Hello! I’m Louise.
I had scoliosis surgery on July 29th 2010. I’m fused T3 to L3, which basically means that pretty much my whole spine is fused apart from 3 discs at the bottom. You can see my x-rays and scoliosis scar below.
I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (this means there is no known cause) when I was 14. My scoliosis was considered to be very severe, with two curves that measured over 80 degrees and so I was told I needed surgery, to prevent progression and problems in the future.
Being told such a thing at age 14 when you have had no previous medical issues was shocking and very upsetting. I thought my life was over and found it all very hard to deal with. I was terrified of the surgery and my parents at the time were very against it, and so as a result, I was monitored for 10 years before I had scoliosis surgery at the age of 24. These 10 years preceding the surgery, which are supposed to be one of the best times of a person’s life, were, for me, the worst years of my life. I was battling pain, depression (due to the pain and hating the appearance of my back) and I was terrified of the potential of surgery in the future and that the curve would progress at each checkup I had.
In the end, I decided to research into the surgery more, started using a scoliosis forum and talking to others in the same boat. This helped me MASSIVELY and contributed to my extremely difficult decision to have the surgery when I was 24.
Recovery was very slow, frustrating, painful and difficult at times but I got through and it’s an experience I will never forget. I think going through something like this makes you stronger and makes you appreciate all the things you can do that much more once you recover.
Now, I don’t really think about my scoliosis all that much. I keep my back pain at bay through following a healthy diet to keep my weight healthy and undergoing regular exercise focusing on strengthening my back and core muscles.
Having a fused spine does affect my life, in the sense that I can no longer bend my back, so if I want to pick something up I have to bend using my knees (which is better for your back anyway). On the plus side though, I have amazing posture and am always sat up completely straight. This was a bit weird at first (I remember it feeling like I had a wooden board strapped to my back!) but I soon got used to it and it became normal after a while 🙂
Why did I start this blog?
This blog is an honest account about my experiences with scoliosis and the surgery, my recovery process and how I now live my life post scoliosis surgery.
I set it up mainly to share my experiences in the hope that it would help and inspire others who live with scoliosis or may be facing or recovering from scoliosis surgery.
When I was first diagnosed at the age of 14, I was devastated and constantly burst into tears asking myself – why me? It was so unfair, I thought.
What I want to show with this blog is that having scoliosis isn’t the end of the world. Yes, it can be difficult and painful at times, but it has made me who I am and I honestly wouldn’t change that now. I have completely changed my outlook on my scoliosis from negative to positive over the years and I have realised that I can do anything I want to do… and so can YOU!
My scoliosis doesn’t need to stop me from living my life and it doesn’t have to bring me down – in fact, it has made me more determined to succeed and I have achieved so much since having the surgery that I never thought would be possible. It has motivated me to do so many things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise, such as starting this blog to help others with scoliosis.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my surgery or experiences with scoliosis and I’ll do my best to help 🙂
I hope you enjoy the site and find it useful.