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Thread: Happy Birthday to my back!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    New York

    Happy Birthday to my back!

    It has been exactly one year since I was fused T3-sacrum. What a year! The first 6 months were really tough. I have come so far. Had to re-learn how to stand, walk, sit, shower, etc and now I am (mostly) able to keep up with my 2 kids (9 and 4). I still have pain, my shoulder blades continue to be a problem, but my back pain is less and my stamina is exponentially better. Can I say it was worth it? Yes and no. I still feel like I am in recovery mode. I really try to keep reminding myself that I couldn't even stand for 10 minutes before the surgery. I can even lift my 4 year old onto my lap and rock him to sleep now. I didn't know if I'd ever be able to do that again. For anyone thinking about doing this, it's scary and a long road. But the other side is much better!!
    T4-Sacrum fusion, with pelvic fixation in January 2015, Dr. Lonner in NYC
    10 osteotomies, rotation from 25 to 2
    Diagnosed at age 11 with double curve, 36 and 45 degrees, Braced for 2.5 years
    At time of surgery, curves were 45 and 65 degrees
    Chronic back pain, worsening, since age 11
    Tried every pain management procedure, acupuncture, chiropractor, physical therapy ever created
    Mom of 2 cuties!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    I celebrate my spine's birthday each year. The moving and endurance continue to get better. Congrats on your first year.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Yacolt, WA
    Congratulations and continue healing over the next year!
    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Long Island, New York
    Congrats Karine!
    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...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Southern CA
    It will continue to get even better

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Grove City, OH
    Awesome! So happy for you!
    I've heard healing continues through the 2nd year. I'm 15 months out & looking forward to even more improvement this year - sometimes I wonder how that could be when my back is SO much better than I anticipated.
    Treasure those rocking chair moments - kids grow up way too fast!
    61 yrs old
    75 degree lumbar curve with thoracic kyphosis
    T3 - S1 surgery with Dr. Buchowski in St. Louis, on 10/27/14
    Working on healing in Columbus, Ohio!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    Congratulations! i know it feels good to have that first anniversary and to be doing well. Several aches that I had at a year ( tailbone, shoulder blades, ribs) decreased during year two to the point of being nonexistent.

    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.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Ukiah CA
    congrads on on your backs birthday
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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