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  1. Hi Ripley, I'm fused T9- sacrum and they had...

    Hi Ripley,

    I'm fused T9- sacrum and they had me doing stairs on day 5 of a 7 day hospital stay. I live in a split level and had no issue whatsoever with the stairs once I was home. Short walks in...
  2. Hi Janice - I had surgery 7/14 and am fused...

    Hi Janice - I had surgery 7/14 and am fused T9-sacrum. Like you, I was terrified such a fusion would be terribly debilitating. Much to my surprise I have recovered amazing flexibility. I have zero...
  3. I was very concerned about being fused to the...

    I was very concerned about being fused to the sacrum. I have no doubts that everyone is different but I've been pleasantly surprised at the amount of mobility and flexibility I still have. I was in...
  4. Hi there! I can't send you a video but I can...

    Hi there! I can't send you a video but I can tell you that I am fused from T9-sacrum with pelvic fixation and my gait when walking is fine. Before my surgery walking to the corner or the copy...
  5. Time to stretch

    I'm fused T9-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation and am one year out. I frequently will "take a knee" but am finding that I am doing it a bit less often as I continue to work on stretching my quads. Giving...
  6. Thread: Reality

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    Life post fusion

    I'm just shy of 11 months post op (fused T9-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation) and I am amazed at how far I've come so relatively quickly. I went back to work slowly - didn't really go back in a true...
  7. Thread: Hip pain

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    Pain meds

    I've always felt it was really important to set recovery goals (of course with full understanding that ''things'' happen). I hated the feeling that Oxycontin gave me - yes, it helped with the pain...
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    Front closing bras were a big help too. Much...

    Front closing bras were a big help too. Much easier to put on and less irritating.

    Risė
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    Who is doing your surgery and at what hospital? ...

    Who is doing your surgery and at what hospital? Will it be all posterior? 4 days sounds a bit brief.

    Risė
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    I was fused T9-sacrum all posterior. I spent 8...

    I was fused T9-sacrum all posterior. I spent 8 days in the hospital and my insurance company didn't question any of it. I had the option of going to rehab but decided against it. I had a visiting...
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    Thanks Jess and same to you and Sparky! I had a...

    Thanks Jess and same to you and Sparky! I had a cat, Dusty, that had a very similar surgery many years ago. This condition is actually not that uncommon in male cats. At the time the surgery was...
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    Best wishes to Sparky for a quick recovery

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    Amen!

    Risė
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    Pets post-op

    Hi- I had my surgery in July (T9-sacrum) and our 3 spoiled dogs and 5 spoiled cats were a concern. As far as the cats (they pretty much all sleep with us during the course of an evening) I found that...
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    Susan, I'm not that young - turning 50 in a...

    Susan,

    I'm not that young - turning 50 in a few short weeks! I guess I chose my 50th year to bite the bullet and "have some work done :-)". The upside so far for me is gaining some lost height and...
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    Hi Susan, NY is quickly becoming an "efile"...

    Hi Susan,

    NY is quickly becoming an "efile" state and most matters are now required to be commenced electronically. I pulled up a copy of the filing on NY's court efiling website.


    Risė
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    Skimmed through the 100 or so pages of the...

    Skimmed through the 100 or so pages of the complaint that was filed. I suspect a dismissal motion is being drafted as I type. Should be interesting to see if they get around the statute of...
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    Dizziness

    It seems that a lot of people here experience vertigo post-op. I know I had an issue with it when I was around 6 weeks post op. Someone told me that sometimes this is caused by spinal fluid...
  18. Thread: First post

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    Hi KS and welcome! Your post reminds me so much...

    Hi KS and welcome! Your post reminds me so much of me. I was terrified and put off the "inevitable" for years (35 of them!). I think you do reach a point where it just becomes a quality of life...
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    Hi Fifa, So sorry to hear how you were...

    Hi Fifa,

    So sorry to hear how you were treated. I'm in no way defending the insurance companies (face it - they're a business who's goal is to maximize their profits while minimizing expenses) but...
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    Hospital/post op prep

    It's been a very stressful time not just for me, but for my husband. Did you have a support system at home? Did folks stay with you while you were in the hospital?

    My biggest concerns right...
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    Who was your surgeon? I had surgery at HSS in...

    Who was your surgeon? I had surgery at HSS in July (fused T9-sacrum w/ pelvic anchors) and had similar experience with excellent care and was able to get off all pain meds (very occasional Tylenol)...
  22. Thread: Post-op question

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    Post-op question

    I'm just 3 months post-op (fused T-9 to sacrum w/ pelvic anchors). Is it possible to be walking too much? I'm currently averaging about 3 miles a day at a 14 minute/mile pace. I notice that I have...
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    Post op question

    Hi all,

    At what point, if ever, do you stop feeling the hardware? It's freaking me out a bit plus feeling it makes me fear that I've broken something. How likely/common is it to break hardware?
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  24. Believe me when I say I understand pain. It is...

    Believe me when I say I understand pain. It is awful and can suck the life out of a person. I just have a problem with the ease that hardcore, ugly drugs are prescribed with little or no concern or...
  25. Yes, it definitely seems like I'm on the low end...

    Yes, it definitely seems like I'm on the low end on the pain meds. I definitely feel "withdrawal" symptoms when I step down the dosage. I'm thinking that's why I was given goals as far as getting off...
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