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  1. #1
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    Help!!!!

    This being plugged up is not fun at all. I've taken miralax every day, prune juice, stool softeners. nothing is helping. Just downed a bottle of mag citrate --- hoping for some results that way. I've been walking and drinking tons of water. any other suggestions? Pain level is very manageable --- hardly any pain at all.

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    Plugged up

    I found that the less medicine I took, the better. Are you still taking the narcotics? If your pain level is low, try to take less.
    50 years old!!!!!
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace 1976-77
    Original curve 36 degrees ( measured in the 70s)
    Advanced to 61 degrees 01/2011
    Surgery 07/11/2011
    Fused T1-L2 (curve now in the 20s!)

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    Suggestions

    I found it took a couple of times with the magnesium citrate. I also drank hot green & white tea which served as a laxative for me. Plus eating prunes was better for me than drinking prune juice. Hope you get relief soon. Constipation is no fun!
    Donna
    Female - 49 yrs old at surgery
    Surgery 5/5/11 - Dr. Bridwell, St. Louis
    Fused T3-L3
    60 degree thoracic curve corrected to 30 degrees
    Tennis player & returning to the courts!
    http://s1050.photobucket.com/profile/walkingmom1/index

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    For me, the constipation issues totally overshadowed any back pain that I had. The magnesium citrate helped. I only used it once but continued with stool softeners, laxatives, hot plum juice, Fiber One, etc. Once I got off the pain meds, everything improved, however, I know the doctors want your back pain under control so that you feel like walking. Good luck! I know what you're going through!
    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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    Fiber

    For immediate relief: milk of Magnesia, works within hours/

    For long term prevention: in my opinion: fiber.
    I take Fiber pills from Walmart, they are cheap approx $4.00 a bottle, and it works. Not fast, it's not a laxative but taking fiber daily WILL prevent future constipation- just don't take fiber within a nhour of taking prescription medicine, the fiber may interfere with absorption of meds.

    Best of luck, hope you feel relief soon. Jamie
    57 years old.
    thoracic curve 68 degrees
    lumbar-sacral curve +/- 41 degrees
    Cspine C3- C7 fusion Nov. 2011 <done! success!!>, then scoli surgery T2- L4 or maybe to sacrum.
    Discogram/ myelogram pending. Surgery to be scheduled, maybe fall 2015. <scared but I know this is not going to get better>
    THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE!

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    Thanks for all your advice! Certainly appreciate it! Yesterday everything broke loose --- Hallelujah! Felt so much better. Still trying to figure out routine.
    Has anyone on here struggled with a dry, cotton mouth? Think it's related to the meds, but it's been particularly irritating the last several days.

    Sheree

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    Sheree,
    I had a horrible time with dry mouth and nothing seemed to help. I am fairly certain it is caused bt
    Y the pain medications.
    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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    Same here....I would wake up all through the night with cotton mouth and drank tons of water. Keep a bottle by your bed and be careful when you get up at night to use the restroom after all that water!
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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