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    Lynette, So glad you're on the mend. Now you...

    Lynette,
    So glad you're on the mend. Now you can stop worrying and start healing - and a few inches taller probably to boot! I'm a teensy bit jealous actually....good luck and keep doing your...
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    Best of luck and looking to a straighter future!

    Hi Lynette,

    I don't post here often but I've been sporadically following your posts and those of other women in their 40's b/c your situations are similar to mine. (I'm 45 and I've got 2 boys, S...
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    JenniferG - Thanks for your reply as well. ...

    JenniferG - Thanks for your reply as well. Despite the fact that the decision still looms, its a comfort to know others were also in my shoes.

    Nora
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    Mamamax, I am just rejoining this forum after a...

    Mamamax,
    I am just rejoining this forum after a long hiatus so forgive me if I missed a post on this. It seems as though you had surgery in June '09 at 58 years of age. How did it go and how are...
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    Hi Debbe, Thx for your reply. Happy to hear...

    Hi Debbe,

    Thx for your reply. Happy to hear I've got 5 more years to live in denial...no, seriously, the pain is very tolerable right now. Its the future I fear. Seems such a drastic, risky...
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    Debbei, Just realized your surgery was at around...

    Debbei,
    Just realized your surgery was at around my age as well. I've seen Dr. Newirth before when I was in my 20s. Did he have any info regarding surgery in the 40's or 50's?
    Thanks, Nora
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    Congrats!

    Hi JenniferG,
    I'm new to this forum after several years of a "break". Am I correct in assuming you had your surgery at 57? I'm 45 and I thought my window of opportunity was closing. I've avoided...
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    Just a comment on Octavia's last posting -...

    Just a comment on Octavia's last posting - regarding the person you saw in a wheelchair w/scoliosis. Most people you see in wheelchairs w/scoliosis do not have ideopathic scoliosis. In most cases,...
  9. I appreciate everyone's thoughtful replies. It...

    I appreciate everyone's thoughtful replies. It seems as though digestive problems are not uncommon but that may be so even without scoliosis. All I know is that whenever I feel like food is just...
  10. I've got questions for both Sue and Karen. Sue,...

    I've got questions for both Sue and Karen.
    Sue, did you have any of these problems before surgery. My curves have not been corrected surgically (yet?). Also, how old are you and how did your...
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    What does stenosis feel like?

    Hi Dawn,
    I noticed in your post that you had "serious" stenosis. What are the syptoms of this? Nora
  12. Kathleen, I'm curious to see if anyone else has...

    Kathleen,
    I'm curious to see if anyone else has had swallowing problems, too. I can't imagine with a large thoracic curve how the esophagus *wouldn't* be affected in some way. Thinks are packed...
  13. Strange symptoms - does this sound right to anyone?

    Hi All,
    This is kind of long but I could really use some input.
    I'm 40 yo female w/T curve in high 40's and L curve in mid 50's. No surgery as of yet. Last fall I had several strange,...
  14. Thread: Does anybody ski?

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    Denise, So glad to hear you're happy about the...

    Denise,
    So glad to hear you're happy about the surgery. Was your quality of life affected a great deal beforehand?

    I also always skied pretty conservatively. In 1994, I broke my leg going way...
  15. Thread: Does anybody ski?

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    Skiing and a question for Denise

    Hi Denise,
    First of all, I'm interested in following your progression b/c I also have an S curve and my fusion length will most likely be the same as yours. I'm 40 now and I'm just starting to...
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    Regarding childbearing

    Hi Laura,
    Ironically, the year I was planning to start preparing for the surgery decision, I got pregnant with my first child. In retrospect, I'm sure it was a subconscious intentional act on my...
  17. Thread: Post-op Pain

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    Post-op Pain

    I've been reading all these encouraging posts from all the members who are recently post-op. Hearing from those of you who've not only lived through it, but are functional and enjoying the results,...
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    Letty, When I first started researching this...

    Letty,
    When I first started researching this surgery, the death rate was something like 1/10 of 1%. That was 14 years ago. I would imagine the stats are even better now. -Nora:)
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    Had to add my 2 cents here. I was also diagnosed...

    Had to add my 2 cents here. I was also diagnosed in adolescense and told in my 20's to have surgery. I avoided it and now I'm 40 and still waiting and watching. I've had 2 pregnancies with very...
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    Dee Dee, I second Linda's recommendation as this...

    Dee Dee,
    I second Linda's recommendation as this was my experience. I'd first considered surgery in my late 20's and decided to put it off until after having children. Then, when my boys were...
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    Sounds like you're reaping the benefits!

    Wow, Connie. You sound like you're doing great. Driving all day and your surgery was just over a month ago - that's incredible. I do fantasize about a straight looking back and better fitting...
  22. PT/OT in the hospital

    I've been an occupational therapist for 18 years and one thing I can tell you is that, in health care, good things often come to those with the BIGGEST MOUTH! Wrong as it may seem, that's very often...
  23. Helen, To my understanding it is the wear and...

    Helen,
    To my understanding it is the wear and tear of the unfused segments of the spine that is the real danger. I believe they can become hypermobile and degenerate. This is one of the reasons...
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    regarding tummy sleeping

    Sleeping on your front is also a strain on the neck (with or w/o a fused spine) as it is prolonged hyperextension (backwards bending) and rotation. I used to love to sleep in that position and I...
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    A remedy for "nobody home to knuckle it out"

    Just a little tip: If you need some deep massage to work out a spasm, place a tennis ball or other hard ball between your back and the wall. Lean back into the ball and move all around the pain so...
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