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  1. Hi Girls! I too had Dr Lenke do my surgery and...

    Hi Girls! I too had Dr Lenke do my surgery and it was just over one year ago! I went back this week for my one year follow up. I am so happy to report that he gave me the "all clear" to do...
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    Just flew through Cleveland, Tampa and St....

    Just flew through Cleveland, Tampa and St. Louis....walked right through all of the scanners and nothing was detected. I can't understand why, with so much metal in me! Must be the depth of it or...
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    One Year Anniversary Today 3/31

    Hi Everyone! It's been one year ago today since my surgery. I want to say to all of you contemplating this....I am glad I did and can do just about anything I did before surgery. I go to power...
  4. Hi Debbei! I am just approaching 1 year post...

    Hi Debbei!

    I am just approaching 1 year post op (3/31) and I have to remind myself I am not superwoman, too. I started back to yoga...and not just regular yoga, but power, vinyasa yoga. Tons of...
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    Kara, After almost one year, is your back...

    Kara,

    After almost one year, is your back still numb where the incision is? Mine is and I was wondering if that is normal and if it will go away. Do you feel the rods?
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    Those of you 1 year post op or close to it

    Hi! I am coming up on 10 months. I am very active, doing yoga about 3 or 4 times a week. I still have numbness and tightness in my back. Some days are worse and feel like the weather (cold, rain)...
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    I am so excited to hear that skiing will still be...

    I am so excited to hear that skiing will still be a possibility for me! I am 10 months post op now. I am thinking I will try next winter, when I will be about a year and a half post by then. I do...
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    8 months post op and wanted to say hi!

    Hi to all that helped me through the toughest decision of my life. And hi to all that are facing that decision for themselves now. I am glad I did it, I don't regret it, but I do feel the rods or a...
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    HI! Click below in my signature line to see my...

    HI! Click below in my signature line to see my before and afters. I am 7 months post op now. Surgery was 3/31/10.
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    I think leaning forward after surgery is...

    I think leaning forward after surgery is something that happens to a lot of us on here. I know I had the same thing. Now at 6 months, I don't do that at all. It started going away at about 3 or 4...
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    Yes...the first couple of months I LIVED with my...

    Yes...the first couple of months I LIVED with my ipod in my hand. I didn't have the desire to focus to read, but I loved listening to my music, and I downloaded podcasts (for free) from itunes and...
  12. I recommend having it done prior to surgery. I...

    I recommend having it done prior to surgery. I had an appointment scheduled for one month after surgery and had to cancel. Couldn't go until 2 months after, and wow, was that uncomfortable.
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    6 Months Post Op

    Hi Everyone! I will be six months post op the end of September. My oh my...how things change over those first six months. For all of you that are in the early stages of recovery, please know it...
  14. Normal...for me anyway. YES, I walked leaning...

    Normal...for me anyway. YES, I walked leaning forward for several months (about 4 months) after surgery. It gets better with time. I also held my left shoulder higher than my right, and that too...
  15. Thread: Belly

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    Don't panic people! The bloating is so...

    Don't panic people! The bloating is so common..it goes away in a few weeks. Don't worry. I only wanted to wear sweats the first few weeks anyway..and sleep a lot. I am approaching 6 months post...
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    Mine gave me the option to donate or use a blood...

    Mine gave me the option to donate or use a blood bank. I chose not to donate, and to use a blood bank. I didn't want to go through the donating and possibly getting weak from doing that. I wanted...
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    Hi! I am 5 months post op and very glad I had...

    Hi! I am 5 months post op and very glad I had the surery. I lost about 12 -15 pounds and have gained it back, but look more stretched out and balanced, so still look like I weigh less than before...
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    Ryy, you will have to ask your surgeon for...

    Ryy, you will have to ask your surgeon for specifics, but in my case now, I wouldn't be able to do it but I'm only 5 months post op. Maybe in a year or so. I have gotten back to yoga, however, and...
  19. Thread: Tight back!

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    Debbei - How do you stretch? Can you try to...

    Debbei - How do you stretch? Can you try to explain it? I'm 4 months post op and do gentle yoga..do you think that is bad? My doc said that I can do anything with "controled movement"...and he...
  20. Thread: Tight back!

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    Jenny, Yes even now at about 16 weeks some days...

    Jenny,
    Yes even now at about 16 weeks some days my back feels sooo tight...like you said a million muscles all pulling at once. But that is actually a sign of healing, both the muscles and the...
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    Haha! My sister wanted to do a twitter account...

    Haha! My sister wanted to do a twitter account and send out tweets about my surgery! I wouldn't let her! Texts and emails were quite enough for me and my friends/family!
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    Hi All...this journey is a very personal one and...

    Hi All...this journey is a very personal one and we all heal at our own speed. Our bodies are miraculous things and they will take care of us if we trust them to do so. Of course, we must take care...
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    Hi Lynette! I had my surgery the day before you...

    Hi Lynette! I had my surgery the day before you and I'm so glad we are well on our way to recovery!! I feel like you do...am able to stand, wash dishes, shop, whatever...and not have the pain I had...
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    Funny! We are an odd lot, aren't we? We find...

    Funny! We are an odd lot, aren't we? We find humor in the strangest things! :) I actually was disappointed when I flew, that the bells and whistles did not even make the slightest acknowledgement...
  25. Thread: Yoga

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    Rita Girlfriend!!! I think of you very often and...

    Rita Girlfriend!!! I think of you very often and wonder how you are! Are you glad you had it done? Hahah...I think I know the answer to that one!!! YES!!! And so am I! It's amazing isn't it? ...
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