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  1. In the past when that has happened to me I called...

    In the past when that has happened to me I called the insurance company and asked them to pay what they would if the charge was in network. Then I called the provider and ask them to accept that...
  2. Glad you are back. Medication can be so...

    Glad you are back. Medication can be so difficult. Do also be very careful with over the counter meds. Trying to recover from my broken neck I began using high dose motrin. That is once I could...
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    [All of the times I have been in a rehab...

    [All of the times I have been in a rehab center,the therapist was the one to arrange for what was needed. They do an assessment of your needs. Such as I have never needed a sock helper. So the...
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    Hi Ed, I had a portion of my right thoracic...

    Hi Ed, I had a portion of my right thoracic hardware removed. I know the surgeon said he removed 4 screws and the rod in that area. This is in hope to get the wound to heal.
    We used Ketamine and...
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    I would say bring the least amount of items that...

    I would say bring the least amount of items that you can. Most of the equipment( like reachers) will be supplied to you. If you end up with an extra one you can use it in different parts of your...
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    Thanks Ed. I just checked my chart information to...

    Thanks Ed. I just checked my chart information to see if there was a time yet. It says removal of lumbar instrumentation. It is thoracic . I guess I better be careful what I sign???
  7. On your list I can do all of those things . On...

    On your list I can do all of those things . On the up hill home I would say down hill would be harder. Up hill you lean forward and down hill puts a lot of stress on the spine. While I live in...
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    Good luck Melissa. I'm not sure if it can spend...

    Good luck Melissa. I'm not sure if it can spend but I have a non healing wound on my back and need to have the spinal hardware removed on Jan 21. Just a portion of the hardware under the wound. ...
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    Good morning. I'm just going to address one of...

    Good morning. I'm just going to address one of your concerns and that is about your other joints and fusion. I have been told many times that the full spinal fusion leads to other joints being...
  10. Hi Susan glad it helped you. I hope it stays for...

    Hi Susan glad it helped you. I hope it stays for a long time. I am still waiting for my shoulder to be fixed. I developed a non healing wound. The spinal hardware under the wound will be removed on...
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    Yes Ed you are right about falling. Not good. I...

    Yes Ed you are right about falling. Not good. I am still amazed that I did not crack the fusion in the car accident. Imagine being thrown against a brick wall at 30 Mph. Yes the air bags deployed and...
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    I would really consider the ketamine infusions....

    I would really consider the ketamine infusions. That drug was used during my last surgery as part of anesthesia , it has the property to leave you feeling out of pain and very peaceful. It lasted for...
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    Yes that early stage requires more concern. The...

    Yes that early stage requires more concern. The accident t was very violent. My car was forced into a Rick house.It is amazing to have lived through it. It is also amazing the neurosurgeon was able...
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    Thanks Tina and Ed and Linda. It has been a rough...

    Thanks Tina and Ed and Linda. It has been a rough time since the car accident. The sheer trauma could have done anything. It may have looked okay on X-Ray but you never know. Also the misstep and...
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    Infected hardware

    I really would have thought I would be past the time that infection would happen but it doesn't appear to be that way. The wound has been treated since September and started out not looking like too...
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    It is the area of the lumber that we have most of...

    It is the area of the lumber that we have most of our movement. The thoracic spine doesn't by nature move that much. The ribs kind of keep it still.
    The one thing I find hardest is picking...
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    After reviewing the EOS X-Ray the neurosurgeon...

    After reviewing the EOS X-Ray the neurosurgeon recommends removing part of the thoracic hardware. At the time of surgery he will decide how much. It may be a big factor in the wound.
    The wound was...
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    I did not use either before surgery. I used a...

    I did not use either before surgery. I used a walker while in rehab early on after the first spinal surgery. I stopped using the walker when I came home. I haven't used one on a regular basis since....
  19. Welcome. I found revision surgery easier than the...

    Welcome. I found revision surgery easier than the first surgery but I am guessing they are going to extend your fusion to the pelvis. It will be sore but will probably help with your pain. But be...
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    Happy Birthday Ed. I hope it is great. When will...

    Happy Birthday Ed. I hope it is great. When will you be returning to the U.S.?
    It is really difficult to give up things you like to so. I am sure even with your close calls , there isn't anything...
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    Another update. The neurosurgeon's office called,...

    Another update. The neurosurgeon's office called, after reviewing the CT and the EOS xray the area by the wound may being caused by some hardware. I have to go back to discuss this further.
    He...
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    Thank you for the laugh. It's all we can do...

    Thank you for the laugh. It's all we can do sometimes. Sometimes I think I'm a little to crabby with people I really had a hard time convincing people not to touch my neck hardware. Until I lost it...
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    I had to wear a brace for the first spine...

    I had to wear a brace for the first spine surgery. The doctor said it was only to remind me not to bend or twist. It was easy to put on . I would say it was big snaps and velcro. It adjusted up the...
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    The wound is beginning to heal. There wasn't any...

    The wound is beginning to heal. There wasn't any infection just a light positive for the common staff . No antibiotics. It is still being treated 3 times a week. It is beginning to fill in. All of...
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    Hi Ed, oh those car rides. I avoid all that I...

    Hi Ed, oh those car rides. I avoid all that I can.
    Also the pain down the arm. That is my lasting pain from the broken neck. I think it is impossible to deal with. I will go Thursday for the year...
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