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  1. Hi Sheryl, Actually I found my brace to be a...

    Hi Sheryl, Actually I found my brace to be a huge comfort. Putting it on and off was the part I hated but once on, it became my lil "blankie" I found it kept me from making mistakes and things just...
  2. I did read the article in Livestrong, but I've...

    I did read the article in Livestrong, but I've yet to come across anyone who's had these spasms below the top surgical point and in between the ribs, not the neck. Mornings are the absolute worst. ...
  3. You are right; and I've been guilty myself. ...

    You are right; and I've been guilty myself. After surgery #1 I stayed active for a while then 6 years later surgery #2. I'm taking those words to heart, they were meant for me.
  4. I think you made the right decision to "stop"...

    I think you made the right decision to "stop" right then and there. If I were you I'd be interviewing about 4/5 other surgeons. I think there are many good ones in the northern California area and...
  5. Thanks for responding! I'm 59. After revision...

    Thanks for responding! I'm 59. After revision surgery I was doing so well, taller, straighter then this happens. I have truly researched and tried everything I know to do, including some...
  6. Muscle spasm for 2 mos solid now

    I am recovering from T-3 to sacrum and iliac screws so I'm basically immobile and cannot stretch anyways. At 7 mos post-op I had a fall and have been in agonizing muscle spasm ever since. It is non...
  7. FDA drug Czar, Dr. Robert Califf and lack of pain control....

    Obama appointed Dr. Robert Califf as the head of the FDA. Since then, all I hear from my pain management doctor (and pharmacist) is "I'm sorry I just can't prescribe the level of pain relief you...
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    Medical Marijuana has been suggested to me as...

    Medical Marijuana has been suggested to me as well, and I'm going to give it a try. Since Obama has appointed his new drug Czar, Dr. Robert Califf, who has effectively frightened both pain...
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    Welcome to the forum, Jay. I was especially...

    Welcome to the forum, Jay. I was especially interested in the problem you had with the childhood hook, as I also had a severe problem with mine (I just had small vertebrae, so they used a hook. In...
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    Love your initial response, Linda

    I also was told - THERE ARE NO GUARANTEE'S. Additionally my surgeon would not explain what my gait might be like, if I'd feel my iliac screws (I don't) or if I'd gain or lose any more height. All...
  11. Makes complete sense to me.

    Makes complete sense to me.
  12. There is only one good ortho spine surgeon in Chicago

    Go see Dr. Purnendu Gupta and Northshore Skokie. You won't be sorry, I promise. I just had revision surgery with him, have researched this area well, and there's no one as good. You may not love...
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    Hi Debbie!

    Long time since I've seen your name but I sure remember our conversations about Dr. Pashman. Hope you're still dealing in Vegas - sheesh I was just there in March and had I thought about it, I could...
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    Glad you replied

    After scouring the city of Chicago I found out that Rush was a good ortho hospital for SOME procedures, but TERRIBLE and I really mean terrible for spine. Dr. An is administrative and I'm so glad I...
  15. Sticky: I'm just so sorry....

    I read these stories and feel for all of you; some of you should hire lawyers! My prayers are with you.

    Heck, I'll name names! My original surgery was a disaster BECAUSE of the surgeon DR....
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    Dear Jane....

    Please don't believe this man. I had my primary and a spine surgeon tell me I was too old for surgery (I was 53). Please do your homework, use the internet for reviews, use this site for reviews,...
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    Sticky: Chihuahua Mama before and after

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    Success! I guess I have to upload to a photo server to add to my signature. Thanks for the sticky, Linda.

    You can see the mess Dr. MICHAEL KROPF of Cedars Sinai made of me on the right...
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    Help with uploading photo

    Thanks to Linda's sticky, I was able to post my before and after's in that thread. Now that I don't look like Quasimodo, I actually have a figure :)
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    1868 Thanks Ed! Here ya go.....

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    Thanks Ed! Here ya go.....
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    Done! (forever I hope)

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    On May 23rd I went in for my revision surgery. All went well. The old hardware was removed, I got shiny new iliac screws, was fixed at L5-S1 and surgeon went to T3 to correct the scoliosis...
  21. The great surgeons and people who help us.....

    I would like to ask that for all those of us with faith to say a prayer for the continued success and God's love toward a certain surgeon (and your own). He is truly a great man and has not only...
  22. Hey Susan, mine was gradual - it is a result of...

    Hey Susan, mine was gradual - it is a result of L1/L2 vertebra that have moved forward and to the side, not a broken rod....but I was pretty much like that out of the gate after my first surgery;...
  23. Well, his brother in Chicago is doing my revision...

    Well, his brother in Chicago is doing my revision surgery, and if your Dr. Gupta (from northern CA, right?) is now replacing Dr. Lenke, I'd say you're in good hands - but I don't have any personal...
  24. Is it me or....

    Am I recognizing Dr. Hart's name in broken rods? Never mind regardless, Susan, you will get through this! I don't understand broken rods either - perhaps I can do some research; my daughter has a...
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    Best of luck to you Gayle, what a trooper.

    Best of luck to you Gayle, what a trooper.
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