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    I can empathize

    I have not been around here for a very long time, I promised my boyfriend that I would stay away because reading about some peoples issues with their fusions was depressing me more. But I came back...
  2. WOW Gayle you sure tested the fusion didn't...

    WOW Gayle you sure tested the fusion didn't you.....I can just imagine what was going through your mind after making it this far. So glad everything turned out to be OK on the x-ray, and I think it's...
  3. ha ha! Ya know if they weren't so darn ...

    ha ha! Ya know if they weren't so darn irritating I probably would...just have a lil zipper pull tattoo added to the top :D
  4. I had them with both surgeries from two different...

    I had them with both surgeries from two different surgeons in different states. I was unaware that it wasn't common practice. My boyfriend says they look like a zipper ;)
  5. Sounds like it's a good thing I had my...

    Sounds like it's a good thing I had my gallbladder removed when I was 26! Indigestion is much less now, appetite is down (that is just fine with me). I'm very miserable in this brace, it is making...
  6. Hello! I have made it through once again. Surgery...

    Hello! I have made it through once again. Surgery took 5 hrs, all went smoothly. When they got in they found 2 more areas of non-union, so it had failed at L3-L4-L5 and S1. I had constant pain in...
  7. "Can you take ibuprofen with the hydrocodone, as...

    "Can you take ibuprofen with the hydrocodone, as a break through med?you poor girl~~ I just thought the Ibuprofen might take some of the swelling down.( anti inflammatory) I will be praying for you....
  8. Thank you ladies, my new surgery date is...

    Thank you ladies, my new surgery date is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:30am.....so glad I don't have too much longer to wait! A mistake was made with the way my oxycontin script was written and...
  9. hello Linda, Yes I do remember meeting you, so...

    hello Linda,

    Yes I do remember meeting you, so glad you are doing well now. I was scheduled for surgery in the morning.... but at 7:30 this evening I received some bad news, my surgeon is stuck in...
  10. Linda's explanation is great....I will have to...

    Linda's explanation is great....I will have to remember that way to explain this to people because breaking cobalt is hard to wrap ones head around. Susan, I'd like to believe you when you say that...
  11. thank you all for your kind words....Gayle, that...

    thank you all for your kind words....Gayle, that is crazy that our stories are so similar, I am so glad you are two years post op from this and still doing well, that gives me hope. I'm not sure of...
  12. almost 2 years post op...both rods are broken

    Hello Scoli friends,

    It has been quite a while since I have posted, but I have been lurking around for some time. Ever since my first surgery I have always had problems with pain.
    Becoming worse...
  13. Karen....my 1 yr check up with Lenke is on the...

    Karen....my 1 yr check up with Lenke is on the 16th, I think my appointment is at 6:30 am. Coming in the day before and will be staying at the Parkway...it would be great if we could meet!
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    too funny, I also keep a hand mirror in my suv,...

    too funny, I also keep a hand mirror in my suv, on the bottom 'pocket' of the door for the same reason...thought I was the only one! lol I also have the comdex mirrors on my side mirrors and a HUGE...
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    To me the use of BMP in my surgery was a non...

    To me the use of BMP in my surgery was a non issue.....I can't imagine going through this surgery only to face non union. From my understanding it is more of a risk to not use it. That being said, I...
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    I used the sock aid for a few months, I was...

    I used the sock aid for a few months, I was certain I would have to use it forever! Now I can put them on at 6 months on my own with no problems. I used the dressing stick once and a while to help...
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    Thank you ladies....it is a good feeling to know...

    Thank you ladies....it is a good feeling to know that if we are all stuck in the same boat, at least we aren't in it alone :)
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    finally on the mend

    Hello everyone, I am just about 6 months post-op and finally feeling like there is life after spinal fusion. I have had a rough go of it...I really thought I was invincible and would heal more...
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    Not the same but just wasnted to share with...

    Not the same but just wasnted to share with you....at 3 months post op I had vertigo, only when laying down and getting back up, didn't matter how fast or slow. It was pretty severe but it only...
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    I had it done in January....by the end of March I...

    I had it done in January....by the end of March I was starting to get out and about and was glad I didn't have to 'bundle' up quite as much and worry about icy conditions etc. I had a complication...
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    congrats on the good report Doreen, I think it is...

    congrats on the good report Doreen, I think it is scary that we just have to 'assume' that our bones are fusing. I'm the type of person who needs proof, wish there was a better way. I also have the...
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    thinking of you...and hoping for a smooth...

    thinking of you...and hoping for a smooth recovery, you are in good hands. See you on the otherside
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    Great news, welcome to the otherside...

    Great news, welcome to the otherside Evelyn....you are in my thoughts.
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    Thank you Melissa, you and me both. Evelyn,...

    Thank you Melissa, you and me both.


    Evelyn,

    Of course I have been in touch with Dr. Lenke's office from the start, yes they are concerned. It is not as if no one is doing anything about it,...
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    Great news...my infection has cleared up! My picc...

    Great news...my infection has cleared up! My picc line was removed finally after being in my arm driving me crazy for 2 weeks, I am so tired of being a pin cushion. My new incision (about 8 inches...
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