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    I just came home yesterday. It is okay, I am...

    I just came home yesterday. It is okay, I am extremely tired but can do small things. This surgery was for a nonunion in the thoracic and my broken neck. At least the pain in the thoracic is under...
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    This makes the ninth spine surgery. It has to be...

    This makes the ninth spine surgery. It has to be the last.
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    I was able to walk a little outside with my...

    I was able to walk a little outside with my daughter. It was cold but sunny. A visiting nurse will come tomorrow to check on things.. Yes watching the incision site is important. I am not on...
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    I took a nice long hot shower yesterday. It was...

    I took a nice long hot shower yesterday. It was wonderful. It helped relief the upper trap muscles.I hope to do it again soon. I also saw some of my little grandchildren. They have already had the...
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    This is rough for sure but still just using...

    This is rough for sure but still just using Tylenol, gabapentin and diazepam. The thoracic area pain is gone. The surgeon said all of the hardware was loose in the cervical. So that problem is fixed....
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    I'm still in rehab but doing better every day. It...

    I'm still in rehab but doing better every day. It is a challenge for sure. I will get my staples out on Friday and then go home.
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    How nice that you have done something so nice

    How nice that you have done something so nice
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    No I'm not home yet but in rehab. The...

    No I'm not home yet but in rehab. The neurosurgeon decompressed some he ever to my hands and I'm having pain issues. We are using Tylenol and gabapentin. And diazapam. No narcotics.With that no...
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    Well I'm a little past one week out. It has at...

    Well I'm a little past one week out. It has at times been rough. Still recovering on Tylenol, gabapentin,and diazepam.
    Walking with a walker. But moving. Pain in the arms and hands. But getting...
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    I know I'm my heart this is the right thing to...

    I know I'm my heart this is the right thing to do. It has definite risks but so does the rapidly moving deformity. It is also becoming difficult to swallow certain food. It leads to a lot of chocking...
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    Ed to the best that I know it was 2 and half...

    Ed to the best that I know it was 2 and half days. It is hard to keep track.
    One of the concerns is the inability to use most acute pain medication. It doesn't leave much so the pain management is...
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    I am on the final stretch for October 30 surgery....

    I am on the final stretch for October 30 surgery. It has been a whole lot of pre OP testing. I did pass all of them and only have the covid test this week. My understanding this is going to be a...
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    I stayed at once a year of seeing the surgeon. It...

    I stayed at once a year of seeing the surgeon. It could depend on how much they want to follow their healed patients.
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    The test is quick. You may on your stomach and...

    The test is quick. You may on your stomach and the dye is injected. Then you are taken to the CT scanner. Like a big donut. That is just minutes.
    I am not sure how quickly you can leave but you do...
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    Yes the myelogram is invasive. They inject the...

    Yes the myelogram is invasive. They inject the dye into the epidural layer of the spinal cord. The dye follows the nerve paths that lead from the spine. They access the area very low on the spine. It...
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    Ed you are a wealth of information. Thank you.

    Ed you are a wealth of information. Thank you.
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    The plan is to leave this wound alone and to...

    The plan is to leave this wound alone and to proceed with surgery plan.
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    I am not sure but I have titanium rods and they...

    I am not sure but I have titanium rods and they cause distortion in imaging. I would guess all metal is capable of that. Titanium is used because it isn't magnetic and it is strong.
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    The primary care doctor thinks this wound is just...

    The primary care doctor thinks this wound is just like the last one. It doesn't look like a problem and then there is one. We took a picture and Sent it to the surgeon's office. I will know more...
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    I spoke at length with the neurosurgeon surgery...

    I spoke at length with the neurosurgeon surgery nurse. There is concern about this . The plan is to have primary care doctor check it today and report to surgeon.
    Also apparently one of the blood...
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    Actually I figured out that rocking back and...

    Actually I figured out that rocking back and forth helped before I even knew about arachnoiditis. Then I read it seems to help some patients. I rock on my feet, just back and forth. But if. I sit I...
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    I do have my hardware that was removed. You are...

    I do have my hardware that was removed. You are right it is color coded. I know the screws are spinecraft and rods are titanium.
    I called surgeon 's
    office this morning. My primary care will...
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    Ed i noticed you spoke of the biofilms that can...

    Ed i noticed you spoke of the biofilms that can form on the hardware. I know I have titanium rods and the rod color is green.
    I think it tells the type of rod. The neurosurgeon that will do this...
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    I agree with Ed. Someone can find the problem....

    I agree with Ed. Someone can find the problem. But not all prob!ems can be fixed( like arachnoiditis). It can be dealt with but not cured.
    Also difficulty in walking can be tiring. My right leg is...
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    The wound happened with no apparent reason but a...

    The wound happened with no apparent reason but a miss step . It was finally diagnosed as an internal pressure wound. It tested positive to the common skin staph. The surgeon was not ever concerned...
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