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    I forgot. I didn't wear a bra for several...

    I forgot. I didn't wear a bra for several months. Did wear a brace, so had those cute little sleeveless seamless shirts provided with the brace. Also wore camisoles a lot with a sweatshirt over. ...
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    I had my first surgery in April 2008. I...

    I had my first surgery in April 2008. I complained of those screws hurting from the git go. In December 2009, the pelvic screws were removed. Boy, was that a painful surgery. Two incisions, one...
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    I was discharged with a walker and a pair of 18"...

    I was discharged with a walker and a pair of 18" tongs (for the bathroom) -- that's it. And I ditched the walker the first day home. The one thing not mentioned was a gait keeper. We used my...
  4. Thread: Neck problems

    by lapieper
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    I haven't been on here in ages, but thought I'd...

    I haven't been on here in ages, but thought I'd put in my two cents. Many of the descriptions of the neck pain fit me to a tee -- prior to my surgery. The first thing I remember telling my husband...
  5. I wore my bone growth stimulator for 23 hours a...

    I wore my bone growth stimulator for 23 hours a day, for four months following surgery. I only took it off to shower. Felt like I had a leash, but so far, i can say it was worth it. Have had one...
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    I do Viactiv chews, 2-3 daily, along with Vitamin...

    I do Viactiv chews, 2-3 daily, along with Vitamin D3, 1000 I.U. and Magnesium. My multi also has calcium and vitamin d, so I should be covered. Will talk to my GYN next month. I'm sure she'll...
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    OK. I'm home. It was a four hour surgery,...

    OK. I'm home. It was a four hour surgery, layering BMP the entire length of the spine (more or less). The doc believes the pain was from lack of fusion, not hardware pain. So he removed very...
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    All my bags are packed....

    Well, guys, I'm to be admitted tomorrow morning 11:00 a.m, surgery at 1:00 pm. Dont' know how I'm feeling. Anxious to get 'er done, but not too afraid. As always, I'm more concerned about the IVs...
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    He went through all that soft tissue in my...

    He went through all that soft tissue in my buttocks. And going through soft tissue is painful and takes a long time to heal. Just all that muscle (and fat) to go through to get to the screws. Think...
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    I had both screws and the lower parts of my rods...

    I had both screws and the lower parts of my rods removed in Dec 09. I am now scheduled to have the rest of the hardware removed. I have two incisions not parallel to the spine, below my waistline,...
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    Ti Ed, I have had continual spasms between my...

    Ti Ed, I have had continual spasms between my shoulder blades, since the repair at T3 and removal of hardware. I think the tip of one rod is rubbing against the muscle/tendon of that shoulder...
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    Removal of All Hardware!

    I' m back. And numb right now. Saw my doctor yesterday and he wants to remove all hardware. It's been giving me grief since he repaired the fracture at T3 in Mar 09. Looks like I'lll have surgery...
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    Just plunked myself on the floor, and yes, I can...

    Just plunked myself on the floor, and yes, I can sit on the floor with both legs stretched out. I do NOT fall over backwards or forwards. And I had my first back surgery Apr 08. Most recent was...
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    I am fused T2 though S2. Have had a total of...

    I am fused T2 though S2. Have had a total of four surgeries. Think the last one was the toughest. Cut into a lot of soft tissue, removing the two pelvic screws, the lower part of both rods, and...
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    Congrats, Ed. You give each of us hope. Thanks...

    Congrats, Ed. You give each of us hope. Thanks for all humor. I know I can always count on you to make me laugh. So when I'm having a bad day, I look for tied's posts!
    Les, the girl who can tell...
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    Jimbo, Just remember we only have to do this...

    Jimbo,

    Just remember we only have to do this one day at a time. Breathe in God, breathe out fear...
    Les
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    I have a really high bed with a 2" memory foam...

    I have a really high bed with a 2" memory foam topper. I slept in a separate room from my husband for probably the first two months. I wasn't sleeping a straight 8 hours, and he needed the sleep as...
  18. Thread: Need Answers!

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    I was fused T2:S2 in Apr 08. The only thing I...

    I was fused T2:S2 in Apr 08. The only thing I can not do is stretch, arching my back. I do what I call elongating myself, where I just reach up as far as I can, no arching. And I'm 56 now. I...
  19. Thread: Images

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    I had surgery in Apr 08. Don't think I started...

    I had surgery in Apr 08. Don't think I started PT until Jun or Jul. It's on some other thread. I did PT for about 3 months, 2 times a week. And I'm currently doing some PT now, mainly heat and...
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    I thought I was in pretty good shape before my...

    I thought I was in pretty good shape before my surgery. When I hit the physical therapy office, I found I needed to be in primo shape, which they attempted to whip me into. Squats, lunges, and...
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    Ativan can also work. It's actually an...

    Ativan can also work. It's actually an anti-seizure med,but works fairly well for muscle spasms and "nerves." Worrying doesn't help when facing a big procedure. Try to take life one day at a time....
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    Megz, How you doing now. Have been thinking...

    Megz,

    How you doing now. Have been thinking of you. Just remember, one day at a time. And each day does get a little better.
    Les
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    My hips have become progressively tighter,...

    My hips have become progressively tighter, shorter stride. When I asked the doc about it, he referred me to Pt... AGAIN. We are working on stretching them out, takes another person to really...
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    John, you're in my prayers, also. They found a...

    John, you're in my prayers, also. They found a problem early, and they fixed it early. You will do amazingly well, I'm sure. Just take all this one day at a time. And before you know it, you will...
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    Way to go, John! Keep up the good work. And...

    Way to go, John! Keep up the good work. And know there will good and bad days. You only have to take it one day at a time. My blood pressure was low, very low. I passed out on the day before I...
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