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  1. Thread: Just Checking In!

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    Just Checking In!

    Hi everyone,

    I have not been in this forum for such a long time...a few years. I had my spinal fusion almost 7 years ago and I have to say that I feel pretty great now!

    It was a rough road for...
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    Wow, I have not been on this forum for a long...

    Wow, I have not been on this forum for a long time, I guess that is a good thing?!

    It's been 2 years and 9 months since my surgery, fused T2-L3, and I would give myself a 7/10 as far as mobility...
  3. Thread: Had a great fall!

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    Oh wow, I had no idea others had this problem...

    Oh wow, I had no idea others had this problem with their center of gravity post-surgery. I am the same way - I haven't fallen - yet but I do trip easily or lose my balance. When I walk, often I can't...
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    Hi Bleumomma, I had my scoliosis surgery...

    Hi Bleumomma,

    I had my scoliosis surgery performed by Dr. Munish Gupta at the UCD Spine Center but I have heard good things about Dr. Kim. Will you be having the surgery at UCD? If so, you are in...
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    Thanks goodness for my car's backup camera! I...

    Thanks goodness for my car's backup camera! I cannot twist postop and I can't tell you how invaluable a backup camera can be.
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    Sticky: Date of surgery: 10/1/10 Age: 50 Surgeon: Dr...

    Date of surgery: 10/1/10
    Age: 50
    Surgeon: Dr Munish Gupta @ UC Davis Med Center
    Fused T2-L3 with thoracoplasty
    Days in hospital: 19
    Complications: Pleural effusion, anemia, frozen shoulder

    It...
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    Great news Marina. It's nice to read positive...

    Great news Marina. It's nice to read positive outcomes from this surgery, especially so soon!
  8. Thread: Medications

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    Norco and Vicodin both contain acetaminophen. ...

    Norco and Vicodin both contain acetaminophen.

    I would see what the PA suggests for your pain. I hope you find something to help as the pain can be exhausting as you're trying to recover and...
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    Great video and story! I knew that she had back...

    Great video and story! I knew that she had back surgery some years back but I wasn't aware that she had rods placed. Very inspirational...and great song! Thanks for sharing.
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    Hi Katie, I know that we go through a lot of...

    Hi Katie,

    I know that we go through a lot of ups and downs with our recovery, but maybe you should see your primary care physician and get a regular check-up, have your blood checked, etc. Are you...
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    One year + 2 day anniversary!

    I can't believe it but I have now joined the "One Year Anniversary Club" and it feels great! Actually my one year anniversary was 2 days ago but I didn't get a chance to post on that day.

    I feel...
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    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and the fact...

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and the fact that you are doing and feeling so well! Hope you celebrate!
  13. Thread: One year postop

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    You sound great Junosand. Thanks for updating us...

    You sound great Junosand. Thanks for updating us on your recovery especially by commenting on your balance problem. I've been having this too, as others here have commented, and thank goodness it's...
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    So sorry to hear about your latest setback,...

    So sorry to hear about your latest setback, Melissa. You have a lot of support here. We are all wishing the best for you! Hope the Medrol kicks in soon.
  15. Hi Kim, I just found your thread and was...

    Hi Kim,

    I just found your thread and was thrilled to see that your daughter will be "fixed" by Dr Gupta. He was my surgeon and he and his staff were absolutely wonderful. He has a very calm...
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    Melissa, I hope that you will be feeling well...

    Melissa, I hope that you will be feeling well enough to go home any day now. You sure have been through a lot the past year.

    I wanted to ask you about your cervical fusion. You mentioned in...
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    Wow, if I knew for sure that the IRS would...

    Wow, if I knew for sure that the IRS would consider my new car a necessary medical expense, I would be elated! That sure would be a nice perk after having this surgery. Any tax experts on the forum?
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    It is so easy to be fooled into thinking you're...

    It is so easy to be fooled into thinking you're feeling well enough to do more than you should be. Please take it easy. Let your poor body mend. Do some short walks and eat lots of protein! Before...
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    Wow, you must be so pleased with the results!...

    Wow, you must be so pleased with the results! Take care and take your time with the recovery.

    I know what you mean about having to make the pricey purchase of another car after this kind of...
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    Be careful of scratching that itch!

    I made the mistake a few days ago of scratching an "itch" on my back...on an area that is still numb from the surgery. I could have sworn that there was a mosquito bite or something and I was...
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    Kara, Glad to see that you are doing well. The...

    Kara,

    Glad to see that you are doing well. The 2 of us are successful Dr Gupta patients!
  22. I recall having that same muscle tightening...

    I recall having that same muscle tightening feeling in my thoracic area as well...not pain, just a tight feeling. I still have it once in a while but it's not as tight. Also I was restricted from...
  23. Thread: Bumpy Recovery

    by lray
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    Lori, So sorry that you are going through this....

    Lori,
    So sorry that you are going through this. There are so many complications that can occur from this surgery. Hope you get better soon.
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    Congratulations Lisa on your anniversary and...

    Congratulations Lisa on your anniversary and wonderful recovery!
  25. Thread: chest tube

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    I, too, had a chest tube placed after my fusion....

    I, too, had a chest tube placed after my fusion. I suffered a hemothorax as well due to my thoracoplasty. I had mine placed at the bedside and it was simply awful. I then had it removed (not...
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