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    Thanks everyone! I'm due any day now & have to...

    Thanks everyone! I'm due any day now & have to bring my x rays & operative notes to the hospital, but most likely can't have a spinal or an epidural. If both girls are head down, I will try to...
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    Pregnancy questions!

    Hi,
    I'm 16 weeks pregnant with twins & remember being told by my surgeon that I probably wouldn't be able to get a spinal or epidural since I'm fused to my sacrum. Did anyone find a way around this...
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    Hi, I'm over 3 years post op and still get...

    Hi,
    I'm over 3 years post op and still get lower back pain every few months. I was told it's just major muscle spasms. I was tired of taking pain killers & muscle relaxers, so I found great...
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    Wow.....now I think I'm more confused:confused: ...

    Wow.....now I think I'm more confused:confused: Thanks so much everyone! My dentist said no & my surgeon also said since I'm 3 years post-op it isn't necessary. However, if it makes me feel better...
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    Hi, My surgeon told me straight out that if I...

    Hi,
    My surgeon told me straight out that if I didn't fuse to S1 I would most certainly be back for more surgery. Considering I didn't want to do that I went for the long fusion in hopes that I...
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    Antibiotics before dental treatment???

    Hi All,
    How long do I have to continue to take antibiotics before dental work? Is this a lifelong thing? What have your surgeons said? Is it because of risk of infection?
    thanks!
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    Does anyone Own a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe?

    Hi All,
    Sorry to post this on here, but I know the site has a huge audience. In the past week my brakes on our '08 Santa Fe have failed TWICE. The service center says they can't find anything...
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    before & after pics

    Hopefully I did this right. Pretty amazing what surgeons can do!
  9. Thread: pics

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    pics

    Hi All,
    How do I post pics???? I went to pictures & albums, but it is denying me access.
    help!
    thanks,
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    I had both & my anterior scar is NOTHING like the...

    I had both & my anterior scar is NOTHING like the posterior one. Maybe two inches.
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    Ohh that brings back bad memories.......I used to...

    Ohh that brings back bad memories.......I used to have to brace myself each time I felt a sneeze coming on & I would try not to cough or laugh too hard! It eventually gets better, so hang in there.
  12. Thread: surgery photos

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    Oh those bring back memories. Best wishes for a...

    Oh those bring back memories. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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    Suzy, What were the few things NOT to do that u...

    Suzy,
    What were the few things NOT to do that u mentioned???
  14. I'm curious too! How can I strengthen the...

    I'm curious too! How can I strengthen the muscles surrounding the hardware or my core when I have rods going from top to bottom???? I go to the gym 3-4 times a week and just when I think I can do...
  15. Thread: Kind of bummed

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    I'm with you Chris! Just when I think I'm in the...

    I'm with you Chris! Just when I think I'm in the clear......BOOM muscle spasms hit me around my fusion. Does anyone know if there is anyway to strengthen these muscles surrounded by metal or do I...
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    I'm sorry to hear that and hope you feel better...

    I'm sorry to hear that and hope you feel better soon. The only advice I can give is what I just had done for lower back pain, but I'm 3 years post op. A couple of doctors said it's a strained...
  17. Thread: MAJOR milestone

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    Congratulations! I'm very jealous. Maybe I'm...

    Congratulations! I'm very jealous. Maybe I'm just not trying hard enough. I just can't seem to get the right angle or position to cut/paint toenails or tie my sneakers. I still tie them first &...
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    Thanks Suzy

    Thanks Suzy
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    Hi, It really depends how much of your spine you...

    Hi,
    It really depends how much of your spine you have to have fused & how bad your curves are. Every patient is different also.
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    I would get another opinion or two and make...

    I would get another opinion or two and make surgery a last resort. I was under "watch" for 3 years & knew that my curve was progressing 2 degrees every year. My surgeon told me that I might still...
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    Thanks everyone! I've been on muscle relaxers...

    Thanks everyone! I've been on muscle relaxers and they seem to help. I exercise 4 times a week and hope to go back to the pilates reformer classes soon.....that was the best, but it costs some...
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    3 years post op with major muscle spasms

    Hi,
    I've been perfectly pain free up until 4 months ago. Has anyone else experienced major muscle spasms surrounding your hardware?? My surgeon took an x -ray & said everything is intact with...
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    PLEASE wear your brace so you don't ever have to...

    PLEASE wear your brace so you don't ever have to make the decision to have this major surgery. I wish my parents and relatives would've forced me to wear mine 20 years ago, but I screamed & cried . ...
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    I think it took over a month for me. It was...

    I think it took over a month for me. It was waiting for the swelling to go down.
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    I'm 3 years post op & am also wondering how...

    I'm 3 years post op & am also wondering how people are doing. Just recently within the past 4 months I've been getting major muscle spasms from my lower back up the left side of my spine. I was...
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