in using light weights and doing activities/exercises that engage the back muscles. I am not talking about heavy weight lifting. I...
  8. Hi CelloMom, My son was 16 when he had his...

    Hi CelloMom,

    My son was 16 when he had his surgery. He was out of school for six weeks and then transitioned back by attending half time for a week. He wore a hard-shelled brace for three months...
  9. Thread: Tight Back

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    Ongoing tightness

    Hi Irina,
    At 2 1/2 yrs post-op, I am one of those who still experiences the ongoing tightness in the thoracic area. I do play tennis 3-4x/week and use the elliptical and lift weights a couple...
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    Machines to use

    Hi Gayle,

    I use all of the machines that you had listed. In addition, I use the pectoral fly/rear deltoid machine which can also be used to strengthen your deltoid musicles by repositioning the...
  11. Goal of surgery defined

    There is no definite definition of a successful surgery. I had my surgery over two years ago. I was one of those scoliosis patients who went into surgery having some headaches and some minor...
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    Doreen, That is fabulous news about your first...

    Doreen,
    That is fabulous news about your first competition results. It's so reassuring to all of us with that competitive spirit that there are other post-surgery scoliosis patients who are having...
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    Hi Evelyn, Congratulations on reaching that 1...

    Hi Evelyn,

    Congratulations on reaching that 1 yr post-op milestone. As I am approaching my 2 yr anniversary, I would concur with the others saying that you will continue to improve. It's just...
  14. Well, I am one those 50+ patients with my fusion...

    Well, I am one those 50+ patients with my fusion ending at L3. I don't really think much about the possibility of needing a future surgery for extending the fusion. I am hoping that all is well...
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    Hey Doreen, Congratulations on your recent...

    Hey Doreen,

    Congratulations on your recent post-op appointment. I just read your blog. It sounds like you are really busy with life and moving on to new ventures. I certainly can relate to your...
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    Google. "Scoliosis Message board"

    If you google " scoliosis message board", that is where Viagra, etc appears as the heading for the scoliosis.org site.
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    Thank you for sharing the videos! I am always...

    Thank you for sharing the videos! I am always looking for ways to stretch this body of mine.
    Donna
  18. Lori, Probably for most of us, we all have lots...

    Lori,
    Probably for most of us, we all have lots of bmp that was used in our surgeries. Plus, all of our bodies have to adjust to all of the instrumentation that is now part of us. As for me, my...
  19. Hi Marina, I can definitely relate to the...

    Hi Marina,

    I can definitely relate to the tightness that you are experiencing and I am just at 20 mos post-op. A year ago the tightness was so bad that it would spread across my chest and I would...
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    Slight recline is best

    Irina,

    I would suggest that your passenger seat be in a slight reclining position and have a queen/king size pillow behind you. I would not recommend laying in a fully reclined position. I...
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    Yamuna Body Rolling Technique

    Hi everyone,

    I am 1 1/2 yrs post op and consider myself to be very physically active by walking, playing tennis and light weight-work. I continue to experience extreme tightness in my upper...
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    You can be our Poster Child for what you have...

    You can be our Poster Child for what you have accomplished on the golf course following surgery! Way to go!
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    Playing tennis

    Hi Gretchen,
    Welcome to the forum! It's exciting to meet up with a fellow tennis player too! I had played tennis up to a few weeks before my surgery, but chose to stop because I was no longer able...
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    Marjorie, I know what you mean when you say that...

    Marjorie,
    I know what you mean when you say that you feel "something" different in your back, but you don't know know what it is. At 17 mos post-op, I still feel like I am carrying a small tight...
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    Great report!

    Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on receiving such a great report! It's so encouraging to hear from those like yourself who have returned to your favorite activities like golf.

    Donna
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