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Thread: 6 Months and So Happy

  1. #1
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    Red face 6 Months and So Happy

    Can't believe that today is that magical 6 month date I've had my eyes on since I had the surgery back on december 27th 2010.

    I had my visit with my surgeon last week, and everything is looking great! I don't have to wear the bone stimulator any more (woohoo!) and I can now start bending and twisting (although he did say the less i do both of those the better)

    I am only taking 1 flexeril (muscle relaxer) a day now, usually before bed, and 2 gabapentins (for the residual nerve pain in my leg).

    I am getting a massage every other week, and that has REALLY helped with muscle stiffness in my neck and the leg pain. I still lay on my back, and she doesn't go near my incision. I also bought a foam roller, and that has really helped too with the tight muscle that runs down the side of my leg, that had been getting pain signals for the last 4 years from my compressed nerves. Now that it's not getting as strong a signal, massage really helps where it never really helped at all pre-op.

    I am sleeping a lot better now, even compared to a month ago. I hardly wake up at all when I need to roll over. It's amazing how much you can improve in just a month.

    I am doing more now at only 6 months post-op than I have in years. I drove 2 hours by myself up to visit family last weekend, for the first time in at least 3 years. I had no pain while driving, and no pain after. AHMAZING. My attitude and spirit have been lifted as my pain continues to decrease. I was never much of a "downer" but now that I feel better, I realize how awful I just felt all the time. Now I want to go out and do things, make trips, hang out a little later, because I know I won't "pay" for it later in more pain. I can also work longer and harder, without the constant distraction and frustration of an aching back and leg.

    So, for all of you out there about to make the plunge, I'm living proof that this surgery can radically improve your life. It was the hardest, scariest thing I've ever done. But I would do it all over again if I had to. I can't believe I've had such a smooth recovery, and I am so thankful.

    Blessings!
    Rebecca
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
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    Good job! Congratulations!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    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

  3. #3
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    It's great to hear you so happy and coming along so well. Great for those thinking about surgery to read too. Keep up the good work Rebecca!

    Jen
    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

  4. #4
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    Rebecca,
    Congrats! What an encouraging post! I am so happy for you, and look forward to my 6 month milestone as well. Keep up the good work!
    Lori in PA, 52 yrs. old
    T54/L72
    Surgery 6/7/11, T3-S1, all posterior, with pelvic anchors
    Gained 2 inches!
    Dr. Boachie, HSS, NYC
    12/10/13 Hardware Removal for infection
    Lost 2", gained PJK!

  5. #5
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    Congratulations, Rebecca. Thanks, again, for sending me some good exercises. It was nice to finally do something to get my heart beat up a little.
    I'm glad you are doing so 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

    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/

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    Congartulations! believe it or not you will continue to improve more and more. A year from now you won't believe the difference!

    Keep up the good work!
    __________________________________________
    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

  7. #7
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    Red face

    I'm so happy to hear you are doing so much better. Thanks for the update.

    Congratulations!!

    Wishing you continued improvement. I know what you mean about how amazing it is to do the things you could only wish to do before the surgery.

    Best wishes,
    Irene

  8. #8
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    you all the BEST =)

    If this is what 6 months feels like, I can't even imagine a year or more. Thanks for always being here, and sharing your lives. It's been a life changing thing being a part of this forum, and I am so appreciative. I don't know I would have made the leap so soon if I had to figure this all out on my own. And then i would have been missing out on my life right now, and probably be in worse shape as each year ticked by.
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

  9. #9
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    That's how I feel too. We're the lucky ones. I often think of Joyful and her tragic outcome and wonder how she is, (and who her surgeon was.) Fortunately her awful outcome is rare, most of us are very glad we had our surgery and marvel at the improvement in our lives and marvel at our surgeon's skills.

    Best wishes for the remainder of your recovery peachrush!
    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

  10. #10
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    "That's how I feel too. We're the lucky ones. I often think of Joyful and her tragic outcome and wonder how she is, (and who her surgeon was.) Fortunately her awful outcome is rare, most of us are very glad we had our surgery and marvel at the improvement in our lives and marvel at our surgeon's skills."

    Jennifer, I remember reading Joyful's posts, right when I first joined the discussion over a year ago. Does ANYBODY know what happened to her? It is a sobering reminder that things can go wrong, and there are no guarantees. I think about her too, and pray for her family. I wish we knew her surgeon too, just to be able to put it out there...

    Anyway, I agree with you too, we are the lucky ones!
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    I think often of Joyfull's post and now that I am going to have surgery again. Both times something happened to me that could have been terrible and I thank God for looking out for me.

    Melissa

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    I think Joyful's surgeon was Dr. Lonner.
    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/

  13. #13
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    Peachcrush,

    So happy for you!!! I remember when you were considering surgery. Wish I was 6 months out now!!

    Joyful had a good surgeon; I think her experience is just a tragic testimony to what can happen with any surgery of this magnitude.

    Prayers and gratitude for all those who have good outcomes!!!

    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  14. #14
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    congrads on 6 months postop
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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