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    Default Working after Spinal Fusion

    Hello
    I wanted to ask about working post-op.
    I have started a new job working in a primary school which is obviously very active and involves working with small children (so lots of bending down etc.)
    I find I suffer with very bad back pain by the end of the day.
    I was hoping for some advice on how to make this easier for me - a better chair, moving about etc.
    Also, is this normal to have back pain like this post op (I am 1.5 years post-op).
    How do others cope with work post-surgery - do you still have back pain? Is this quite normal?
    Thank you

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    any help???

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    Hi,
    Dont know if it helps but also still get pain at 10months and my work doesn't run normal hours only. Most of it is on 1 side. Also gets quite clicky. I'm still quite tired too. I find that if I have to sit on floor it takes me forever to get down and up still. Some shoes are still a challenge.

    Sorry not much help

    Ange

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    On very bad days I try take some ibuprofen or try stretch as much as possible. It helps a little bit but its not enough. Its not something u can take everyday either.

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    I think it's probably job-related unfortunately I still had pain after work for a good couple of years post-op and then it started to settle down, but I was an older patient so everything seemed to take a lot longer
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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    Thank you. I guess I will have to grim and bare it

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    Hi Camilla,

    I have read a lot of posts here from folks saying that exercise really decreases their pain overall. I'm guessing some targeted core exercises to strengthen your ab and back muscles might give you some protection when you have to bend at work. My physical therapist even called the 'transverse abdominus' muscles the 'internal brace' for the body and suggested some exercises specifically for them.

    Alternatively (or in addition to...) I'm wondering if a soft low-back brace might provide some additional support?

    I hope you're able to find something to help relieve your pain. It sucks to have work-related pain.
    - Kay

    I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis at age 16. I had an 80-degree thoracolumbar kyphosis and mild scoliosis. My posterior fusion surgery was performed by Dr. Sethi in Seattle on Earth Day 2014. It reduced my kyphosis to 50 degrees and my scoliosis to about zero.

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    It could well be worth getting a physio assessment. If you're hypermobile, slightly bizarrely it is possible to have tight hamstrings and hip flexors without this being obvious to most people - I do, and yet could apparently get way down into most of the standard stretches that they give you at the gym. The hypermobility physio was quite specific about how I move, and all of a sudden I was able to discover just how tight they were - the thing was, doing the stretches the standard way, I was "giving" in other places, so that it had the superficial appearance of the necessary stretch without reaching the parts it needed to.

    The other thing that may be helpful, and is again physio-ish, is as has been suggested above, to work on core activation. This, and leg strengthening may well help a great deal, and also it may be that minor changes to *how* you bend will make a great deal of difference.

    The other thing is simply time - I had surgery at 20 and 29, and both times it just plain took time, but did get a lot better even after the 18 month mark. I hope that is comforting, rather than depressing, certainly how it's intended!
    Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.

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    I work on my feet for six hours on a Sunday and used to do eight-ten hour shifts in summer and still find it horrible all this time later. I have just come to accept it and have grown used to it - I just lounge out when I get home. Sorry this isn't much hope but just so you realise you're not alone!
    I'm Tiff, I'm 17, my consultant's Mr Gibson at RNOH Stanmore and I was diagnosed in November 2011 and I had my spinal fusion October 3rd 2012 and am now fused T2-T11 with amazing correction (60T/40L to 30T/40L).

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    Default Re: Working after Spinal Fusion

    Thank you. I really need to start doing some more exercises. I hope this will help. But thank you everyone!!

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