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Old 3rd March 2010, 10:13 PM
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Join Date: Jan 1970
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Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

Originally Posted by 461992 View Post
Age: 15
Fused: T3-L5, 1 year 2 months post op

Well, I can paint my toe-nails! Very important! I can shop, walk, swim. I can't really run, I was always slow though!
i forgot toenail painting! that's one of those basic things which i totally take for granted but yes, i too can still touch my toes, cut my nails etc. people are always surprised by that.
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.
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