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spinalproblem
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   Posted 9/25/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I'm havin surgery tomorrow to fix my scoleosis, i'm pretty scared.. my surgeon said it will take about 5 hours and is a very painful healing process :( and will take me a long time to recover bcoz i have 62 degree curve. i will be in hospitla for 2 weeks after and start physio after one week. the doctor thinks this wil work and make my life a lot better and the arthritis a lot easier 2 deal with which im very excited bout im just scared about having surgery and wat if sumthing goes wrong??? i guess having my spine fused will help in many ways, and make me taller!!

hugz

mads xo

tmjpain
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   Posted 9/25/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow SP. Was that expected?? Or did you know your surgery was coming up? Maybe I missed that postand my memory is terrible so I can't remember everyones stories.
Try to stay positive. It is also better going in to a surgery with a positive frame of mind, that all will go well, and you'll get thru this with flying colours. Who do you have for support during and after surgery. This will be important. I can tell you a few things about this surgery but only from a child's point of view as i am a paediatric nurse. Yes it is a painful and tough surgery but for a few things, you should have a pain pump to help you with the pain, if you have any itching make sure you ask for the med for that, it is given thru the iv, itching happens quite often, you will be turned in your bed quite often, side to side, we always turned the patients every two hours, you may have a catheter for the urine for a few days. Make sure you have a breathing apparatus that helps you to do deep breathing, this is very important to keep your lungs clear. Wiggle your toes and bend your knees to get the circulation going. They should have lots of pillows to position you, like pillows behind your back, between your knees when you are on your side, in front of your to position your arms.
 
Well there is a bit of info for you, and I hope none of it worries you. You can ask me more questions if you'd like.
 
What time is your surgery tomorrow? I found it strange they are doing it on a Sunday? or did they just have a time slot in the OR and they called you up?
 
I'm sure we'll talk more today. Please don't worry too much and try to have a restful day.
SUZANE

One day at a time!!

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 9/25/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
    Hello Spinalproblem!

   Well....we wish you the very best, and will be waiting here for word on how it went.

   I too had a fusion..and it took 7hrs....yes it can be painful, but they should be able to control your pain to a point.

Yes the recovery is very long, and make sure you follow your Surgeon's orders to a T! wink

 Good luck to you, my friend....I'm sure you will be just fine.

  SE wink


tmjpain
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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Spinalsoldier, I just read your into post and see that you are a friend of Buttercup's, so I'm thinking you are probably a teenager. So my info is really directed to you as that is the age group of children you see most having this surgery and the one's I looked after.
You can do it girl, I know you can!!
 
Hugs
SUZANE

One day at a time!!

straydog
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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Spinal, wow a second surgery omg. I am assuming then the rod they put in last year did not correct your problem is that right? I do wish you well and hope you have a fast recovery. With you and Buttercup being friends perhaps she can let us know how you are doing after your surgery until you feel like posting here.

Good luck and take good care of yourself.

Susie

spinalproblem
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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

tmjpain it wasn't expected in the longterm but becaus ei havn't been copin too well lately nd its been gettin worse they thought i needed it done fairly soon and they had just had spots opened up and emergency spots they decided to book me in and sunday was going to work best. thankyou for all the information, i have had the surgery before but it was different and less invasive but this one will be more because they have to take the rod out and re do the fusion and put it back in and all that, i've been told some of the things you said, but the advice even things just like to tell if im itching etc is grate help! i will try stay positive for it (: and yes i am 16 yrs old, buttercup/jess is my sisters friend so i know heer well and we are pretty good friends and its gd having her because she understands me and is such good support and always there within a minnute basically when i need ehr which is good (: the surgery is at 3pm i have to go in at 11am for prep and more info. also for support i have both my parents coming in daily and my dad is staying with me and i dont have a huge amount of frends because school got 2 hard with pain so i puled out so i only have like 5 or so frends but eventually sum will come in when im feeling better, and jess said she will be by my side when i wake up and come see me and keep me entertained when im boerd! its gd havin sumone like that who knows about pain and we have tlked sbout how when ur in so much pain and people try talk and touch you etc and you jsut want silence, so i supose she will no when to leve me alone and all, thans so much for the support

SE thankyou for the support i will let u kno as soon as i can how it went and just hope the pain is conrolled

susie yeah we were hoping it would happen but the first just didnt correct it, thankyou for your wellwishes.

thinkin of you all

mads xo

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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck Maddie!

Everything will go smoothly, stay strong :)

Think about how good you will feel after this is healed!! This one will be more successful than the first one!

As soon as you are up to it and want someone there get your mum to give me a call and i will come see you! I will be there when you wake up if you still want, but I'm sure you wont really notice and don't feel like you need to!! I will come see you later on when your more awake :)

Thinking of you and I love you, good luck, stay positive.

Love Jess xx
15 years old,
Chronic stomach pain with no diagnosis yet and lots of other things.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

tmjpain
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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh sweet spinal soldier, what is your real name? I know you will get thru this just fine!! You are strong and brave and you have buttercup at your side. She sounds like the best friend anyone could have. And your family is there for you as well. Take a deep breath and keep a positive attitude. Buttercup can update us on how your surgery went and how you aare doing. Then she can bring you back all our love for you and how much we will be thinking of you.

Have a nice day today, do something fun!!

Love
SUZANE

One day at a time!!

skeye
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   Posted 9/25/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Spinal,

Best of luck on your surgery! No doubt it'll be a tough recovery, but you are strong & you can make it through this. Just take things one small step at a time.

I hope everything goes well tomorrow. Thinking of you.

hugs,
Skeye

White Beard
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   Posted 9/26/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
spinalproblem

I just seen your post, I hope everything goes well for you today! Such allot to have to endure at such a young age! Be strong! You now have a family here at Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum that is is all rooting for you! And sending you all our support!

Good Luck to YOU!

White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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