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    My preops were pretty easy. The hospital had me...

    My preops were pretty easy. The hospital had me do paperwork and give them a full medical history, set up my autologous donations. I didn't have an anesthesia consult. And then was referred to my...
  2. You totally should have clocked him! Not nice...

    You totally should have clocked him! Not nice behaviour at all! I would have been SO out cold having somebody say that stuff to me. It's bad enough without the "help".
    I was thankful that I had...
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    After I had my surgery, the only real tool I...

    After I had my surgery, the only real tool I required to get along was cups with bendy straws and I borrowed a lovely metal chair from my grandparent's patio because it had a really hard straight...
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    Hm... I'd never thought of the golf ball thing. ...

    Hm... I'd never thought of the golf ball thing. I usually have my mom rub them with this thing called a nukkles (amazingly good but so simple a massage tool) or massage the areas as best I can. ...
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    I have a set of exercises that my PT gave me and...

    I have a set of exercises that my PT gave me and I stick with them pretty regularly, especially lately. Plus I'm relatively active and fit between riding and long lining my show horse and running...
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    Pain relief for muscle spasams

    Well, I'm 2.5 years post op, and still having issues with muscle spasams. It's something that has given me issues for thirteen years, well before my scoliosis was even noticeable. Since my surgery,...
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    Hi there Brenda! I'm a Michigander too... Flint...

    Hi there Brenda! I'm a Michigander too... Flint area. Where are you from? Nothing really to add except to agree with sooner rather than later being optimal if you're going to have it done. ...
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    The one I like best as far as giving you real,...

    The one I like best as far as giving you real, honest information is by The Scoliosis Sourcebook by Neuwirth and Osbourne.
    Scoliosis-Ascending the curve is ok, has more stories/case studies/pictures...
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    You'll have ups and downs for a few/several...

    You'll have ups and downs for a few/several months following the surgery if you're anything like me. It's pretty normal
    I could always tell when my nerves were healing/regenerating because.......
  10. Thread: nerve damage?

    by blairf83
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    I've been told that it might come back, and it...

    I've been told that it might come back, and it might not.
    For nearly a year following my surgery, I had some very painful nerve damage on the front of my shoulders. I'm guessing it's from how I...
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    That's a popular time for scoliosis surgeries at...

    That's a popular time for scoliosis surgeries at Beaumont, I think. You'll be misisng my 2 yr anniversary of my op by just two days. :-D

    The orthopedic ward at Beaumont was just fantastic when...
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    I didn't get a hospital bed after my surgery. I...

    I didn't get a hospital bed after my surgery. I actually was happiest on a hide-a-bed. Itty bitty thin matress, foam eggcrate type mattress pad, and, with a sheet of plywood underneath it all. I...
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    Meg- glad to hear your appointment with him went...

    Meg- glad to hear your appointment with him went better than mine did. Maybe I just got him on a bad day or something.... Have you decided which surgeon you're going with yet?
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    I worked with a PT in the hospital, but it was...

    I worked with a PT in the hospital, but it was just on walking and making sure I could climb stairs before I went home. Nothing more.

    My surgeon didn't want me doing any physical therapy for six...
  15. Not all places in the US Screen for scoliosis. A...

    Not all places in the US Screen for scoliosis. A lot do not. I was never checked for scoliosis past my elementary school physical....
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    Good luck with Montgomery..... I came to him...

    Good luck with Montgomery..... I came to him with a 52 degree curve (and very disfiguring for the degree of the curve due to a big torso shift to the left) with a history of recent rapid...
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    Best wishes Sharon! Can't wait until you're up...

    Best wishes Sharon! Can't wait until you're up to being back on the board.

    lindabar- I read somewhere a comparison of iron contents of various foods. Even the stuff touted as containing tons of...
  18. Thread: Any regrets?

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    I don't regret having my surgery at all. It...

    I don't regret having my surgery at all. It wasn't easy, that's for sure. But it's given me the life I loved back and a shot at pursuing my dream job. I'm not without pain. But I hurt before I...
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    Hey Shelley. I've had the same thing happen not...

    Hey Shelley. I've had the same thing happen not once, but twice. If you have any questions, I'll tell you what I know. Feel free to email me- blairasb@comcast.net
  20. Thread: Scar Revision

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    Well, the stitches came out friday. Today was a...

    Well, the stitches came out friday. Today was a little worrisome day because the scar has spread out some and there is a little dip in it that wasn't there the day before. I had my mom steri strip...
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    I had chiropractic care as a first course of...

    I had chiropractic care as a first course of treatment for my scoliosis. Chiro promised to straighten me right up. I did a couple months treatment, and all I had to show for it now is a curve that...
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    Personally, the ride home for me wasn't all that...

    Personally, the ride home for me wasn't all that bad. The trip was around an hour and a half. The doctor made sure to medicate me thoroughly just before I left.
    Do bring a pillow for behind your...
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    Hm... I'm not totally certain what kind of...

    Hm... I'm not totally certain what kind of instrumentation I have... My preadmission paperwork states that I was to have CD Horizon. But... All the pictures/xrays I've seen of CD Horizon look...
  24. Hey Becky- I live in the US, and I think I...

    Hey Becky- I live in the US, and I think I wasn't screened for scoliosis past the elementary school years- 10 years old tops. I had to have annual physicals done by the family doctor to participate...
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    I think the big cause is due to a bone graft not...

    I think the big cause is due to a bone graft not forming solidly in an area. If the graft doesn't fuse that area, the only thing holding the spine straight is the hardware. And over time, the...
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