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    I'm happy for you Susie and really understand...

    I'm happy for you Susie and really understand where you're coming from. I had my surgery at the age of 23 and never wore a proper swimsuit (except for when I was like 6 to 8 years old) because I was...
  2. Thanks Jennifer. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure...

    Thanks Jennifer. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it's not due to the surgery. It started before I had it and I was treating it from then but it seems like the treatment only slowed it down a bit. I'm...
  3. Well I am very happy with the cosmetic outcome...

    Well I am very happy with the cosmetic outcome achieved after my surgery last year but now I'm getting really stressed out due to the possible cosmetic result of another condition - hair loss. It...
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    Hi Lynette, I was 23 when I had the surgery...

    Hi Lynette,

    I was 23 when I had the surgery and was on the pill for health reasons. I wasn't allowed to take it in hospital and got my period about 3 or 4 days post-op.
  5. Thread: 1-year post op

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    1-year post op

    Hi all,

    I haven't posted in a while and don't know if many still remember me. Just thought I'd post an update so those waiting for surgery can have some idea what to expect.

    I was fused from...
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    Hi JDM555, I'm a 24 year old female and I will...

    Hi JDM555,

    I'm a 24 year old female and I will be five months post-op tomorrow. I had a 46 degree curve prior to the surgery and was fused from T12-L3. I don't think I got much taller but then...
  7. Thread: back to school

    by Cimbom
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    Good luck Avis. I return to my studies tomorrow...

    Good luck Avis. I return to my studies tomorrow too, exactly 4 months post-op :)
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    Thanks guys. Wishing all the best for those of...

    Thanks guys. Wishing all the best for those of you with upcoming surgeries :)
  9. Thread: travel

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    Just something to think about - do we actually...

    Just something to think about - do we actually drop things more now or do we just seem more aware of it now as it's something we previously took for granted? I'm not sure :p
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    Lots of good news :)

    Hi all,

    Was quite excited today as I went out and was able to wear a relatively fitted coat with one of those waist belts! First time ever as now I actually have a defined waist and even hips....
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    Great reply Linda, so true. I think at times us...

    Great reply Linda, so true. I think at times us women tend to be our own worst critics.

    To the OP, I think your best bet is to go and see a specialist and have your curve monitored over the...
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    Hi ScoliosisGal, I guess I was in a similar...

    Hi ScoliosisGal,

    I guess I was in a similar boat to you. However, before surgery my curves measured 46 degrees so I barely just qualified for surgery according to most surgeons. The common cut-off...
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    Feeling crooked post-op?

    Hi all,

    While I definitely look straighter and my hips are much more even than before surgery, I still have this crooked feeling around my hips. I have a slight indentation on my left hip but the...
  14. Thread: Back to work!

    by Cimbom
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    I'm pretty small so I was a bit worried about...

    I'm pretty small so I was a bit worried about weight loss. I had a reduced appetite for about a month post-op. I ended up losing about 4-5kgs and have since put that weight back on. Protein drinks...
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    My torso definitely stretched out too. Not sure...

    My torso definitely stretched out too. Not sure if I gained any height though which seems strange but I don't mind. I was just under 5'4" before surgery, probably gained an inch or less I assume....
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    I had the waist issue post-op as well. It has...

    I had the waist issue post-op as well. It has gotten a lot better though and my hips/waist is almost even now which is pretty exciting. I'm guessing it may just be a time thing. Other users have said...
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    I remember talking with the surgeon's assistant...

    I remember talking with the surgeon's assistant before being knocked out. I woke up in the ICU blinking like crazy trying to get my eyes to stay open. A few minutes later, I saw my family in the...
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    Can curves increase after surgery?

    Hi all,

    My surgeon left one vertebrae at the top unfused and one at the bottom (my curve was from T11-L4, he fused T12-L3). He did this as a compromise between getting a good correction and...
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    Handbags/shoulder bags post-op?

    What are all your thoughts on this? Thanks :)
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    I was fused from T12-L3 this April and I had to...

    I was fused from T12-L3 this April and I had to wear a brace for three months afterwards. I get to start weaning out of it tomorrow! It's not too bad though, after you get through the first painful...
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    Haha, whoops. I'm in Melbourne, Australia and...

    Haha, whoops. I'm in Melbourne, Australia and it's winter over here. Don't mind me :p
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    My apologies if I misinterpreted what was said. I...

    My apologies if I misinterpreted what was said. I haven't come across a surgeon that would operate based solely on that reason, without considering other factors. I hope there's not many of them...
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    I just wore PJs which button up at the front but...

    I just wore PJs which button up at the front but later also tank tops, etc as I had no issue lifting my arms up. The second time I had a shower, I was able to shampoo my own hair, etc without any...
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    I just wear a cami and either a tank top or long...

    I just wear a cami and either a tank top or long sleeve cotton top under the brace and then a hoodie on top. My brace goes on top of my pants. Loose fitting tracksuit pants are fine. The top strap of...
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    I don't think it's fair to say just for looks. As...

    I don't think it's fair to say just for looks. As far as I'm aware, scoliosis is more common among women than men and I don't think it's unreasonable that women, especially younger women, would want...
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