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    I hope you're doing well, Jessica. It must have...

    I hope you're doing well, Jessica. It must have felt weird to come out of your surgeries. It's a transformation. I don't know how much memory you have of your earlier surgery years ago.

    I hope...
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    Sometimes just saying "Let's do this" lets you...

    Sometimes just saying "Let's do this" lets you find your nerve. Sounds like you're well prepared.

    Good luck.
  3. I disagree a little with Ed on going easy on the...

    I disagree a little with Ed on going easy on the dairy. My surgeon wants me to eat lots of dairy products. The calcium is necessary for building up the bones and dairy is the best source. It can all...
  4. So they want you to take oral pain medication but...

    So they want you to take oral pain medication but no food for a few days after surgery? The medication is probably Oxycodone or something similar. It's known to cause severe constipation in some...
  5. As for pain meds, are they saying no intravenous...

    As for pain meds, are they saying no intravenous pain meds or no pain meds at all?

    The pain is not necessarily bad. The prescription pain pills didn't work well for me after my first surgery and...
  6. Read about bone growth stimulators here, they use...

    Read about bone growth stimulators here, they use electromagnetic energy to help bones heal.
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    Thanks for the info about universities.

    Thanks for the info about universities.
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    Which Universities are those, Linda? I tried...

    Which Universities are those, Linda? I tried googling but didn't come up with much except Washington University in St. Louis?
    Would an older surgeon be expected to come from one of these schools?
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    Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Surgeon

    Is one type of surgeon preferred over the other in scoliosis fusion surgery? Does it depend on the problems the scoliosis is causing?
  10. Thread: Dancing

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    Now that things have "opened up" in most states,...

    Now that things have "opened up" in most states, the doctors trying to catch up on surgeries that weren't quite emergencies but were urgent and were put off because of the virus. I can't get an...
  11. Thread: Dancing

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    Even though I keep reading about promising...

    Even though I keep reading about promising vaccine research all over the place, it may never happen. I wouldn't wait for it if it was me. But good treatments for the coronavirus may happen, like with...
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    Huh. The system didn't tell me this time. Other...

    Huh. The system didn't tell me this time. Other times it has told me when my inbox is full.
    Cleared a little bit.
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    These are great questions. I'd answer if I was...

    These are great questions. I'd answer if I was fully healed, but I'm not. I can't tell if my limitations will last or not, are due to permanent limited mobility or temporary pain.

    I wish I had a...
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    My neck and my sacrum are not fused. The rest was...

    My neck and my sacrum are not fused. The rest was done in two surgeries about 6 months apart. The second one unplanned.

    I am much older than you (60's) and my results may not apply to you. I'm...
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    Is that what you hear, that a majority of people...

    Is that what you hear, that a majority of people who have had it are negative about the surgery? Have you told your doctors this, and what do they say?

    I was too naive to question my doctors. I...
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    I agree that trying to cough out a virus is bad...

    I agree that trying to cough out a virus is bad for the spine just after fusion surgery. I'm wondering also if a recent spine surgery (or any big surgery) is a heightened risk for getting through a...
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    At the start of the shortages my husband lucked...

    At the start of the shortages my husband lucked out online and scored two huge multipaks of toilet paper at a Wegman's that isn't even close to our house. We're surprised they even delivered to us....
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    Most pain remedies seem to lose their...

    Most pain remedies seem to lose their effectiveness. That's why there are so many different ones, I guess. I had injections and those eventually stopped working.
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    People who have never had back pain underestimate...

    People who have never had back pain underestimate the problems your back can cause you. They don't understand the surgery either, they think it's no big deal. A relative who knows nothing about back...
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    I suppose my insurance might cover it since it...

    I suppose my insurance might cover it since it would be done by my neurologist. For myself I feel weird about covering up pain as long as it is bearable. If you cover it up, you're masking the...
  21. Thread: Disks Replaced?

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    Disks Replaced?

    Stupid question maybe, but are disks replaced in fusion surgery, in the portion of the spine that is fused?
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    Ed, Have you tried acupressure, -puncture with...

    Ed, Have you tried acupressure, -puncture with and without Chinese training? What was it like? My neurologist believes in acupuncture and I think practices it but I have never tried it.
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    It seems plausible that more curvature could...

    It seems plausible that more curvature could cause new pain.

    I don't blame you for wanting to avoid hospitals right now. I'm wondering if I'm going to go to a doctor's office in the near future...
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    That's what I thought. This sounded like a story...

    That's what I thought. This sounded like a story that would rope some people in. Probably even people like me who are looking for explanations. No, aching for explanations, of what causes this damn...
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    Pooka, we know how you feel about chiros. Even...

    Pooka, we know how you feel about chiros. Even fakers might be right about some things.
    Wondering if you (or anyone) knows if there is any truth to this statement in that link:

    "Although we don't...
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