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  1. POLL: Risks versus rewards of revision surgery

    Surgery in August 2009 on a 70 degree curve. mid thoracic to the bottom including iliac screws. Titanium rods. Broke 1 rod twice and the other once across both small 2nd and 5th from the bottom Dec...
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    Be careful taking OTC drugs as certain anti...

    Be careful taking OTC drugs as certain anti inflammatories will prevent healing. I had similar nausea and spinning. After a while you build up so much narcotics in your system and have to cut back.
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    4 month post-op update

    Got down to 1/2 a 5 mg Percoset at my 2nd month, off completely by the 3rd month. Now at 4 months post-op, I have no pain anymore and am back to anything I want to do but lift things. Even ride my...
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    Was your latest xray taken standing? The surgical...

    Was your latest xray taken standing? The surgical one was most definitely taken lying down and there would be a difference between the 2 even if they were taken same day.
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    I confiscated a bed bar from my eldelry aunt. It...

    I confiscated a bed bar from my eldelry aunt. It fits between the matress and box spring and gives you leverage in getting out of bed. I don't know how I would have managed without it. I'm more than...
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    My complaint at the beginning was swelling and a...

    My complaint at the beginning was swelling and a burning sensation in the low back. The doctor suggested ice, so I used a flexible gel-filled ice pack. Then once the swelling subsided, I'd alternate...
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    IVC filter

    My surgeon had an IVC (intra-vena cava) filter inserted in my main vein before surgery. He expected a 10 hr surgery and wanted it to catch any blood clots. It's a removable filter with a 6 week...
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    I'm at 5 1/2 weeks post op. I quit the laxatives...

    I'm at 5 1/2 weeks post op. I quit the laxatives a couple weeks ago when I reduced the meds to 5 mg Percoset every 6-8 hrs. I still eat a few prunes a day, mostly because they are so yummy! But I...
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    I had 2 bending xrays, both lying down. One was a...

    I had 2 bending xrays, both lying down. One was a push prone, where three people pushed against the curve, one at my upper ribcage, the other 2 at different levels of each hip. In the 2nd xray, I was...
  10. Flat back is mostly linked to the Harrington rods...

    Flat back is mostly linked to the Harrington rods that were used in the 70s. They attached in only 2 places, the top and bottom of the rod, and sometimes took out the natural curve we have in the...
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    Yes. He cleared me for "activity" and driving at...

    Yes. He cleared me for "activity" and driving at 3 weeks, and I can return to work part time if I choose. Still no lifting or vacuuming til the 3 month mark.
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    I had 1 1/2 hr ride home. We took the middle...

    I had 1 1/2 hr ride home. We took the middle seats out of the van and I crawled in and onto the back bench seat. I laid on my back in my brace with the seat belt around me and my legs bent. It was...
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    I would wait 2-4 weeks, depending on your comfort...

    I would wait 2-4 weeks, depending on your comfort level. Chances are you'll start your menstrual cycle after the surgery (most do). You'll also have numbness in most of your torso, possibly including...
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    4 weeks post-op

    It's been a whole month, hard to believe. Saw the doctor and he says I'm doing fab. He pulled off all my steri-strips and I started Mederma on the incision. I'm clear to swim and drive and return to...
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    One thing I wished I'd brought: vaseline or chap...

    One thing I wished I'd brought: vaseline or chap stick. The anesthesia and respirators make your lips so dry...
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    My surgeon's nurse gave me her email and I was...

    My surgeon's nurse gave me her email and I was able to ask her all kinds of things leading up to surgery. It was very helpful. Ask if there's a way to communicate with his nurse or Physician Asst...
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    I colored my hair the day before surgery so I'll...

    I colored my hair the day before surgery so I'll be due to do it again in a couple weeks. I've always done it the same way, roots first in front of the mirror. Then near the end, I stand in the...
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    Thank you all for your support and letting me...

    Thank you all for your support and letting me vent. I am lucky the insurance is through hubby, so at least that's covered. We're looking at this as a reason to make the move quickly. Wish me luck!
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    OMG! They fired me?

    Yes, I've been blessed with a great recovery so far, and I haven't hit 3 weeks post-op yet. I found a friend that's a freelance artist to take over for me the 4-6 weeks I was on medical leave. (I am...
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    It was Karen that had the 3 surgeries, not me. ...

    It was Karen that had the 3 surgeries, not me.

    Kathy, you sound great! And sounds like your recovery is progressing well. Everyday is better!
  21. Thread: pt

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    Susan, I know you were a bodybuilder, but maybe...

    Susan, I know you were a bodybuilder, but maybe you're doing too much. I was in excrusiating pain 5 years ago, and after the doc told me it was because of the arthritic spurs in my sacrum, I quit...
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    Normal activites

    19 days post-op. Starting to feel like I'm closer to returning to more normal activities. Pain meds are still making me sleepy, but I managed to make it to a restaurant for lunch a few days ago and...
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    I, too, take a pillow everywhere. But mine is...

    I, too, take a pillow everywhere. But mine is cheetah fur!

    7 months since your surgery and it's still that difficult to sit. I feel for you. I have to sit for hours and hours at my job and hope I...
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    Karen is lumbar3491. Tell her I am sorry to hear...

    Karen is lumbar3491. Tell her I am sorry to hear about the additional surgery and hope she has no further complications. I wish her the best and will keep her in my prayers. Please keep us informed...
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    Leaning forward

    It's been only 2 1/2 weeks, but I also feel like I'm leaning a little forward when I walk. And my doctor said he gave me a little extra curve in the small of my back so I wouldn't look so flat. I...
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