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    Huh. The system didn't tell me this time. Other...

    Huh. The system didn't tell me this time. Other times it has told me when my inbox is full.
    Cleared a little bit.
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    These are great questions. I'd answer if I was...

    These are great questions. I'd answer if I was fully healed, but I'm not. I can't tell if my limitations will last or not, are due to permanent limited mobility or temporary pain.

    I wish I had a...
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    My neck and my sacrum are not fused. The rest was...

    My neck and my sacrum are not fused. The rest was done in two surgeries about 6 months apart. The second one unplanned.

    I am much older than you (60's) and my results may not apply to you. I'm...
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    Is that what you hear, that a majority of people...

    Is that what you hear, that a majority of people who have had it are negative about the surgery? Have you told your doctors this, and what do they say?

    I was too naive to question my doctors. I...
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    I agree that trying to cough out a virus is bad...

    I agree that trying to cough out a virus is bad for the spine just after fusion surgery. I'm wondering also if a recent spine surgery (or any big surgery) is a heightened risk for getting through a...
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    At the start of the shortages my husband lucked...

    At the start of the shortages my husband lucked out online and scored two huge multipaks of toilet paper at a Wegman's that isn't even close to our house. We're surprised they even delivered to us....
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    Most pain remedies seem to lose their...

    Most pain remedies seem to lose their effectiveness. That's why there are so many different ones, I guess. I had injections and those eventually stopped working.
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    People who have never had back pain underestimate...

    People who have never had back pain underestimate the problems your back can cause you. They don't understand the surgery either, they think it's no big deal. A relative who knows nothing about back...
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    I suppose my insurance might cover it since it...

    I suppose my insurance might cover it since it would be done by my neurologist. For myself I feel weird about covering up pain as long as it is bearable. If you cover it up, you're masking the...
  10. Thread: Disks Replaced?

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    Disks Replaced?

    Stupid question maybe, but are disks replaced in fusion surgery, in the portion of the spine that is fused?
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    Ed, Have you tried acupressure, -puncture with...

    Ed, Have you tried acupressure, -puncture with and without Chinese training? What was it like? My neurologist believes in acupuncture and I think practices it but I have never tried it.
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    It seems plausible that more curvature could...

    It seems plausible that more curvature could cause new pain.

    I don't blame you for wanting to avoid hospitals right now. I'm wondering if I'm going to go to a doctor's office in the near future...
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    That's what I thought. This sounded like a story...

    That's what I thought. This sounded like a story that would rope some people in. Probably even people like me who are looking for explanations. No, aching for explanations, of what causes this damn...
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    Pooka, we know how you feel about chiros. Even...

    Pooka, we know how you feel about chiros. Even fakers might be right about some things.
    Wondering if you (or anyone) knows if there is any truth to this statement in that link:

    "Although we don't...
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    My grinding didn't stop with surgery. There are...

    My grinding didn't stop with surgery. There are better mouthguards now that are created to balance the forces at work on your teeth. Supposed to correct your bite. I was skeptical but it has calmed...
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    I didn't think a single pill taken every six...

    I didn't think a single pill taken every six months would contribute greatly to antibiotic resistance when there are conditions where people go on heavy prolonged rounds of antibiotics. But I don't...
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    I don't know but allow me to guess. A hardware...

    I don't know but allow me to guess.

    A hardware infection many years after surgery can't be from something introduced during the surgery. A hand surgeon I dealt with says those manifest pretty...
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    Duluth Trading Company

    Duluth Trading Company makes shirts for men that look like button-downs but actually close by means of magnets behind each button. The magnets are like snaps but actually don't snap, it's magnetism...
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    The authors have made sure this article comes up...

    The authors have made sure this article comes up near the top in google searches, giving it some appearance of authority.

    I can see why people are tempted to consult treatments like this - it's...
  20. What are these parts of the brain for; empathy?...

    What are these parts of the brain for; empathy? social skills?



    As a psychologist you achieved this accreditation for your practice? Tell us more about that.
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    Having a Lawyer Deal With Hospital Charges?

    Prior to my spinal fusion surgery I contacted my surgeon's office to find out if everything was covered by my insurance. I was told that it was and that it looked like I wouldn't owe anything.
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    Of the occupational therapy aids, my hospital...

    Of the occupational therapy aids, my hospital offered me a dressing stick and they wanted me to pay for it right then and there, which was dumb because I didn't have any cash. (I guess this is a good...
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    OK, but I don't quite understand your answer. ...

    OK, but I don't quite understand your answer.

    I said:

    "If my surgery had been done when I was younger the curvature wouldn't have gotten so large that it interfered with my walking. Wouldn't I...
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    I don't know all the jargon about scoliosis yet. ...

    I don't know all the jargon about scoliosis yet.
    A T curve is a thoracic curve?
    By save levels, do you mean save (or just put off) having to fuse more vertebrae later in future surgeries? By doing...
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    I don't know what happens when you go from the...

    I don't know what happens when you go from the hospital to rehab, Nancy, what happens to your stuff. I would agree you should find out in advance.

    My things were stored in my unlocked closet all...
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