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    Dec 2008
    In the beginning at age 24, I had never been told I had scoliosis. I had no idea what it meant. So after the birth I ask the OB doctor why it was mentioned and what to do. His words were it just means you will have more backaches. I had several flare up that were managed with change of position, heat, over the counter meds and steroids. I never got treatment from an orthopedic.
    Until the accident at work was in 2007. A steel beam landed on me and really made the situation worse. That was my first true study of the scoliosis. The largest curve was at L 3 and over 50 degrees. It was very concentrated in the lumbar.the first surgery was the t10-pelvis. After that in rehab I fractured through t9. So it was very obvious I really should have been fused higher. All I did was reach for a tissue.
    The rest is history.
    About the children, I almost never appeared to be pregnant, except with the twins. Now I think that was because of the scoliosis, I had no natural loridosis. I am small in structure but could hide the baby.
    That is just my thoughts. Caring for the babies wasn't difficult until they out numbered me. I could carry 3 at a time but not all 4.What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
    My first cervical fusion was anterior. Very easy and I don't think they would remove the facets. In fact the CT scan of the broken neck showed them . Dr said they were locked and I think that was the spinal cord being compromised. Why I couldn't move my arm , why my hand was numb, and the right leg was so bruised that the Dr thought it was broken. It didn't hurt so I must not have been able to feel my leg. It was noted that there wasn't normal movement. All and all I guess I am very lucky to just have my hand acting up.. I do drag my right leg some since the last surgery.
    Last edited by jackieg412; 05-10-2021 at 10:40 AM.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1

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