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    Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

    Quote Originally Posted by titch View Post
    I might already have put this on the list somewhere, but anyway - bodybuilding! When I started, I couldn't put any additional weight on the machines, and by the time I maxed out I was doing between 40 and 50 kg on them. That's not a *huuuuuge* amount, but given that most women to be seen in most gyms don't exceed 15kg on the majority of machines, I think it was fairly respectable If I hadn't had the long term problems due to my fusion being done by a non-specialist, I would have got quite a bit further with it.
    I've seen your muscles in the flesh so to speak, you ccan tell you work out and that is very very very very respectable, a lot of unfused men would struggle

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    Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

    is it ok to use a sun bed after with your scar and all that or would it be bad for the scar?

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    It's bad for you anyway with or without surgery!
    Having said that, before I knew how bad they were I did have a few short sessions and my scar was fine short term, only time will tell what damage I might have done in the long run.
    One should always wear a high factor sun screen in the sun, but especially high over scars,
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    Liz aka Kat - I will answer to either Diagnosed with AIS at the age of 13. 1st surgery - Mr Ransford @RNOH in 1991, curves = 55T 45L, fused T2 - L2. 2nd surgery - Mr Harrison @RNOH in 2006 - revision of original surgery due to broken rod.
    Now have Degenerative Disc Disease above and below my fusion and have recently been diagnosed with HMS and Fibromyalgia and therefore am in a lot of pain daily.
    PM me if you want to know more.

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    Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

    Speaking of things you can do with a fused spine, I might be doing the Virgin Triathlon for the RNOH this year

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    nice els. are you doing the buttercup walk?

    and hmm, i'm a firm believer that if used sensibly, sunbeds are no worse than real sunbathing
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tiffany.m View Post
    nice els. are you doing the buttercup walk?

    and hmm, i'm a firm believer that if used sensibly, sunbeds are no worse than real sunbathing
    Hadn't thought about it actually Tiff, I'll have a look at the date!

    And sadly research says otherwise on the sunbeds, but then sunbathing isn't fabulous for you either tbh.
    Factor 50 all the way (I'm 30 and I still get IDed in pubs, I blame staying the hell out of the sunshine ).

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    You should! I am

    And too much sun is never good, but I think at the end of the day, a tan is a tan lol
    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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    Spray tans are the way to go friends of mine who use sun beds have really leathery looking skin now they're in their mid thirties. It would be a shame to risk your lovely youthful complexion Tiff.
    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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    Oh I don't use them Toni

    I burn like a tomato forever, it's awful! I've got to find a pic of me t my worst last year, I got terribly sunburnt like 3 times in less than a year - I was terrified!

    So yeah, Florida's gonna be fun, if there's factor 70 I need it


    Summer 2010


    April 2011


    April 2011 still.

    Seriously I'm terrible!
    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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    Aaaaaaaaaah! Tiff! We have that Butterbeer mug!! xX

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    Hehe I love it!! Going back in 102 days and counting!

    And woah you can see the weight loss there... Summer 2010 was when I decided to lose weight and April 2011 was my lowest weight.
    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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    Now I can't rememeber...... I use sunscreen on my scar always... but I can't remember what scared me into making sure I always have sunscreen on it. lol
    Dx '06 adolescent idiopathic kyphoscoliosis T6-T11 upper 40 deg T12-L4 low 35 deg. TLSO brace for 18 mo. surgery '08 upper 28 deg. low 31deg. Had lamenectomy with decompression done 6/5/13 on L4,
    L5, S1. Also have
    osteoarthritisis, spinal stenosis, and DDD all in lumbar spine...

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    Default Can you join the army??

    Hi, this thread is far to lonnnnggggg to read through

    Immi wants to know... can she join the army??

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    I should think so, Kody is returning to the military in America once he's recovered as far as I'm aware x
    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: Can you join the army??

    I actually don't think she can - I guess it depends on exactly what she wants to do in the army, but some army guys who were handing out leaflets at some place I was visiting asked me if I'd ever considered it, and once I told them they said it wasn't likely (not that I ever had considered it).

    ETA: I just looked it up, and it looks like a definite no Soldiers and Officers both have to pass a full Army medical, and spinal surgeries including fusions are on the list of prohibited conditions http://www.army.mod.uk/join/20157.aspx
    Diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis on the 10th April 2007. Seen at the Child Development Centre at the Medway Maritime Hospital on 18th June then referred to Mr Noordeen at the RNOH Stanmore. Seen by consultant on the 13th July x-rays revealed 77o thoracolumbar curve and severe rotation. Surgery planned in 6 months had surgery on 26th November 2007. Admitted for pre-op on 23rd stayed in over the weekend. Curve then 90o, suffering from pain and reduced lung function. Moved from HDU to ward after 24hrs, then into isolation for suspected infection after 3 days. Symptoms turned out to be a bad reaction to antibiotics.

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