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  1. The two trials of the procedure are for us old...

    The two trials of the procedure are for us old people on Medicare. I think that the stuff that they tell you is Fentenyl and Versed are really placebo if they let you walk out of the procedure room....
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    The reason that I had spinal surgery had little...

    The reason that I had spinal surgery had little to do with the size of the scoliosis curve, but everything to do with the pain. In my case, the curve was not causing the pain, it was the...
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    Shame on Dr. Arlet and his PA! I was amazed...

    Shame on Dr. Arlet and his PA!

    I was amazed that he was dismayed my your volume of papers! I bring along a 3 ring notebook full of articles and lab/X-rays and questions. He probably would have...
  4. Tableone, Re: ablation: Medicare requires...

    Tableone,

    Re: ablation: Medicare requires that a person has 2 trials before the actual procedure.

    Re: getting on and off the table....that's a challenge! The last time, I got on the narrow...
  5. Funny that you mention vision. Mine is...

    Funny that you mention vision. Mine is occasionally blurred for no reason that I can come up with. It is sad that narcotics have a beneficial side and yet can be problematic when withdrawing. ...
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    I have had 2 massages and obviously, the masseuse...

    I have had 2 massages and obviously, the masseuse did not know anything about spinal fusion. I was in pain for 3 weeks. Never again!
    Susan
  7. Mark, are you using Fentenyl patches? I found...

    Mark, are you using Fentenyl patches? I found that they were a great addition to the PO meds.
    Who will be managing your pain once you leave the hospital?

    Hoping that you are finding some pain...
  8. Rise, I was never told a "goal" to be off...

    Rise, I was never told a "goal" to be off narcotics at any specific time. You certainly needed very little pain med postop. I am glad for you.

    One interesting point about postop pain management...
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    Spring chicken, where exactly is your pain and...

    Spring chicken, where exactly is your pain and what does it feel like?

    I was very sedated on Gabapentin. Some of the sedation might be due to the combination of Neurontin with he other meds that...
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    Wishing you and your daughter the best. After...

    Wishing you and your daughter the best. After she comes home from the hospital, you will marvel at how strong both of you were.
    Sending good thoughts your way.
    Susan
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    I am still hoping for improvement and it is good...

    I am still hoping for improvement and it is good to hear that it may be down the road. A friend of mine said that this may be "the new normal". If it is, so be it, but I would like a little less...
  12. Take meds at the most frequent interval possible...

    Take meds at the most frequent interval possible at the highest end of the range that you can. When you find out what really works, take that level for at least a month and then consider decreasing...
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    Jenee, Your comment about needing to "grill your...

    Jenee, Your comment about needing to "grill your Doctor about lordosis" was interesting. I don't think that it is the job of patients to be experts on their surgery. I never talked to my surgeon...
  14. Bummed again.........

    The Pain Management MD injected into the L5, SI joint, and one other spot....but not at the site of the iliac screws. Unsure why not. Procedure did not help at all. Bummed. Regroup and move on. ...
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    See your Private messages. I will give you my...

    See your Private messages. I will give you my email. Again, thanks. I am actually doing well, but have some nagging discomfort in my L thoracic area and then in my sacral area. I figure since I am...
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    Thanks, Jane. I really know that you were trying...

    Thanks, Jane. I really know that you were trying to be supportive, but the thought of having another large surgery sounds like another big chunk out of my life. Linda said that removal of screws...
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    I think that she is still trying to figure out...

    I think that she is still trying to figure out what the problem is that is causing the sensation. Dr. Hu is also on a 2 month vacation or consulting. Thanks for the suggestion. Irina said that...
  18. Linda, I do have a good PT. The section of my...

    Linda, I do have a good PT. The section of my lower back that hurts is in my sacral area. I do not feel any discomfort when I push on the area, but have a sensation of tightening which gets worse...
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    Jenne, so glad that you are active again on the...

    Jenne, so glad that you are active again on the forum, but sorry about the reason that you have resurfaced. I have always been impressed with you "Can Do" attitude. Mark Katz had surgery at O HSU...
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    Thanks, Jane. "Not nearly as difficult as her...

    Thanks, Jane. "Not nearly as difficult as her spinal fusion" is light years from how difficult I had hoped that screw removal would be! My spinal fusion surgery was 2 days, 2 days in ICU, 10 pints...
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    Thanks, Jess I did read her old posts. I did...

    Thanks, Jess
    I did read her old posts. I did not find details on exactly what the removal entails and what happens to the stability of the rest of the hardware. You have been very helpful.
    Susan
  22. Thread: Update

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    Hope that your foot heals! So sorry about the...

    Hope that your foot heals! So sorry about the fracture! Just follow the doctor's recommendations. Enjoy your summer. Sending good vibes your way, Susan
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    Our pain seem to be different. There is not any...

    Our pain seem to be different. There is not any discomfort with palpation. My discomfort is a "tightening" sensation. When I wake up and have not moved yet, I have zero discomfort. As soon as I...
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    Linda, Both Dixiesmom and I have asked what is...

    Linda, Both Dixiesmom and I have asked what is involved with removal of the pelvic screws. Nobody answered. I read in a lit review that screw removal is "common" and that on average 30% of people...
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    I will Gayle. He is an amazing guy with an...

    I will Gayle. He is an amazing guy with an awesome attitude. Good to hear that his 10 hour surgery went well. I will pass on your congratulations to him via Ethel. Susan
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