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    Musicians

    Hi! My surgery is April 27th for kyphosis. I am 23 years old. Dr Boachie said I could return to my guitar and drums as soon as im home assuming I am sitting down in the beginning. I am not planning on overdoing it at first but I would like to know if anyone plays an instrument and had a fusion. What are your stories? Thanks

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    For drummers only

    With drums, I have experienced some foot pedal “balance problems”....I just don’t have the control like I did when I was younger. I attribute this to being fused to the pelvis. I pretty much have to keep my heel in the down position which really changes things...

    Even though I could probably walk on a tightrope, the balance that drummers need on a stool while shifting from heel to toe on both feet and maintaining upper body balance is critical in technical drumming....

    How many drummers get fused to the pelvis? Not too many....but my 2 cents for maybe the 1 other (pelvis fused) drummer that might be on the planet.

    Adaptability is needed in our recoveries. This is just a small example of that and really a small thing when you think about it. Being pain free is the goal.

    Best wishes in your surgery.
    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

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    Will you be fused to the pelvis? If not I doubt you will run into the issues Ti Ed mentioned.

    My one kid plays guitar daily and the other plays drums daily. They are both fused T4-L1. There are no issues whatsoever.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    The OP is having surgery for "Scheuermann's Disease" so I doubt there will be any fusion in the pelvic area.

    Coldbricks, did you get your surgery date changed from April 19th. to April 27th. or am I mixing you up with someone else?
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

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    Coldbricks--Good luck with the surgery!
    Ed--a drummer too! How many lives does this guy have?? 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.

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    Janet

    How many lives? LOL How did you know that some drummers disappear from spontaneous combustion?

    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

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    Hi guys. Thanks for the info. I am being fused down to L2 I believe. Yes my date is now april 27

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    Hey Ed, I guess I'm the only other drummer fused to the pelvis then? :-)

    Been playing for longer than I care to admit, I don't play to that often any more, but have played a few times since surgery, and your right, it is different. I have a bit of the balance problems you mention, but it seems to be getting better the more I play. I have noticed that twisting my body around my drum set is tough though...

    Regardless, it all still works and is just a bit different.

    Nitram


    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    With drums, I have experienced some foot pedal “balance problems”....I just don’t have the control like I did when I was younger. I attribute this to being fused to the pelvis. I pretty much have to keep my heel in the down position which really changes things...

    Even though I could probably walk on a tightrope, the balance that drummers need on a stool while shifting from heel to toe on both feet and maintaining upper body balance is critical in technical drumming....

    How many drummers get fused to the pelvis? Not too many....but my 2 cents for maybe the 1 other (pelvis fused) drummer that might be on the planet.

    Adaptability is needed in our recoveries. This is just a small example of that and really a small thing when you think about it. Being pain free is the goal.

    Best wishes in your surgery.
    Ed
    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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    I never thought that the 1 other, might be a poster here! LOL

    Yes, it is different, and drumming takes acute balance and feel. I also have not dedicated myself to the many hours of practice, which pretty much includes destroying our hands once again....

    Age is another factor with me. I wonder if some of the older drummers feel some of the reflex problems?

    Lets not count Buddy Rich, he was a class of his own.
    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

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    Ed, thought you'd enjoy this....when I asked my youngest daughter what she wanted for Easter, she sent me a link to drum sticks! Happy Easter!

    Mary Lou
    Mom to Jamie age 21-diagnosed at age 12-spinal fusion 12/7/2004-fused from T3-L2; and Tracy age 19, mild Scoliosis-diagnosed at age 18.

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    Drum sticks? Chocolate drum sticks? lol
    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

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    Hahaha...that's funny...Wow...Buddy Rich...that's a name I haven't heard in a while. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform live one time just a few months before he passed away. What an amazing performer, I was in awe of what he could do.

    To be honest though my idol was always moreso Neal Peart from Rush. What the man does with wacky time signatures is incredible, I used to spend hours and hours trying to replicate him...non-musicians have no idea how difficult it is to switch from 4/4 to 3/4 to 6/8 to all other time signatures within one song...THAT was fun stuff to play. :-)

    Nitram


    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    I never thought that the 1 other, might be a poster here! LOL

    Yes, it is different, and drumming takes acute balance and feel. I also have not dedicated myself to the many hours of practice, which pretty much includes destroying our hands once again....

    Age is another factor with me. I wonder if some of the older drummers feel some of the reflex problems?

    Lets not count Buddy Rich, he was a class of his own.
    Ed
    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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    I have listened to many drummers all my life, and still lean towards Vinnie Colaiuta only because he played anything that Zappa would come up with, and he was inventive and didn’t copy people like Buddy Rich. Bonham did it, Peart admits it. I also like Mike Portnoy and saw him a few years ago. There are many great drummers, but the kids blow me away! LOL


    4 yrs old playing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D48V0...eature=related

    7 yr old Jacob Armen on Johnny Carson.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8cvK...eature=related

    12 yr old Tony Royster
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6T4O...eature=related

    Buddy Rich vs Vinnie Colaiuta
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsxAqXww5ho

    Buddy Rich (trick solo)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUbY...watch_response

    Enjoy
    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

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