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Thread: Those of you 1 year post op or close to it

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    Those of you 1 year post op or close to it

    Hi! I am coming up on 10 months. I am very active, doing yoga about 3 or 4 times a week. I still have numbness and tightness in my back. Some days are worse and feel like the weather (cold, rain) effect it a bit. Will the numbness and tightness feelings subside with more time? Even though I have these feelings, I am still thrilled at my surgery.

    Thank you in advance!
    Laura
    Laura
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    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics
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    It did for me. At one year, even though the numbness and tingling had improved from immediately post-op, it has improved significantly at the 2 year mark. At this point, I hardly have any at all!
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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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    one more point, the cold weather doesn't bother me nearly as much as the first two winters.
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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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    Mine has also gotten better with each passing year. I work at an elementary school and we haven't had outside recess as much as usual this winter, so I can't compare it very well... But overall you will find that things keep improving with each year.
    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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    where do you each feel numbness/tingling? mine is still all the way down my left leg. still waiting for nerve test authorization. fusion is fine. you mean this could go on for 2 years??
    XLIF 7 discs replaced L5-T10 lateral PEEK implants, pedicle/facet screws, rib resection
    Pre-surgical: 40 d lumbar-thoracic, sponylolisthesis, kyphosis, all discs ruptured, stenosis
    Post-surgical:12 d, 1" taller
    Surgery: 8/27/2010 Dr. W Smith, Las Vegas University Medical Center
    53 yrs old

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    Hi Laura, It's great to hear from you again. I am literally coming up on my one year anniversary and sometimes I feel tightness and sort of "tugging" and other times it's fine. I have some stiffness lying in bed and when I first get up. I still have discomfort from the one screw at the bottom (iliac?) and want to talk about getting it removed when I go back for a check up in March. That sucker is sore. I don't know if it's psychosomatic or not but I am minding the cold more this year too. Other than that, it's all good!!!

    Was interested in your yoga experience. I know I need exercise esp. stretching but am so afraid I'm going to do something "wrong". What kind of yoga are you doing, does the instructor have experience with spine surgery patients, etc.?

    When you think of where we were a year ago...Wow!
    Take care and keep healing!


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Laura,
    Our Y has some Yoga classes, but I can't imagine doing many of the moves ever. I'd like to kno if you modify or if it's just a differerent type of yoga.
    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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    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.
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    I recommend Svaroopa yoga. I have been going to classes, practicing in the house, and having private sessions (embodyments) for about 5 years. I am only 7 weeks post-op so I am not doing anything but the yoga breathing.

    http://www.svaroopayoga.org/index.asp

    The teachers customize all the yoga positions so you don't do anything to hurt yourself. I see a spinal twist photo that I know would be customized for those of us who can't twist any more.

    You might want to check it out.

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    Hi Laura and the rest of my familiar scoli friends. It's been a while since I have been on so it was nice to see this post. I was right around your surgery time Laura. I am about 9 1/2 months and you describe so much of what I am feeling. So good to hear it will keep getting better. I feel like I have a new normal I am good with, but to know it will get even better is good news! The cold is real bad for me this winter in Michigan. Most of my Christmas gifts revolved around keeping me warm. The very best is a vest with heating elements in it. It is heaven to wear when I am outside for long. (Brookstone catalog)
    Glad to hear all of you are doing so well.
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
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    Hey all...I'm getting close to 1 year post op as well...I'm at about 10 1/2 months now. I still do have some numbness on the right side around my hips, I haven't felt much of anything there since the surgery. Other than that all is good and looking forward to my 1 year appointment where I hope my surgeon will release me to start golfing!

    Nitram
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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    Thanks for this thread, Laura. I still have a large numb area, and it is reassuring to hear that I can still hope for improvement even beyond the one year point (thanks, Debbie). What is strange to me is that I can feel my muscles moving UNDER the numb skin level. The numb "layer" sometime feels like it's not part of me, like it's a fanny pack positioned on my backside.

    It is good to hear that you are doing so well, Laura. Your one year anniversary will be here before you know it!
    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/

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    I am encouraged by the previous posts. I am almost 4 months post-op, and just back to work a week and a half ago. I am very discouraged and frustrated at times, because I still have considerable daily aches and pains. I wake up in the morning stiff and achy, which improves after being up and around for awhile, hot shower and some tylenol. My back muscles are also pretty tired by evening time. Also most of my back is mildly tender to the touch. I have some right side rib pain, especially if I lay for too long on the soft couch. I went off all narcotic pain meds except tylenol about 6-7 weeks post-op, except for maybe 1/2 a tramadol once or twice per day. I am so tired of dealing with these daily discomforts, and thinking of my back daily. I am wondering when you all were able to move past the daily pain and start to not think about your back.

    Thanks for letting me whine here! I was not mentally prepared for this type of recovery. I guess I am just way too impatient!

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

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    I know it can be frustrating that things seem to improve so slowly Gayle but try to be patient. I thought I felt good at 4 months and its nothing compared to now at 10.5 months...I feel so much closer to normal. It just takes time as everyone here keeps saying things keep getting better for a couple years. I guess we all just need to let nature take its course.

    Nitram
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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