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    I know I'm my heart this is the right thing to...

    I know I'm my heart this is the right thing to do. It has definite risks but so does the rapidly moving deformity. It is also becoming difficult to swallow certain food. It leads to a lot of chocking...
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    Ed to the best that I know it was 2 and half...

    Ed to the best that I know it was 2 and half days. It is hard to keep track.
    One of the concerns is the inability to use most acute pain medication. It doesn't leave much so the pain management is...
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    I am on the final stretch for October 30 surgery....

    I am on the final stretch for October 30 surgery. It has been a whole lot of pre OP testing. I did pass all of them and only have the covid test this week. My understanding this is going to be a...
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    I stayed at once a year of seeing the surgeon. It...

    I stayed at once a year of seeing the surgeon. It could depend on how much they want to follow their healed patients.
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    The test is quick. You may on your stomach and...

    The test is quick. You may on your stomach and the dye is injected. Then you are taken to the CT scanner. Like a big donut. That is just minutes.
    I am not sure how quickly you can leave but you do...
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    Yes the myelogram is invasive. They inject the...

    Yes the myelogram is invasive. They inject the dye into the epidural layer of the spinal cord. The dye follows the nerve paths that lead from the spine. They access the area very low on the spine. It...
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    Ed you are a wealth of information. Thank you.

    Ed you are a wealth of information. Thank you.
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    The plan is to leave this wound alone and to...

    The plan is to leave this wound alone and to proceed with surgery plan.
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    I am not sure but I have titanium rods and they...

    I am not sure but I have titanium rods and they cause distortion in imaging. I would guess all metal is capable of that. Titanium is used because it isn't magnetic and it is strong.
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    The primary care doctor thinks this wound is just...

    The primary care doctor thinks this wound is just like the last one. It doesn't look like a problem and then there is one. We took a picture and Sent it to the surgeon's office. I will know more...
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    I spoke at length with the neurosurgeon surgery...

    I spoke at length with the neurosurgeon surgery nurse. There is concern about this . The plan is to have primary care doctor check it today and report to surgeon.
    Also apparently one of the blood...
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    Actually I figured out that rocking back and...

    Actually I figured out that rocking back and forth helped before I even knew about arachnoiditis. Then I read it seems to help some patients. I rock on my feet, just back and forth. But if. I sit I...
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    I do have my hardware that was removed. You are...

    I do have my hardware that was removed. You are right it is color coded. I know the screws are spinecraft and rods are titanium.
    I called surgeon 's
    office this morning. My primary care will...
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    Ed i noticed you spoke of the biofilms that can...

    Ed i noticed you spoke of the biofilms that can form on the hardware. I know I have titanium rods and the rod color is green.
    I think it tells the type of rod. The neurosurgeon that will do this...
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    I agree with Ed. Someone can find the problem....

    I agree with Ed. Someone can find the problem. But not all prob!ems can be fixed( like arachnoiditis). It can be dealt with but not cured.
    Also difficulty in walking can be tiring. My right leg is...
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    The wound happened with no apparent reason but a...

    The wound happened with no apparent reason but a miss step . It was finally diagnosed as an internal pressure wound. It tested positive to the common skin staph. The surgeon was not ever concerned...
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    Yes it gives me a challenge to walking. It wasn't...

    Yes it gives me a challenge to walking. It wasn't right after the fusion surgery but years later. Almost like it had to take time to develop.
    I now have a nonunion at T6-T7. It was not found on an...
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    Tina, I just read your recent post. I have a...

    Tina, I just read your recent post. I have a condition called arachnoiditis that gives the exact things you mentioned. It is not curable but can be helped. I was diagnosed though a myelogram. Until...
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    Linda said everything I know about MRI's not...

    Linda said everything I know about MRI's not being helpful because of the hardware. However, when I was in a major accident with a broken neck I had a CT scan that proved that . But because of the...
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    If the dye is injected into your spinal cord area...

    If the dye is injected into your spinal cord area it would be similar. But all the myelograms that I have had it is the dye and then CT scan.
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    You could ask if a myelogram could help show the...

    You could ask if a myelogram could help show the problem. It is also possible to use the myelogram to diagnose a condition called arachnoiditis. It can cause some of the problems you have spoken...
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    As Ed said, we come to the forum. I haven't had...

    As Ed said, we come to the forum. I haven't had any experience with this doctor but the other Dr mentioned with him on the web site is in my neighborhood. It is great that they are doing good things....
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    By the way Ed your message box is full. Later I...

    By the way Ed your message box is full. Later I will try your email
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    Ed I'm glad your teeth are doing better. The...

    Ed I'm glad your teeth are doing better. The infection in a tooth is very painful. And usually the treatment works.
    I agree that being as healthy as possible is giving the patient the best chance...
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    Thanks for your post Ed. They are always...

    Thanks for your post Ed. They are always informative.
    My blood work came back as boring as any one wants. The only issue was a slight low red count and that is normal for me. He checked a lot of...
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