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  1. #2341
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    I wanted to give everyone an update

    On November 24 I am going to have the second Spinal Cord Simulator trial done. My Pain Management Doctor and Dr Bederman talked and hopefully the trial will be able to get completed.

    I am going for PT and I hope that will relive some of the pain in my lower back.

    This morning I fell out of bed and landed on my night table. I hurt my face on the right side very badly. My eye is swollen and I have blurry vision.

    My face is all cut up

    I went to the ER to make sure that I did not do anything serious. I do have a concussion.
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  2. #2342
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    Oh my goodness. Falls can be so dangerous. Good luck on the stimulator.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  3. #2343
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    Melissa, Take it easy and heal. Try to figure out why you fell and work on prevention [that's my strategy, anyway]: ? poor lighting, ? too muh sedation, ? hurried, ? slippery throw rugs......

    It has been a long haul for you. Next year HAS to be a better year for you and me!

    Hugs, Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal surgery for Spinal Cord Injury at T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone + prayer

  4. #2344
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    Just to tell some good news/ I have a new grandson named Malachi Timothy . He was born today at 1:27 pm.

    I will try to post a picture later

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  5. #2345
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    Congratulations 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

  6. #2346
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    Just to keep you updated. I have been having very bad pain and wanted to make sure that I did not do anything stupid . I did fall twice last year and broke bones. I have been speaking to Dr Bederman and have been going to PT for the last 4 months. I saw Dr Lee at UCI. He said that my hardware looks good and is fused. He thinks that my pain is muscular. He and I both hope that my spinal cord stimulator trial next month will help my pain.
    On another note, Dr Bederman is headed back to Southern California which is good for me.
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    I had a feeling he would hate living in Texas.
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    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  8. #2348
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    I did as well linda.
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  9. #2349
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    I did something today that I never thought I could do.
    I am in San Antonio Texas and want on a cavern tour. It consisted of a 3/4 mile walk but it went down 180 feet. That meant I had to come back up 180 feet. I never thought I could have managed that. So even with my pain, I am living life.
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  10. #2350
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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    I did something today that I never thought I could do.
    I am in San Antonio Texas and want on a cavern tour. It consisted of a 3/4 mile walk but it went down 180 feet. That meant I had to come back up 180 feet. I never thought I could have managed that. So even with my pain, I am living life.
    Do you have your spinal cord stimulator yet(or what ever it was called) Mallisa? Or is the pain still controlled by meds? I live and do as much as I can too. I commend you. It is always great to enjoy life and do things that are life's fun memories!!! Good for you!!! Keep it up! Just be careful doing it(smiles)
    Linda Brozik~~60 yrs. old at time of Lenke's first surgery. 62 now!
    Surgery 2006 L3/4 L4/5 double fusion/ instumentation/ With 2 cages
    This started adult onset scoliosis
    July 1st, 2010/ surgery ~~fused T10 to pelvis (long rods/ screws)
    Oct.20th 2010, extended rods to T4 / did osteotomy at L3
    Oct. 29th 2012 Dr. Lenke St. Louis Mo. T4 to sacrum osteotomy anterior cage L3/4 titanium rods
    May 30th 2013 revision
    May 8th cervicle surgery 2016
    May 31st Dr. Gupta revision 2017

  11. #2351
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    Quote Originally Posted by babyboomer16 View Post
    Do you have your spinal cord stimulator yet(or what ever it was called) Mallisa? Or is the pain still controlled by meds? I live and do as much as I can too. I commend you. It is always great to enjoy life and do things that are life's fun memories!!! Good for you!!! Keep it up! Just be careful doing it(smiles)
    No, I have that scheduled for March 14. I am careful. I do not want to fall
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  12. #2352
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    I am glad you are enjoying life, Melissa. I can't imagine how difficult the climb back up was!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

  13. #2353
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    It was very steep but I made it
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  14. #2354
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    Congratulations Melissa

    Some day, we will have to go hiking. One step at a time.

    On one of my hikes, I was coming back and people were asking me if I was going to make it.....

    If they only knew....

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  15. #2355
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    Let's all go hiking. I do a charity walk in my area. My PT always congratulates me on making it. It is a great feeling to accomplish a goal.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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