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    Abdominal muscle spasms

    Just finished my second week of physical therapy trying not to push it too hard but the physical therapist is manually working my abdominals because they are so tight after being shifted around. Woke up this morning feeling like I was being stabbed in my right oblique area almost told my husband to take me to the hospital for burst appendix. But laid flat and massaged it out and it's kind of better but the entire side is tender and threatening to cramp. I do not feel sick in any way. I also do not want to take muscle relaxers but I was just wondering if heating pad would help this, or should I ice it and stim it? Also I know this might not be the case for everybody and I did need to lose weight but I can't stop losing weight even though I eat whenever I feel like it and I drink protein shakes and ate a ribeye steak last night and the whole box of cream spinach... My appetite is definitely half of what it was before but I really need to somehow pick up the pace and level off the weight-loss.

    Main concern is abdominal cramping.....help?
    Cathy
    2 sons, one Syracuse University graduate (working for the Mets now), one college sophomore, one great husband and two fabulous cats
    54 years old March 5
    AIS 45 degrees Thoracic at 14, Milwaukee brace for one year in 1977 then in 2012 I found Dr. Baron Lonner ❤️
    Surgery April 8 2015
    Presurgical curves T77 L66
    Post surgical T27 L22
    Fused T3-S1 pelvic fixation, osteotomies and all the other stuff but you know what? It's done...

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    I think I would stop going to physical therapy for a while and let everything calm down and start slower when you go back. I think you have to listen to your body and do what works best for you.
    Before 39* lumbar at age 18, progressed to 74* lumbar and 22* thoracic age 55
    ALIF Jan 13, 2015, PLIF Jan 15, 2015 with Dr William Stevens, Honor Health
    Fused T-7 to S-1 with pelvic fixation

    After 38* lumbar

    Xrays
    Before: http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...7&d=1414268930

    After: http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...6&d=1424894360

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    Dr. Lenke warned me that most physical therapists don't understand the magnitude of this surgery and can do more harm than good. I only did exercises that his PT recommended until I was a year post-op. At that time, I took a list of do's and don'ts from his PT.
    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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    My PT is definitely not overdoing it with me, the cramps have diminished a LOT since I started. He was who originally recommended Dr. Lonner and is spine specialist. If anybody is overdoing it, it's me... I feel like I can do more so have to stop myself.
    Cathy
    2 sons, one Syracuse University graduate (working for the Mets now), one college sophomore, one great husband and two fabulous cats
    54 years old March 5
    AIS 45 degrees Thoracic at 14, Milwaukee brace for one year in 1977 then in 2012 I found Dr. Baron Lonner ❤️
    Surgery April 8 2015
    Presurgical curves T77 L66
    Post surgical T27 L22
    Fused T3-S1 pelvic fixation, osteotomies and all the other stuff but you know what? It's done...

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    That's perfect that he is a spine specialist PT.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
    Dr. Lenke warned me that most physical therapists don't understand the magnitude of this surgery and can do more harm than good.
    We almost need a poll on who did PT, and who did not......Itís probably around 50:50.

    I did not participate in any scoliosis physical therapy, ONLY walking. Walking was hard enough!

    At 8 months, I had shoulder surgery, and then did a shoulder physical therapy program for 6 months that really worked out well....(For shoulder and my spine) When my shoulder therapist started, he admitted that he was a bit afraid of me, that I should tell him if he needs to slow down, and he started things out slowly.......

    The timing was perfect considering my situation.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

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