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    I did

    I had an MRI a few years ago. My rod didn't seem to be a problem. I believe my rod is stainless steel.
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    You sound great, and will only get better.

    You sound great, and will only get better.
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    great news

    I'm literally on vacation in Florida. I think it's Thursday, look forward to hearing about round 2.
  4. faith

    I am so glad you have faith in God to get you through this. I have no idea how people without faith get through tough situations. You have a whole new life ahead of you!
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    Glad to know you are doing better, gonna get this...

    Glad to know you are doing better, gonna get this fixed soon.
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    another ot sends hugs

    Hi Jersey OT,
    I,m also an OT, don,t have a lot to add for surgical advice, but thought I,d mention that not all ot,s work in rehab. You know that, it is sometimes hard to visualize change. It...
  7. Thread: My Turn

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    Normal Life

    Wow, that is what we all want, and I'm am delighted that you are getting there. Normal life does not include medical appointments every week or month...
  8. Thread: Laminectomy

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    Hi friends, Rainbow, thanks for letting me know...

    Hi friends,
    Rainbow, thanks for letting me know that another approach can work. That's the kind of info I'm seeking.

    Rohrer, New York City is a 7-8 hour drive from where I live. I would not...
  9. Thread: Laminectomy

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    Thanks, Linda. I'm really not expecting to see...

    Thanks, Linda. I'm really not expecting to see him again. I've read that stenosis often reaches a certain level, then doesn't get worse, so I'm hoping for that outcome, hoping to avoid any surgery....
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    Hi Linda, I was hoping to hear from you...

    Hi Linda,
    I was hoping to hear from you sometime, I know you are recovering. My message was not clear: I thought you have said that any decompression surgery isn't generally done with existing...
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    increased disc degeneration and pain

    These quotes are from the Harrington rod study you posted, the group I am in:

    In Danielson and Nachemson's series of patients followed after Harrington instrumentation, they determined that the...
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    increased vulnerability

    I believe that most typical back problems are in the lumbar area, so maybe a person could be better off than the norm if they have that region fused. But for those of us with thoracic fusions, I...
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    problems at earlier age

    I'm thinking what is different is the age at which back problems develop. I had low back muscle spasms at age 20, severe osteoarthritis in lumbar vertebrae at age 40, stenosis in my early 50's. ...
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    one opinion

    This sounds like the presenter's opinion. I would love to see some data on this issue.
  15. Thread: Laminectomy

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    Laminectomy

    Yesterday I had an appointment with the local scoliosis specialist in Rochester NY. I returned to see him after nearly 3 years to see if new x-rays indicate any change; he had recommended a return...
  16. Thread: rib removal

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    floating ribs

    They removed part of 1 or 2 floating ribs during my surgery. The ribs serve to protect your internal organs, but one can get along without parts that are causing this type of problem. Here's a pic...
  17. Thread: My Turn

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    Linda, thanks so much for all the first-hand info...

    Linda, thanks so much for all the first-hand info you share with us. You know you are in good hands.
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    Hi Cindi, I think the key to success in any new...

    Hi Cindi,
    I think the key to success in any new professional endeavor is having a mentor. I believe some therapsits even have paid someone on an hourly, as-needed basis. You would find that you...
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    Hi from another OT

    Hi Cindi OTR,
    I just wanted to say "Hello"! I also have stenosis, was diagnosed with severe arthritis at the base of my fusion when I was 40. Fortunately my fusion ends at L2, so I haven't...
  20. I've had scoliosis nearly all my life, but don't...

    I've had scoliosis nearly all my life, but don't have osteoporosis. Now that I'm post-menopause, I take calcium and Vitamin D daily. I try to eat mostly whole grains, fruits and veggies, less meat....
  21. Thread: shrinking fast

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    I believe that bone-building drugs are only...

    I believe that bone-building drugs are only recommended for people with osteoporosis, not arthritis, not osteopenia. Rainbow, I worry about this too since I developed severe arthritis just below my...
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    I would recommend that you work with a physical...

    I would recommend that you work with a physical therapist to get started, then ask for a home program. It is possible to do exercises the "wrong" way, which will cause you more pain.
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    My surgery was near the time of your first, there...

    My surgery was near the time of your first, there aren't many of us posting here with rods that old. My fusion is about the same as yours, T3 to L2. I've got some neurological symptoms which...
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    Great news, Barb. Thanks for letting us know you...

    Great news, Barb. Thanks for letting us know you you made out.
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    dog clean-up

    For years I've been using a narrow 3' rake to scape the poop into an old rectangular 3' flower box. No bending makes it quick & easy!
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