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    Fell down the stairs - 2 years post-op. It was terrifying.

    Hi all,

    My two year post-revision appointment is today, and I am very nervous about it. I took a terrifying fall on Saturday morning. The cat was asking to be let out early in the morning. I wasn't quite awake yet, and got up in bare feet to go downstairs and let him out. (note to self--must get a cat door installed!). My foot slid/slipped over the top step of a flight of 8 hardwood stairs, and I crashed onto my back and slid down the entire flight of steps bumping down all the way on my sacrum and fusion. My elbows are skinned and bruised, and I feel a deep pain over my ischial tuberosity (butt bone) on the right. Luckily there's plenty of padding there. My husband heard the crash and helped me get back to bed, where I iced my painful lower back all morning Saturday. I would have gone to urgent care for x-rays except I already, coincidentally, had my two year check up scheduled for today, so it seemed pointless to get x-rays done any earlier.

    I am very banged up, but a little less sore each day. I still have some lower back pain but I am hoping against hope it is just muscular/soft tissue. My upper back and neck feel jarred and strained, but I know that is muscular because there is no hardware above T8. I will feel much better after hopefully being cleared by my surgeon. I am so mad at myself that this happened. I have never fallen down a flight of stairs in my life!

    Please keep your fingers crossed for me today that all is well, and I will post this afternoon after I return from the appointment. Susan, I am so sorry but I will have to give you a raincheck for lunch.
    Last edited by leahdragonfly; 01-28-2014 at 10:10 AM.
    Gayle, age 47
    Boston brace as a teen for AIS
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation, TLIF at L4/5.
    Feb 2012 major A/P revision for broken rods


    mom of Leah, 12 y/o, diagnosed Jan '08 with 26* thoracic JIS (age 6)
    4/08 26 degrees, brace 16 hrs/day
    9/08 17 deg. OOB - brace discontinued
    9/09 30 deg, resuming brace
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/14 stable 4 yrs post-op, 14* T

    also mom of Torrey, 9 y/o son, 12* T, decreasing spontaneously (from 19*)

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    Oh Gayle I am so sorry to hear this!

    You are two years out from revision. I bet your fusion is intact.

    Good luck at the appointment. I hope it's no bad news.

    Best regards,
    Sharon
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Praying all is good!
    Tamena
    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

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    Thinking about you and hoping all went well today. Keep us posted.
    Tamena
    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

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    I am sorry to hear about your fall. I blacked out last year when I was dehydrated with the flu and fell and hit my head, but fortunately my back was okay. I hope your x-rays showed today that everything is fine with your back.
    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 63
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

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    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.
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    Hi all,

    I had x-rays today and saw Dr Hart and he told me everything looks good on the x-rays! I am so relieved. He said he can see bone growth inside the anterior cages, and that he doesn't think I could break the fused portion of my back now. I am feeling less bruised and sore today, too, quicker than I expected. Dr Hart said good thing I fell down the stairs two days before my appointment, and not 2 days after, since he would definitely want to see me and take x-rays after any serious fall like this.

    Dr Hart told me to go out and have a nice life, and come see him in 2 years unless something comes up sooner. I am finally going to try and relax instead of worrying and waiting for the other shoe to drop. It has been a long haul getting a new back, but overall I am thrilled with my outcome.
    Gayle, age 47
    Boston brace as a teen for AIS
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation, TLIF at L4/5.
    Feb 2012 major A/P revision for broken rods


    mom of Leah, 12 y/o, diagnosed Jan '08 with 26* thoracic JIS (age 6)
    4/08 26 degrees, brace 16 hrs/day
    9/08 17 deg. OOB - brace discontinued
    9/09 30 deg, resuming brace
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/14 stable 4 yrs post-op, 14* T

    also mom of Torrey, 9 y/o son, 12* T, decreasing spontaneously (from 19*)

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    Great to hear! What a good visit to lift all the what ifs that come up during recovery. I know I walk on egg shells scared of messing something up.

    Tamena
    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

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    Great news! I was waiting to see if you would post tonite.

    I am so glad you caught this break. It must be hell dealing with this for decades. Life is so unfair.

    Best regards,

    Sharon
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leahdragonfly View Post
    I am finally going to try and relax instead of worrying and waiting for the other shoe to drop. It has been a long haul getting a new back, but overall I am thrilled with my outcome.
    Gail, there comes a point where you have to stop worrying.....I know Iím done with it.

    Iím 6 years post tomorrow......I hardly think about it anymore even if it was a max stress situation.

    It simply fades away.....

    With that crash that you took, you just passed the acid test. It reminds me of camping in the Redwoods years ago and tripping and face planting over a large rock in the dark at 10 months post. (no flashlight and really dumb) I thought I was done......but it all held expect for my ego and my bloody shins. Walking those soft pine needle trails was like being in heaven....for physical and mental therapy, it doesnít get much better. I guess that knowing smile just became a permanent fixture on my face at that point. I knew I was fused. A graduation process.

    Congratulations!

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 45...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    I was so happy to read your report from your appointment. I was thinking the same thing . . . that if you had to fall, it was good that it was before your appointment. You have to feel so relieved!
    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 63
    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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    WOW Gayle you sure tested the fusion didn't you.....I can just imagine what was going through your mind after making it this far. So glad everything turned out to be OK on the x-ray, and I think it's safe to say, you are kinda indestructible now, that part must feel great. I hope you rest up and feel better soon. You are an inspiration :D
    Spring
    42 yrs old
    Milwaukee braced 1983 to 1989
    was told my curves would never progress
    at 19yrs old 1991, T30-L38
    2010, T38-L56--progression in one year 2011, T40-L67
    new diagnosis-kyphoscoliosis, DDD, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, 73 degree Kyphosis
    Surgery 1-09-12....10 hrs all posterior T4-sacrum & 2 cages
    Dr. Lenke-St. Louis Mo.
    Surgery to clean out infection 2-10-12
    Revision for broken rods 1-23-14

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    Gayle,
    So glad to hear that your fusion is OK after such a terrible fall. Such scary stuff even without spine surgery. Take care and try not to do that again.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
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    Oooh it was hard reading that. I winced with every step. But what great news, that after everything you've been through your surgeon doesn't want to see you for 2 years. You must be happy (despite the bruising.)
    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

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    Oh, Gayle! I have been off of the forum for a few days and saw your post. At first, when i Saw the title, I thought that you were responding to someone else's post! Then, I read about your fall! So glad that you are OK.

    Re: cat doors, my son's cat has a special collar thar allows only her into the door. Good way to keep other cats and raccoons out! Invest in one!

    There must be something in the air as I fell tonight, but not anywhere nearly as far as you did. I was coming inside and it was dark and I could not see the steps in front of the house and fell UP the step smashing my wrist and knees into the steps and donating a little bit of A+ blood in front of the house. Fortunately, all of the neighbor kids were inside as my expletive was not appropriate for young ears. My upper back and shoulder hurt, but hopefully tomorrow will be better. I fell in our duplex in Portland, so maybe there is bad karma around in Oregon!

    Again, congratulations on a great visit! Love the comment about have a good life! I know that you are relieved. I was up at OHSU twice this week doing pool therapy.

    Lunch will await you when you are more relaxed and we can talk. Maybe 1/2 way between your house and mine? I would love to get to know you better and I have always found your attitude refreshing!

    Again, so glad that all is in place and that your bruises are healing. Keep in touch, Susan
    2011: Degenerative Adult Onset Scoliosis @65
    25* T levoscoliosis/ 36* L dexroscoliosis w/ 11.2 cm coronal & 3.5 cm sagittal balance T kyphosis 90*
    Severe disc degen thoracic & lumbar stenosis
    Surgery: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    3/2013, Dr. Hu @ UCSF
    Postop hernia @ ALIF incision repaired 2014
    8/2014: Rev surgery OHSU Dr. Hiratzka hardware removal T3-T5; reinstrument & revision fusion T3-T6
    Proximal Junctional Failure w/ SCI
    Cauda Equina Syndrome

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