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  1. Jackie, Who did you see at Loyola?

    Jackie, Who did you see at Loyola?
  2. Susan, Hi..I'm sorry I'm so slow with a reply....

    Susan,

    Hi..I'm sorry I'm so slow with a reply. First off, thanks for the three names. DeWald is on my list for a third surgical opinion. And hopefully, the last. But, you never know, I might just...
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    You ladies give me hope! Congratulations to both...

    You ladies give me hope! Congratulations to both of you!

    Diane
  4. Susan: Did I see "Yay, go Chicago?" I told...

    Susan:

    Did I see "Yay, go Chicago?" I told you would learn to like it here...o.k., it'll be a slow process, but I'm keeping my hopes up and I won't mention it again until Spring (which by the way...
  5. Hi Susan, I'm newer to the forum and haven't...

    Hi Susan,

    I'm newer to the forum and haven't been on in a while due to my father's illness and subsequent passing, BUT I do live in "disgusting" Chicago and Dr. DeWald is the next surgeon on my...
  6. Hi Rise, I haven't had surgery yet but I would...

    Hi Rise,

    I haven't had surgery yet but I would say an absolute NO to flip flops. I fell twice last summer when the edge of my flip flop caught on my front step.

    I'm with you on the inability...
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    There is no pain by the "bruised" area. The...

    There is no pain by the "bruised" area. The discoloration isn't brown, it is dark.
  8. What to do with the DD's?

    This is something I've been wanting to ask. What do the "busty" ladies wear after surgery? Going without a bra is not an option for me. Even my sports bras have underwires. (If I could find pajamas...
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    I do spend quite a lot of time in the car. When I...

    I do spend quite a lot of time in the car. When I sit at home I tend to sit at the edge of the seat...comes with being short and that is the only way I feel comfortable sitting. Also, if I'm sitting...
  10. Oh Evelyn, you made me laugh with your...

    Oh Evelyn, you made me laugh with your description of driving like a gangster, classic! Glad you're feeling better and that your life is back on track. When my times comes to go through this journey...
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    Linda, I should also add that the physical...

    Linda,

    I should also add that the physical therapist I was seeing was the first person to notice the discoloration and she felt it looked like a bruise, which it does. I don't know why my doctor...
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    Hi Linda, Mid back, right hand side of my...

    Hi Linda,

    Mid back, right hand side of my spine. My Internist told me it was simple skin discoloration, due to age???? I'm 55 and have had it for about a year. I thought perhaps it was due to the...
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    Karen, My favorite part of your golf swing...

    Karen,

    My favorite part of your golf swing video is the part where you reach down to pick up your tee! Your back looks beautiful.

    Diane
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    Karen, I have seen your photos and you look...

    Karen,

    I have seen your photos and you look great! I never felt deformed until recently. Actually, I thought it was just middle age making my waist look wider and my back larger. Turns out my...
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    Hi Kathy, Thanks for the reply. I love to read...

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the reply. I love to read that you do not have pain!! Today is a big time pain day for me. It's cold and rainy in Chicago and my back is killing me! I would love a day when I...
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    Hi Jess, I'm new to the forum and considering...

    Hi Jess,

    I'm new to the forum and considering surgery also. I have to say Karen's reply to your thread is inspiring. Today I'm in so much pain I have two lidocaine patches on my back and it killed...
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    Hi Kathy, I hope I get my questions answered...

    Hi Kathy,

    I hope I get my questions answered and find a surgeon I'm totally comfortable with. Perhaps Dr. DeWald will be that surgeon. As Sharon mentioned earlier, my early records are gone,...
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    Hi rohrer, You are correct, my lumbar curves...

    Hi rohrer,

    You are correct, my lumbar curves to the left and the thoracic curves to the right. Perhaps this is the cause of all the confusion. He said it would be a rare case if my lumbar...
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    Linda: I have an order for bending x-rays,...

    Linda: I have an order for bending x-rays, additional MRI views, a CAT scan and a stress test.

    Sharon: I totally agree. I told him the lumbar curve was structural and he told me I was wrong. I...
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    No, he felt my lumbar was the compensatory curve.

    No, he felt my lumbar was the compensatory curve.
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    Surgeon #2 was pretty insistent that my...

    Surgeon #2 was pretty insistent that my structural curve was thoracic. I liked everything else he had to say, well, except fusing me to the pelvis...that I didn't care for too much.

    I have xrays...
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    The second opinion was from a surgeon listed with...

    The second opinion was from a surgeon listed with the SRS. He is a neurosurgeon, as well as an orthopedic surgeon. He recommended fusing me from T2 or T3 to the pelvis, which would hit both curves....
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    Compensatory Curves

    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum and have a question regarding compensatory curves. When I went for a second surgical opinion, the surgeon insisted that my 45* thoracic curve was structural and my 50*...
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    Hi Rise, I'm new to the forum but currently...

    Hi Rise,

    I'm new to the forum but currently looking into surgery. I met with a surgeon last week and he told me that a week or two in rehab is worth a month of recovery at home. When I get to the...
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    Wow!! What a great correction! I imagine you're...

    Wow!! What a great correction! I imagine you're feeling a little "rough" at the moment but hang in there. Sending you healing thoughts.

    Diane
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