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    Unhappy back feels weird

    My back feels like a board when I try to lean it my back up against a chair. Will that feeling go away eventually? Has anyone else felt like that? Yea I still use a pillow behind it but when I sit in a chair without one I don't lean back cuz of that feeling.
    -Bethany
    pre-op L 74*
    pre-op Th 56*
    surgery scheduled for jan. 6th 2010
    getting nervous

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    It does get better, but still at this stage, i have that feeling in my lower back at around the l5/4 area, the rest has cleared. Give it time.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillycoffeegirl View Post
    My back feels like a board when I try to lean it my back up against a chair. Will that feeling go away eventually? Has anyone else felt like that? Yea I still use a pillow behind it but when I sit in a chair without one I don't lean back cuz of that feeling.
    I took a little pillow around with me EVERYWHERE for the first 3-4 months to put behind my back. Still, even now, 16 months later, there are certain hard chairs that are just too uncomfortable to sit it. It DOES get better, but slowly.

    Remember, you are a work in progress.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    That's a totally normal feeling. I carry a small inflatable pillow with me everywhere and use it a lot.
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    do you have to wear a brace?! I know when I take my brace off to get changed and I lean back against the chair its the weirdest feeling..I can't feel any part of my back so it such a VERY odd feeling.

    27 year old female
    Upper Curve 110 degrees
    Lower Curve 90 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Wood at MGH 1/11/10 && 1/14/10
    Fused T2-Pelvis
    Back looks amazing and no more Hump! ^_^

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    No I don't have to wear a brace.
    -Bethany
    pre-op L 74*
    pre-op Th 56*
    surgery scheduled for jan. 6th 2010
    getting nervous

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    i am jealous! I have to wear this horrendous brace and it drives me nuts! What were you fused from?! I find it weird having no feeling on my back whats so ever.

    27 year old female
    Upper Curve 110 degrees
    Lower Curve 90 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Wood at MGH 1/11/10 && 1/14/10
    Fused T2-Pelvis
    Back looks amazing and no more Hump! ^_^

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    Hi Coffeegirl,

    My back felt weird for months. How I used to explain it was that on some days I felt like I had 2 by 4's in there, then 2 by 2's, and as time went on they got smaller and smaller, and there are times I don't even feel the hardware back there.

    I'm almost 5 yrs post-op, and I still try to be aware, when I go somewhere, what kind of seating they have. Wooden back chairs still hit me in the wrong places on my back and can't get comfortable. I always have a pillow or jacket that I can lean against just in case. Just try to find out prior to the event.

    Bleachers are no fun for me at all, but they have seats that you can adust to your back and it holds you up without pain.

    Hope this helped,
    Shari

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    sillycoffeegirl do you know the levels of your fusion?

    I totally understand the feeling you described, I have it and it is difficult to process the sensation. I am quite confident though the feeling will fade or you will become accustomed to it.

    remember, you have most likely lost sensation around the incision site, and it takes quite a while for this sensation to return.

    For now it is just toughing it out !
    45L/40T
    Surgery 25/1/2010
    Australia

    Knowthyself

    Scoliosis Corrected 25/1/2010 by Dr Angus Gray, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney. Fused T3-L4.

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    I believe I'm t4 to l4. Mostly the middle. I'm wondering if I ever got the rods out later if it would feel better and more natural. Any body have rods out?
    -Bethany
    pre-op L 74*
    pre-op Th 56*
    surgery scheduled for jan. 6th 2010
    getting nervous

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    Bethany I do believe you may just need to give yourself a bit more time to become accustomed to the hardware. Try and relax and recover for now
    45L/40T
    Surgery 25/1/2010
    Australia

    Knowthyself

    Scoliosis Corrected 25/1/2010 by Dr Angus Gray, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney. Fused T3-L4.

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    Bethany,

    Jimbo is right. The more time that passes, the less you will 'know' or 'feel' that your hardware is there. For me, it's the 'new normal' and doesn't feel wierd at all. It's amazing how resiliant we really are.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Bethany

    It took me about 2 years to get used to the rods. I could not stand to feel them at times but it does get better with time!!!
    Patty 51 years old
    Surgery May 23, 2007(43 Birthday)
    Posterior T3- L4
    Pre surgery curves
    T-53degrees
    L-38degrees
    and a severe side shift to the right.
    Post surgery curves
    Less than 10 degrees
    Surgery April, 2006
    C4 - C6

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    Hi Sillycoffeegirl....I have a question. I will be fused the same as you T4-L4. Can you you bend at all??? I don't know what to expect with that long of a fusion...also, about how long is the incision?

    Thanks!
    Laura
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13749126@N06/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radiogirl View Post
    Hi Sillycoffeegirl....I have a question. I will be fused the same as you T4-L4. Can you you bend at all??? I don't know what to expect with that long of a fusion...also, about how long is the incision?

    Thanks!
    Laura,

    asking Sillycoffeegirl how much she can bend so soon in her recovery is a bad question because at this point, she is supposed to retrict her bending so that she fuses properly.

    I am 16 months post-op, and fused T3-L3. I can bend over and pick a penny off the floor if I choose to. And it doesn't feel odd or restrictive either. I find that when I exercise regularly my back feels it's best--which is good incentive.

    I had the same concern as you and was freaked out at the prospect of walking around like a wooden soldier--but it's just not the case (for me.)
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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