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    So you shouldn't do sit-ups even after you've...

    So you shouldn't do sit-ups even after you've reached full recovery from full spinal fusion?
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    Linda Racine said when I queried her that she has...

    Linda Racine said when I queried her that she has trouble with tie shoes, especially keeping the tongue where it belongs when putting one on. I believe she doesn't bother with them. It's different...
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    I always thought there were inevitable blind...

    I always thought there were inevitable blind spots when you use mirrors driving. Not if you position the mirrors properly?

    Can you put socks on without a sock aid with a full fusion? Can you tie...
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    Yes, it's a rectangular basin, maybe 14" by 12"....

    Yes, it's a rectangular basin, maybe 14" by 12". Material like tupperware. I'm glad to hear you will be in rehab for two weeks. They will show you how to do things and it will prepare you for when...
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    Why not have your neck done? What are some...

    Why not have your neck done? What are some reasons? You can't turn your head, then, right? Driving will be difficult among other things.

    As for the zaps, I can see that there are some things that...
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    Ed, do you still have numbness in your fingers...

    Ed, do you still have numbness in your fingers and have they tried to fix it?

    Concerning communication with my surgeon and his office, I asked for an email address so I could send an attachment, a...
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    I have always preferred to shower and wash my...

    I have always preferred to shower and wash my hair at the same time with the overhead stream of water.

    Since my surgery I have had to change things. By trial and error you work out a routine.
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  8. It's not really a seasoned treatment for adults,...

    It's not really a seasoned treatment for adults, is it?
    Thanks for the facebook recommendation.
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    Don't mind me, Nancy. I'm thinking of my own...

    Don't mind me, Nancy. I'm thinking of my own case. I had an opportunity for a second opinion and then never followed up on it. The second opinion was with a doctor who did minimally invasive surgery....
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    But would a neurosurgeon do the same type of...

    But would a neurosurgeon do the same type of surgery? Could her pain be solved by a more limited surgery that might clear the area around a nerve? Has the surgeon explained to her what exactly is...
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    Does anyone think Nancy should get a second...

    Does anyone think Nancy should get a second opinion about having fusion? Is it possible something less invasive could be done about her pain? I realize that only fusion straightens the curve in an...
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    Many of my socks didn't fit over the sock helper,...

    Many of my socks didn't fit over the sock helper, it's too wide. I had to buy new stretchier socks. Those fluffy ankle-high socks work very well:
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    I couldn't concentrate in the hospital either....

    I couldn't concentrate in the hospital either. The oxycodone they gave me caused a bowel obstruction that took days to clear. Bowel pain for me is terrible. It was much worse than the surgical pain....
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    "Hysterical curve"? Why is it that the only...

    "Hysterical curve"? Why is it that the only reference I can find to this is in two antiquated publications that are published today only for historical purposes? Is there any other source?
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    I have another general suggestion of how to be...

    I have another general suggestion of how to be ready for life just after surgery.

    I like to read and I had plenty of time for it recovering from surgery. It filled in the idle time. I like to read...
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    Is there any danger to attempting to pull a sock...

    Is there any danger to attempting to pull a sock on when you are barely able to reach? Can it mess up what the surgery has put together? Can you rip out anything by doing that?
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    Thanks for answering. It occurred to me later...

    Thanks for answering. It occurred to me later that I may have made an improper inquiry, that I should let people volunteer information but not ask them point blank about themselves, that it might be...
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    I didn't realize that you were a patient, Linda,...

    I didn't realize that you were a patient, Linda, as well as the moderator.

    Please, tell me about the loss of flexibility. Should I throw away all my shoes that lace up (I love shoes)? Will I be...
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    I've never been to a chiropractor. Many...

    I've never been to a chiropractor. Many intelligent people swear by them. I've noticed that many doctors work with chiropractors. Do they do this because they sanction what chiropractors have to...
  20. Weird Sensations Rather Than Pain Post-Surgery

    I had spinal fusion done about five months ago. All of my lumbar and some of my thorax. I can add more details later.
    I hear about people's experience with pain, both on this forum and elsewhere...
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    Hi, Susancook. I find your post of interest...

    Hi, Susancook. I find your post of interest because you seem unfazed by having had 7 surgeries in 10 years. That means you must have spent most of your life in those 10 years in a state of recovery...
  22. Isn't it just a handful of doctors so far who...

    Isn't it just a handful of doctors so far who perform tethering on people past adolescence? Literally you could count them on both hands. That's the impression I got from google. What a wait there...
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    By long fusion, do you mean people who have most...

    By long fusion, do you mean people who have most of their spine done rather than just a few vertebrae?
  24. Lots of sites rate doctors, google and yelp...

    Lots of sites rate doctors, google and yelp included, healthgrades. But the reviews are not that useful for a number of reasons.

    First, there are often too few reviews because I think people fear...
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    Ed, this is all of interest. Why did you put...

    Ed, this is all of interest.

    Why did you put "can" in quotes in the first paragraph? Because it's more a certainty over a lifetime than a possibility?

    As for communicating with my surgeon, I...
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