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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Full Fusion and Cars in Other
    Yes, I don't love treadmills at all. I much prefer to see the world go by and the view change when I walk. And experience fresh air. But you can't...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:07 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    I mentioned that my brace slides down. It happens especially when I walk. Maybe it's something about my body type. My upper body is kind of bony, not...
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  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    More and more surgeons have stopped prescribing postop braces. At one time, I think just about everyone with a long fusion wore postop braces. I...
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  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:28 PM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Full Fusion and Cars in Other
    I've always wondered why some surgeons recommend against the treadmill. To me, it seems a lot safer, as long as there are arms on which to hold. ...
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  • jackieg412's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    Thank you for the laugh. It's all we can do sometimes. Sometimes I think I'm a little to crabby with people I really had a hard time convincing...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Full Fusion and Cars in Other
    My visiting physical therapist recommended the treadmill. It's possible my surgeon would have been less enthusiastic about it, but this therapist was...
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  • KathyInIowa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    My brace was only as a reminder, too. For the first 6-weeks, I had it on anytime I was upright. I wore mine on the outside of my t-shirts. My...
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    I knew you were going to say that at some point. Staph is resolvable.... You have been outstanding at staying positive after all that you have been...
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 AM
    Nancy, you mean David Wolpert. I had a split clamshell brace that was made "before" my surgeries that didnt fit too well after my surgeries, so I...
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  • jackieg412's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 09:38 PM
    I had to wear a brace for the first spine surgery. The doctor said it was only to remind me not to bend or twist. It was easy to put on . I would say...
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  • jackieg412's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 09:33 PM
    The wound is beginning to heal. There wasn't any infection just a light positive for the common staff . No antibiotics. It is still being treated 3...
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  • Scared's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 03:45 PM
    Scared replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    In the book on Scoliosis by a patient, I believe he talked about sometimes a doc will require you to wear a brace. To be fused probably at least...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 02:45 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    My surgeon has seen it on me and had no objections. I will say that I don't like the way it fits, it tends to slide down despite being a small size...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 02:10 PM
    I'm guessing that your brace is not fitted properly.
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 12:46 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    Under clothing, my brace makes me look hunchbacked so I don't know if that would be an improvement.
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 12:07 PM
    titaniumed replied to a thread Full Fusion and Cars in Other
    Still surviving down here.....dont have the excruciating pain, but still pretty strong. Trying to lay a low as possible. No more pickup truck...
    25 replies | 3381 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 07:53 AM
    I didn't wear a brace after my last surgeries. After my first surgeries, I wore the brace underneath baggy tops because I didn't want people staring.
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 10:22 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    I seem to need the cane but I hope I can toss it away someday. I'm starting to doubt that will ever happen. I have heard of cases where people become...
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  • KathyInIowa's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 10:04 AM
    I feel like if you need the cane for balance and self confidence then you should still use it. But I guess that is for your surgeon and you to...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Scared's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 10:07 PM
    Scared replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    Kathy , you look amazing! I had to start using a cane April of this year due to severe sagittal imbalance (about 3 inches off on R leg) plus severe...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 06:54 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    I use the cane because my balance isn't good enough. I should be a bit stronger, too. My surgeon expected that, a walker was prescribed at first and...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • KathyInIowa's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 05:40 PM
    Hi, Tina. I walk without a cane. I never needed a cane after my surgery. I have hiked many times since my surgery - I don't do crazy things while...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Scared's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 04:56 PM
    Scared replied to a thread Full Fusion and Cars in Other
    I have been on Gabapentin aka Neurontin for about 11 years. It was prescribed after bi-lateral hip replacement. I donít recall if it helped in the...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 02:09 PM
    I think it is negotiable to get fully fused in one operation if you don't want to risk multiple operations for whatever reason. Rather than limit...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 01:25 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread 11 years out in Surgical (First-time)
    That's great. Can you walk without a cane? After 6 months of mostly lumbar fusion I still need a cane. Maybe I've just become too dependent on it. I...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 12:44 PM
    I wasn't trying to infer that you are stupid. I assumed that everyone knew how to wash their hair in the shower, but I learn something new most...
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 11:18 AM
    A staged surgery would be doing the front first, then waiting a day or two, then doing the back. I wondered about it when it was explained to me, but...
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  • Scared's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 10:16 AM
    I donít understand term ďstageĒ -does that mean surgery is done on same day but at different times or next day? Of course Iím not going to be driving...
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  • KathyInIowa's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 08:31 AM
    I am 58 years old and 3.5 years out from T-11 to sacrum correction. I am also doing great. I walk, do elliptical, ride a bike and use lights...
    22 replies | 946 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 07:05 PM
    I do like the idea of a good sized comfortable SUV. They perform better in snow than sedans, if the weather should not be good. I have owned both. ...
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