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  1. #1
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    My first fall...yowch

    I am now getting close to 4 months out of surgery, and fell a few days ago for the first time. YOWZA. I actually squatted down to put something away in the bathroom and first fell on my butt which made it feel like someone had shoved my spine skyward (WOW...soo much pain) and then lost my balance AGAIN and fell backward smacking my back on the floor. WOW. I am finally starting to feel less bad now...but (as seen in my previous postings), I am not doing great to begin with. I was pretty much useless for the last few days (It happened Friday night).
    But I am finally starting to get some mobility back.Growl.
    I have my CT on Friday to make sure things are okay (it was scheduled pre-fall), since I was having complications anyway.

    All this to say..I feel for anyone that might fall after surgery!!!
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  2. #2
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    Oh, no that sounds really scary. It's a good thing you are getting the CT scan for this and the problems before. I was just thinking about you this morning. I wondered why we hadn't heard from you in a bit. Thought maybe you were super busy with wedding plans. When is the date? Take it easy and no more falls! Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Yikes--no more falls for you!! That''s one thing I dread and I TRY to be so careful. Of corse, I've always been a klutz before surgery, so I'm guessing eventually it will happen. Just PLEASE not in the first year, OK God?

    I'm glad you're feeling a little better. Let us know what happens with your scan. I hope everything is where it should be.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  4. #4
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    flk,

    I fell on my butt the day I came home from the hospital with no damage. You may be sore, but at 4 months out, you're likely fine.

    Regards,
    Pam
    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!


    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op 53, Post-op < 20
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


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  5. #5
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    I hope everything is ok. I fell 4 days after my surgery and 3 weeks after my surgery (both from passing out). Nothing moved, so as Pam said, you should be ok. But yes, it is VERY painful.

    Shell
    Chemist, 30

    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

    Surgery May 27, 2008
    Fused T1 to L2
    Curve corrected to 15 degrees X-ray

  6. #6
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    wow guys! I am so sorry you fell so early! My gosh!

    The wedding date is exactly 2 months from today (Mayb 23rd) :-)
    I apparently have lost 6 inches around the midsection/chest area since before the surgery...thank goodness I ordered my dress too small. Lol. Unfortunately I still have two more inches to go.

    I am sure there is no damage..but man it hurt!
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  7. #7
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    falling

    I already trip and stumble all the time because I am so off balance. I also drop things more than I use to. Even standing and hugging my husband I start swaying to the right and I'll say "opps, hold on, I'm falling lol!" Did anyone experience that BEFORE surgery? I am hoping that once they balance me out this will get better. Maybe I am just a clusts. I never use to be though. One of my biggest fears, as I am sure it is for everyone is falling after suurgery

    Glad everyone made it through their falls ok! It's 2:15 am right now and sleep is eluding me. This is been happening a lot lately. Getting more preoccupied with surgery maybe. I still don't htink I am getting nervous but maybe this is how my body is dealing with the nerves who knows. It's a little lonely in the am
    Susan

    Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
    50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
    Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
    X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
    Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
    Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    Nice and straight now!!!!!

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    one more thing.....

    Oh Ya, one more thing. Goal for today:

    Everyone stay on their feet and no falling down today please!
    Susan

    Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
    50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
    Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
    X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
    Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
    Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    Nice and straight now!!!!!

  9. #9
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    Susan, I couldn't sleep pre-op ... too many planned contingencies to deal with after an unknown surgery, and a determination to recover solo before I scheduled. You'll be fine.

    Pinky swear.

    Pam
    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!


    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op 53, Post-op < 20
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


    VIEW MY X-RAYS
    EMAIL ME

  10. #10
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    Susan,
    I couldnt sleep before surgery, but I am up really late most nights now too. Hopefully that gets better soon. I was pretty unsteady right before the surgery now that you mention it. I fell A LOT before,and only once since, so I guess that is an improvement!
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  11. #11
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    hoping not to jinx myself...

    ....but I have no fallen yet. I plan on keeping it that way cuz that scares the hell outta me. It's bad enough I have to worry about my sweet(using this term loosly here) dog who resembles Marley (from the movie Marly and Me) pushing me over from saying hello or getting excieted about grocery bags that are all filled full of treats that are clearly for her! Ok she isnt THAT bad...well....umm....maybe she is...just alittle! lol I try my best to be real careful and when I squat down to pick something up or what have you, I always take it nice and slow. Im sure as time passes and I get more sure of myself, I will take a spill...til then, fingers crossed!

    And to those of you who have, Im so glad no one has gotten hurt too badly! Take it easy ladies!!
    Lynn -30.... something
    DxD @ 8 yrs old: 10* curve-no brace-no nothin'!
    At age 26: Thorasic 48*/Lumbar 50*
    At age 34: Thorasic 58*/Lumbar 60*
    Posterior T5-L4 Fusion Jan 14th, 2009 w/Dr Tribus
    UW Madison, WI Hospital
    **AFTER: less than 10* Thorasic/15* Lumbar**

  12. #12
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    crud. I totally messed up the date for my appointment. Its NEXT friday.
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

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