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    Hi Marlene, What a hopeful post on what can...

    Hi Marlene,

    What a hopeful post on what can happen with the appropriate amount of commitment and a little luck. I think it is amazing that you can touch your toes! I agree with your comment that...
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    Some Suggestions

    Hi Ginger,

    Based upon my own experience and what I have read [including posts in this forum] I do think that fused spines put additional stress on joints both up AND down from the fused spine....
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    Great SRS/Utube Link on scoliosis presentations

    Thanks, Ed: that is a very useful link! Terry
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    Benefits of Exercise/Posture

    Hi OrganicNancy,

    I agree with your thesis that you can reduce back pain and significantly improve the quality of your life by working with a qualified person to learn appropriate exercises and...
  5. First, I canít specifically comment on this...

    First, I canít specifically comment on this exercise program because I have not tried it.

    I can tell you that I think that proper body mechanics and an appropriate exercise program are key to...
  6. No easy solution

    Actually, the primary way of dealing with these tumors is to remove as much of the tumor tissue as possible with surgery. There seems to be a general concern that radiation this close to the spine...
  7. The Million Dollar Question: What Causes Pain

    Hi Melisse,

    Your question: "What exactly is causing your pain" IS the million dollar question. I think when Dr. Lenke wasn't able to answer your question, it lets you know how difficult this...
  8. SI Joint Fusion

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for taking the time to look into the sacroiliac joint fusion procedure. If my pain remains at this level for a significant period of time, I would at least talk to my doctor...
  9. Nerve Sheath Tumors (NST) and Scoliosis/ Left Primary Curves

    Hi Ed,

    As you probably know, the vast majority of "primary" [usually thoracic] curves bend to the right. If a primary curve bends to the left [which my curve does], doctors will screen for a...
  10. Hi Kathy, I think this is a legitimate...

    Hi Kathy,

    I think this is a legitimate question. Clearly there is overlap in the symptoms from degeneration in the lumbar spine and the sacrum/SI joint. I have just seen my primary care...
  11. Hi Ed, First, I just think you are an angel on...

    Hi Ed,

    First, I just think you are an angel on this forum. I know that ďangelĒ seems a little over the top but Iím not changing that word. You always seem to be able to supply useful and...
  12. Thinking my time might have just run out/ SI Joint Dysfunction

    I would appreciate any insight you can give me. More than 40 years ago, I had a fusion [T5 to L3] with Harrington rod instrumentation. Since 2013, Iíve had pain in my lumbar back and pain down my...
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    Does Exercise Help with Pain? Pros/Cons?

    I am trying to develop strategies for holding off on any further back surgery and to do that; I need to try to manage my pain. I am taking various forms of pain meds. They are very helpful but...
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    Hi Melisse, I did not get your message: I...

    Hi Melisse,

    I did not get your message: I did not see any messages in my Forum "inbox". Let me know what I can do to contact you. Terry
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    Hi Richardis, I just posted on ESI today...

    Hi Richardis,

    I just posted on ESI today [under a thread started by Gigi50]. In short, they didn't help me any longer than a couple of hours but [as I wrote] I could have just been unlucky. ...
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    Hi Gigi, I just discovered the non-surgical...

    Hi Gigi,

    I just discovered the non-surgical part of the forum. Since I had surgery in the way distant past and was contemplating revision surgery, I posted a thread on "Pain Management and...
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    Link to Washington Post article on medical cannabis

    Here is a link describing "high CBD marijuana" as a game changer:
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    Effective Pain Management & Cannabis

    Thanks, Ed, for your warm welcome. I have appreciated your posts to this forum. I agree that medical marijuana can be abused [just as any other powerful drug can be abused] but I donít think you...
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    Effective Pain Management & Cannabis

    I recently got approved to post on this forum and I wanted to start a thread on pain management. More than 40 years ago, I had a spinal fusion for scoliosis with Harrington rod instrumentation. I...
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