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    The story was from the most recent surgery. There...

    The story was from the most recent surgery. There was a "mean" nurse with my old surgeon's practice, but she was never physically mean, just kind of a controlling person who wouldn't listen to...
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    mabeckoff- geez! Sounds like the last couple of...

    mabeckoff-
    geez! Sounds like the last couple of days have been frustrating! How are you doing today? Did the fibro specialist help you out at all?
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    Sorry all, wasn't ignoring anyone! I had family...

    Sorry all, wasn't ignoring anyone! I had family here until this morning!

    I honestly loved Dr T. He was amazing. It could be that I had an extremely bad experience with my previous surgeon, so the...
  4. Just to chime in here: I was told not to sit in...

    Just to chime in here: I was told not to sit in the tub for 6 months for the first two fusion attempts. But my hot tub was cleared 6 weeks post op this time. It helped a LOT. Honestly the jets were...
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    I was there for only 5 days, which seemed REALLY...

    I was there for only 5 days, which seemed REALLY short, and to be honest I felt like maybe I should have stayed longer. I don't believe Dr T is new, but I am not sure when he started there. I've seen...
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    yay!! So glad to hear that!

    yay!! So glad to hear that!
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    sent you a message back :)

    sent you a message back :)
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    leahdragonfly- I've had pops that meant that...

    leahdragonfly-
    I've had pops that meant that rods were broken, and some that felt like they broke and nothing was...even had a missed broken rod on an xray, but with both the surgeon has been...
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    Thanks all! I am pretty excited about it :) ...

    Thanks all! I am pretty excited about it :)

    rohrer01- I LOVED my surgeon (Dr Transfeldt), but to be honest, the hospital stay was the worst one I have ever had. The nurses were mean, uncaring, and...
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    Finally Fused

    Hi all,
    Its been a while. Life got really chaotic and I have spent the last several months trying to just "get fused" and deal with life in general.
    In any case, I went back and saw my surgeon...
  11. unfortunately, I wore mine after my first...

    unfortunately, I wore mine after my first revision for 6 months post op, 4 hours a day, and still didn't fuse. :(
    I hope you have better luck!

    Mine never caused any pain, but something about it...
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    haha, Ed, I so know what you mean about the cat...

    haha, Ed, I so know what you mean about the cat walk walk. That is a pretty accurate description I'd say.

    Surgery went well, the hospital stay was pretty awful, but recovery is going well. :)
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    Whenever I do too much I get the same issue,...

    Whenever I do too much I get the same issue, always have post-op. I found that PT strengthening of the upper body helped a bit, but when I am extra tired (even several months out) it still happens to...
  14. glad nothing is broken :) I hope the wonky screw...

    glad nothing is broken :) I hope the wonky screw is nothing much, and I hope they can figure out why you are hurting!

    Its a little disturbing about the doctor not having seen a fusion xray before!...
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    I wore a brace for the first three months both...

    I wore a brace for the first three months both times, and still have yet to bend beyond 90 degrees except when I am asked to by the surgeons. Sometimes the rods break no matter what you do. I have...
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    How was your CT? Did it show any fusion at the...

    How was your CT? Did it show any fusion at the levels of the breakage?
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    My first set of broken rods were titanium, the...

    My first set of broken rods were titanium, the second set were vitallium. The new set that is going in is some other kind...which I have currently forgotten the name of, its a cobalt alloy
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    I have broken rods, but am definitely not without...

    I have broken rods, but am definitely not without pain! Did the other side go with the loud pop? Usually with one its just a matter of time before the other side breaks. I hope they can get you back...
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    I would check with the doctor to make sure... ...

    I would check with the doctor to make sure...


    But HOLY COW! I am so happy for you!!!! I was really hoping that you would have a fantastic outcome :)
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    Linda explained it very well. Eventually the rods...

    Linda explained it very well. Eventually the rods just take so much stress from an un-fused area that they break. I was once told that basically the art of fusion is a race against time. One of two...
  21. Thread: Help?

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    No wonder you are tired! I can't even imagine...

    No wonder you are tired! I can't even imagine having that much on my plate right now.

    I can say that for a short time after my last revision surgery I had NO pain. NONE. So I believe that it can...
  22. Janet- How neat is that? I knew it would be a...

    Janet- How neat is that? I knew it would be a good day for it! Perhaps we can meet up again for coffee before the surgery, goodness knows its nice to get out sometimes!

    Elisa- They want to examine...
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    Changing colors???

    Hi All,
    I am posting this in the revision thread because I am assuming it has something to do with the broken rods.

    About a week ago I felt another one of those dreaded "rod breaking" pops, this...
  24. Hi All, I just got my surgery date! The...

    Hi All,
    I just got my surgery date! The co-surgeons were booked further out than we thought, so I have a little over a month wait, but I am ecstatic to have something to count down to.
    March 30th...
  25. I am fused to the sacrum, and also had...

    I am fused to the sacrum, and also had osteotomies. Granted, I am probably the last person that you would want to have reply to your thread with their experience. But, if I can help with any...
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