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    Ed - 1983 in Ohio public schools. I was...

    Ed - 1983 in Ohio public schools. I was mortified. Iím not sure it mattered in my case that they caught me, since I ended up needing the whole shabang at age 40 anyway.

    Linda - Love your...
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    Ed, Thanks for the tips! You are a champ. Can't...

    Ed, Thanks for the tips! You are a champ. Can't believe you are still out here constantly supporting the scoli community. You and Linda. Thank you!!!

    I think I had TLIFs. I guess I don't know what...
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    Yes Ed, I fall like a tree. Anyone else have this...

    Yes Ed, I fall like a tree. Anyone else have this problem? Ever since I was fused T4 - S1. I have no balance once I fall past a certain point. I have fallen and broken a wrist, fallen and broken an...
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    Hi Tiny, This was not my first CT. I had one...

    Hi Tiny, This was not my first CT. I had one probably one year post-op. That one indicated signs of fusion. The one I had recently also looks fused. Everyone (including me) thought I was fused until...
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    Hi Ed, I guess I am one of those people now....

    Hi Ed,

    I guess I am one of those people now. Broken rods at nearly 8 years post-op. My doctor believes I have nonunion at one or two levels. Apparently it took 7 years and 9 months of just slight...
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    Hello, Well, I got the results of the CT...

    Hello,

    Well, I got the results of the CT today. The doctor says he can see bone at the levels where the rods are broken. It's hard to tell whether it completely fused and then broke afterwards or...
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    Hi Linda, Thanks for your response. I always...

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your response. I always appreciate your input. You are a champ for continuing to be on top of the forum all this time!! Hope you are doing well.

    Iím glad to know you hear...
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    Hello and broken rods :( :(

    Hello friends,

    Sorry I have been MIA for quite a while. I was doing so well that I wasn't even thinking about my back. However, I recently found out I have three breaks in my rods!! :( :( :(
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    Baroness, How are you doing? Recovery coming...

    Baroness,

    How are you doing? Recovery coming along? How's the weaning? Shoulder pain? Other pain?

    Hope everything is going well. Give us an update. :)

    Evelyn
  10. Hi Leah, Evelyn here. This has been my problem...

    Hi Leah,

    Evelyn here. This has been my problem since T4-S1 surgery in 2012. Dr. Lenke did a CT of that area and did not find evidence of nonfusion. He said I could have the pelvic screws removed...
  11. Dr. Lenke leaving St. Louis and going to Columbia Presbyterian NYC

    Hi all,

    Hope everyone is doing well. I got a letter this morning that Dr. Lenke's last day at Washington University will be 6/17/15. He will begin work in New York in August. Thought I would pass...
  12. Pedicure - immediately! Just take a pillow with...

    Pedicure - immediately! Just take a pillow with you.

    Hair - immediately if you wash it in the shower and go with wet hair. It was at least six months and probably a year before I could comfortably...
  13. Thanks, everyone! Good to hear from you all, too....

    Thanks, everyone! Good to hear from you all, too.

    By "alarm," I mean they saw my metal and scanned me -- not literal loud sirens. :-) This typically happens when I have to go through the "door...
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    Regarding the spot on your back, could it be from...

    Regarding the spot on your back, could it be from where your back hits the chair? Prior to my surgery, my back was getting so deformed that certain spots would really grate against the backs of...
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    I didn't have the breathing & GI issues, but if...

    I didn't have the breathing & GI issues, but if you search the archives, there are people who did. I remember one thread where people talked about having fewer problems with acid reflux after...
  16. I am fine with everything except the bras....

    I am fine with everything except the bras. Definitely no underwires, and I actually prefer sports bras if I can find them. The tightness across my back still bothers me 2-years post-op. Not painful,...
  17. Susan, that's just frightening. I bought...

    Susan, that's just frightening.

    I bought everything before hand and it made me feel better going into surgery. I also used it all afterward for close to a year. Except I didn't need the bathroom...
  18. P.S. Dr. Lenke advised me not to have the pelvic...

    P.S. Dr. Lenke advised me not to have the pelvic anchors removed. He said I COULD if I wanted, but there is a small risk of curve regression. He said unless they were causing constant pain I should...
  19. Hi Everyone, Sorry I did not check in after my...

    Hi Everyone,

    Sorry I did not check in after my 2-year followup. I think one sign of people getting better is that they are not on the forum as much anymore -- at least that's the case for me.
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    Um, I think the really pertinent question that...

    Um, I think the really pertinent question that should be added to the survey is "specifically how do you get the most out of sex after fusion to the pelvis? Please provide details about positions,...
  21. Anyone? Anyone? Buhler??? :-) Haha. I am here...

    Anyone? Anyone? Buhler??? :-)

    Haha. I am here for my 2-year followup. Got X-rays and CT of lower lumbar today to see what's up with my pelvic screws, which still cause me pain when exercising....
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    I went bowling recently and just used the...

    I went bowling recently and just used the lightest-weight ball (8 lbs) and just kind of dropped it, rather than trying to bend to throw it. Surprisingly, I didn't get sore. Have fun!!

    Evelyn
  23. Will you be in St. Louis tomorrow or Wednesday?

    Hi all,

    Sorry for the last-minute post, but will anyone be in St. Louis tomorrow or Wednesday? I am seeing Dr. Lenke for my 2-year followup. I'll be there Tuesday afternoon through Weds. morning....
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    Glad to hear it, Karen!! Evelyn

    Glad to hear it, Karen!!

    Evelyn
  25. Thread: Tight Back

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    I am coming up on 2 years postop and I still feel...

    I am coming up on 2 years postop and I still feel like I am wearing a metal corset all the time. The weird thing is, it doesn't really bother me much now that I am used to it. And in some ways, I...
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