I am coming up on 2 years postop and I still feel like I am wearing a metal corset all the time. The weird thing is, it doesn't really bother me much now that I am used to it. And in some ways, I actually like it. (Like, I don't feel like I am hunched over and can't stand up straight anymore, and if this is what's keeping me upright, I'm okay with it.) That said, once in a while I get the muscle spasms that are somewhat painful. Then I know it's time to stretch and exercise. I have this nagging feeling that if I was in better shape--lifted weights, etc.--the tightness would be less. I wonder if it is related to muscle atrophy, because it sure feels like I am all skin, bones and metal back there. (Just to clarify, I'm not in terrible shape, but just do moderate exercise like walking and aqua aerobics.)
80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
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