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    I agree with Tina - once you find a doctor and...

    I agree with Tina - once you find a doctor and meet with him/her, they will make you feel like "there's a plan" and you won't feel so lost and anxious.

    I have what (I guess) is considered a "short...
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    When I had my surgery, there were 3 women all...

    When I had my surgery, there were 3 women all having surgery within days of each other. Mine was at Twin Cities Spine Center, another gal was in Minneapolis as well - but she was at a different...
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    I thought the same thing, Ed! It's been 4-1/2...

    I thought the same thing, Ed! It's been 4-1/2 years since my surgery, and when I look at my "before" x-rays I sort of cringe..... I still get a bit of anxiety when I think about if I ever have to...
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    I had my surgery at Twin Cities Spine Center and...

    I had my surgery at Twin Cities Spine Center and my first year follow up was the same as what Linda said about UCSF.

    Kathy
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    Definitely the pain was the determining factor. ...

    Definitely the pain was the determining factor. And, I had they prominent slippage that was very painful which needed to be dealt with. I didn't have any good discs left from L1-S1 and my curve was...
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    Yes, I had a very prominent slippage at it did...

    Yes, I had a very prominent slippage at it did hurt!!!!

    I am in the "degenerative scoliosis" category - so I don't have any history of being treated when younger - but I just think I must have...
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    My case is similar to yours - I probably had a...

    My case is similar to yours - I probably had a slight case when I was younger and it went undetected. I had "low back pain" for most of my adult life - starting in my early 20s but pretty tolerable....
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    My adult onset scoliosis was mostly my lumbar - I...

    My adult onset scoliosis was mostly my lumbar - I am fused T11-Sacrum. 4 of my lumbar discs were basically dried up and gone - but I still had a little bit of my L4/L5 disc. I ended up rupturing...
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    Tina, I get what you are saying - I got the...

    Tina,

    I get what you are saying - I got the same sheets with the weird drawings. And, they gave me way more exercises than I was going to do. My PT said, in the end, patients basically figure...
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    Like Linda said, they send you home with...

    Like Linda said, they send you home with exercises that can be done in a "normal" home environment. Also, pretty much every physical therapy band that they have me used can be purchased either at...
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    I agree with Linda. I personally think it is a...

    I agree with Linda. I personally think it is a good idea if you can get it - but you do have to do the work (just like any exercise program).

    If you give them specific areas you want to target,...
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    I have been taking Vitamin D (D3) since around...

    I have been taking Vitamin D (D3) since around age 40. Being female, my orthoped suggested it early on and I come from a family history of osteoporosis . For years I took 4000 IU in addition to...
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    [QUOTE=susancook;172568] Hi, Susan. I do...

    Hi, Susan. I do catch up on the forum from time to time - it's always good to see when you post. I'm glad you are getting along "OK" - praying that things get better for you. You are one of the...
  14. I was younger than you when I had my surgery 4...

    I was younger than you when I had my surgery 4 years ago (I was 55 at the time) and my fusion is considered "short" as my scoliosis is "adult onset" so my fusion is mostly lumbar (T11-sacrum). I was...
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    My brace was only as a reminder, too. For the...

    My brace was only as a reminder, too. For the first 6-weeks, I had it on anytime I was upright. I wore mine on the outside of my t-shirts. My surgery was June 24 so my initial recovery was in the...
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    I feel like if you need the cane for balance and...

    I feel like if you need the cane for balance and self confidence then you should still use it. But I guess that is for your surgeon and you to decide! If using the cane gives you the ability to "be...
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    Hi, Tina. I walk without a cane. I never needed...

    Hi, Tina. I walk without a cane. I never needed a cane after my surgery. I have hiked many times since my surgery - I don't do crazy things while hiking - I play it safe and say on trails and...
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    I am 58 years old and 3.5 years out from T-11 to...

    I am 58 years old and 3.5 years out from T-11 to sacrum correction. I am also doing great. I walk, do elliptical, ride a bike and use lights weights for weight training.
    1-year after my back...
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    Is it possible for you to do much movement while...

    Is it possible for you to do much movement while you are laying down? There are a number of exercises that a person can do while on your back for your upper body and core strength, as well as...
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    Hi, Rita. I am so sorry you are living in so...

    Hi, Rita. I am so sorry you are living in so much pain. I hope you can find some answers soon.

    I had my surgery 3 years ago at Twin Cities Spine Center. My surgeon was Dr. Joseph Perra. He...
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    Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3...

    Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3 years out and it is people like you that are an inspiration to me. I love your positive attitude and how you don't left the negative things in life get...
  22. LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking...

    LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking to you!!

    Jenson - I gained 2 inches after my surgery. I also have 5 Spacers in my lumbar region.

    Kathy
  23. Hi, Jenson. Good Luck on your upcoming...

    Hi, Jenson.

    Good Luck on your upcoming surgery! I am coming up on my 3-year anniversary for my surgery - I was similar age as you - I was 55.

    I will echo what others have said:

    I preferred...
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    2-year Post Op Check Up

    Last week I had my 2-year post op check up. Dr. Perra said everything looked good - my fusion looked solid and my hardware was all still in place - no changes from last year. We talked about how...
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    Hi, Ginger 2-years ago I was fused T11-Sacrum....

    Hi, Ginger

    2-years ago I was fused T11-Sacrum. At the time I was 55 years old. I have done well - being fused to the sacrum is an adjustment, but for me it seems to be OK. Having said that, I...
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