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  1. Mom of 3

    I had 3 beautiful little ones when I had my revision. I did end up with a longer stay in the hospital than anticipated. My mom stayed around for a week post-surgery, then my sister came down to...
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    Also, be careful about returning to work too...

    Also, be careful about returning to work too early. Once you are back at work you lose the option of the disability insurance. So, if you go back and find you can't handle it...your life could...
  3. Life will never be the same but you will find...

    Life will never be the same but you will find your new life eventually. I'm over 2 years post-op now and am finally coming to grips to what my "new life" is and will look like. Hang in there! It...
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    Mine is on the side...actually I was surprised...

    Mine is on the side...actually I was surprised that I had both incisions when I awoke! Total surgeon call. I do have pain and cannot sleep on my left side for more than a few minutes at a time...I...
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    I have adjusted to my "new" life. I still don't...

    I have adjusted to my "new" life. I still don't have feeling on my left side and am pretty awkward (compared to my "norm" he he) with a stiff neck...but I'm living life. I think, Janet, that we're...
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    Just thought I'd say "hi"

    Just thought I'd say "hi" to all of you that have helped me through the last few years. I wonder how y'all are doing and hope that life is treating all my friends well. I haven't been on-line for...
  7. Thanks Kristy, Sarah, and Jennifer, I truly...

    Thanks Kristy, Sarah, and Jennifer,

    I truly don't mean to be a downer but sometimes the revisions don't work as planned. At this point, I really don't have the strength (emotionally, physically,...
  8. Should you have a revision surgery or not?

    Just some thoughts re: my experience with revision and for those who are contemplating a revision surgery. I had a revision surgery done about a year and a half ago (by someone considered the top in...
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    Good luck! I know what a difficult decision it...

    Good luck! I know what a difficult decision it is to make having been in your place just about 9 months ago...best of luck!
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    Everyone's posts are very concerning to me. I...

    Everyone's posts are very concerning to me. I NEVER had upper back pain until this last surgery. Is this upper back pain caused by the new dual rod system? I did NOT experience this with my...
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    I'm a bit frustrated and tired. I didn't...

    I'm a bit frustrated and tired. I didn't anticipate this 9 months post-op. I think I need to try to focus on family and work for a while and see if I can manage. I just can't traipse to more...
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    Yep...it wasn't what I anticipated. More of a...

    Yep...it wasn't what I anticipated. More of a psych consult than pain mgmt. Suggested I join a pain mgmt support group in the summer...we'll see. So, for now I learn to deal on my own.
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    Wouldn't it be nice if there was actually a CURE!...

    Wouldn't it be nice if there was actually a CURE! I'm glad the injections help you...I'm TERRIFIED to have needles in my back (silly I know after all I've been through)...does it hurt a ton? It'll...
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    Dr. just told me to gain weight but didn't have...

    Dr. just told me to gain weight but didn't have any other insights. (The rods are protruding quite a bit - gross) As he said, there's not much that can be done at this point short of going in for...
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    The upper back is what worries me most...I can...

    The upper back is what worries me most...I can feel the rods and it totally grosses me out. Lower back has hurt for years...not that i like it but at least I'm "used" to the pain of the lower back. ...
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    Interesting posts. I see a pain mgmt doctor (my...

    Interesting posts. I see a pain mgmt doctor (my first ever) on Tuesday. This gives me some idea what to expect. The surgery last April was not in my mind successful - I had the Harrington rod a...
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    I've got the same "bump". I sent you a P.M.

    I've got the same "bump". I sent you a P.M.
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    Jennifer- Surgeon didn't do any tests...said...

    Jennifer-
    Surgeon didn't do any tests...said there wasn't much point as there was nothing that could be done at this point. The x-rays didn't show anything and he didn't want me to do a CT or MRI. ...
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    Naw...I tried to avoid the board for a while to...

    Naw...I tried to avoid the board for a while to get my mind off the back. I went back to work for a while then ended up regressing to the point I had to be off again...now I'm back for a second go...
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    Yep...I go from being annoyed to laughing it off....

    Yep...I go from being annoyed to laughing it off. My kids think it's hilarious because I'll forget about their chores (he he)...so there's always a silver lining (for others anyway)
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    I'm from WI...and yepper...have the same fears. ...

    I'm from WI...and yepper...have the same fears. Today was absolutely treacherous in my work parking lot. I just applied this afternoon for a temporary one...can't afford messing this surgery up any...
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    Ahhh...summer...the sea...I'm so there! Winter...

    Ahhh...summer...the sea...I'm so there! Winter and the snow are headin' my way...brrrr.
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    yep...I'm a midwesterner...and I can tell you...

    yep...I'm a midwesterner...and I can tell you anytime a storm is coming...I should say COLD storm. Thank God for car seat heaters! They are a MUST for me in the winter...amazing how much they help!...
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    I see my surgeon next week. To this point he has...

    I see my surgeon next week. To this point he has not said anything about the pain other than he wants me off pain meds and it was a hard surgery...so we'll see next week.

    I had the surgery...
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    Jess- Interesting reading your posts. I swear...

    Jess-
    Interesting reading your posts. I swear I've never known about all the pain mgmt options available...although I think my curve was at a point where I had to do something surgically. I just...
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