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  1. #106
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    Linda, it sounds like you turned the corner!

    Best of luck.

    Sharon
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

  2. #107
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    I'm glad you are doing so well now. I know what you mean about being fearful of jinxing yourself. Every single time I tell someone that I'm doing great I feel like I have to immediately follow it up with "so far" or "knock on wood".
    Keep healing and having more and more days with no pain.
    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

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    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.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

  3. #108
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    Glad to hear that you are doing so well

    Melissa

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    I'm so happy for you Linda!!!
    __________________________________________
    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

  5. #110
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    Linda

    Iím glad to hear things are well.

    The weather should cooperate now, and make things much easier....
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  6. #111
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    Linda, I'm so glad for you.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  7. #112
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    Normal Life

    Wow, that is what we all want, and I'm am delighted that you are getting there. Normal life does not include medical appointments every week or month...
    1966 fusion in Buffalo of 11 thoracic vertebrae, with Harrington rod

  8. #113
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    Linda,
    Glad to hear that you have turned a corner in your recovery. Wishing you many bright days ahead! I would love to see what a sit/stand workstation looks like. Do you have a picture?
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

  9. #114
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    Hi Kathy...

    There are probably dozens of different kinds of sit/stand workstations. For example:

    http://www.ambiencedore.com/images/B...nd_system1.jpg

    If you want to see others, go to Google, type in sit stand workstation, and click on Images.

    Regards,
    Linda
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  10. #115
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    Linda--
    That is wonderful that you are doing better. We need you strong and healthy to help us all! Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

  11. #116
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    Adding my congrats to the others! Glad you are once again back on the road to normal 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

  12. #117
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    Thanks everyone!
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  13. #118
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    I'm so happy for you Linda! I hope the transition back to work goes smoothly and your recovery continues with little or no pain.
    Laurie

    Mother of Alexander & Zachary:
    Alex is 16 years old and in the 11th grade. He has congenital scoliosis due to a hemivertebrae at T10. Wore a TLSO brace for 3 1/2 years. Pre-op curves were T45 & L65; curves post-op are approx. T31 & L34. Had a posterior spinal fusion from T8 to L3 on 7/12/07 at age 12. Doing great now in so many ways, but still working on improving posture.
    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

  14. #119
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    Cool

    I am glad that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel ("dark days" describes it well). Hopefully, once you are back at work, even part-time, you'll feel more and more like you're getting your life back. . . and good times on your horizon.
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

  15. #120
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    Sorry I Missed Your Surgery

    Linda, I am glad to hear that you are at the recovery stage. You were such a help to me during the time facing my surgery s I am so sorry I didn't get to pray for you.. Sounds like the Lord made it work out though. I did well thanks to this forum and hope to not have any more surgery. I am almost 7 months post op and not back to work after being out for 16 years I am ready to do something. You are doing wonderfully. I can now stand straight other than a tilt a little still to the right, but gained almost 5" in height. No real pain to speak of but am looking for ways to get more flexable. I am an associate degree RN. I want to get back to work at some capacity. I have asked the doctor what i can do and he says anything that doesn't hurt. I am trying to plan for my future as I am 60 yrs old and time is clicking away.

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