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spinal fusion and limitations?

DanaDDana Posts: 60
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm new and still figuring my way around the boards...
I greatly appreciate the existence of this site and thrilled I found it.
Can anyone describe to me what it is like to have all T-levels AND all -L-levels fused?
I had all my T-levels done years ago, and due to exercise diligence -- I never noticed much limitation. I can touch my toes and do all sorts of things, barely ever noticed having so much fusion.
However, now I must have all the L-levels fused as well, and I'm concerned about what that is like, movement-wise. I know what the surgery is like (no surprises there), but I'm talking about what comes way after...?
any answers?
Thanks
Dana
Note: spinal fusion for scoliosis with Harrington Rod, all T-levels, many many years ago. Now, due to continued lower-back scoliosis and degenerative disc issues and pain, must have L-levels fused.
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  • I just wanted to say hi and welcome to SH. I have not been fused yet so I have no input for you. Take a look at the surgery section and I know that you will find tons of info there. Good luck with your surgery and please keep us posted.
  • Welcome to spine-health, ask your surgeon what your limitations will be...good luck with your surgury...
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  • Thank you, BigCat. Actually, I have asked my surgeon. His reply is a pretty standard "everyone is different and has different experiences." (He says the same thing when I ask if I'll have pain beyond a month postop). I know I am unusual with the amount of movement I was able to keep from my first fusion, but it is hard to imagine so much fusion and what that is like. I was hoping to meet a few people who have had it and what their experiences are like long afterwards. (At least, months from now, I'll be able to post the experience, I guess!)
    cheers,
    Dana
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i had surgery many years ago and now have the end results of DDD and bone spurs hanging around the old site. no surgery for me but i do hope yours is successful. you are getting a second chance at being pain free once again. good luck and keep us posted as you recover. Jenny :)
  • Had only one level fusion done so all I can say is wow. All levels? I would listen to doc during recovery period and then PT would likely give better answers when you start therapy. Good luck and keep us posted.
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