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Old 21-02-2013, 08:26 PM
Meags97 Meags97 is offline
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Hi guys

I recently had my surgery and all went well! It's now been exactly two weeks and I am sitting, walking and doing basic physio activities as I am supposed to. My surgeon was extremely happy as my curve went from 67 and 73 to around 10-15 degrees on both! Yay
Everything is going well except for a few things.. just wondering if they are normal?
I have swelling down the left side of my scar which has been persistent since the surgery. I also have numb spots at the top of my right thigh, bottom of my right hip and under my left arm/chest (breast) area? Is this common? Is the numbness permanent? It also seems that my spine sticks out a little?

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Meg
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Old 22-02-2013, 10:37 AM
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Also want to know if anyone can feel the rod in their back? When I move in certain ways I swear I can feel something there and even sometimes move! It's kind of scaring me - any one else?
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Old 22-02-2013, 11:58 AM
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Hi Meags

Don't be alarmed...the first few months after surgery is full of weird sensations and we all worry if things are meant to be like that! It takes a while for your torso to adjust and get used to its new posture. It took me months to get used to it! And I am still getting used to it! I still have numbness in areas, and many sore spots and am very aware of the metal in my back and the way that it feels like it is moving independently from the rest of my body.

Re the swelling and numbness down the legs...if it continues, I would contact your specialist. It is more than ok to keep in touch with them to discuss any concerns you have.

Other forum members will respond to your post soon - we all tend to run hot and cold here
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Old 22-02-2013, 07:00 PM
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Hi Meags,

Christine is right about the weird sensations. I think it must have been a couple of weeks post-op when I felt a very weird sensation and rang Dr .... and said "DR ...., I think I have broken a rod" he replies "mmm Vali if you had a broken rod, you would not be standing there telling me so in a calm manner". He told me that the body at this time would be adjusting itself to its new form. Its like in the first few days where you still feel cooked but your not. I had the hip pain you describe. To me it was like a burning sensation. I cant remember what that was due to. It has gone. If it really concerns you, touch base with your surgeon, I am sure he/she will be more than happy to put your mind at ease. Best wishes RB
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Old 22-02-2013, 11:27 PM
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Hey Meg, Its all very weird, but normal to feel this way. Our daughter has numb spots on her lengthening scar. She cant even feel it. It has been cut open 4 times, so that could explain this? But the funniest thing was about a year ago Ems growing rods were creaking!!!!! We could hear it from her back, and she could hear/feel it! Was creepy funny. Our 14 year old son thought it hillarious and wanted to take his little sister to high school for "show & tell" as he thought his mates would find this soooo cool! It happened about 4 times, then went away. Keep your surgeons secretary informed by e-mail, of anything your concerned about. Keep getting stronger, eat as much as you can frequently and enjoy your new straighter back. Use bio-oil or rose-hip oil on the scar & congrats! You did it, and wont look back.

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Old 23-02-2013, 04:30 PM
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Thank you Christine, Rodverta and Tracy!
Those answers really helped to normalise things - I'm glad im not the only one as long as things start to get better I will be fine

Thanks heaps guys!
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Old 23-02-2013, 10:51 PM
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Hey Meg,

Its so early and youve had so much done! Theyve dragged your spine back to where it should be. Of course your in pain sweetie! But a month from now you will feel well enough to go to school. Then 3 months from now you will feel fantastic compared to now. And 6 months down the track you will laugh about it and tell the funny stories of the physioterrorists coming to visit. Stay positive, your doing fantastic! E-mail anytime. So happy your on the mend. Keep your sence of humour, it makes the crappy moments the best if you can see the funny side!

Take care T
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Old 24-02-2013, 06:45 PM
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I felt the rods and still do when I stress at 1 year post op. The numbness or horrid feeling as I call it I still have and is now permenant. I was told by another patient if you still have this feeling by 1 year post it is perm. Well I suppose it is better than I used to be. It is so easy to forget how bad the pain was and how cripling the curves were on your life. At least I am straight, can stand up, cant run but, all in all it was the best decision though.
Rosie
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Old 26-02-2013, 01:05 PM
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Hi Rosie

That really sucks about the numbness I heard that it's quite common to have some sort of permanent numbness! Did you get a burning sensation in certain spots of your body 3 weeks post surgery?
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Old 26-02-2013, 02:03 PM
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Hi
I had all sorts of wierd feelings, even the numbness is hard to describe. I hate the feeling when the razor runs over the back of my upper legs when I shave. I usually try to think about something else to take the feeling away. I cant stand anyone touching my lower back or butt, cant even touch it myself without squirming a little.
Stressing sends my upper back into spasms which isnt nice as then you feel the rods more. I have been doing alot of stressing lately (not becasue of my back). It is nice to share on this forum and get some feed back from others. It is reassuring to know others have similar weird complaints or feelings. I would never have made it through surgery without the help of Jen and Christine on this forum. I emailed everyday with annoying questions. I freaked out some times and they assured me that I was doing the right things, which I was. I guess your mind goes crazy with possiblities of what could go wrong which takes away from all the positive.
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