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    Great to hear that, at last, you're feeling...

    Great to hear that, at last, you're feeling "excellent!"

    As Jess mentioned, please check before you jog. You still have the unfused vertebrae to consider. They will be taking all the bouncing. ...
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    Good to hear Melissa! Let us know how to Botox...

    Good to hear Melissa! Let us know how to Botox injections go for your headache.
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    Hope everything went perfectly. Best wishes for...

    Hope everything went perfectly. Best wishes for a smooth ride through recovery. That awful wait is over!
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    Oh dear, that's not such good news. I had...

    Oh dear, that's not such good news. I had wondered where Rohrer had got to. I hope the memory problems resolve quickly. As if she needed another health problem. She sounds in good spirits despite...
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    Tens machine didn't help my back either pre-op,...

    Tens machine didn't help my back either pre-op, but I have a friend who swears by it. I guess we're all different.

    Hoping for the best for both you and Sparky, in 2015. Good luck with giving...
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    One thing I've learned is that we all recover...

    One thing I've learned is that we all recover differently. I hope some of those who had discomfort/pain for some months will come on and tell of their experiences. But if I was really concerned, I...
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    Stay cool, Ed. (It's hot here too at the...

    Stay cool, Ed. (It's hot here too at the moment.)

    Speaking of breaking the umbilical cord with our surgeons. I haven't seen mine since my emotional first anniversary. It was hard to think I...
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    Congratulations on your special milestone, Karen!

    Congratulations on your special milestone, Karen!
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    My fusion is T4 to S1. It's perfect! It hasn't...

    My fusion is T4 to S1. It's perfect! It hasn't altered my lifestyle other than improving it. Some things take a little more effort, that's all. Like tying your sneakers. My back feels strong,...
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    Sleeping is good, Melissa! I hope it's not long...

    Sleeping is good, Melissa! I hope it's not long before you feel much better.
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    How are you now, Melissa? I hope much has...

    How are you now, Melissa? I hope much has improved in the days since.
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    Merry Christmas from The Sunshine Coast,...

    Merry Christmas from The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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    Jess is right. Reach out. Suffering alone,...

    Jess is right. Reach out. Suffering alone, won't be good for your healing. Know there are people out there who care and will help, even if it's to share a coffee, pick some thing up at the shops...
  14. I think if I'd known this might be a problem...

    I think if I'd known this might be a problem before my surgery, I might have had a re-think. But happily, it's not a problem. I'm fused T4 - Sacrum. I can only do it using my left hand though (but...
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    Good to hear from you Melissa. I hope the pain...

    Good to hear from you Melissa. I hope the pain is easing and that it was a successful surgery.
  16. My inability to raise my foot very nigh has to be...

    My inability to raise my foot very nigh has to be because of the surgery because I had no problems before surgery. It's minor. I wouldn't like to give the impression it's a problem. Life is good...
  17. Glad I'm not the only one who can't lift my knees...

    Glad I'm not the only one who can't lift my knees high any more. Even stepping into my undies is a trial. One hand dangling my undies, whilst trying to step into them, the other holding onto...
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    I just wanted to wish you well Melissa. I will...

    I just wanted to wish you well Melissa. I will be thinking of you, as many here will, also. I can't help with ideas for a phone but I didn't take my phone to hospital, they had a land line in the...
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    Just as an aside, has anybody heard of this...

    Just as an aside, has anybody heard of this before?

    "After Flanders developed scoliosis from a polio vaccine at age 1..." From the article. I've never heard of that before.
  20. "At my autopsy" I love it!

    "At my autopsy" I love it!
  21. Hi mkatz, I am fused T4 to S1 with pelvic...

    Hi mkatz, I am fused T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation and am now 5.5 years out from surgery. I can assure you it gets easier. But tying shoelaces and cutting toenails is still difficult for me, but...
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    If you're going to go the fruit juice route, warm...

    If you're going to go the fruit juice route, warm some prune juice and alternate warm prune with chilled pear. If you want to bring in the big guns (as I needed, after 9 days) try Nulax. It worked...
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    Best wishes for a successful surgery Kara and of...

    Best wishes for a successful surgery Kara and of course, a nice, smooth recovery!
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    Thanks for letting us know Melissa. I'll be...

    Thanks for letting us know Melissa. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you all the very best.
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    Fifa, it seems fairly normal in the US to have...

    Fifa, it seems fairly normal in the US to have the central line put in the day or so before surgery. But my dr. didn't require it, however I woke up with one.

    Just wanted to add my best wishes...
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