7 Years Post Op

7 Years Post Op

Well, I can't believe that on Saturday I will be 7 YEARS post my scoliosis surgery!!! Time really does fly. I always feel reflective around this time as I think about what I went through and how far I've come.  So, to celebrate the 7 year anniversary of my titanium spine, I thought I'd write a post to sum up what life is like for me 7 years post op. How is my back at 7 years post op? The...Read More
Personal update: Physio this week

Personal update: Physio this week

Hello, Just thought I'd write a quick post to update on me and my lovely new symptom I've been getting recently - leg numbness. I first noticed that I had numb patches running down my right leg about 6 months ago. I went to see a Dr who wasn't much use and told me it was probably related to my scoliosis surgery (that I had almost 7 years ago) and to come back if it got worse. I do have...Read More
6 years post op

6 years post op

I've been meaning to write this post since July because on 29th July 2016, I was 6 YEARS post my scoliosis surgery. I really can't believe that it has been six whole years, it really doesn't feel like it.. time goes way too fast!!Anyways, I thought I would write a quick update on how I'm feeling 6 years on, as it may interest those waiting for surgery or in the early stages of recovery. Generally, six years on, my back...Read More
5 #SpinalFusionProblems

5 #SpinalFusionProblems

Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% glad that I had scoliosis surgery and now, six years on, I'm definitely better off than I was before. However, if you've had scoliosis surgery (and have a long fusion like me) you may be able to identify with some of these 5 awkward #spinalfusionproblems... 1. Pulling a muscle trying to paint your toenails (or fasten your strappy sandals!) Pic by Marc Gautier It's not that I CAN'T paint my toenails or fasten my...Read More

Update on me: shoulder issues

Hello :) I thought I'd write a post to update what is going on with my back right now - I can't believe I'm nearly 6 years post opp (eeeek!) So last year I started running, which I never thought I'd be able to do following scoliosis surgery. At one stage, I was running several times a week and managed to run a 10K race after only training for about 5 weeks. After this I was hooked. It felt great...Read More
5 things I do because of my scoliosis…

5 things I do because of my scoliosis…

1. I constantly look at my back When I'm at the gym, or walk past a shop window or mirror, I just can't resist sneaking a look at my back. Sometimes, I swear people think I'm checking myself out. I'm not, I'm just looking at my back. I can't help it. Post-surgery, sometimes it's admiration. As in, I can't believe how straight it looks from the side and that the rib hump is gone, even 5 years later! Although, other...Read More

5 years post op

Me a few weeks after surgery So this week it is five whole years since my scoliosis surgery. My life is very different from this time five years ago and it got me thinking about how far I've come since my surgery. If anyone reading this is currently facing the prospect of scoliosis surgery, or are in the early stages of recovery, I just want to reassure you that it DOES get easier and you WILL be able to achieve...Read More

3 years post op!

Today I am three years post op from my scoliosis surgery and I really can't believe how fast that time has gone. So much has changed in the last three years and I've come so far, I am now very busy studying an MSc course whilst working full time - hence why I havent updated my blog for a while! I've been so busy getting an assignment done this month that I almost forgot that it was my three year...Read More

2 year post op checkup

Today I had my 2 year post op checkup.  After scoliosis surgery you generally get seen for a checkup after 3 months, after 6 months, after 1 year and after 2 years, so this was my final post surgery checkup (hooray!)  Like last year, it was very weird going back to the hospital I had my surgery at, it's easy to forget what you went through sometimes but going back there again and walking past the ward I was on...Read More

Pain days

I don't like to post about pain too much as I don't want to put people off having this surgery, as I know that in many severe cases like mine, surgery is unavoidable. However, this is an honest blog about life after scoliosis surgery and if you need to have this surgery you will be interested in what it's really like living your life after this type of surgery. Today has been a bad pain day. Actually the past few...Read More
Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain?

Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain?

Does scoliosis surgery get rid of pain? I get asked this a lot and the answer, for me, is yes and no. People don't seem to understand why I am still in pain after I've had scoliosis surgery. I think they think that as my surgery was nearly two years ago that I should be 'recovered' and back to normal now - whatever that is. The truth is, that before my surgery my pain was much, much worse and I...Read More

It’s Snow Joke…

There are heavy snow warnings across the UK at the moment, below freezing temperatures and lots of ice. We've had a bit of snow where I live although what concerns me more are the slippy pavements - especially when they're not gritted. I know a lot of people get excited by the snow, it looks so pretty blah blah blah. I personally HATE the snow and dread winter every year because the cold weather does just not agree with my...Read More

Haircuts post scoliosis surgery: A pain in the neck (literally!)

So I had my hair done this weekend and it reminded me that having my hair cut is one thing that I absoltuely hate doing post scoliosis surgery, that and shaving my legs. I try to put it off for as long as possible but some things are just unavoidable. The problem is that going to the hairdressers is now a completely different experience from pre-surgery, and not an enjoyable one at that. This is mainly because I can't bend...Read More