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    Unhappy can someone help me?

    Hello, Does anyone know how to help my increasing back pain? I had corrective surgery for scoliosis over 20 years ago, & my back pain is at its worst ever? Has pilates or other exercises helped? What kind of support do people get? I got no-one else to ask-please help!

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    Hi MWright,

    I am sorry to hear about your back pain. I lived with pain for several years and managed it staying active. Yoga is EXCELLENT as is pilates. Taking hot baths and sitting on heating pads helps too. Gentle stretching and deep breathing can also really help take the edge off. Have you gotten your back checked lately by any doctor? They may have some suggestions for you too. For a natural pain reliever Curcumin works very good. Google it and you can read about it. Hugs and hope you feel better!
    Laurie Anne
    Age 30
    Pre-Op Curves T68, L80, Kyphosis 48 degrees
    Post-Op Curves both around 10 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke & Dr. Kelly 12/13/10
    Gained 2.5 inches now 5'9
    PRE-OP Photos: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...urieScoliosis/
    5 Mos Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...s%20Post%20Op/
    1-Year Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...r%20Post%20Op/

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    LaurieAnne, thanks so much for your response, it means so much, I've felt alone for such a long time. I still don't actually know anyone in my day to day life who had surgery as a child for scoliosis & is living with the aftereffects. I'm going to go & restart my pilates & get referred back to my consulatnt to see if I can see someone about the pain. Not heard of curcumin as a natural pain reliever, that's cool! Thanks again, Michelle. x

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    hi mwright
    welcome...most all who are on this forum either have back problems, or have children or other relatives with the same....

    can you describe your spine in more detail? what surgery did you have done...where on your spine? do/did you have other problems besides scoli, i.e. herniated discs, hypokyphosis, stenosis, etc...?

    jess

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    Hello Jess, thanks for getting back to me. I had surgery in 1988 when I was 13. I had a Harrington rod & bone graft fusion. I think the fusion was L1-T3-that seems to ring a bell? I had the rod removed again just 10 months later due to recurrent infections which I still have had in the last few years. Don't know what herniated disks are, or hypokyphosis, or stenosis is. Never heard these mentioned, at least under these names. Besides the recurrent infections, I have a LOT of lower back pain, sometimes muscles seizure on the shortest side of my body. I've got extensive nerve damage down the left side of my back (from when they removed the metal). I've got a joint that keeps painfully clicking out of place. The stranger more recent thing is numbest in my left calf when I stand up sometimes & then it disappears. A fairly recent scan did say I have degerative disks whatever that means. The information doesn't seem as detailed in England as over in America. Sorry to just list stuff, don't mean to sound moany, but these are just my details, & maybe you might be aware of some of them! Thanks in advance if you can help me with any of this. What's your story, is any of it similar? Thanks again, Michelle.

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    Exercise is a warm pool is great. There is no stress on you back or joints, plus the water gives you good resistance so you can spend less time exercising in the water and get the same results as on land. I belong to a senior pool where they keep the water to 90 degrees. We have a treadmill, and elliptical in the water. They have classes such as water walking, arthritis exercise, yoga, and aerobics. My doctor only allows me to exercise in a pool.
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

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