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    Well It's a year on and all is well. I went for my 12 month check up, last monday and everyone is happy. My spine is starting to fuse. Mr G told me the metal work would stay in forever, which I guessed it would. There are some bumps running down my back, which I don't mind too much and he said he couldn't do anything about. TBH If I look normal in a t-shirt then I'm happy.

    I've recently started my first job in 10 years, It's a bit hard on the back, with the bending down. But I'm getting used to it. Being 6ft 4 just means you get used to having bend down a lot. I try to use my knees but they ain't the best at times!

    I've been going to the gym for the past 9/10 months and doing weight training. I get the odd day where my back is aching like mad and I just need to lay down. But other then that I feel normal as I can be.

    To anyone who's feeling like they wished they never went through with their surgery, I've been there, right to the bottom of the pit. Sometimes you get unlucky, I was unlucky 10 years ago. I finally said enough is enough and went back for another go. I went into it with a positive attitude and as prepared as I could be.

    Stay positive!

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    Chris! Welcome back, and many congrats! This is so good to read. You had a tough journey and you've done so brilliantly well thanks for coming back to inspire others here
    [SIZE="1"]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.[/SIZE]

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    So pleased to hear you're doing well Chris, thanks for taking the time to update us
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    Thank you for the update! I get my first fusion next month. May 19th. So scared but i'm staying positive!

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    Yay, Chris Notts!!! I have followed your story with your SK. So goodto hear of your success.

    Good luck, CurvyCat. You CAN do this!
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    I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis at age 16. I had an 80-degree thoracolumbar kyphosis and mild scoliosis. 30 years later, I had posterior fusion surgery, expertly handled by Dr. Sethi on Earth Day 2014. The surgery reduced my kyphosis to 50 degrees and my scoliosis to about zero.

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    Hey man. Im so jealous at you
    Please say, what is your current degree?

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    Way to go dude

    I love a success story

    You so deserve it with all you bee through

    take care

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    Hello guys..

    Recently went for my 2nd annual check up and my last. I didn't get to see Mr. Grevitt but a fellow. They are very happy with how things have gone. I am in full time work and keeping very fit going to the gym. I feel great and don't really think about my back at all. I get the odd day where my back or ribs are aching. But compared to how I was a few years ago I am so happy.

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