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    Hi, does anyone else feel worse in cold weather? The minute winter really hit it was like earlier in recover type pain.

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    I've heard of it, but I haven't experienced it myself, yet. I'm learning that I experience different things at different times in recovery.
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    Well pre surgery i sure felt worse with tight muscles etc and as its coming to being the summer here in the UK im feeling okay and but i still have post op pains. but i think it is common for people to feel worse when its cold and damp though.
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    Cold, damp weather definitely makes me feel worse.
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    I'm definately worse in the cold weather too. Since my surgery I absolutely hate being cold, I hate how my middle back goes all weird and tries to 'shiver' when I'm cold ugh
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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    Hiya.
    I haven't had an op I wear a brace but yes y back hurts a lot more in cold weather of rain, what I do is get. Hot water bottle or something warm and put it on my back and lie down.
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    Hi,

    Thanks, at home I use alot of heating things like hot water bottles and electric blankets. The problem is when I'm not home. I just wrote a 4 hour very complicated final exam im cold hard chairs in a cold hall. About half an hour in the spasm started and I tried to focus but it kinda took over.

    I wasn't sure if I should leave because if it eased up on the way to the doctor I wouldn't have any proof of why I walked out. I'm having nightmares about how painful it was and how I was struggling to write. I also think maybe I've been putting too much strain on. Im not sure whether I should maybe try and get a doctors note if there is a possibility of a rewrite.

    It feels like such an excuse though...but its really affecting me...


    I don't know what to do.

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    I would definitely get things in place to try to get a re-sit - if you've done ok, then no problem, but it may be that you don't even need to do a re-sit, but can be re-graded based on your performance in other exams and / or coursework. It's *not* an excuse - a 4 hour exam is always going to be taxing, but to try to do it when you're not that far out from a major spinal surgery is hard. I'd have no compunction at all about requesting a re-sit if my back or my joints interrupted my exam sufficiently on any of the courses I've done.
    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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    Thank you, Titch. I'm going to speak to them and I really hope they understand the situation. I've really had a bad week...4x4hours exams within 5days in freezing weather. I've been able to semi manage the rest of the term with some difficulty-but manageable but the strain of this week was too much.

    Thank you again

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    Yes, do it Ange. It really hasn't been long since you had surgery, and cold exam halls coupled with having to sit hunched over a desk for so long is going to be tough on anyone with a fusion. Good luck!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Angeceilien View Post
    Hi, does anyone else feel worse in cold weather? The minute winter really hit it was like earlier in recover type pain.

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    Hi Ange

    I used to say I could feel the cold weather deep in my bones, now its deep in my rods

    Joking aside I do feel the cold more than I did before surgery, just got back from an holiday in Turkey and everything felt just right the heat really did help with the pain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angeceilien View Post
    Hi, does anyone else feel worse in cold weather?
    Yes. I’m going to have to grow some wings so I can fly south next winter.....

    My “bear traps” or thoracic gripping seem to happen upon approaching winter storms. Pressure related along with the cold.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroreceptor

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    Hi,

    When I wrote the last one it started snowing on the mountain and we were in a huge concrete hall with no heat. It was during the day so i managed to get to the nurse afterwards but she couldn't do anything except tell mee to go to my gp for a note and because my one arm was shaking to consider a neurosurgeon and reconisder my career choice.

    I was trying to explain that I'm almost sure its a muscle spasm. I made an appointment with the gp but it took 4 hours to get appointment so I rested and warmed up at home and felt tons better. When the gp checked my back she said there is still a nasty muscle spasm but at that point it was feeling a million times better

    So I got muscle relaxers and a note.



    The go said because my back is abnormal I will always be prone to muscle spasms. Im scared of on of the nasty ones hitting while I'm driving.


    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Stewart View Post
    Yes. I’m going to have to grow some wings so I can fly south next winter.....

    My “bear traps” or thoracic gripping seem to happen upon approaching winter storms. Pressure related along with the cold.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroreceptor

    Ed
    Bear traps sounds painful

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    I hate the cold damp weather we have here in Ireland. I have Rheumatoid arthritis and it really flares up in bad weather, my joints swell up more and I have a lot more soreness and pain.

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