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Confusedmom
12-27-2012, 11:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm 9 months now and starting to think a lot about whether I'm fused/fusing. I was thinking it might be helpful to a lot of us to talk about ways we can help fusion and, conversely, hurt it.

Here are my thoughts, please add yours.

Help:
Eat healthy food and take your vitamins/calcium. We don't know exactly what goes into forming bone, right? But this certainly can't hurt.
Follow your BLTS restrictions.
Keep blood flowing, either through walking or other permitted forms of exercise.

Hurt:
Smoking. Don't know why, though. Anyone?
Taking anti-inflammatories. (Apparently inflammation is important in the fusion process.)
Bending, lifting, twisting and/or squatting in the first few months.

Here's one I've been wondering about. Drinking too much soda (or in my case, diet soda)? I have never heard of this, but I've just been wondering about it because soda is implicated as a contributor to bone loss in osteoporosis. Sure hope not, because I love my diet Coke!

Thoughts?

Best,
Evelyn

rohrer01
12-27-2012, 11:35 PM
Evelyn,
I know that smoking restricts blood flow. When people have finger amputations most doctors will not do reattachment surgery if the person smokes. So it is likely the restricted blood flow thing. I've even heard of people losing their feet in rare cases just from poor circulation that results from smoking.

titaniumed
12-27-2012, 11:44 PM
Evelyn

I went to a scoliosis meeting a few years back and they had this elder scoliosis surgeon talk.....

He asked “ What the WORST thing a person could do to his body?”

You guessed it.....drink “Diet Coke”

Baaaad Kitty.....(in heavy British accent)

I drank soda for years till I passed my stone.....(my boulder) Now its Iced tea or water....

Ed

jrnyc
12-28-2012, 12:53 AM
note to rohr...your PM box is filled

(sorry to hijack thread for a moment)

jess

loves to skate
12-28-2012, 10:40 AM
I found this study on WebMD
Researchers at Tufts University, studying several thousand men and women, found that women who regularly drank cola-based sodas -- three or more a day -- had almost 4% lower bone mineral density in the hip, even though researchers controlled for calcium and vitamin D intake. But women who drank non-cola soft drinks, like Sprite or Mountain Dew, didn't appear to have lower bone density.
Soda and Osteoporosis: Possible Culprits

Phosphoric acid, a major component in most sodas, may be to blame, according to lead study author Katherine Tucker, PhD.

Phosphorus itself is an important bone mineral. But if you're getting a disproportionate amount of phosphorus compared to the amount of calcium you're getting, that could lead to bone loss.

Another possible culprit is caffeine, which experts have long known can interfere with calcium absorption. In the Tufts study, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated colas were associated with lower bone density. But the caffeinated drinks appeared to do more damage.

This study isn't the last word on the subject. Some experts point out that the amount of phosphoric acid in soda is minimal compared to that found in chicken or cheese. And no one's telling women to stop eating chicken.

Sally

Irina
12-28-2012, 11:36 AM
For how long is squatinnig prohibited (in general)? When is it safe to squat down to pick things off the floor instead of using a grabber?

tae_tap
12-28-2012, 07:38 PM
Evelyn

I went to a scoliosis meeting a few years back and they had this elder scoliosis surgeon talk.....

He asked ď What the WORST thing a person could do to his body?Ē

You guessed it.....drink ďDiet CokeĒ

Baaaad Kitty.....(in heavy British accent)

I drank soda for years till I passed my stone.....(my boulder) Now its Iced tea or water....

Ed

Thanks Ed! You just ruined dt. Pepsi for me. I will no longer be able to enjoy the refreshing beverage. First no wine (i actually only have a glass a couple times a year) and now no soda, this fusion thing is tough! :-) Coffee is my true love/addiction and cut back to a cup a couple times a week because I was told caffeine could hinder fusion. It's mainly water for me.

Tamena

jrnyc
12-28-2012, 08:11 PM
oh my gosh...no caffeine...?
trying to understand how it might be bad for fusion...
and wondering if it is hard for people to quit their coffee...

jess

tae_tap
12-28-2012, 08:22 PM
oh my gosh...no caffeine...?
trying to understand how it might be bad for fusion...
and wondering if it is hard for people to quit their coffee...

jess

Caffeine doesn't necessarily impede bone healing directly, but it does affect your body's ability to heal by affecting uptake and excretion of nutrients. Caffeine affects sodium, chloride and potassium levels in your body. It significantly increases calcium loss in the urine (which leads to calcium bone loss). Other "bone robbers" include salt, sugar, and alcohol. Soda drinks are really bad because they contain caffeine, sugar and phosphorous, all which decreases your body's calcium levels.

So I would avoid large quantities of caffeine, because it will decrease the amount of essential nutrients needed for proper bone healing.

Tamena

titaniumed
12-28-2012, 10:42 PM
Thanks Ed! You just ruined it.

Tamena

Yup. Iíve ruined it for coke. It dropped .86 cents a share today.... Iíve also ruined it for salami back when John JDM was posting.....that was a classic post! John will never eat salami again because of me.....I will look for it if you need entertainment value.....(smiley face) I hope John posts one of these days....

As far as fusion is concerned, they really donít know.....what is disturbing is that pseudarthrosis can happen in young people....Sigh...

An interesting article on boosting your immune system. Adopting healthy living strategies.
There are still few studies on the effects of nutrition on the immune system.
What we know and donít know....
Diet
Herbs
Stress
Exercise
Gene chips.....hmmm.....
http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.htm

Ed