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  1. #1
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    not normal??

    Hello. After my surgery I've noticed that my left arm no longer hangs to my side like it used to. That and my shoulder blade is sticking out further than what it did prior to the surgery. There is now a 6" gap between my elbow area and my side when I have my arms hanging down. It is very noticeable now, and I'm scared that it won't ever look normal! It was never like this before the surgery, and I'm wondering what can be done to fix it! I'm almost to the point to where I want to duct-tape my arm to my side to try and fix this. Also, what could be causing this to happen! Thanks
    25 yr old female =^_^=
    Thoracic curve 48 degrees (with kyphosis)
    Lumbar curve 23 degrees
    surgery from t5-l1 25 July 2005
    Two rods and 16 screws later . . . 0 degrees YAY!

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    If you have movement but it just won't hang properly naturally, try phisotherapy or something like rolfing. Its probably just that your muscles are protesting a bit at their new position and need a bit of help to get into their correct position.

    Hope this is a help

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    Hey
    A usual thing for scoliosis is for your shoulders and hips are uneven, i didnt really have that too much before surgery, but after it was really noticable. My Doctor did tell me that it would be more noticable because your body is like trying to compensate. Its still not been that long since you had surgery, so there is a good possibility that you will straighten back out. Good Luck!!

    Abby
    18 year old female
    scoliosis curve of 50-60 degrees
    corrective surgery done at age 12( 2001), first surgery a screw went through a vertebra, was then closed up and then re-opened two days later.
    After second surgery, fusion was a success.
    Rods, hooks, and screws put in.
    Fall of 2004 in volleyball, fractured three vertebra's, on June 2nd, 2005 surgery was completed to fix that, old rods were taken out and replaced by stronger ones.

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    It's possible that your surgeon over corrected you. Or, maybe it's something like swelling that will go down. When is your next post-op appointment? If it's too far into the future, you might want to ask that it be moved up. Whatever is going on, it's almost certainly not an emergency, but it would be nice to know what's going on for your mental health. :-)

    Whatever you do, do not try physio or anything else not approved by your surgeon.

    --Linda

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    Could it be skin hanging? My right side has loose skin that is hanging a bit since the old curve stretched it.

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    my skin looks normal. there's no hanging it's just that I look like I'm doing the "i'm a little teapot" the way my left arm hangs down Well, as for an appointment, my next checkup is on the 18th of November. It's really bothersome, I'm sure other people have noticed, but haven't said anything to me yet, my husband knows it there also. Also, when I feel my ribs, they don't feel 'even' it's still as if one side is sticking out further than the other! Thank you all for your advice. I hope the appt on the 18th isn't too far away. My doctor is always so busy with other patients and surgery it's hard to get an appt in. I'm not going to try anything my doctor won't let me do. I don't want to break a rod or tear out a screw.
    25 yr old female =^_^=
    Thoracic curve 48 degrees (with kyphosis)
    Lumbar curve 23 degrees
    surgery from t5-l1 25 July 2005
    Two rods and 16 screws later . . . 0 degrees YAY!

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    My ribs on the left front still stick out more than the right side. My doctor said the only way to fix it would be to do alot of cutting on the ribs. They have grown this way for so long. Can't help you on the arm thing. Sorry!
    Theresa

    April 8 & 12, 2004 - Anterior/Posterior surgery 15 hours & 7 hours
    Thorasic - 79 degree down to 22
    Lumbar - 44 degree down to 18
    Fused T2 to sacrum
    June 2, 2005 - Pedicle subtraction osteotomy @L3 7 hours
    MAY 21, 2007 - Pedicle subtraction osteotomy @ L2, extended the fusion to S2 and added pelvic instrumentation 9 hours

    FUSED T2 - SACRUM 2

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    No Worries!

    Im almost positive it doesnt look as bad as it looks to you...after all YOU are your worst critic...When I had my surgery, my curve was so bad that they couldnt correct it all the way and the whole left side of my back still has a hump in it...It looks HORRIBLE to me, but no one else has ever noticed it, only that I have GREAT posture (and i never tell why...shh thats my secret ) Anyhoo...my hips are also way out of line..one goes in far more than the other so i am VERY picky about the pants i wear...Does anyone else have this problem>? I cant do the low rise jeans because they always feel like they are gonna fall off!

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    I too had a problem with my arm, my right shoulder actually. I was unable to move my shoulder at all, so my arm just hung there and I had no control over it. I also had the "little teapot" syndrome. I couldn't even lift my arm to eat...so I taught myself how to eat left-handed. (it's amazing what you'll do when you have to!) I had OT 2-3 times/week at home after leaving the hospital and it took months for it to feel normal again. I'm still throwing like a girl though and having 3 big brothers, I never threw like a girl!

    I also felt that my right ribcage stuck out further than my left rib cage, but that's all even now and I leaned the opposite of how I leaned prior to surgery, but now, no leaning. My extremely protruding right shoulder...it looks no different than my left now. It took a few months for everything to settle into place and I really think that the OT helped a lot.

    Talk to your surgeon and see if there's anything that he/she can offer to help you out. My surgeon was very much of the 'just do your normal everyday activities and you'll be back good as new" mentality, but even he realized that not every case is that simple and he was willing to prescribe the OT and PT for me. Good luck and know that there are others out there who have had similar issues and have come out of it just fine!

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