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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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    Yes it is funny how some of these areas flare up...

    Yes it is funny how some of these areas flare up and then settle down. But I will say while pain is worse the continued numbness is also a huge problem. And be careful because it seems to lead to...
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    Good to hear from you. Hopefully everything...

    Good to hear from you. Hopefully everything improves. It could take a little longer to know if it will help but you Are on the otherside. With all of your challenges I am sure this is a little...
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    Yes Ed the decompression at the elbow is a more...

    Yes Ed the decompression at the elbow is a more minor procedure and outpatient surgery.
    The complete problem is more complex. There is mild carpal tunnel , the compression of the ulnar nerve both at...
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    Well I was at the neurosurgeon today and he is...

    Well I was at the neurosurgeon today and he is going to decompress the nerve starting on the elbow. But he wants me to address the displaced shoulder. We did another EOS xray today. He thinks the...
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    Susan, just wondering how you are doing?

    Susan, just wondering how you are doing?
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    Rita I am sure they look at every level of the...

    Rita I am sure they look at every level of the fusion and any areas that aren't get fused.
    Most surgeons approach any revision revision as the need to or don't touch it and find another way.
    My...
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    Okay, I had a major revision in October, however...

    Okay, I had a major revision in October, however the surgeon left the existing lumbar to pelvis.
    It helped with my thoracic for sure and the cervical. It has to be done-- he found all cervical...
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    Yes Ed these fingers were hurt in the car...

    Yes Ed these fingers were hurt in the car accident. And of course there isn't time to change anything . Accidents are lightning fast.
    However I remember looking at the hand with instant numbness....
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    No they do not curl on there own but I curl them...

    No they do not curl on there own but I curl them a lot to try to stop the numb feeling. I also curl up my forearm and wonder if that is causing some of the findings on the elbow.I also stretch them...
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    I did hear from the neurosurgeon 's office- the...

    I did hear from the neurosurgeon 's office- the EMG showed moderate compression of the ulnar nerve. Now this can be at my cervical level but the neurologist said she couldn't test there because of...
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    I had another EMG today. I don't think the nerve...

    I had another EMG today. I don't think the nerve is healing as hoped for. The neurologist told me to place a call to the neurosurgeon and she would get the results to him today.
    Last time she told...
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    I think even if you sleep on your stomach you move during the night. They kept watch on my eye sight, the left pupil was larger and did not recover like the right. It worked out ok. Now I am fused...
  20. Hi Irene, are you still.near Chicago? There is a...

    Hi Irene, are you still.near Chicago? There is a Dr. DeWalt at Rush in Chicago. I do not think it is the same first name though. He is an orthopedic scoliosis surgeon.
    Ed is a wealth of knowledge....
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    In the beginning at age 24, I had never been told...

    In the beginning at age 24, I had never been told I had scoliosis. I had no idea what it meant. So after the birth I ask the OB doctor why it was mentioned and what to do. His words were it just...
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    Ok Ed I am for to put my answer here. Some of it...

    Ok Ed I am for to put my answer here. Some of it has the same issues as Susan has but not everything.
    First time I was told I had scoliosis was the day my daughter was born. An emergency c section...
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    I am going to ask about an injection but I think...

    I am going to ask about an injection but I think the fusion makes that harder. So far we changed for gabapentin to lyrica, but no change. I just completed the second round of PT, and no change. On...
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    It is good in the thoracic right now. No more...

    It is good in the thoracic right now. No more unexpected sores. Also, this latest surgery is done under newer techniques as you pointed out Ed. I have more rods but less screws. So far it seems all...
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    Yes I can only imagine how tired you must be. Are...

    Yes I can only imagine how tired you must be. Are you still have my crutches for support? I can guess that would be rough with thoracic pain. I sometimes have to use my left arm to get up the steps...
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