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  1. #1
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    Sitting in chairs

    Does anyone else have trouble sitting in chairs where the seat is tilted back? For some reason, this is very painful for me. I am fused T1-L4. I can sit in chairs that have an even seat, and where the legs are all upright and not at an angle. But most chairs are tilted back and the rear legs are at an angle...why do they make chairs like this? Is it painful for the rest of you too? maybe its because my hardware goes down low?

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    I still have trouble sitting. To sit totally upright is ok but on an angle it just doesn't work I am fused t-2 to pelvis. If my legs are straight out then I must sit like a Pilates v.not too comfortable.

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    I was fused two years ago from t-4 to sacrum and I am only able to sit comfortably straight up in a chair. I can't recline in my recliner anymore but must put two small pillows behind my back. It doesn't hurt to lean back it is just very uncomfortable. I carry a small pillow in my car to use in church, in restaurants, movie theaters, etc. At home I also have to sit with my feet on the floor and not up or extended in my recliner. Straight back chairs are the most comfortable for me now and I guess they will be from now on.
    Jane

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    I am fused C2 to sacrum. I am in agreement with the rest of the ladies that wrote in.

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Straight chairs for me too. Frequently the seat is too deep, so I need to place a pillow at the back for comfort.

    Unsure why they made such chairs. They were not comfortable for me before I was fused!

    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  6. #6
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    Same here. Fused t6 to sacrum and fine with sitting on straight or office chairs, but angled ones are uncomfortable.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    I think I am the odd ball of the group. I find being able to recline in my office chair doesn't hurt as much as straight up and down. But if I really want to sit without pain then I break out the exercise ball and use it as a chair. Not only does it feel great but it works to strengthen the core muscles at the same time.

    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)

    Revision Surgery L4/L5 due to BMP Complication age 36 (November 20,2014) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, Mo)

    Revision Surgery due to broken rod scheduled for October 19, 2016 with Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

  8. #8
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    Someone who had also had Scoli surgery did give me the suggestion to always slide forward to the edge of the chair before standing up...sounds really basic, but I don't think I had been doing this. It's especially important when the seat is low, like my car seat, or tilted back. I guess it loads the spine less if you scoot forward first.

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