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    Here is an educational video on pain and pain...

    Here is an educational video on pain and pain management doctors by Dr Jay Joshi. (Illinois)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QcwlE-tw1o&ab_channel=NationalPainCenters

    It's not easy to pinpoint...
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    Back on bracing.... I can't imagine a hard...

    Back on bracing.... I can't imagine a hard scoliosis brace not holding or keeping your scapula in place. The Copes brace I had fit extremely tight and would push the rib hump in (and lumbar hump)...
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    Yes, my right arm. Funny, I always went skiing in...

    Yes, my right arm. Funny, I always went skiing in a 4 wheel drive truck with a stick shift but on that day, I took a car with an automatic transmission. I had to reach over with my left arm to put...
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    I was about 8 months post scoliosis surgeries and...

    I was about 8 months post scoliosis surgeries and 2 months late for my 6 month visit. At that point, my surgeon was telling me that I was fused and that it really was time that I had the shoulder...
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    I hate to flip this but this really is a question...

    I hate to flip this but this really is a question for patients like you, and other multiple revision patients with 10 plus spine surgeries under their belts. Each case, similar but different, is of...
  6. Hoover Floormate for cleaning floors

    This is a product I have had for over 10 years and it works great.

    Anything to try to keep from bending over.....

    $110 plus the cleaning solution
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  7. Grandpa's Weeder for pulling weeds, saves your back

    Since many full fusion patients have reported pulling weeds around here in the past, (Usually pelvis patients with the most expensive spines) I finally decided to look and see what products are out...
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    Peter, Everything looks pretty good. I see your...

    Peter, Everything looks pretty good. I see your surgeon trained with Drs Bridwell and Lenke in St Louis which is great....

    I forgot to ask, are you working? This is concerning as picking a date...
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    Ok, big T curve and your lumbar must be in good...

    Ok, big T curve and your lumbar must be in good shape....down to L1 sounds pretty good.

    Have you seen this video? I posted a few weeks back.
    Stop at :52 Look at his waist in relation to his arm...
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    I knew you would like that video...yes, gab is a...

    I knew you would like that video...yes, gab is a replacement med due to the opioid crisis. The thing is that people are now abusing gab these days....You remove one street drug and it will get...
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    Stanford Anestheologist Dr Ian Carroll discusses neuropathic pain

    This is a good video for anyone in pain....It's a long one, but worth a watch.

    "Pain is a sensation with a value, and a sensation with a motivation"

    When you experience heavy pain, you can't...
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    With MAGEC and VEPTR, did they tell you not to...

    With MAGEC and VEPTR, did they tell you not to lift? Were you allowed to bend? Just wondering about this....There are no testimonials on this here.

    With fusion, during recovery or immediate...
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    Jackie, Here is an article from HSS on nerve...

    Jackie, Here is an article from HSS on nerve reconstruction.
    https://www.hss.edu/playbook/managing-expectations-for-recovery-after-nerve-reconstruction/

    Ed
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    Question of the year..... The answer is...

    Question of the year.....

    The answer is yes....Of course, all sorts of things change throughout our lives so it depends on how we handle all of it. Ups and downs, surgical recovery being one of...
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    If I said weightlifting, "world record"...

    If I said weightlifting, "world record" weightlifting.....people would think I was crazy......

    Here is Lamar Gant....who set world deadlift 688# and bench press records with BIG scoliosis curves....
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    When you wake up in the morning, what are your...

    When you wake up in the morning, what are your pain levels? its sounds like you are ok in the morning, and the pain and inflammation is triggered by midday. Is there anyway you can take a powernap at...
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    Jessica, sorry to hear about all the...

    Jessica, sorry to hear about all the pains.....you were doing so well at Christmas.

    The shooting leg pains... How long do they last, and do they let up? How intense are they and how often do they...
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    I have noticed that after being put under with...

    I have noticed that after being put under with anesthesia, my spinal soft tissues would get a break. I had this happen twice, pain relief only for maybe a day or two....(on my gall removal, and...
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    My neck has improved! Can't pull a train with my...

    My neck has improved! Can't pull a train with my teeth.... maybe next week! (smiley face)

    How is the elbow and hand pain? Any changes?

    Ed
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    Jackie, As much as I want to say one application...

    Jackie, As much as I want to say one application will remove the inflammation, it just doesn't work that way with NSAID's....you have to continue taking them. I have a feeling this is going to take a...
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    Susan, I just did 2 Grams or 2.25 inches on the...

    Susan, I just did 2 Grams or 2.25 inches on the back of my neck. I have the tube from the South America trip 18 months ago. (Made in the US) My first application of topical Diclofenac.

    Funny, the...
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    I agree, but it has to be the correct therapy for...

    I agree, but it has to be the correct therapy for each problem....

    You can also have a great surgeon with fantastic surgical skills and have the wrong plan....You can have someone say I know of a...
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    I don't know what I encourage....hopefully, it's...

    I don't know what I encourage....hopefully, it's leans more on scoliosis education and awareness. It's our disease....years ago we didn't have internet. I remember looking up scoliosis topics in DOS....
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    Susan, Glad to hear you are feeling better.... ...

    Susan, Glad to hear you are feeling better....

    Ed
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    Healing, a Concept Anaylsis

    Jackie, All you can do is wait and see....and you know nerve healing can be slow and unpredictable....I have noticed in the past either on or off neuropathic pain settings, and as soon as the nerve...
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