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  1. Handy Seat Cane

    In the meanwhile, you might want to buy yourself a "cane seat."

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/21108211?adid=22222222227015571721&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem
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  2. I would be glad to speak with you. I had surgery...

    I would be glad to speak with you. I had surgery at age 65 with no previous back surgery. You might want to read my recent posting about my two-year post-op anniversary.

    I tried to send you a...
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    I had many shots, or bandaid procedures for many...

    I had many shots, or bandaid procedures for many years. In addition, I had PT, chiropractic, yoga therapy, and acupuncture. Some worked and some didn't for short periods. I used to walk with my thumb...
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    Two-year Post Op Anniversary December 7

    I want to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year 2013!

    My surgery was a life-changing event for both me and my family. Now, I can walk and stand as much as I want without pain. Since my...
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    Welcome to the Forum. I would be glad to speak...

    Welcome to the Forum.

    I would be glad to speak with you about my experience with Dr. Rand. As Sally (Loves to Skate) explained, Dr. Rand gave her and me our lives back. I recommend him highly. I...
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    It's all been said above. But, I'll reiterate a...

    It's all been said above. But, I'll reiterate a few things.

    Listening to the Huddleston CD before surgery and after was really helpful for me. Having your iPod with music in the hospital is really...
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    It's great to hear your vacation had a happy...

    It's great to hear your vacation had a happy ending for all. I'm so excited for you that you were able to play so much golf without any back issues. Spring is here with more golf now and in the...
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    I haven't been back to the pool in quite a while...

    I haven't been back to the pool in quite a while and haven't had the "bear claw." I will go back to the pool exercises but be very careful. At least, I know the aches resolve. All of these aches and...
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    Terrific article. It really explains the...

    Terrific article. It really explains the situation very well. I, too, couldn't stand or walk very far. It is very limiting. There is a sense of freedom when you can walk and stand without pain. Also,...
  10. The CT scan is done at New England Baptist...

    The CT scan is done at New England Baptist Hospital in their radiology dept. Hopefully, this isn't a business decision to order the scan. I can't imagine that it is. But, you bring up a good point.
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    Congratulations on your third anniversary! You...

    Congratulations on your third anniversary!

    You have been an inspiration and mentor to those of us who have come after you with pre-surgery and recovery. Though it has been three years, you remain...
  12. I just returned from vacation and called Dr....

    I just returned from vacation and called Dr. Rand's office today and asked about the necessity of the CT scan. His liaison said they wouldn't force me to have one but that this is the only way to be...
  13. Thanks for your input. I will leave a message...

    Thanks for your input.

    I will leave a message for Dr. Rand about the CT scan. I really want to add up all the radiation exposure I have had. Perhaps that will provide a good reason for him to do...
  14. Should I Have a CT Scan to Confirm Fusion if Surgeon Requests It?

    Should I question my surgeon if he wants to check my fusions by CT if there are no problems?

    It will have been 15 months when I see Dr. Rand on March 15. He has scheduled me for a CT scan to check...
  15. Thread: Big News!

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    Congratulations!! Enjoy every minute because...

    Congratulations!! Enjoy every minute because babies grow quickly. It is wonderful to read good news like this and know that your body is strong and you can concentrate on your new baby.

    Here's a...
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    Sounds like a great report!! Congratulations! ...

    Sounds like a great report!! Congratulations!

    I can just picture you coming home and trying out your golf swing. I know it isn't easy but take it slow getting back into the game. You've come so...
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    Ed, Sorry to hear of your neck issues but glad...

    Ed, Sorry to hear of your neck issues but glad that the exercises are helping a bit. It's good that you don't have headaches associated with it. You are so supportive of the problems of everyone...
  18. I didn't have difficulty getting shirts over my...

    I didn't have difficulty getting shirts over my head. The crew neck t-shirts under a fleece worked very well for me. I was disguising my brace too. I didn't wear a bra for months and, in the winter,...
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    Congratulations!!

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary!! It wasn't easy but you did it!!

    You have been an inspiration to me as we were going through the recovery year together. I guess some of my...
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    It is funny you should say something about your...

    It is funny you should say something about your shoulders and its connection to the lower back muscle ache. I had a call in to the PT who worked with me in the pool. It took this long for her to...
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    Feeling Better and Thanks

    Thanks for your encouragement and sharing your experiences. By today, I am much better. I walked 2.5 miles. I couldn't have done that a year ago.

    It is great to know you are out there for help and...
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    I also have a sleep number bed with a foam topper...

    I also have a sleep number bed with a foam topper and find it is very good.

    To prepare your house, you might also consider a raised toilet seat. There are threads that list what to get to prepare...
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    I'm doing better today. I guess I'll never stop...

    I'm doing better today. I guess I'll never stop worrying that I've done something wrong to end this sabbatical from the pain that I am have had.

    I am preparing a meal for company. What a treat to...
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    The "Bear Claw"

    I have been doing fine. Then, last week on Wednesday, after not going to the pool to do my PT exercises for a couple of weeks, (I had PT from May to Sept and have a PT routine.) I did all the...
  25. Thread: Checking in

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    It is good to hear you are doing well. I...

    It is good to hear you are doing well. I understand what you mean about prioritizing your shopping and errands. I did that for many many years. It is great to just go anywhere now and not have to...
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