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    how is your balance?

    Hi Ed,

    That is pretty cool, it looks so beautiful where you are in the photo. Very tropical looking. I wonder how your balance feels up on the horse? I am not a rider, but I got on a mountain...
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    Hi Fifa (Rhonda), Have you tried Miralax? It...

    Hi Fifa (Rhonda),

    Have you tried Miralax? It doesn't produce the liquid effect that Milk of Mag produces. I stayed on it for awhile once I was off pain meds and it was just right.

    It sounds...
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    Hi there, will your fusion be T4-S1? Many...

    Hi there,

    will your fusion be T4-S1? Many here have that fusion and can speak to how they feel after. I wore a brace in jr high, and found that more restrictive than my T8-sacrum because the...
  4. I want to second what green m&m said about...

    I want to second what green m&m said about getting your post-op pain meds filled---I had surgery at a large university hospital 2 hours from our house. My husband was turned away by the Safeway...
  5. Hi there, those are great questions to ask...

    Hi there,

    those are great questions to ask about pain control. It is frequently helpful to have a family member or friend who can advocate for you when it comes to pain control.

    I am...
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    Hi Jess, Have you ever tried TENS? ...

    Hi Jess,

    Have you ever tried TENS? (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). Some PT's use it as an adjunct to very tight or spasmed muscles. My insurance bought me a TENS unit several...
  7. Thread: Update

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    Hi Kara, I'm glad you had a nice Christmas,...

    Hi Kara,

    I'm glad you had a nice Christmas, and that your recovery is going well. One month down in the wheelchair, hopefully 2 more to go then you'll be on your way! It must be nice to get out...
  8. Linda, I am fused T8-sacrum and can wipe from...

    Linda,

    I am fused T8-sacrum and can wipe from the back without any aids. I think a lot depends on shoulder flexibility.

    I agree with Melissa that there a lot of things and movements I can do...
  9. It's really difficult to evaluate this info...

    It's really difficult to evaluate this info without reading the whole publication…But, I have to note, in the description the authors state the subject curves ranged from 6 degrees to 120 degrees. ...
  10. Dear Sarah, That is wonderful to hear, and I...

    Dear Sarah,

    That is wonderful to hear, and I am so glad everything worked out well with the delivery of your daughter! I thought about you and wondered how everything went, but I know how busy it...
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    Hi Jess, I am really sorry to hear how baby...

    Hi Jess,

    I am really sorry to hear how baby Sparky is struggling right now…have you tried melting butter into chicken broth or beef broth? Maybe that will entice him.

    I hope he is a bit better...
  12. Hi, This question is frequently asked and...

    Hi,

    This question is frequently asked and everyone is different in what they need. The usual advice from Linda is to wait until after surgery and see what you need. I wouldn't worry one little...
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    Hi, One comment made me pause…your surgeon...

    Hi,

    One comment made me pause…your surgeon said you "should" have enough less that pain that you should be able to stand up straighter…If you have bad enough flatback you need a PSO so that you...
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    Hi Maria, That sounds very promising. Do you...

    Hi Maria,

    That sounds very promising. Do you know what they do to the area that had discectomies? Probably can't just leave them without a disc??? or it would seem likely to cause pain. Or...
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    I think feeling cold all the time is pretty...

    I think feeling cold all the time is pretty common. Many have mentioned it here. Do you have any fevers?

    I remember having sweats when I was weaning down my oxycodone doses.

    How are you...
  16. I flew to SF and back last spring…first time...

    I flew to SF and back last spring…first time since surgery. I set off the alarm in the phone-booth type scanner, and they briefly patted down my back. I offered to show my scar and they were quick...
  17. I tried this also, but didn't measure like Irina...

    I tried this also, but didn't measure like Irina did. If I'm sitting in a chair at my regular-height dining room table, I can raise my knee several inches above the top of the table. If I hold on...
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    Dear Fifa, I don't think your emotional state...

    Dear Fifa,

    I don't think your emotional state is out of the ordinary at all this early in recovery! I agree the drugs can mess with your head and moods a lot, which doesn't help things. Right...
  19. Moreno, I don't get it. How does my 12 y/o with...

    Moreno, I don't get it. How does my 12 y/o with an absolutely perfect bite and naturally, perfectly straight teeth suffer scoliosis, if you are proposing it all comes from the teeth being...
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    recovery with little kids at home

    Hi there,

    I had surgery 4 years ago at age 42, and my kids were 5 and 8 at the time. It is definitely more difficult with little kids, because you will not feel very good for …several weeks… at...
  21. Thread: Update

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    Hi Kara, I thought of you yesterday, so I am...

    Hi Kara,

    I thought of you yesterday, so I am really happy to see your post first thing this AM. I am glad surgery went well and that you are not in pain! How does your back feel in the...
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    Hi Kara, Thinking of you as you head in to...

    Hi Kara,

    Thinking of you as you head in to foot surgery tomorrow. You are going to do great!
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    Hi Kara, Good luck with your foot surgery. ...

    Hi Kara,

    Good luck with your foot surgery. I'm glad it's finally going to get fixed so you can get on to the road to recovery.

    Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? Any plans?

    Take...
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    how are you?

    Dear Fifa,

    I hope you are feeling a bit better and that your digestive issues are improving. I hope you will post when you feel up to it. Right now it's survival mode, day by day. Soon you...
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    please go to your local ER

    Dear Fifa,

    I am so sorry this is happening to you…something similar happened to me after my first surgery…I was discharged with uncontrolled 9/10 pain and was barely able to drink fluids. I could...
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