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  1. Yes....I had NO choice, the pain was out of...

    Yes....I had NO choice, the pain was out of control at the end....When you think about going into a hospital and begging to be knocked out for a pain break, its time.

    Even though a lot of adults...
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    How is the sleeping going? Are you using a chair...

    How is the sleeping going? Are you using a chair of some sort, or recliner bed?

    Ed
  3. This is a tough question because there are so...

    This is a tough question because there are so many factors. Opioids usually cause constipation. In my case, since I was completely stopped up down low, nothing stayed in my stomach and I would vomit....
  4. Seattle Slew, Dr Bagby, and the history of the spinal cage

    Anyone remember this horse? He was a very famous Thoroughbred horse..... Spinal cages or spacers began with horses in 1977 and Seattle Slew was also a revision spine patient. He needed 2 neck...
  5. Well....If they want you to go to rehab, do that....

    Well....If they want you to go to rehab, do that. I lost my ability for pain injections when I left which was a painful mistake. Do not leave if you are not weaned down to orals. There is a big...
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    Tapered cages

    This article has a tapered spacer or cage in the diagram half way down the article. It's right below L5.
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    The most common indication to use pelvic fixation...

    The most common indication to use pelvic fixation is with long fusions to the sacrum. Without this fixation, there is a high rate of pseudarthrosis at the lumbosacral junction, which is mostly due...
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    A wedged spacer to try to pitch her spine...

    A wedged spacer to try to pitch her spine back.....like a tapered doorstop all the way down at the bottom.

    They are probably thinking of using a plate in the front without pelvic anchors from the...
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    Linda, have you had a physical examination? Have...

    Linda, have you had a physical examination? Have you met with your surgeon in person? If not, you should go in.

    Here is a video...Low back exam. ...
  10. I was scheduled for rehab but I just wanted to go...

    I was scheduled for rehab but I just wanted to go home.... return to normality, get on with healing. I was a bull in a China closet.... It was a lot of surgery over 2 days. My arm and shoulder were...
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    Jackie, How are you posting? I have to ask. ...

    Jackie, How are you posting? I have to ask.

    Your not playing chopsticks on the piano are you? You know, gunslinger style? (smiley face)
    ...
  12. Jen, I don't think you have much choice, I agree,...

    Jen, I don't think you have much choice, I agree, you have to get this done....

    They gave me Ensure drinks in the hospital, you might pick up 2 six packs now. The Magnesium Citrate Oral Soultion...
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    My benders were done by my surgeon leading into...

    My benders were done by my surgeon leading into surgery. I don't know how much I bent out, don't think it was all that great....

    I have shot a lot of x-rays over the years....Hard to say, maybe...
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    Oh boy.... Hang in Jackie.... Ed

    Oh boy.... Hang in Jackie....

    Ed
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    My curves were pretty much matched over the...

    My curves were pretty much matched over the years. That why I asked. 50/50, 60/60, 70/70. Within about 3 degrees....

    My lumbar curve ended up getting extremely stiff and I had to do a lot of...
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    It probably was because I did not sign an...

    It probably was because I did not sign an advanced directive or medical power of attorney at the hospital. It's also stated in my hospital reports. I know, this isn't the norm....and was surprised...
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    Yes, SSEP and MEP spinal monitoring ...

    Yes, SSEP and MEP spinal monitoring

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072895/

    History of spinal cord monitoring

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072901/

    Some...
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    Interesting.....They did a wake up test? (In...

    Interesting.....They did a wake up test? (In 2008) Do they still do these today?

    My surgeon woke me up for 10 seconds (between surgeries) to get permission to continue on to the 2nd surgery. (By...
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    CD, Thats very good news... 8-9 degrees...

    CD, Thats very good news...

    8-9 degrees rotation....not bad. Below is my CT to show what rotation looks like in scoliosis (After surgery) I dont know if you have seen this. You can see the screws...
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    Since you state a 2 hour ALIF, it sounds like...

    Since you state a 2 hour ALIF, it sounds like this will be on the L5-S1 level. It's the lowest level. They can also fuse the level above that (L4-L5) in the same opening which is about a 2-3 inch...
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    Wishing you the best tomorrow Jackie.... Post...

    Wishing you the best tomorrow Jackie....

    Post when you can.....

    Ed
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    Welcome to the forum Linda.... UCSF is an...

    Welcome to the forum Linda....

    UCSF is an incredible place.....Linda Racine, our moderator used to work at UCSF in spine, and has organized several scoliosis patient meetings in the past which...
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    Jen, Everyone is afraid of being fused to the...

    Jen, Everyone is afraid of being fused to the pelvis....I didn't have any choice in the matter. I did ask about fusing lower in the thoracic, not going so high (T4 or T5, instead of T2) and that was...
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    Some reading material and videos... In figure...

    Some reading material and videos...

    In figure 2 and figure 3, you see the bone spurs that mushroom out from the vertebral body that can cause pain. With our large curves and rotated spines,...
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    That looks painful.... We have a lumbar curve...

    That looks painful....

    We have a lumbar curve member here named Suzie in Sacramento. She came out good also. About the same length fusion mass.

    Looks like he wants to skip the L5-S1 which is...
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