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 days have.
- Stress I’ve been under alot of stress over the past couple of weeks and I think this is causing my back pain to flare up now. Maybe it’s the muscles tensing up I don’t know but it seems to be worse when I get stressed.
- Cold Weather Now the summer has come to an end (I know, I know, what summer right?) I can feel the cold working my way into my back and making it tense up more.
- Uncomfortable chairs I still need to get myself a decent cushion!! But most chairs are uncomfortable and will cause my back pain to flare up if I sit on them too long.
- Time of the month (ladies!) for some reason my back pain gets alot worse during this time, which is odd as this never happened before surgery!
- Being on my feet too long although I know this is also a problem for people who don’t even have a back condition and it’s usually relieved once I sit/lie down.
Before surgery, I used to do aerobics quite regularly but it’s only really very recently that I’ve felt like I’m able to do this kind of activity again, and I’m now 2 years post op.
I have really missed doing aerobics for the past couple of years and was a bit anxious about getting back into it again as it’s been so long and I was worried if I’d be able to do it – at many points during recovery I thought I’d never do it again!
I’ve really enjoyed the Zumba classes though. Yes, there are certain moves I can’t do that involve bending the back, but I just do my own adapted version of the moves. It’s still fun exercise!
I’m just eternally grateful that, after 2 years, I’m able to do these kind of activities again and I’ll never take anything for granted again.