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    It's a subforum on Reddit just for scoliosis. ...

    It's a subforum on Reddit just for scoliosis.

    It's mostly younger people who post there, even teens. There is a lack of involvement from the moderators. Some people post do-it-yourself scoliosis...
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    I have a doctor, orthopedic, whose mother went...

    I have a doctor, orthopedic, whose mother went through spinal fusion at 63. He says it took her 2-1/2 years to recover. She is now doing great, "hiking in the mountains" and all that. But until then...
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    Other Surgeries to Fix Scoliotic Problems

    Is it possible to treat the symptoms of scoliosis with other surgeries besides fusion surgery?

    I know that no other surgery straightens spinal curves. But maybe you don't care about being...
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    Once again my experiences with the medical...

    Once again my experiences with the medical profession differ from those of others, and I am more critical.

    I'm no stranger to physical therapy, I have been there many times.

    Any exercise...
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    It can be hard to keep up PT because you don't...

    It can be hard to keep up PT because you don't have the nice tables and other equipment in your home that you have in the medical facility.
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    Thanks for the warning about the heart, and the...

    Thanks for the warning about the heart, and the link. That's important. That would have to be weighed against the benefits. Darn.
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    I'm sure blueberries and bananas are good for you...

    I'm sure blueberries and bananas are good for you and maybe not replaceable by many other foods. But I don't believe in superfoods, a food that's supposed to cure what ails you. It's just something...
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    Originally I want to strengthen my arms without...

    Originally I want to strengthen my arms without involving my back, if such a thing is possible. They are out of shape. But that's not as important as gait and balance.

    Is PT necessary or just nice...
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    Physical Therapy POST SURGERY

    This thread has a different purpose than the other one I started. With that one I was curious about physical therapy as a possible treatment for scoliosis. In lieu of surgery. I have no illusions...
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    Does improvement really show after just a few...

    Does improvement really show after just a few days?
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    My surgeon prescribed vitamin D for me...

    My surgeon prescribed vitamin D for me post-surgery. I thought this would be universally prescribed for fusion patients, I'm surprised to hear that it isn't. It was considered important for the...
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    You have authorized leave from work? I thought...

    You have authorized leave from work? I thought you were the boss and could do what you want.

    Did they let your family visit you in the hospital with COVID-19 restrictions?

    I dream of the day I...
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    I do feel pain when I lift even a few pounds and...

    I do feel pain when I lift even a few pounds and the pain is in my upper back, not lower. But I'm talking about lifting and carrying something at chest level, not carrying milk jugs down by my sides....
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    Do you feel any increase in pain when you lift...

    Do you feel any increase in pain when you lift things?
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    I'm not sure of the role of physical therapy...

    I'm not sure of the role of physical therapy after surgery. How soon are they going to start you on physical therapy, have they said?
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    Can you describe what it means that walking felt...

    Can you describe what it means that walking felt robotic for you?

    I have had trouble walking since my two surgeries a few months apart. I don't have the good balance anymore that normal people...
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    Why did they raise your lifting limit to 20...

    Why did they raise your lifting limit to 20 pounds from 5? That sounds extreme. My limit was 5 lbs and my healing back hurt when I lifted even 2 lbs, a signal to not overdo it.
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    You're seeing your surgeon 3 weeks after your...

    You're seeing your surgeon 3 weeks after your surgery? I'm jealous.

    Mine didn't want to see me until 2 months after my second surgery. And it's been many months since that visit and no word from...
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    I hope you're doing well, Jessica. It must have...

    I hope you're doing well, Jessica. It must have felt weird to come out of your surgeries. It's a transformation. I don't know how much memory you have of your earlier surgery years ago.

    I hope...
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    Sometimes just saying "Let's do this" lets you...

    Sometimes just saying "Let's do this" lets you find your nerve. Sounds like you're well prepared.

    Good luck.
  21. I disagree a little with Ed on going easy on the...

    I disagree a little with Ed on going easy on the dairy. My surgeon wants me to eat lots of dairy products. The calcium is necessary for building up the bones and dairy is the best source. It can all...
  22. So they want you to take oral pain medication but...

    So they want you to take oral pain medication but no food for a few days after surgery? The medication is probably Oxycodone or something similar. It's known to cause severe constipation in some...
  23. As for pain meds, are they saying no intravenous...

    As for pain meds, are they saying no intravenous pain meds or no pain meds at all?

    The pain is not necessarily bad. The prescription pain pills didn't work well for me after my first surgery and...
  24. Read about bone growth stimulators here, they use...

    Read about bone growth stimulators here, they use electromagnetic energy to help bones heal.
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    Thanks for the info about universities.

    Thanks for the info about universities.
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