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Old 03-06-2011, 03:02 PM
Kristie Kristie is offline
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hi im Kristie,
new to the site, good seeing everyones stories has helped me a lot. I have over 60 degree curve (the doc didnt tell me exactly but i know it goes down into my lumber spine), it started that i had a chest infection and they took and x-ray and found it then. After a year it had gotten a lot worse, was about 50 degrees by then. My gp then sent me to the clinic in brisbane to see what further action we had to take, but then it was at the 60 degree mark. All it took was a few x-rays for them to tell me it was bad... I am getting surgery on it on the 21st of June 2011 I am really scared and have a pre-operation appointment, and have to get an ECG next week. My family and friends have been really good but they can't really help when it comes to what it is like after, so just wonder how people recovered after wards? how much did you walk?

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Old 03-06-2011, 06:08 PM
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Hi Kristie. Recovery varies a lot from patient to patient, but at your pre-op appt. perhaps it would be a good idea to take a list of questions and write down the answers. I'm glad you don't have long to wait. Eat well, and go for a fast walk every day if you can manage it, to improve your circulation and give you a bit more fitness for the surgery. After surgery, they will get you up on the second or third day, depending on your blood pressure, and after you've stood up that first time, they will want you to walk every day, at least once or twice, just short distances. Once home, lengthen your walks a little bit every day. Walking is good for you on many levels and is really the best thing you can do for yourself. Any other questions, just ask here, or you can send me a private message.
PS It's perfectly normal to be really scared, but you will get through this and it will be well worth it. Try to think of the future when you're going to be so much better.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:16 AM
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thanx, just one thing i forgot to mention, i get large amount of back pain, it gets to bad it stops me from doing things. From what i have read and been told this isnt normal with scoliosis, the doctor said it is probably something else going on but my mum says it might be my organs adjusting to my body, but im not convinced. Any chance you got any back pain at all? also i get short of breath because my spine is crushing one of my lungs.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:39 PM
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Hi Kristie, we were also told it doesnt cause pain from one of the specialists we saw. But it did cause a lot of pain for our little girl. Nurophen will help & wheat packs are good also. I have sent you a private message. Try and walk as much as possible before surgery, the fitter you are the better you will bounce back. The key is to be possitive Kristie so chanel your thoughts into how straight and out of pain you will be after surgery. The worst part is waiting, have a "bring it on attitude" all the very best Kristie.

Cheers Tracy
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:58 PM
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I was told also that Scoliosis causes no pain. I think I have written about this before. My understanding is that, it is the secondary problem causing the pain not the Scoliosis. For example: Scoliosis is the primary concern, but then other secondary problems such as degenerative discs, compressed nerves etc, these are the pain causing problems. As for your recovery question, as Jen said, peoples recoveries differ greatly. Surgeons also have their way of recovery for their patients. For example, my surgeon does not brace his patients, nor does he send them off for physio, but yours may. Your positive approach, will help you achieve those little goals towards a full recovery. Best wishes!
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:35 PM
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I don't know if this is any help Kristie, but I found the waiting far worse than the surgery or recovery. I was almost 58 and had never had surgery before and hoped I never would. But it sounds like you are young which gives you every chance of having a successful surgery and rapid recovery. Look past the surgery and keep that goal in mind: normal life free of pain. You can do this, and you will be glad you did! Best of luck!
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:15 PM
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Have they talked about bracing you first, before going straight to surgery?
Some people respond really well to bracing whilst others don't, depending on the cause of the scoliosis.
Age makes a difference too. How old are you??
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Old 16-06-2011, 01:38 PM
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I know how you are feeling! I only found out about my surgery 6 days beforehand :/ just make sure you are really fit before going into it. I was walking within 24 hours of coming out of surgery (however, usually it's 2 days) but I found that if you do a lot of leg exercises beforehand this helps because it means you can squat down to reach things easier and makes moving easier overall. I walked about 200m each day in hospital, and it's not too bad - just makes you a little dizzy and when you get home you have to walk for 6 minutes the first day, 7 the second, 8 the third and so on. I am now four months post op, and everything is going fine I hope all goes well for you, and if you need to talk to anyone just send me a message
Georgia xx
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