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    CA bound

    I am leaving today to go to CA. Thanks to Linda, I am seeing Dr Baderman on Wednesday and hopefully leave with a game plan for dealing with my spinal issues


    Melissa

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    That's fantastic that you got an appointment so soon. Wishing you all the best and let us know how everything goes.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    I'll be sooo interested (and excited!) to hear what he has to say!

    Happy and safe travel!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    Good luck, I hope this is the solution to your pain problems. The instrument Dr. Bederman uses to help in spine surgeries looks very interesting, it seems like it could really help.

    Be prepared for very aggressive drivers in Southern California. I'm sure it's very different from North Carolina. You might want someone else to drive for you so you don't end up at the appointment in a road rage, lol.

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    Melissa--
    Good luck with your move and your appt. I hope the doctor will provide some help and answers for you! Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Hope the trip is not too painful - it sounds like you're going to the "promised land" to me! Looking forward to hearing what Dr. Bederman has to say and to the start of the last leg of your difficult journey. Best of luck Melissa!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Thanks everyone for your good wishes. I arrived Monday night and the trip was not pleasant. I am off to see Dr Bederman today.Will let everyone know what happens

    Melissa

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    The very best of luck Melissa! You deserve to get the very best of care and I hope it's Dr. Bederman who can give it to you. We are all waiting to hear about your appt. Thinking of you.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Ditto, Melissa...

    Can't wait to hear what your new doctor advises (Thank you, Linda!). You have been through a lot. Let us know.

    Hugs!
    Amy
    58 yrs old, diagnosed at 31, never braced
    Measured T-64, L-65 in 2009
    Measured T-57, L-56 in 2010, different doc
    2 lumbar levels spondylolisthesis
    Exercising to correct

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    Well, I made with Dr Bederman today and I am so upset. He has to review all my xrays, MRI's and CT scans but he is more concerned about my neck than my back. He also said that he would not have fused me the length that I am. He says that I have considerable weakness on my left side that he does not know if he can do anything about. I have to have another MRI and a cat scan that starts with a M that I cannot think of now. I will have the tests in NC and send him the results.He is so much more thorough than my NC doctor. I am glad that I found him

    Melissa

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    I am having X rays and the MRI Monday here in CA and then back in NC the mylegram. I am not looking forward to that at all.

    Melissa

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    Oh you poor thing. Why do you have to go back to NC for the myleogram? Were you intending going back to NC for other reasons? This sounds so complicated Melissa, but I believe these tests are necessary and once Dr. Bederman gets his hands on the results, it may all become clear what the problem is and how to fix it. I believe you are on your way to getting fixed, but unfortunately you have to jump through some uncomfortable hurdles first. Keep your eye on that light at the end of the tunnel and keep heading towards it. Easy for me to say, but never give up. You deserve to get this fixed and live a pain-free life.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    Oh you poor thing. Why do you have to go back to NC for the myleogram? Were you intending going back to NC for other reasons? This sounds so complicated Melissa, but I believe these tests are necessary and once Dr. Bederman gets his hands on the results, it may all become clear what the problem is and how to fix it. I believe you are on your way to getting fixed, but unfortunately you have to jump through some uncomfortable hurdles first. Keep your eye on that light at the end of the tunnel and keep heading towards it. Easy for me to say, but never give up. You deserve to get this fixed and live a pain-free life.
    I am going back to NC Tuesday so my son can finish school. I only came out this week to look at houses and for my son to look at his new school. I do believe that I am on the way to feeling better but it will not be a easy road to get there

    Melissa

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    Melissa--
    Sorry that you have more tests to be done but sounds like it is necessary. The myleogram isn't so bad; my first opinion doctor had one done. The main thing is to lay flat for the next several hours. I definitely did and avoided the headache that can occur. Follow those instructions. Can't remember for how long but it's important to do. Good luck. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    Melissa--
    Sorry that you have more tests to be done but sounds like it is necessary. The myleogram isn't so bad; my first opinion doctor had one done. The main thing is to lay flat for the next several hours. I definitely did and avoided the headache that can occur. Follow those instructions. Can't remember for how long but it's important to do. Good luck. Janet
    Thanks I will do that.

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