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    Sticky: To celebrate my surgery being over, and my...

    To celebrate my surgery being over, and my graduation from an MA program, in May, the month before my surgery, my husband and I went to Hawaii. One highlight of that was a trip to the summit of...
  2. I spent my seven month anniversary at Mauna Kea,...

    I spent my seven month anniversary at Mauna Kea, the volcano on Hawaii. The whole trip was a bit of a victory lap for me. I finished an MA in speech language pathology in May last year, and then had...
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    What to do with a used orthofix?

    I'm almost 6 months post-op now, and doing very well. For the first three months or so, my doctor had me use an Orthofix bone stimulator like this one:...
  4. Thread: Surgery or not

    by paula
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    I'm 4.5 months out, and other than being tired,...

    I'm 4.5 months out, and other than being tired, I'm much better than before the surgery. The only advice I have is a repeat of what others have said-interview several surgeons and research their...
  5. Thread: Exhaustion

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    Anemia?

    I came here today to ask about exhaustion. I'm working 2 mornings a week teaching ESL at a local university. I'm 4.5 months postoperative. I've been really tired the last two weeks again, after a...
  6. I was in the hospital for 8 days. My surgery was...

    I was in the hospital for 8 days. My surgery was in two stages. I was moved to a rehab hospital for 4 more days. I'd really recommend going to a rehab place if you can. They did a great deal more to...
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    There are only a couple of things I'd add to the...

    There are only a couple of things I'd add to the above. I had my mom here for 3 weeks after I came home. She's 77, so not real spry, but having company was very nice. She really felt better too. She...
  8. Thread: the big day!

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    Best wishes from me too! I'm very happy with the...

    Best wishes from me too! I'm very happy with the results of my surgery, and although it's a big step, I'm glad I took it.

    My son lives in Montreal, and is a student at University of Montreal. He...
  9. Thread: Taller?

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    I had my surgery June 7 & 9, and I'm two inches...

    I had my surgery June 7 & 9, and I'm two inches taller-- back to the height I was in high school. I also lost around 8 pounds, and that's just fine. I'd still like to lose at least another ten. I...
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    I'm actually doing a fair amount better than I...

    I'm actually doing a fair amount better than I was when I wrote that post. The knee and arm tightness is almost one, and I've been about three days without the pain meds. I still have the low back...
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    My husband's cooked some for us, my mom came and...

    My husband's cooked some for us, my mom came and helped for awhile, and we've relied on Dream Dinners. I had gone in and prepared some ahead of time, and our local franchise will assemble them for...
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    I actually started anxiety meds for the...

    I actually started anxiety meds for the operation, and I'm going to wean off them now. I took Celexa and Wellbutrin. My doctor was not concerned about them at all, and I'm doing very well. I really...
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    Pain Meds

    I had my surgery on June 7, and I just recently quit taking pain meds. However, I had been taking only one or two Norphens a day for the last 6 weeks or so. I found that they didn't make me mentally...
  14. Thread: Bumpy Recovery

    by paula
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    Lori, I'm so sorry to hear about your...

    Lori, I'm so sorry to hear about your complications here-- just wanted to comment that you and I had surgery the same day, so I guess we're kind of surgical twins. I was at UC San Diego and had mine...
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    Leg and arm pain?

    I'm almost three months past my surgery and feeling fairly well, in most ways. A couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd be off my Norphen totally in just a bit. I've only been taking one or two a day...
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    I haven't got time to read the whole thread, but...

    I haven't got time to read the whole thread, but one of the best things I did before surgery was finding a psychologist and discussing my fears with her. Oddly enough, she turned out to have a...
  17. I had excellent rehab care at Scripps in...

    I had excellent rehab care at Scripps in Encinitas, just a few miles from my home. I had my surgery at UC San Diego hospital, about 30 miles from home, so it was really great when I got transferred...
  18. I just thought of two other things: These shoes...

    I just thought of two other things:
    These shoes are almost house slippers. They have warm fuzzy insides, and they slip on with no difficulty, and they have a good stable sole:...
  19. I just returned from my two month post op...

    I just returned from my two month post op appointment today, and am doing very well. It's such a great feeling to be over the surgery, after dreading it for a long time. It went well, and although it...
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    Thanks Linda, As you probably know, it's getting...

    Thanks Linda, As you probably know, it's getting harder to remember as I get feeling better, but I'll have to work on it some more. I really don't want to mess this up.
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    How do you define "bending"?

    I'm 6 weeks post surgery and I've been very very careful to follow instructions. But I'm wondering today how you exactly define bending. Seems obvious I guess, but I'm wondering how far down it's...
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    My surgeon recommended a bone growth stimulator,...

    My surgeon recommended a bone growth stimulator, beginning two weeks after the surgery. Here's the one that I have:http://www.orthofix.com/patients/bio_spinal_stim.asp

    Here are details of how it...
  23. I haven't had that same problem, but I did find...

    I haven't had that same problem, but I did find that my Kindle is much easier to hold up than a book. I've been using it a lot since my surgery in June. The main benefit for me is that it's so light....
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    Looks like you have to click on the link to see...

    Looks like you have to click on the link to see the photo. I still haven't figured the attachments out here.
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    I don't know how to solve your log out problem,...

    I don't know how to solve your log out problem, but as far as the wiping goes, yes you can manage it. I am only 5.5 weeks post surgery, and I'm not allowed to bend, lift or twist yet, and it's still...
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