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  1. We are all different, but I didn't have any PT...

    We are all different, but I didn't have any PT until after 6 months. Until then, the doc recommended that I walk 2+ miles a day and avoid twisting or lifting.

    After 6 months I started PT. I...
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    I had trouble with GERD before surgery and...

    I had trouble with GERD before surgery and regularly took a prescription anacid. I also had trouble with an irregular heartbeat -- not MVP as originally diagnosed, but irregular. My surgeon said...
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    I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. I hope...

    I'm so sorry to hear about your pain. I hope your surgeon can get to the bottom of it. I'll be looking forward to getting the update after you see him.
    Rest as best you can until then.

    Sheri
  4. Thread: Walking

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    Lynnette, Like others I was pacing around the...

    Lynnette,

    Like others I was pacing around the house as soon as I got home and walking outside as soon as the weather allowed. I walked 3 times a day, slowly and carefully, and just tried to keep...
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    Hi Rita, Glad to hear you are doing so well. ...

    Hi Rita,

    Glad to hear you are doing so well. I am older than you and I think that makes some difference. Also, my workplace gave me the full 12 weeks required in the Family Leave Act for things...
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    Questions about a loose screw

    At my 6-month checkup my doctor mentioned that I had a loose screw (no, not a "screw loose", but a lumbar pedical screw that was loose :) ). He said it was on my lower left side and that it was not...
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    Dianeh -- Thanks for posting your story. I...

    Dianeh --
    Thanks for posting your story. I have had a relatively easy recovery -- no real complications. Sometimes if seems slow, uncomfortable and a lot of work. Your story helps put my little...
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    Thanks for the support. This forum is just the...

    Thanks for the support. This forum is just the best place.

    Lisa My doc is Terry Trammel. Hes with Ortho Indy and I think both he and his PA, Diane, are great.

    Julie -- Im glad to hear...
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    Sheri's report at 9 months

    It's been 9 months. I thought I'd share my experience, especially for other women in my age group because we tend to heal slowly.

    At the 6 month checkup I was told the pain I was feeling in my...
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    preparing your body for surgery

    Welcome to the forum. It's a great place for information and support.

    I'm sorry you have so many stressors in your life right now and hope you will find some relief soon.

    You asked about...
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    Congratulations on being home and able to post! ...

    Congratulations on being home and able to post! It's great to hear that you are doing so well. The first 2-3 weeks are the most challenging.
    Keep up the good work.
    Sheri
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    There are so many innovations. It's wonderful...

    There are so many innovations. It's wonderful how many advances there have been in recent years.


    Do you have any idea how long Dr. Arnand had been using these new techniques? Knowing how...
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    Congratulations on getting to the almost year...

    Congratulations on getting to the almost year mark ! Sounds like you are doing very well.

    I'm interested in your possible tilt above the fusion. Are you doing any stretches or exercises? I'm...
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    Congrats Ed !

    Congratulations on reaching the 2-year milestone and for the great health that you are enjoying.

    I just had to add to the list of well-wishers. I have nothing to add that hasn't already been...
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    Best of luck with your surgery. You are in good...

    Best of luck with your surgery. You are in good hands.
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    Jimbo -- Like everyone else I'm looking...

    Jimbo --

    Like everyone else I'm looking forward to hearing how you are doing.

    Sheri
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    About a week or so post-op I started getting...

    About a week or so post-op I started getting breathless for no apparent reason. I had the inspirometer from the hospital. I noticed that I could not breathe as deeply as I had done while in the...
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    Thanks to one and all for the responses and...

    Thanks to one and all for the responses and encouragement.

    Anne- don't be scared. It doesn't take 18 months before you can be up and around. The doc just said that recent information shows...
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    18 months is the new 12 months

    I had my 6 month checkup Wednesday. Mostly good news. Progress is good and there is a lot of evidence of fusion taking place.

    What surprised me a bit is that the doctor said in the last few...
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    Rich, Just a guess, but it might be that your...

    Rich,

    Just a guess, but it might be that your muscles are weak and you need to get some exercises to help. Are you walking a lot? That helps me.

    Like a couple other people mentioned, I found...
  21. Thread: osteopenia

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    Sorry to hear you have osteopenia at your age. ...

    Sorry to hear you have osteopenia at your age. It is rather unusual for someone to develop it in her 20's. I strongly recommend that you follow up with your family doctor to address it because it...
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    Glad you are doing so well in general. I wanted...

    Glad you are doing so well in general. I wanted to add to the advice about constipation. The surgery and the pain meds aren't the only thing that cause it. The iron pills you are taking are...
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    I had lost almost 2 inches before I finally had...

    I had lost almost 2 inches before I finally had the surgery. After the surgery I gained back 1.5 inches and I'm pretty happy with that.

    Like several others, the biggest change I have noticed is...
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    I just got on the forum after a week or so of...

    I just got on the forum after a week or so of vacation and realized that today is the day for your surgery. Since your last post about waking with a terribly sor throat was very early this AM and it...
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    Hi Hamlette, Welcome to the forum. I'm glad...

    Hi Hamlette,

    Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you are feeling so well. I agree with the others that it is best to take it pretty easy for the first few months.

    I'm a lot older than you are...
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