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    My brace was only as a reminder, too. For the...

    My brace was only as a reminder, too. For the first 6-weeks, I had it on anytime I was upright. I wore mine on the outside of my t-shirts. My surgery was June 24 so my initial recovery was in the...
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    I feel like if you need the cane for balance and...

    I feel like if you need the cane for balance and self confidence then you should still use it. But I guess that is for your surgeon and you to decide! If using the cane gives you the ability to "be...
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    Hi, Tina. I walk without a cane. I never needed...

    Hi, Tina. I walk without a cane. I never needed a cane after my surgery. I have hiked many times since my surgery - I don't do crazy things while hiking - I play it safe and say on trails and...
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    I am 58 years old and 3.5 years out from T-11 to...

    I am 58 years old and 3.5 years out from T-11 to sacrum correction. I am also doing great. I walk, do elliptical, ride a bike and use lights weights for weight training.
    1-year after my back...
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    Is it possible for you to do much movement while...

    Is it possible for you to do much movement while you are laying down? There are a number of exercises that a person can do while on your back for your upper body and core strength, as well as...
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    Hi, Rita. I am so sorry you are living in so...

    Hi, Rita. I am so sorry you are living in so much pain. I hope you can find some answers soon.

    I had my surgery 3 years ago at Twin Cities Spine Center. My surgeon was Dr. Joseph Perra. He...
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    Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3...

    Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3 years out and it is people like you that are an inspiration to me. I love your positive attitude and how you don't left the negative things in life get...
  8. LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking...

    LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking to you!!

    Jenson - I gained 2 inches after my surgery. I also have 5 Spacers in my lumbar region.

    Kathy
  9. Hi, Jenson. Good Luck on your upcoming...

    Hi, Jenson.

    Good Luck on your upcoming surgery! I am coming up on my 3-year anniversary for my surgery - I was similar age as you - I was 55.

    I will echo what others have said:

    I preferred...
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    2-year Post Op Check Up

    Last week I had my 2-year post op check up. Dr. Perra said everything looked good - my fusion looked solid and my hardware was all still in place - no changes from last year. We talked about how...
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    Hi, Ginger 2-years ago I was fused T11-Sacrum....

    Hi, Ginger

    2-years ago I was fused T11-Sacrum. At the time I was 55 years old. I have done well - being fused to the sacrum is an adjustment, but for me it seems to be OK. Having said that, I...
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    Hi, Burdle. I'm curious, when your doctors...

    Hi, Burdle.

    I'm curious, when your doctors tell you that fusion surgery is never done for pain - do they explain why? I had my surgery at age 55 - and it was all BECAUSE OF the pain. My curve...
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    Hi, Susan. I'm so glad that your major pain...

    Hi, Susan.

    I'm so glad that your major pain went away almost immediately. Let's hope that it stays that way for you! I live 5 hours from my surgeon, the rides home can be brutal. We drive a...
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    I hope reading our posts helped you. When I was...

    I hope reading our posts helped you. When I was preparing for my surgery, it was Susan Cook's posts that I kept reading. We had similar curves and were both in a similar age group. It does help to...
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    Hi, Misty! It is good to hear from you! I'm so...

    Hi, Misty! It is good to hear from you! I'm so happy that you are doing well, and I hope that your aches and pains are nothing serious, just part of the healing process.

    I will say, I felt...
  16. Hi, Sheryl. It sounds like you are doing quite...

    Hi, Sheryl. It sounds like you are doing quite well in your recovery! Congrats!!

    I am also fused from T10 - Sacrum. I also had anterior/posterior, but mine was done all in one surgery. My...
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    Hi, Optimist. I, like Ed, was a self employed...

    Hi, Optimist.

    I, like Ed, was a self employed business owner so I just adjusted my staff to cover my duties. 4 months after my surgery we sold our business so that took a lot of pressure of me. ...
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    Hi, Baroness. It's funny you mention a book -...

    Hi, Baroness. It's funny you mention a book - I've had that same idea but I'm not really a writer so I have a hard time getting started. You mentioned "dark moments." I had lots of those dark...
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    Hi, Jana! It is so good to hear from you! We...

    Hi, Jana! It is so good to hear from you! We had our surgeries just 10 days apart, and I remember us both posting during our early recovery time - swapping problems! It's good to know that you are...
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    Hi. I had A/P surgery June 2016 and I was very...

    Hi. I had A/P surgery June 2016 and I was very nervous about the abdominal incision. Much to my surprise, I had no pain, or very little pain, in my abdominal incision. Having said that, I was on...
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    Hi Chet. I have been wondering how you are doing....

    Hi Chet. I have been wondering how you are doing. I'm glad to see you are posting. I hope your recovery goes well. We all know it is a long road, but every day is a new day.
    Kathy
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    Hi, Susan. Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I...

    Hi, Susan.

    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I got over the childbirth thing real fast. For some crazy reason I had 4 kids in 5.5 years. That memory of pain must have faded real fast!!

    I think...
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    1-year post-surgery visit

    Hey, everybody.

    Last Saturday, June 24 was my 1-year anniversary! I had my post-surgery visit with Dr. Perra on June 22.

    He said my fusion looks solid, that my cages and all hardware are in...
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    I understand what Ed is saying, and agree. ...

    I understand what Ed is saying, and agree.

    Burdle - I also understand where you are coming from. When someone says something to me that really hits me in the heart and makes me feel like that...
  25. Hi, Ripley. I am fused T11 - Sacrum. I don't...

    Hi, Ripley.

    I am fused T11 - Sacrum. I don't know your age, but I was 55 at the time of my surgery 1-year ago. I stayed at my son's apartment for the first 6-weeks after my surgery, and he lived...
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