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  1. Thread: Car Accident

    by Irina
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    Car Accident

    Hi there,

    It's been a long time since I posted. I am one of these people who had a good outcome, moved on with their lives and rarely check this forum anymore. I am 6 years post-op and doing...
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    Hi Leanne, I am fused t6 to sacrum, and I am...

    Hi Leanne,

    I am fused t6 to sacrum, and I am able to do all the things you are asking about except for riding a horse. But I only rode a horse once in my life before the surgery and don't have any...
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    LOL!!! I learned yet another English phrase from...

    LOL!!! I learned yet another English phrase from the forum. I remember a "fusion to scrotum" discussion a few years ago :-)
  4. Hi Sheryl, I am fused T6 to sacrum - I am pain...

    Hi Sheryl,

    I am fused T6 to sacrum - I am pain free and don't feel any limitations. I cannot bend from the waist, but I can bend from the hips. You will be using your knee and hip joints to...
  5. Hi Sheryl, I wore basic t-shirts under the...

    Hi Sheryl,

    I wore basic t-shirts under the brace - you don't want a loose t-shirt under the brace as it will fold and irritate you. When it got warmer and I started driving and doing a little...
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    Hi Karen - congratulations! You were my...

    Hi Karen - congratulations! You were my inspiration when I was getting ready for the surgery. You were always so supportive of other people! I am approaching my 4th year anniversary too and doing...
  7. For me, zumba is the best cardio workout that...

    For me, zumba is the best cardio workout that also greatly improved my flexibility. Plus, it's great stress reliever and fun! I started doing it at two years mark. I have never done it before the...
  8. I can't comment on a large amount of traveling,...

    I can't comment on a large amount of traveling, but we just came from a vacation in Japan. We stayed in Japanese style accommodations, ryokans, for 11 nights plus 2 nights in western style hotels....
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    Hi Martha, Dr. Serena Hu was my surgeon. She...

    Hi Martha,

    Dr. Serena Hu was my surgeon. She used to be in UCSF, but now she in Stanford. XLIF was part of the procedure - I had anterior, followed by XLIF and posterior. I know that during XLIF...
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    [QUOTE=LindaRacine;165847]Hi Ed... I think...

    [QUOTE=LindaRacine;165847]Hi Ed...

    I think just about every ALIF opening is done by a vascular surgeon... at least here in the U.S. It would be really foolish to try the approach without one, as...
  11. Thread: 3 Years

    by Irina
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    Congratulations, Jennifer on your seven years and...

    Congratulations, Jennifer on your seven years and thank you everyone. I have a question to those of you who have grandkids. Are we allowed to lift babies? No grandkids in the picture yet, but my...
  12. Thread: 3 Years

    by Irina
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    3 Years

    Today is my 3rd anniversary. At my 2nd year follow up, Dr. Hu said she didn't need to see me anymore, unless I felt something was wrong. So, since I didn't have to show up for check ups anymore, I...
  13. Susan, it's not a typo, you're going to be in the...

    Susan, it's not a typo, you're going to be in the Bay Area to see Dr. Hu? I would love to see you! I can stop by where you will be staying. Hope you don't have to wait so long. Waiting sucks!
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    Hi Gayle, You are doing much better than I did...

    Hi Gayle,

    You are doing much better than I did at 4-5 weeks postop, but I had a complication, abdominal hematoma, which brought me back to the hospital for an additional surgery. That was a major...
  15. Hi Susan, I remember those words... I read...

    Hi Susan,

    I remember those words... I read this thread every day, but do not post because I just don't know what to say... I am thinking about you often.
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    I am so sorry, Gayle. Don't know what to say,...

    I am so sorry, Gayle. Don't know what to say, just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with you...
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    Stephanie, I am fused T6 to sacrum and I can...

    Stephanie,

    I am fused T6 to sacrum and I can do Zumba. It's a one hour class and I love it. I am not very graceful and probably dance like a Pinocchio, but I don't care. I am just having fun....
  18. Thread: New body

    by Irina
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    I think that you'll feel more comfortable in your...

    I think that you'll feel more comfortable in your body when your pain subsides. I also felt like I was transported into someone else's body in the beginning, but not anymore. People who didn't know...
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    Good point, Sharon. I was thinking the...

    Good point, Sharon. I was thinking the same...Sadly, this forum turned into Real Housewives of NJ show. Enough drama already.
  20. Don't remember when, may be a year out. I squat,...

    Don't remember when, may be a year out. I squat, lean forward and pick things off the floor. Strong quads help.
  21. Thread: Cup size

    by Irina
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    Hi Lizardacres, Your abs will get better. I...

    Hi Lizardacres,

    Your abs will get better. I also had a protruding belly after the surgery, but now, two years out, I am proud of my abs. You can really see abdominal muscles on my body, but I work...
  22. I had one day between the surgeries - 3/5/13...

    I had one day between the surgeries - 3/5/13 anterior and xlif and 3/7/13 posterior. I was semi-alert too. I hallucinated, but I understood that these were hallucinations. I remember that nurses...
  23. Thread: Hip pain

    by Irina
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    Hi Cathy, I had right hip and leg pain after...

    Hi Cathy,

    I had right hip and leg pain after the surgery, but doctors knew why. Right illiac screw was placed too deep and it was hitting some nerve. I wouldn't say it was excruciating though. Dr....
  24. Linda, I think Yacolt, WA is still her home...

    Linda, I think Yacolt, WA is still her home address.
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    Hi Marianne, Good luck with your surgery! You...

    Hi Marianne,

    Good luck with your surgery! You probably can't wait to get it over with. For me, anticipation was worse than recovery. Wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
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