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    I am also not using my laptop

    But, typing with one finger is hard. Hope this get fixed soon.
  2. Bad Dream for a year ...

    Hi Ed,

    Forgive me for not knowing how to reply to your posting. Yes, it was frightening but I am so happy the I was able to surface no thanks to my Primary physician nor my El Centro pain nurse...
  3. Thanks, Linda.

    I am hoping that the pain doctor at UCSD will help me with the pain. I am hoping to get off the Butrans as well as quit visiting the Pain doctor in El Centro. This pain clinic is under a anesthesia...
  4. Love to move to San Diego but...

    Hello Dear Ed,
    Sorry but somehow I couldn't respond sooner. Here are my answer. Yes, the initial plan was to move from Belmont, Ca (Mid peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose) to Baja...
  5. Watch the Fentanyl patch

    It is not the adhesive green m&m because after I take off the patch, I have a rectangular area in bright red which is the medication portion. I change every 8 days and each time is another place. I...
  6. I am Back! to Warn about the danger of the Fentanyl Patches

    I don't remember where I left off. Then came my great University of California - San Diego system of absolutely the best specialist I have found in my life.

    I spent 2013-14 with 9 months of...
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    Remove or not remove the hardware screws in the sacrum

    Dr Bridwell, said NO.
    Dr Garfin said YES (you can look at his speech in one of his conferences and he explains why)

    I decided to wait a little longer as my pain is being controlled by the...
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    Dear Ed, I always listened to you and Linda

    All you said is right however having my meds balance is great but am I going to become an addict? Now I am OK but will I be needing more in the future? Yes, the patch is great supplemented with...
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    Jena and Dr Mundis

    Hi Jena:
    I have consultations by both. Dr Mundis for my Pre Fusion but because of this first years in practice 3 years ago, I did not want to go with him and went with Dr Bridwell after. I have to...
  10. hose attached to the toilet

    I must have written about this great invention aside from slided bread. It is sold at Home Depot and at Amazon. You attached (or someone by your household friends) Very easy as my husband says -...
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    NO more pain!!! and living quite nicely

    Well, should have updated this forum but here it is. Spent the worse 3 months between prior to going to see Bridwell and a month after he told me everything is beautiful and in place. I should be...
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    Living in the desert in Baja

    Thank you my friends, not that I have an excuse against exercising because I do. We are in a gated community where almost 90% are Americans, the Ranch is 3500 acres and it is the sice of San...
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    UPDATE - After 2nd opinion by Dr Bridwell in St Louis

    I have cancelled my revision surgery with Dr Garfin at UC SD for end of May. Visited Dr Bridwell last week who took a long series of Xrays and Cat Scan (bones +) using 2 types of radioactive...
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    UCSF no longer returning EXPLANTS

    I am seriously more and more pissed about the medical industry surrounding themselves with more walls for their own protection against lawsuits. For example, it is so much trouble to even request...
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    Requesting the removed hardware

    I am having my hardware removed hopefully at the end of May at UCSD. I would like to keep the hardware (all of them).

    A piece of conversation, framed it or make some piece of art.

    I deserved...
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    Tableone, you might want to stay local

    As an experienced patient flying to see doctors or travelling 5 hours, I can tell you it is no fun. You are always trying to juggle the calendar and then looking for transportation (airplane, or...
  17. old fashion doctors, few to none

    Btw, my GI specialist backed off on the Cronkite Canada Syndrone.

    My GI is well or let's say under control.

    I am certain that it was caused by the trauma of the spinal surgery and the prolonged...
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    thank you

    I was looking exactly for this answer.

    My husband and I are flying to st Louis a week from wednesday April 26 or so just to get/hear why Dr Bridwell, one of the best scolio tell me why not to...
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    Spine versus scoliosis surgeon

    Thanks, Jennifer

    I wanted to know if I would be safe in the hands of a Spine (weekly) specialist removing the hardware if or versus the original surgeon who is an Scolio expert.

    I am feeling...
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    I agree, panicked to think of another major surgery

    One one hand the doctor who placed the hardware a Scolio expert is against removal.

    The other hand, my pain is so great on a daily basis and this other SPINE doctor head of orthopeadic at UC San...
  21. All those lawsuits

    Apparently, Medtronics settle for $22 Million but it is comes out to about $25k per claimant hardly anything but likely a lot for the lawyers.

    I read that the problem is actually when surgeons...
  22. ToDate I still think it is my fault

    It is always about what others think it is something you are not doing thus you are having pains. I am happy that this doctor is believing that I do hurst and the reason i.e. all the instrumentation...
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    What was the background of you Surgeon?

    Who should do your Spinal Fusion? Was your surgeon a specialist in SCOLIOSIS???
    Is any surgeon specializing in the Spine and its branches good enough to handle a back with this particular...
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    So happy that you shared

    It is as important to share success as well as not. This is a place to learn from each other.

    There are so many of us that need the good news as well as a place to vent our frustrations. There...
  25. Medtronic Company - Infuse is the BMP product

    Started looking back to one of my first initials blogs when my United Health Care Insurance turned down my surgery because of the intentions of using a product not FDA Approved. I did my best sales...
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