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  1. When I was at the NIH we had a patient with an...

    When I was at the NIH we had a patient with an allergy to her implants. She had infection throughout her back, everything was inflamed and raw. It was horrible. If you have even a fraction of what...
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    And it's more related to anesthesia, not the...

    And it's more related to anesthesia, not the surgical procedure itself.
  3. Sticky: After five large fusions and hundreds of smaller procedures...

    Hi everyone,

    I've given this question a lot of thought. I think I have an answer, finally.

    First a bit of background. I have a half-brother. We inherited our scoliosis from my father; we have...
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    Not shingles.

    So it wasn't shingles. There was some kind of painful cyst on my scar. It looked like it was getting infected so my husband put Neosporin on it. Little did I know that fully 10% of the population is...
  5. Thread: Hip Bursitis

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    Trochanteric Bursitis

    Hi Linda and everyone:-)

    OK, NOW I have Trochanteric Bursitis. It's very uncomfortable. Especially during this road construction season. It's keeping me from working eight hours a day; after six...
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    Much to my surprise, I have found that some...

    Much to my surprise, I have found that some physicians actually don't like published research! I had a horrible case of thryoiditis last year. We went to the endocrinologist in town that was rated...
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    Possible Shingles on incision

    So I'm up at 3 in the morning because I think I have shingles on my incision and on the left side. It started early today with what I though was a very rare (for me) case of back acne, right on my...
  8. Thread: Sciatica

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    I have it too. It gets terrible at times. There...

    I have it too. It gets terrible at times. There isn't much for it when you're in crisis other than anti-inflammatories, ice/heat, rest, and whatever PT you can do (usually not much when you're in...
  9. Thread: Hip Bursitis

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    The sciatic nerve is a really large nerve with...

    The sciatic nerve is a really large nerve with lots of axons that radiate off of the nerve trunk. Sciatic pain can be throughout the thigh, though yes, most people feel it down the back of the thigh....
  10. I absolutely agree. That's why, when I was a lab...

    I absolutely agree. That's why, when I was a lab manager, I would NEVER let people work by themselves during off-hours. People like to try and do that because the equipment is free at night, but...
  11. Thread: Hip Bursitis

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    Hi Kathy, It's the drugs. Especially if you...

    Hi Kathy,

    It's the drugs. Especially if you were on morphine or any type of morphine-derived drug. People get the sweats even if they're late taking it by 30 minutes sometimes. If you're coming...
  12. Thread: Hip Bursitis

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    So I'm curious, by bursitis, do you mean sciatica...

    So I'm curious, by bursitis, do you mean sciatica or a radiculopathy? With bursitis, you have a fluid-filled bursa that is usually caused by some sort of repetitive injury (like resting your elbow on...
  13. For the record, I don't believe in conspiracy...

    For the record, I don't believe in conspiracy theories. But there is simply no way Bruce Ivans sent the B. anthracis spores through the mail. Read the National Academies of Science review of the FBI...
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    Hi Ed:-) As for your pseudoarthrosis question,...

    Hi Ed:-)

    As for your pseudoarthrosis question, potentially, but it probably has environmental factors and programed cell death (apoptosis) issues as well (I would guess). If we take an...
  15. Ya, it's funny now and I can laugh about it now....

    Ya, it's funny now and I can laugh about it now. But at the time, it was just so so tragic. I mean, you would have thought that SOMEONE at the CNN office would have thought to do a double check on...
  16. Thread: AmazonSmile

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    AmazonSmile

    So the National Scoliosis Foundation is one of the charities you can give to in the AmazonSmile program. It doesn't cost a thing, Amazon just takes it out of their own profit (assuming they're making...
  17. Ya, driving is awful. I haven't really driven in...

    Ya, driving is awful. I haven't really driven in years. My car has less than 5k miles on it in the last five years. You might try the muscle relaxers; they help me more than narcotics. Walking does...
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    Hi Ed, nice to virtually meet you! As for the...

    Hi Ed, nice to virtually meet you!

    As for the Leque wires, it's good you waited. They're more problem than they're worth really.

    As for your bone question; my thesis is on bone remodeling. I...
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    Hi Linda! It has been a long time. Sorry I've...

    Hi Linda!
    It has been a long time. Sorry I've been gone for so long. I hope all is well with you:-) Thank you, I hope it's the last one as well. I really do.
  20. Thread: Dr. Howard An

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    I know this thread is older, but I thought I'd...

    I know this thread is older, but I thought I'd reply anyway.

    The short answer is while I have not had surgery with him, I did have a consult with him. I found him to be one of the worst orthopedic...
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    Mike LaGrone's new boutique hospital

    I recently had a fusion done from L2 to L4. While it doesn't seem complicated, the new hardware had to be connected to the old, much larger hardware, I had pretty severe spinal stenosis, arthritis,...
  22. You may be right, Ferragamo may be the shoe maker...

    You may be right, Ferragamo may be the shoe maker for you!!! I had the same issue for boots, especially around the ankles- everything starts to slouch over the course of the day. I had taken to...
  23. Hi Jana, Amazon.com sells several tredmill...

    Hi Jana,

    Amazon.com sells several tredmill desks, as do several office supply companies. I can't tell you how much it has helped. I had my surgery on 16 March, I'm back to work about six hours a...
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    A 4 minute presentation???

    So they are given a whole four minutes to present their hypothesis, their methodology and their findings. How generous!

    Wait for the publication before drawing any conclusions on work that...
  25. Same issue...

    Hi Jana,
    I just had an extension of my fusion, so now I'm fused from T-4 to L-4. I asked Mike LaGrone the same question - what is the risk of needing that final fusion to the sacrum. He said the...
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