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  1. Good Luck Susan. You are in my thoughts and...

    Good Luck Susan. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Regards, Lori
  2. Susan, I had a screw at T7 that was 1 mm...

    Susan,
    I had a screw at T7 that was 1 mm from the aorta. Dr. Boachie and a top cardiothoracic surgeon agreed it would not cause a problem but it made me extremely nervous. Since I ended up...
  3. Susan- Thank you for the info about P. Acnes. I...

    Susan- Thank you for the info about P. Acnes. I was not aware that the bacteria would interfere with osteoblastic activity. Since some of my hardware remains, I would assume so does the P. Acnes and...
  4. It was pretty much process of elimination....

    It was pretty much process of elimination. Everything else was normal so my Dr. suspected a P. Acnes infection which is becoming more and more of a problem with implanted hardware. It lives in a...
  5. Melissa- Its proximal junctional kyphosis.

    Melissa- Its proximal junctional kyphosis.
  6. Pam- No I did not have the hardware replaced. Dr....

    Pam- No I did not have the hardware replaced. Dr. Boachie said all the fusions were solid, but did warn that the first several months I would be at risk for fracture as I needed to produce more bone...
  7. You Are Not Alone!

    Pam,
    I have not posted for a long time because I have felt as you do-people paint a rosy picture of surgery and life after. I am sorry I ever found the forum because it really convinced me to go...
  8. Sticky: I am VERY sorry I had this surgery!

    Today is my 2 year post-op anniversary date. I am fused from T3-S1 with pelvic anchors. I had it done at HSS in NYC, and Dr. Boachie was my surgeon. I had the following complications: Paralytic...
  9. I am now 19 months post-op, and still have the...

    I am now 19 months post-op, and still have the tightness and pressure in my back all of the time. It also wraps around to my chest wall on one side. I have tried PT, aquatic therapy, massage,...
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    Welcome Cornerthree

    Thank you for your post. I can empathize with everything you feel, as I feel the same way. Although I am only 18 months post op, I have regretted having this surgery for almost every day of those 18...
  11. Thread: Bone scan

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    Hi Bluestone

    Did you have your scan yet? What information do they hope to get from the scan that couldn't be gotten from X-ray or CT scan? Good Luck, and keep us posted. Lori
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    I hear you. You pretty much described my...

    I hear you. You pretty much described my feelings, and how a typical day progresses. I am trying to be patient, and stay positive, but it gets tiring. I did recently start acupuncture, and am hoping...
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    Hi Bluestone,

    I have been waiting to hear the outcome of your appointment. I am very glad to hear your surgeon took your concerns seriously. I am now 1 yr, 5mos post op, and still have the same problem. I get up...
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    Fatima, I am 15 months post op, and like...

    Fatima,
    I am 15 months post op, and like bluestone, have constant discomfort. It starts in the morning with pressure/pulling in my back, and progresses to burning, pinching, and EXTREME tightness,...
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    Yes, thank you. It gives me hope also. When you...

    Yes, thank you. It gives me hope also. When you say you felt the hardware, can you describe how it felt? Thanks!
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    Bluestone- I am sorry to hear your problem has...

    Bluestone- I am sorry to hear your problem has not resolved. I am now 14 mos. post op and still have the same symptoms as you do. Did your surgeon say hardware removal would definately fix the...
  17. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Hi, Dr. Boachie told me hardware removal would...

    Hi,
    Dr. Boachie told me hardware removal would be an approx 3 hr. surgery, with a 2-3 day hospital stay. I have heard other people on the forum say the recovery was much easier.
    Evelyn-...
  18. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Bluestone:

    I feel your frustration, I am right there with you. I had my 1 yr. post-op visit with Dr. Boachie on June 7th, and asked him about my continued tightness/pressure and nerve pain. He had no answers...
  19. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Bluestone, I am really happy to hear you are...

    Bluestone,
    I am really happy to hear you are feeling some relief. I still have the constant tightness/pressure. I was taking 300mg of gabapentin for a while, and it seemed to help initially, then...
  20. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Bluestone- I really can identify with what you...

    Bluestone- I really can identify with what you said about the tightness controlling what you do on a daily basis. I feel the same way. Please let us know what your surgeon says.

    Irene- I am glad...
  21. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Marina- That is terrific that you are feeling so...

    Marina- That is terrific that you are feeling so much better! I am trying to do regular weight lifting too now, but my tolerance is pretty low. What size weights are you using?

    Donna- I stopped...
  22. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Hi to all my fellow "Bear Trap" sufferers

    I just wanted to check in with everyone, and see how you are doing with the tightness issue. Mine continues to be there constantly, in varying degrees. I have had a month of aquatic therapy now, and...
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    Hi Mary, I am fused T-3 to S1, and bought...

    Hi Mary,
    I am fused T-3 to S1, and bought a bunch of button down shirts prior to surgery, but never needed them. I was able to raise my arms right away. As far as bras, I have discovered the...
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    Hi Mariya, I can certainly empathize with...

    Hi Mariya,
    I can certainly empathize with you. I had all the same concerns, fears and frustration. But, my advise to you is to not rush in to the surgery, just to "get it over with". If you...
  25. Thread: The "Bear Claw"

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    Bluestone, I am sorry to hear you are having...

    Bluestone,
    I am sorry to hear you are having such a bad day. I know how discouraging that is.
    Yes, we put the month first, then the day. No wonder I was confused!
    It sounds like it could...
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