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  1. Susie Bee, I've been following this forum for...

    Susie Bee,

    I've been following this forum for many years, though I've never had scoliosis surgery. I remember when you had your surgery and the preparation for your daughters' weddings. You...
  2. Have you contacted Dr. Donlin Long in Maryland or...

    Have you contacted Dr. Donlin Long in Maryland or Dr. Frank Feigenbaum in Texas regarding your Tarlov Cyst? They are neurosurgeons who specialize in this and will both do a free telephone consult...
  3. Amazon sells a personal bidet for less than $10....

    Amazon sells a personal bidet for less than $10. It can be filled with warm water before using the bathroom and then the spray is directed from the front as needed after. A light drying pat with tp...
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    Thoracic nerve ablation- Medicare?

    I have not had any back surgery and am currently trying to manage the pain from 62T and 70TL curves with injections, physical therapy and pain meds. My doctor has suggested a nerve ablation for the...
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    Ed, I wonder if you can elaborate on the...

    Ed,
    I wonder if you can elaborate on the electrical short circuiting idea. I experience what I call buzzing where I feel a rapid twitch/ tremor take over in certain muscle groups for what can...
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    Relief from heat

    Therma care heat pads are not inexpensive but they provide me with a lot of pain relief. The heat lasts fr 8-12 hours and I appreciate the relief that is not narcotic nor processed throught my GI...
  7. Iontophoresis

    Susan,

    I haven't had surgery but have chronic SI joint pain and the injections have failed because the Drs. said I had too much arthritis which prevents proper needle placement. Anyway, my...
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    Linda, If you paid for the bed with credit...

    Linda,

    If you paid for the bed with credit card, they may be able to help you with a product that doesn't meet your needs/expectations. It may be worth a phone call.
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    I second what Linda said about using the nsaid...

    I second what Linda said about using the nsaid every day, not just when there's pain. My neck problem began 3 years ago, following poor positioning during a minor surgical procedure. I'd explained my...
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    I'm not fused at all, but I have very similar...

    I'm not fused at all, but I have very similar neck and arm symptoms along with severely degenerated C5-6and C6-7. I can't look up without bending my knees and have limited range in looking left and...
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    My lumbar curve measures 63 and my abdomen...

    My lumbar curve measures 63 and my abdomen defiinitely protrudes. I see a physiatrist on a regular basis and part of her routine evaluation is how much my abdomen protrudes. It's always mentioned on...
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    This is an anti-depressant that is also used for...

    This is an anti-depressant that is also used for nerve pain. My husband takes it because of neuropathic pain in his legs and feet from damaged discs and it has helped him more than anything else.
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    I swam on a team as a child, before my scoliosis...

    I swam on a team as a child, before my scoliosis was diagnosed and while I loved swimming, I experienced endless frustrations in being on the team that I now understand were because of my deformity....
  14. Leanne, I use Lidoderm patches for pain across...

    Leanne,

    I use Lidoderm patches for pain across my sacrum. I appreciate every non-narcotic that provides some relief. Interestingly, they are specifically labeled for shingles pain. Each patch is...
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    I experienced similar weakness in my left hand...

    I experienced similar weakness in my left hand which turned out to be related to a bulging cervical disc, aggravated by awkward positioning for a minor surgical procedure. I'd drop things...
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