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    Who was this photographer? It wasn't the doctor...

    Who was this photographer? It wasn't the doctor who took the photos? Were you alone or with a parent?
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    You get fusion surgery, you see the surgeon every...

    You get fusion surgery, you see the surgeon every so often for updates. He checks how well you are recovering. That's what I've been doing, of course.

    How long and how often do people do this? For...
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    I'll bet you managed to smile during the weddings...

    I'll bet you managed to smile during the weddings despite being in pain.

    I have a certain level of pain since my surgery. It makes me cranky every so often but it is bearable. I hope it goes away...
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    It's a big donut, so benign.

    It's a big donut, so benign.
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    I can see where differences between doctors can...

    I can see where differences between doctors can appear to be criticisms and that that maybe doesn't look so good for those within a practice.

    But some doctors specialize in revision surgery, which...
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    I've had many MRIs in my life, can't even...

    I've had many MRIs in my life, can't even remember what they were all for. You can close your eyes, but the knowledge that you are in a narrow tube and would have a hard time exiting on your own if...
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    Sounds simple and quick, I thought it would be...

    Sounds simple and quick, I thought it would be more involved for the radiologist, that he would have to do some probing. I wonder why it is so expensive (according to the neurologist who ordered it)....
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    Changing Doctors

    If you want to consult another surgeon, whether it's for a second opinion or just because you feel a change is in order, is it stupid to try to find one in the same hospital or practice? It's not...
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    In that case I should have had my surgery two...

    In that case I should have had my surgery two decades ago when my curve was probably in the thirties.

    I just found out it's rather hard to get your password reset on this site if you've forgotten...
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    About how long did yours take, Jackie? Do they...

    About how long did yours take, Jackie? Do they allow you to drive yourself home afterwards?
    Is there anything confining about it like being in a tube for an MRI? Or are you just on a table while it...
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    I had my lumbar MRI. They didn't inject anything...

    I had my lumbar MRI. They didn't inject anything into me because the radiologist said it wouldn't do any good. My hardware is keeping them from getting revealing images. The MRI was a failure.

    The...
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    Kathy, I was 10 years older than you when I had...

    Kathy, I was 10 years older than you when I had my surgery and I probably should have gotten it done sooner, by your age.
    I thought they never straightened curves as small as 32 degrees but waited...
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    Exactly, that's my point. We do have multiple...

    Exactly, that's my point. We do have multiple skeletal problems as we age. If there's stenosis, shouldn't the "clear the area" surgery precede the fusion surgery?


    "Fusing immobilizes the joint...
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    Thanks. I probably have not been clear. I do...

    Thanks.
    I probably have not been clear.
    I do have pain, but it is all over my entire back. Really all over a wide swath of flesh. Stinging pain as if stung all over by wasps.
    It's just that I'm...
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    But is fusion the best treatment for stenosis?...

    But is fusion the best treatment for stenosis? Isn't it overkill? And not really targeting the stenosis, the fusion was for scoliosis.
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    I think I can say with confidence that fusion...

    I think I can say with confidence that fusion didn't solve my problem. If you have stenosis, how does fusion fix that?



    You know, there are very few doctors trained at "credible training...
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    Isn't it terrible when surgeries interfere with...

    Isn't it terrible when surgeries interfere with big events in your life.
    Was your scoliosis entirely adult onset? You didn't have a trace of it before, or you just didn't realize it?
    I think I had...
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    Steel vs. Titanium Rods

    Since steel rods obscure MRIs and probably other forms of imaging, why are they being used anymore?
    Why not use titanium rods all the time? Anyone know?

    Guess which ones I have.
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    Rocking back and forth to relieve pain seems as...

    Rocking back and forth to relieve pain seems as automatic for the body as shivering in the cold.
    I rocked back and forth for days when I had my ileus (bowel obstruction) from the opioids in the...
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    Your case sounds complicated. Wasn't your wound...

    Your case sounds complicated. Wasn't your wound from an infection?
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    I have plenty of pain, but it's all over a wide...

    I have plenty of pain, but it's all over a wide area of my back and is probably from the rods. From what I've been reading I'm one of those unlucky people who can feel the rods and have pain from...
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    I will be sure to keep arachnoiditis in mind,...

    I will be sure to keep arachnoiditis in mind, jackieg412, and bring it up it at an appropriate time. When you first mentioned it, I looked it up. Sounds like something where the diagnosis is missed a...
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    Does the hardware not interfere with CT scans as...

    Does the hardware not interfere with CT scans as well as MRIs?
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    Almost all my levels are fused. Somehow the...

    Almost all my levels are fused. Somehow the neurologist thinks another lumbar MRI will be useful. The EMG test told him the probable vertebrae where the nerve is being pinched. I guess he's hoping...
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    I'll let you know what they do after I have it...

    I'll let you know what they do after I have it done. Still waiting for it to be scheduled. I thought I heard "MRI" and "injection".
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