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Old 27-01-2014, 05:24 PM
Liesel Liesel is offline
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Hi Candy
Have sent you a pm
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Old 28-01-2014, 07:14 PM
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Hi Candy - I also sent you a PM - probably saying the same as Rosie and Liesel! Welcome to the forum anyway. It has been a great source of info and help for me. Our stories sound similar. By the end of the day I am whacked but I don't have much pain other than fatigue. I chose surgery as I see the road ahead would not be a happy one without it. Keep us posted.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:46 AM
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Hi Heather,
Well it's now 3 weeks out from my surgery and I don't think too much has changed. Still sleeping away the day and walking a little longer but that's about it. My daughter visited and went shopping for me to get some crop tops (from Target and a size larger than normal)and leggings without a wide or tight band as a bra or button up pants are not an option. When I came out of hospital my weight had increased 5 kg but within days it had dropped about 7kg so must have been fluid. One of the things I didn't do was put things within in reach around the home, it's amazing how annoying it is not to be able to get the glad wrap out of the bottom drawer! My husband has been doing an incredibly good job with cooking etc and I assist with the preparation. But retrieving things from the oven isn't in the scheme of things! Wonder if or when it does!
I feel very 'straight' and have found duck down pillows (2) and a memory foam pillow can be moulded to the right shape to allow me to either lie flat or propped up to drink a cup of tea.
Thinking of you and your wait, everyone is right when they say it is one of the most difficult times in the whole process.
Take care
Lorraine
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Old 18-04-2014, 11:50 PM
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Hi Heathpal,
I have an S bend curve with both curves now at approx 47 degrees. Same story as most other mature women on the forum . Diagnosed in my teens but told that surgery dangerous and that curve would not progress. I am now 53 and although very active ,have increasing pain and sciatica. My curve has definitely progressed. I have sought several opinions from scoliosis specialists but will be seeing your surgeon in Brisbane for his opinion at my first appointment on the 12th May . I will be following your posts after your surgery and wish you all the very best for May 13.
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Old 19-04-2014, 08:43 AM
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Best of luck Sally. You have chosen a great surgeon to see. I am another who noticed progression from around age 50. If I was to make an educated guess, I think my curve would have been around 47-50 at age 53 but was 68 at the time my surgery was done at almost 58 y.o. It gained 2 degrees in the space between my appt. and my surgery. Pain progressed at the same rate.

Wishing you all the best and hope you will let us know how you go.
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Old 19-04-2014, 10:29 PM
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Thanks Jen,
Yes , I am keen to hear the opinion of this surgeon in Brisbane as there seems to be a lot of successful surgery stories on the forum courtesy of his expertise .
I will definitely let you know how I go ,
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Old 20-04-2014, 11:02 AM
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Best of luck with your appointment with the BrisSurgeon. If it is who I think it is, you will probably come away happy with his opinion like some of the ladies on the forum. My surgeon and your intended surgeon apparently studied their Fellowship both at the same hospital in the UK at the same time, (from memory 5 years ago, I think that is what he said)and I was and am very happy with my surgeon. Let us know how you go, Best wishes, RB
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Old 21-04-2014, 07:09 AM
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Hi Sally
Double agree with Jen , best surgeon out, best of luck, Jen and I could not be happier with our out comes.
Rosie
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Old 23-04-2014, 09:18 PM
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Thanks for your good wishes RB and Rosie.
Yes , I am looking forward to the appointment so that I can then make a plan towards surgery to fix the problem . I am very nervous of surgery , but more fearful of my quality of life in later years without the surgery.
Without this forum , I would still be thinking that surgery and correcting my scoliosis was not even an option..... So thanks to all of those who share their stories.
I will update you after my appointment ,
Sally
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Old 25-04-2014, 07:48 AM
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I felt the same way. I had never contemplated surgery, thought I could live with it. Only went to the gp to maybe get some physio or medication for pain. She was horrified and referred me straight to my surgeon. She'd never noticed my scoliosis and I'd been her patient for 15 years...So I was pretty scared - scared outta my brain, actually. I cancelled the first date but by the time the second one came round, I was more than ready. And it wasn't nearly as horrible as I'd expected. It had its horrible moments, but they were brief. I'd never had surgery before so was clueless about hospitals but I asked a LOT of questions before my surgery and it quelled the panic and prevented nasty surprises. Get as fit as you possibly can is my advice. (As long as your pain permits.) Fitness makes you brave, like you can face anything. And will put you physically in the best possible situation for recovery.
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