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Old 7th May 2014, 12:53 PM
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Default Re: Cant Move - SURGERY 7 YEARS AGO

It sounds horrendous you shouldn't be able to bend or twist most of your back - but you should have movement in your hips and in the 1-2 unfused vertebrae you have at the bottom of your fusion. Bending will be done from your hips, and twisting will be very limited. Is it pain that prevents you from getting up again once you have bent over, or can you physically not manage it?

"Having to slouch" doesn't sound good, especially when you are walking. This can sometimes indicate a problem with the way your spine is balanced post-op, and is something you must make sure Mr Evans knows about when you see him (NB it is definitely a Mr Evans you are seeing, not Mr Evan Davies?).

The reason the ambulance men make you go to the toilet is that inability to use the loo can be a sign of serious neurological problems which may indicate an emergency. It's a good sign that you can use the loo and that they leave you alone, really, even if it doesn't feel so at the time!

Were you given any physiotherapy post-op?

Toni xx
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37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
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