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    I have no idea what will be best. I have not had...

    I have no idea what will be best. I have not had a custom brace but have tried 2 different types. The problem is getting them on by myself and then getting them tight enough to do any good.
    Let's...
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    I had seen a video of the young woman before. It...

    I had seen a video of the young woman before. It speaks volumes on what can be accomplished when you have no choice. Just like your ski boots, no one can tell you how , we just try and see what works...
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    OK another question. How do you handle another...

    OK another question. How do you handle another major surgery and recovery with a total fused spine? Other than one day at a time.
    It is difficult for even medical personnel to understand that the...
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    It is always difficult to follow one straight...

    It is always difficult to follow one straight path. But I would think it would be an okay decision to follow up with your original surgeon. You do not know if there will be hardware removal of not....
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    I do believe in the idea of the least amount of...

    I do believe in the idea of the least amount of medication is best. Even though I am a child of the 60's. I never tell into the drug culture of the times.
    We did try two different braces. The first...
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    I did watch the vedeo. It is very interesting and...

    I did watch the vedeo. It is very interesting and interesting how gabapentin works. I never knew why it was so prescribed.
    Now forward, the decompression helped only a little. The neurosurgeon...
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    You can do this. Yes there are changes but not...

    You can do this. Yes there are changes but not all are bad. Young people do so well and you already know a lot more than most. The more informed you are, the better the questions you can ask.
    I...
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    I will get the stitches out tomorrow. I will be...

    I will get the stitches out tomorrow. I will be glad for that. For some reason I have had unbearable itching on the right side of my back. There is no sign of a rash of irritation. I am wondering if...
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    Interesting that you mention dentistry, I was a...

    Interesting that you mention dentistry, I was a dental assistant all my working career. It was OK but I moved around a lot.
    I do think dentists have a high incident of cervical problems. My...
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    You are very young yet. The one person I knew...

    You are very young yet. The one person I knew that had fusion young did extremely well. She worked a regular job and when she was older became a mother and had no problems.
    For me a job would be one...
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    Yes Jessica, Ed has been through this stuff and...

    Yes Jessica, Ed has been through this stuff and has great ideas for help. You are young yet and have a lot of responsibility with the family.
    The lay down approach for me is like a reset . Seems to...
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    Isn't it hard to be patient. I am defiantly tired...

    Isn't it hard to be patient. I am defiantly tired of just one thing after another. The hand pain and numbness haven't changed much but I do think there is swelling at the surgery site. Maybe when...
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    I am responding to you Ed over here. The hand, at...

    I am responding to you Ed over here. The hand, at first, felt really good. It is still numb, moving on it's own and getting cold. I would guess there can be swelling in there that can improve. I can...
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    We all want instant fix for pain and waiting it...

    We all want instant fix for pain and waiting it out is so difficult. I do know about the cervical stress areas.
    I am able to take over the counter motrin. I do have to use it on a regular basis....
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    How is the neck doing today Ed. Those naps can...

    How is the neck doing today Ed. Those naps can help or cause a problem.
    Are you continuing to improve Susan?
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    Yes all I can do is wait to see how much this may...

    Yes all I can do is wait to see how much this may help. Two days isn't long enough. The surgeons notes on the ulnar nerve said it was enlarged and redened in the surgery site. He is not convinced...
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    I may try some of that in the cervical area. It...

    I may try some of that in the cervical area. It does give me carrying time sometimes.
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    Good to hear from you Susan. Just keep going. And...

    Good to hear from you Susan. Just keep going. And we all know there are good and also difficult days.
    It sounds like this has helped you.
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    Yes Ed the cervical is sure stressed with...

    Yes Ed the cervical is sure stressed with scoliosis fusion. Certainly the meds can help. Maybe you can get in to a PT for a mild massage to relax the muscles and carefully stretch them out a bit. And...
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    You are so right Ed. All the advances in medical...

    You are so right Ed. All the advances in medical care is amazing.
    Orthopaedic problems may not be thought of as life threatening but without quality of life one's life span can be shorter.
    I have...
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    I can only hope there could be a different way of...

    I can only hope there could be a different way of fixing this. I'm not convinced that other than the scapula fusion that the shoulder can be helped.But I am open to listening to what my doctors...
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    I did see a doctor that I know that practices...

    I did see a doctor that I know that practices physical medicine. His opinion on the displaced shoulder that I need to find a solution to keep it in position. He feels the reason the ulnar nerve is...
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    If you really think about it, the atmosphere of...

    If you really think about it, the atmosphere of the human body is under the design to take out anything that is of a foreign nature. Both necessary to keep people well but a challenge for necessary...
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    I would think a deformity specialist is best ....

    I would think a deformity specialist is best . The MRI is impacted by the hardware. I have titanium rods and still isn't useful to be have a MRI.However, when I had that car accident with a broken...
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    I think all of those doctors can remove the...

    I think all of those doctors can remove the hardware. There is a lot of reluctance to do so. Maybe a part of The hardware but not all. It can be difficult because of the bone growth.
    According to a...
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