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    Wink Back to Work!

    I started back to work this week after almost 9 months off after my revision surgery...This is a new job for me working as a nurse in a very busy doctors office and I was a little worried how my back was going to hold up (and my energy level!) during a full day at work after all that time off. Well, I am so pleased to report that I can work an entire full day and not even think of my back at all!!!!! As a matter of fact, the only time I have felt any twinges of discomfort are when I walk out into the bitterly cold weather and my back muscles tighten up around my rods. Yippee!
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    congratulations, Kristy...it's been a long time for you!! you deserve a life free of pain...and the ability to finally forget about your spine!
    enjoy!

    jess

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    That's great news, Kristy! So glad to hear it!!!

    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    I think it's great that you are getting back to work. I know for me, my job means a lot to me and keeps me (somewhat) sane.

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    Congratulations Kristy. This is what we all hope for. Enjoy your new life!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Congratulations Kristy!

    I agree with you on the cold. If I get so cold that I shiver, then I get horrible back spasms the next day. To combat this, last winter I bought the heaviest coat I could find from Land's End (a long one down to my knees). If I can make sure that I don't shiver, the I don't get that HORRIBLE pain!
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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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    Congratulations! I'm glad you are doing well!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

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    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
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    Whoo hoo, Kristy! Great news!!!
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

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    Great news! I am also a nurse ans was wondering if I'll ever go back,really miss it. You just gave me a pick up...Thanks
    Donna
    51 yo
    dx 13 never braced
    DJD and osteoporosis ,Fx ribs 10/09(from osteo) downhill since,vertebral slippage w/ nerve damage and rotation
    Surgery 08/09/10 T1-S1 decomp,fusion w/ instrumentaion
    Sacral/pelvic fixation + 4 osteotomies and dura repair
    C 20 degrees to 4 degrees
    T 57 degrees to 15 degrees
    L 38 degrees to 5 degrees

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    Kristy- that's great! What kind of docs are you working for? I was telling Evelyn we need to get a hold of you for lunch again. We can always meet near your office when you think the time is right!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    a lot of nurses here

    Hi Kristy,

    That is great news and I'm glad to hear you are doing so well.

    I start back to work next week, which will be 14 weeks post-op for me. I am a nurse also. I've had an extreme amount of aggravation this week battling with my evil HR department who is threatening to terminate me because they don't want to set any precedent by allowing me back with "such long restrictions."--that's 10 weeks worth of restrictions. Fortunately my department wants me back, doesn't mind at all about the restrictions, and will protect me as long as needed. Sorry to rant!

    Good luck, Kristy, you are definitely an inspiration to all who have complicated surgeries or are facing revisions.

    Gayle
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Red face Thanks all!

    Hmmm....I sure have noticed the high incidence of scoliosis among nurses on this forum. What's with that?
    To update...I have been working full time now for a month and a half, on my feet and walking constantly. My back does not bother me in the least. I continue to improve...now if only people would know not to slap me on the back, that still hurts!
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    Funny you should mention about being slapped on the back--I went to visit my work friends a few weeks ago, and I got numerous slaps on the back (which is still somewhat tender). Then they all say OMG I am so sorry, I don't know why I slapped your back! Duh.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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