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  1. How about wiping by reaching through the front...

    How about wiping by reaching through the front but with a backwards wiping motion - that is, starting from the anus and moving back?
  2. How does one get a TSA disability card? I didn't...

    How does one get a TSA disability card? I didn't know there was such a thing. Is there some online form for this that I can get my doctor to sign? It would be good to have for traveling. Thanks,
  3. study

    Linda:

    Please do let us know if you get any answers from the surgeons about why you are so limited with lifting your legs and about the other limitations you mentioned. I'm also wondering why you...
  4. fusion to sacrum and flexibility

    Thanks to everyone who wrote in, especially those Like Linda who addressed the "why" of the limitations from being fused to the sacrum. The drawings Linda posted were also very helpful. Several...
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    I am so very sorry for your pain. I did have a...

    I am so very sorry for your pain. I did have a burning pain at the top of my rod, too. I had all the metal removed 20 years ago and that did get rid of the burning pain in that spot, although not the...
  6. Mechanics of fusion to sacrum and flexibility

    There have been many posting on this, but I'm still trying to understand why being fused to the sacrum (as opposed to just being fused to L3 or 4) limits some people so severely. (I do realize some...
  7. Thread: need advise

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    Thank you, Linda, for your honesty about all...

    Thank you, Linda, for your honesty about all this. Questions about fusion to the sacrum come up a lot on this site, so if it's all right, I'm going to start a new thread on it and ask you some more...
  8. Thread: need advise

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    Linda, could you please elaborate on your comment...

    Linda, could you please elaborate on your comment that you "hate the lack of flexibility" from being fused to the sacrum? It would help me and others to know some details about how being fused to...
  9. Thread: need advise

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    Why fuse it if it's not bothering you?

    I have not been fused to the sacrum yet; I am really trying to avoid this. I am fused to L3.

    Here's a question: If your lower spine is not bothering you, why would you fuse it? You can always...
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    Collapsed lumbar discs/auto-fuse

    Hi Everyone:

    I have two completely collapsed discs below my T2-L3 fusion. (My L3-4 disc height is OK, so it has probably auto-fused). However, my L4-5 and L5-S1 are collapsed, and I have been...
  11. Thread: Anterior

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    I am glad to read all this information on...

    I am glad to read all this information on anterior surgeries as I, too, will be having an anterior only surgery in my lumbar area hopefully early next year. I'm the kind of person that likes to know...
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    Everyone is effected differently by their...

    Everyone is effected differently by their Scoliosis surgeries so we can't say that having this or that surgery will be the same for everyone. We can only speak generally. Actually, in my case having...
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    hardware removal after sacrum surgery

    I saw a well-known scoliosis surgeon the other day and they said that it was possible to have the hardware removed after you had been fused to the sacrum. You just have to wait two years. Maybe this...
  14. Hello: I am glad to hear you are home. I...

    Hello:

    I am glad to hear you are home. I haven't followed this thread all along so I may have missed something, so when you feel well enough would you please give us an overview of what happened...
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    Alternative to fusion to the sacrum

    Well I have finally found my surgical alternative to being fused to the sacrum. It is a temporary alternative, but it will last several years hopefully. I will post more info later.

    Thanks,

    T1
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    knee tracking problems

    I saw the knee doctor again. He is the third one I've seen. The other two kept telling me that I had arthritis in both knees but that according to the MRI it wasn't that bad and there was nothing to...
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    Disc surgery/also finding malpractice info on surgeons

    [QUOTE=sadgirl;66611]Donna,
    I am being told after 30+ years with a harrington rod, and a disc surgery done 2002, that I am in need of yet another back surgery...my regular orthopedic just wants to...
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    facet joint pain

    Hi and so sorry to hear about all your pain and the surgeries. You poor girl, my heart goes out to you for sure. Regarding pain and facet injections: what type of pain did the facet injections...
  19. Hello and so sorry to hear that you have to have...

    Hello and so sorry to hear that you have to have such a massive revision operation. I wasn't here in 2008, so I'm not quite clear on the details. You had surgery in 2008 and now all the...
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    Deep tissue massage

    Ever since being fused, my thoracic area has felt tight and uncomfortable. I have seen it referred to on this site as the "bear claw" feeling. Many times I also get a dull ache there, and also a...
  21. Yes, but that's not really what I meant. : -? ...

    Yes, but that's not really what I meant. : -? Doctors hearing from their own patients privately is not the same as patients contributing in person during a conference like this. I've been at other...
  22. conference by surgeons on fusion to the sacrum surgery

    Here's some surgeons talking about how far to fuse in Scoliosis revision surgery. Also about pedicle screws.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZfMtAJOMhw
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    So sorry to hear this

    Hi Spring:

    My heart went out to you when I read your post. I appreciate your honesty. Your honesty will help other people.

    I am so sorry that you had to have the fusion to sacrum surgery, and...
  24. Thread: disc surgery

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    Artifical Discs

    Linda:

    Can you please elaborate about the two people you know who had the "drastic results" from artificial disc replacement below their scoliosis fusions? Thank you!
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    Update on knees

    So I have now seen two knee surgeons who say I have Chondromalacia Patella, which is a breakdown in the cartilage under the knee caps, or in other words, pre-arthritis. No one will do surgery yet,...
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