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    Pain

    In hospital the worst pain was from a bowel ilius. I would suggest doing everything possible to avoid this. My spine area itself didn't hurt at all. I had a bad abdominal ache like a severe gnawing...
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    Work

    I went back to work at 6 weeks post-op, very cruisy counselling job. I was fine but exhausted. I felt very tired until about 4 months post-op but now at just 5 months feel pretty energetic. The...
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    Thinking of you from Australia

    Hi Naptown,

    Hang in there, at least you know now what you are dealing with. You have probably been through the worst now and you know you can get better. Unfortunately you have had to be even more...
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    Sticky: Progress

    I had the surgery on the 11th August 2011. It's easy to forget what it was like a fortnight before and become impatient, but every now and then I do something that makes me realise how far I have...
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    Great to hear

    Great you sound active now. Can I ask what stretches you are doing?
    And was any of your own bone used for the grafting?
    I get quite sore when I've been active, but it seems just soft tissue pain....
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    3-4 mths more soft tissue pain!

    Hi everyone, Been Xmas shopping all afternoon, or more like walked around aimlessly, I am quite sore on my right side and it is worse if I have been bending. My right soft tissue has always been the...
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    3-4 mths

    Hi,
    I had my surgery on the 15/8/11 in Sydney. The first couple of days in hospital I felt surprisingly well then the bowel ileus set in which was terrible and kept me in hospital for two weeks....
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    More people cheering for you than you know!

    I've been following your story and my I'm really hoping you have a great outcome which you deserve.
    Kelly
    Nearly 3 months post-op
  9. 2 weeks

    Hi, I was in hospital for two weeks but that was only because my bowel stopped for so long (Ileus). That was the worst part and if ever I did it again I would enquire how to avoid it as a priority. I...
  10. Thread: Exhaustion

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    Exhaustion

    Hi everyone, I am now about 2 1/2 months post-op and back at work full-time (very cushy). However I am deathly exhausted!
    I am feeling more and more normal except for the exhaustion. I am surprised...
  11. Thread: Bone graft

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    That's strange, what do you mean by donor bone on...

    That's strange, what do you mean by donor bone on the iliac crest?
    I'm wondering why Dr Cree still uses the iliac crest with donor bone when others on this forum haven't had iliac crest bone used....
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    That's interesting, yes my whole right...

    That's interesting, yes my whole right (previously concave side felt like it had been hit by a bus but the other side felt pretty normal from the start, except i now had a hip where there was none...
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    Bone graft

    Hi all,
    I'm wondering how many of you who have had surgery had bone taken from the iliac crest? I really didn't want that but at the last hr had a sudden fear of non fusion so told my Dr to do...
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    Timing

    yes, it's a terrible decision to make. My back was just under needing treatment in my teens, although I suspect I may have been fully grown so it was left. In my teens my degree was in the 30's, I do...
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    rods

    Yes, I have the sensation of a slight pop/shift in the rods when I roll in bed. It isn't painful and only just there.
    Kelly (progress)
    7 weeks post-op
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    Thanks

    Yes, I will have to try and go for a couple of walks through the day. I must admit I was good with the walking when I first got home from hospital but I am starting to slacken off. I'm hoping being...
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    Sending good vibes

    Hi, I'm currently concentrating on sending healing energy to you. I'm not a religious person so it's the best I can do. I think in this day and age there will be a solution now you have a trustworthy...
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    6 week check up

    Well I'm 6 weeks out and saw Dr Cree with my latest X-ray. I didn't bother asking the new cobb angle because my spine actually now looks straight. (55 deg fused T9 to L3). He said i got the...
  19. Thread: the big day!

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    Nearly over!

    Best of luck, and remember the days after will roll on no matter what. You are stronger than you think, and actually most of the time you may find it's not as bad as expected.
    Enjoy the time out....
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    Good and bad days

    Hi,
    I'm five weeks post-op and doing pretty well but I have noticed if I do more on a day I am extremely fatigued the next day and more tight across the back. A few days ago I went to a morning...
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    Hi Jess

    Hi Jess,
    When did you have the surgery? And how are you now?
    I'm still having my moments, just had a little cry because I'm sick of depending on my teenagers and feel I have to ask them politely...
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    Have you got a spare bed in Spain!

    Wow, relaxing in Spain. No I don't think you are being unrealistic, especially after the first month of recovery. You may actually find your compositions are more creative. This surgery is so far out...
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    It's true!

    Maybe my slowing down says something about what a stress head I have been and I think this major surgery helps us to not sweat the small stuff and appreciate everything. Anyway I hope this feeling...
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    Sons shoulder evened out

    Hi, I would just like to add that my son had surgery when he was 13 for a 41 deg thoracic curve. He was left with very uneven shoulders but Dr Cree said he will unwind. I'm pleased to say he did. I'm...
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    Hang in there!

    Just remember these early days are as bad as it gets. You go from hell to good pretty quickly...but doesn't time go soooo slow in hospital.
    Kelly
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