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    Autograft

    Ed from what I have read they take autograft from your hip bone. But can also take bone from cadaver. Iím interested in this subject because I already have titanium hips. If you have donít have bone...
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    Disagree

    [QUOTE=LindaRacine;172242]Hi Rita...

    I thoroughly understand your frustration. It's awful to be in chronic pain. And, I get that you think that Dr. Gupta did something wrong. I'd like you to...
  3. Thread: Surgery

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    Dr Gupta

    Hi Rita, I am soo sorry to hear about your problems trying to get help & living with so much pain. I can definitely relate as my pain level is constant 8/10. I have my return appt w/ Dr G 1/15 to get...
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    Apologies

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    Ed-Ií sorry that I forgot about your earlier response to my thread re: lab work/blood. I have been so anxious/depressed about things that I overlooked the 3 websites you posted. Feel bad about...
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    Pretty Profound

    Nicely framed Ed.It is like closing your eyes & jumping off the highest cliff into the unknown -A leap of faith. I am 1 who not only remembers the Beatles but especially the White album- sure do miss...
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    Pre-Surgery Testing

    I am thinking it would be what you went through. Kinda of the standard work up. I was just going on what was in the book. Thanks for sharing.
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    Lab Work pre-surgery

    Tina yes I posted on this w/ no response- I had read in the Scoliosis book David Wilberís was that some docs require you to come in for lab work, etc 1 week? or day? before surgery. I was trying to...
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    Zanaflex/Tizanidine

    Presently my concern w/ trying to do a major decrease of Zanaflex is serious side effects. Just google patient reviews on it. FINALLY found 1medical article about this Med & researcher only found 2...
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    Titrating

    Since I have tried 4x to titration off muscle relaxer w/o success, am now titrating off 1 of insomnia meds - Iím well aware that the anesthesiologist will have concerns regarding muscle relaxer...
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    Good Question

    Yes I posted about this. From what I read about it appears that you have to get lab work, etc at least 1 day prior to surgery? So donít know if that can be arranged where I live or at Barnes Jewish...
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    Hi StandUp2Pain- Great name- I am facing my 1st surgery at age 63 & pain this year is 8/10 that has spiked to 9/10. So though I havenít been thru fusion surgery yet I expect to be early 2020. So what...
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    Forgot

    Ed Itís known that dolphins esp the wild 1s have an energy that benefits autism & children w/ development delays- I looked into the possibility a couple of months ago to go to Kona (before surgery)...
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    Happy Birthday!!!

    Thanks for the info-you know I almost started off my thread w/ ďyou have to be a Sagittarius..Ē because youíre so athletic & like to travel (long distances), etc. Yes Iím an Astrologer - now be nice...
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    So sorry

    Hi Jackie, I am so sorry youíve been thru hell -canít imagine going through what you have been through w/o pain Med - Really hope you get better soon Nancy
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    Were you crazy?

    Jesus Christ Ed - you must have had a death wish to do that type of skiing-ha ha- (sorry couldnít resist) I know you must miss those earlier years when you could ski - I miss dancing- not such a high...
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    Blood work?

    So anything specific they look for in blood work other than youí healthy? Which Iím not in the best shape.
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    Wonder what to expect for return appt

    I originally saw Dr Gupta 12/17. Now I have my return appt 1/15 ( out of state). If he agrees to approve me for surgery I think heíl want me to return later for blood work, labs, etc. Am I right...
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    Your Strength

    Ed , I really believe that youíre years of skiing & diving made you stronger than the average person. Takes very strong legs to Ski especially at the level you were doing. Plus you appear to have...
  19. Thread: 11 years out

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    PM inbox

    Linda I received email from the forum informing me my Inbox was full & stated I had option to ďarchiveĒ messages. I tried calling last week to obtain info on how to do this but could not get thru.
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    Thanks

    Tina I tried to send a PM but apparently my inbox is too full-donít know how to ďarchive ď ? But thanks for sending pic of Jewett brace -now know what folks are talking about.
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    Pt

    I was told by Dr Gupta to do PT to strengthen core etc. Canít really comment about curvature but over the years was told to do PT. This year it helped me to a certain level then pain continued...
  22. Thread: 11 years out

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    Brace?

    In the book on Scoliosis by a patient, I believe he talked about sometimes a doc will require you to wear a brace. To be fused probably at least mid-Thoracic to sacrum is it pretty common for you to...
  23. Thread: 11 years out

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    Wow!

    Kathy , you look amazing! I had to start using a cane April of this year due to severe sagittal imbalance (about 3 inches off on R leg) plus severe low back pain. I use to be a gym rat up until age...
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    Gabapentin/Neurontin

    I have been on Gabapentin aka Neurontin for about 11 years. It was prescribed after bi-lateral hip replacement. I donít recall if it helped in the early stages but now no relief. It was prescribed...
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    Stage?

    I donít understand term ďstageĒ -does that mean surgery is done on same day but at different times or next day? Of course Iím not going to be driving 🤨. Why canít you discuss having full fusion? I...
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