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    I wonder if its possible to not be uniformly...

    I wonder if its possible to not be uniformly fused, to have a few weak points.
    Thanks for answering. And that's good advice. I naively thought I'd be back to normal after my surgery, but I can see...
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    It's funny though, because I have had several CT...

    It's funny though, because I have had several CT scans in my life for other things. What's one more, in my opinion. But if there's nothing they can do to correct a failure to fuse then I guess...
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    ConfusedMom, I hope you don't mind my using your...

    ConfusedMom, I hope you don't mind my using your thread to learn, as I am healing from a fusion surgery of less than a year ago. Is this the first MRI the doctors have done of your bones?
    To Linda,...
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    I've heard that walking is good for osteoporosis,...

    I've heard that walking is good for osteoporosis, too. It seems less intuitive than allover strength building since it targets only the lower body. But bone density is fairly even all over the body,...
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    Isn't it dangerous when rods break? Can't it...

    Isn't it dangerous when rods break? Can't it puncture something internally?
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    The newsletter of my local hospital featured a...

    The newsletter of my local hospital featured a woman in her 60's with osteoporosis who greatly improved her condition by dedicatedly pumping iron. She did not have a fused spine, I presume. I have...
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    Are all weightlifting exercises off limits? What...

    Are all weightlifting exercises off limits? What about bench press? Others I can picture but can't name.
    Ironically this is good exercise for osteoporosis.
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    Yeah, I'm with you. Someone can be a great...

    Yeah, I'm with you. Someone can be a great surgeon, and yet as soon as they get a whiff of something gone wrong, they ghost you. I have experienced this, too, I won't go into details. Their office...
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    What aren't you lifting? You mean lifting weights...

    What aren't you lifting? You mean lifting weights in the gym? Is that something you think a fully fused person shouldn't do?
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    Fascinating. Until recently I never even...

    Fascinating. Until recently I never even considered that animals can have scoliosis as well as humans, but of course they would. Even four-legged animals. Even fish. This is an avenue for study.
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    I'd like to know how carrying a heavy backpack is...

    I'd like to know how carrying a heavy backpack is not good for you according to these specialists. If it doesn't contribute to scoliosis, what other harm does it do? It seems like they're covering...
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    My mother was a proponent of the Heavy Backpack...

    My mother was a proponent of the Heavy Backpack Theory. She must have noticed that my posture wasn't the greatest and I did carry a ton of textbooks to college, more than the average student for some...
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    I wonder if there is much data being gathered...

    I wonder if there is much data being gathered from patients about their conditions. In the months since my surgery I have so far not been interviewed about my lifestyle by any medical people even...
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    It's sobering to see those loose screws and rods...

    It's sobering to see those loose screws and rods in your x-ray after your accident. As I was chauffeured home from the hospital after surgery I couldn't help but think how terrible it might be to get...
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    Infected hardware

    I just saw my elbow surgeon for a followup and he remarked that all surgical infections make their way out to the surface. I bet an elbow surgeon doesn't experience many long-dormant infections such...
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    Even if it doesn't include fusing the sacrum?

    Even if it doesn't include fusing the sacrum?
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    But why the lumbar? Is the inflexibility of the...

    But why the lumbar? Is the inflexibility of the lumbar harder to deal with than that of the thorax? Or is that a matter of personal preference -- which activities would you or I miss the most that...
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    Why is this, Linda?

    Why is this, Linda?
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    Thank you, Linda. That sounds good. I do think...

    Thank you, Linda. That sounds good. I do think muscles have atrophied on me. I probably have depended on the cane and walker for too long. I also wonder if depending on the brace for so long weakens...
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    And probably expensive and would not be judged...

    And probably expensive and would not be judged medically necessary by my insurance company.



    No and no. Was not assigned a physical therapist for balance.

    I don't think my legs and buttocks...
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    It's a balance issue. I don't need the cane with...

    It's a balance issue. I don't need the cane with every step but I'm not totally secure. I don't feel I should walk across a vast space without it.

    "it's possible that your sagittal balance isn't...
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    This is helpful, thanks. Yes, we are all...

    This is helpful, thanks. Yes, we are all different. Improvement hasn't gone nearly as quickly for me and my surgeon seems to have expected it. I'm glad you had no loss of walking ability after...
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    Walking With Cane After Surgery

    Did anyone have to use a cane or a walker after surgery and not need these things before surgery?

    How long before you were able to resume walking without them? Or did they become permanent...
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    In this latest thread here is a young person who...

    In this latest thread here is a young person who was fused at lumbar = 45, and 45 is lower than 50.

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?16040-New-To-Forum-Revision-needed

    However I...
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