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  1. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Wow...

    Sciatica is what brought me to get the original big, badass surgery done. Started getting it at my job that required a lot of bending, squatting, lifting etc. You know the lightening bolt shooting...
  2. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Sooo Linda, I'm also thinking about whether...

    Sooo Linda,

    I'm also thinking about whether the fusion to the pelvis with nuts and bolts has bothered you (pain or otherwise) /made you much less able to accomplish what you might have been able...
  3. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    I finally got notified today, then clicked on...

    I finally got notified today, then clicked on what I thought was a link to take me there and clicked on unsubscribing to the thread instead. GOOD GRIEF!
    I'll try to re-subscribe now....
  4. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Oh. Not sure if the x-rays I had are that. I do...

    Oh. Not sure if the x-rays I had are that. I do know I was standing though! I'll ask about that too, next time.

    And while I'm here, I tried to indicate that I wanted to be notified if there were...
  5. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Wow. I just thought the scoli x-rays were enough.

    Wow. I just thought the scoli x-rays were enough.
  6. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Another interesting article. So much info, it's...

    Another interesting article. So much info, it's mind boggling. I've been waking up at night and going over these random facts-- and sure I won't get the surgery, then sure I should later in the day...
  7. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Hi Linda, What on earth are the radiographs...

    Hi Linda,

    What on earth are the radiographs you mention? Looked it up online but didn't really get it. Always thought MRIs are the "gold standard". So many details I don't know about, that's for...
  8. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    That's what I am wondering too! He said the...

    That's what I am wondering too! He said the correction would be minimal, but thinks "I don't look that bad" so there's that. But would it be enough to change my life for the better? It's making me...
  9. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Thanks ED!

    Thanks ED!
  10. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    Yes, my spine is solid for many years now. Dr Fry...

    Yes, my spine is solid for many years now. Dr Fry did say it would "probably" be in through the front, then securing it through the back too. He has suggested getting an opinion from those docs you...
  11. Thread: ALIF Anyone?

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    ALIF Anyone?

    Hi All!
    I'm considering getting an ALIF procedure for my flatback (L-5-S-1) as I have mentioned in a previous post. I am ruling out the more drastic wedge osteotomy as too risky, and I can't opt to...
  12. Thread: Flat Back

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    Thanks Jackie. Haven't been contacted for the...

    Thanks Jackie.

    Haven't been contacted for the CT scan yet, and I'm thinking any possible surgery would be Spring-ish, as COVID is straining resources right now anyway. We'll see if I survive...
  13. Thread: Flat Back

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    Good for you Jackie! Man---your signature is...

    Good for you Jackie!

    Man---your signature is something else! Looks like you've had your share of--EVERYTHING!

    I think I will only "consider" the ALIF for now, as I need to have it done locally,...
  14. Thread: Flat Back

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    Finally Saw Dr Fry Yesterday!

    I finally had my appointment with Dr Fry, the original surgeon who did my fusion in 2005. I had printed out my original correspondence from the top of this thread, ending at "today I am still plagued...
  15. Thread: Flat Back

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    I'll guess my surgeon will feel the same way. As...

    I'll guess my surgeon will feel the same way. As Linda said, pain is subjective. If only we could walk in another's (orthopedic) shoes. Yep, I can bend over and touch the ground 'til the cows come...
  16. Thread: Flat Back

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    It shows just how complex the body is---and in...

    It shows just how complex the body is---and in different people. So many variables. So frustrating for those who want answers... and relief. And I imagine for the practitioners as well. If only they...
  17. Thread: Flat Back

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    Well..

    I am so sorry you too are having issues--especially when no one seems to know what to do. I sure hope you get some answers--and help soon.

    My Doc doesn't even know why I am coming in to see...
  18. Thread: Flat Back

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    Wow...

    Thanks for this Linda.

    That was my guess---not many know how to get it just right. Oh to have it to do over again. Only had the surgery because I couldn't work due to the pain, and wasn't happy...
  19. Thread: Flat Back

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    Forgot...

    I actually brought the flatback issue up with Dr Menmuir when I found that the upper surgery didn't improve my "pushed forward" feel. He said no, his surgery didn't address that, and he didn't...
  20. Thread: Flat Back

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    Haha! Yes, I remember you commenting on the nice...

    Haha! Yes, I remember you commenting on the nice digs. Too bad we can't appreciate them as much as we might in that situation, but it was MUCH better than what I had at the old CTH with the first...
  21. Thread: Flat Back

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    Just left a full response that magically...

    Just left a full response that magically disappeared....C'est la Vie!

    Yes Ed, I remember the restaurant, and also your visit to Renown after my second surgery, where Dr Menmuir kindly removed some...
  22. Thread: Flat Back

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    Thanks Linda. I don't know if SF is a possibility...

    Thanks Linda. I don't know if SF is a possibility for me either, as I'm not sure about insurance and the other logistics, but I sure appreciate your suggestions!
  23. Thread: Flat Back

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    Flat Back

    Hi all...
    Haven't written in years, but I have had flatback since my original lower back surgery/fusion in 2005. It has been the bane of my existence, and I think about it constantly as it only...
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    Big Hair Rules!

    Hey Foofer,

    You've got quite the sense of humor yourself! I actually found a larger picture of the same "do" and reposted on FB. If I had a dollar for every can of AquaNet I went through in the...
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    After Surgery Comfort

    Hi Karen!

    Wow, we all ARE very different in our preferences! After my first surgery 5 years ago, I rented a hospital bed and it was a life saver! I could be more independant as I could raise/lower...
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