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  1. Thread: TARTA back

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    TARTA back

    Has anyone got a TARTA back on their chair? I'm about to get a new chair and am getting this Italian made back.
    I have developed some scoliosis over the years and my OT recommended getting this...
  2. Thread: Gall bladder

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    Had mine out a couple of years ago, it was full...

    Had mine out a couple of years ago, it was full of gravel and I had a major episode of cholecystitis that was the last straw. I've been great ever since except that I developed an allergy to opiates!...
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    I have twice yearly injections of a drug called...

    I have twice yearly injections of a drug called Denosumab which halts the progression of osteoporosis. They are very expensive, in Australia about $750 each.
  4. Thread: Long flights

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    I'm about to take a long flight from Melbourne...

    I'm about to take a long flight from Melbourne Australia to San Francisco. My problem is that I have a colostomy now, Previously I have been able to manage my bowel regime by good timing but that is...
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    I have no hardware but recently recovered from...

    I have no hardware but recently recovered from compression fracture T 11. My X-rays and MRI showed osteoporosis in vertebrae, so at risk of further fractures.
    could you be osteoporotic?
    i,fractured...
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    Hi t8burst, I use those patches, have been using...

    Hi t8burst, I use those patches, have been using them for about 18 months. Can't say whether they make much difference to the pain but I don't suffer with constipation from using them.
    There is one...
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    Thanks for your responses. The Sea Wolf is a...

    Thanks for your responses. The Sea Wolf is a beautiful little ship, the website is great, it's how I found out about the trip.
    You bet I'll be taking many photos, I hope they are the quality of...
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    Going kayaking in Alaska

    I'm T7 complete and I'm planning an adventure cruise on a very small ship in Glacier Bay. We kayak each day in the inlets up close to the glaciers.

    The ship is called the Sea Wolf, it's fitted out...
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    I use a size 18 Releen cath in my suprapubic, the...

    I use a size 18 Releen cath in my suprapubic, the balloon is inflated with 10 cc and I've never had a problem.
    I hook up to a night bag, it's great, I just let the tubing hang over the side of the...
  10. Yeah I want to be without constant pain. And I...

    Yeah I want to be without constant pain. And I want to be able to travel and stay with my son and grand kids in London but they live in a 2 story house with upstairs bathroom.
    And visit friends but...
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    I have flaccid joints, and my ankles...

    I have flaccid joints, and my ankles roll/collapse out so I always wear boots. I wear Converse canvas lace up high tops or leather boots with side zips. I need good access because my ankles are so...
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    Thank you again FPF. I have loved reading every...

    Thank you again FPF. I have loved reading every one of Melanie's articles, she so eloquently describes her life and journey with SCI.

    We are so fortunate that you are reproducing Melanie's column...
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    One major outcome from not weight bearing for...

    One major outcome from not weight bearing for years is you develop osteoporosis. I recently fell out of my chair and broke my leg. The surgeon who operated, ( I had to have my femur plated and...
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    Oh, I love reading her articles. I have read a...

    Oh, I love reading her articles. I have read a book by the author she mentions, Jane Smiley. The book is called 'Horse Heaven', and I really recommend it.
    Thank you so much for posting Melanie's...
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    Hi Jen, I was diagnosed in May 2007 and am T7...

    Hi Jen, I was diagnosed in May 2007 and am T7 complete and also flaccid. Mine came on slowly over a few months which I gather is a bit unusual. It took until November of that year before I was in the...
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    WFE, I tried the Oxybutynin patches for a few...

    WFE, I tried the Oxybutynin patches for a few weeks, I didn't want to take it orally because of the drying problem but the patches gave me a skin rash.
    Why are you having to cath more since the...
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    That's encouraging to know, I think i would be...

    That's encouraging to know, I think i would be prepared to do it if the injections lasted more than the 3 to 5 months that my doctor suggested.
    i'd be very glad not to be worrying about wetting...
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    i have just seen a new physician who suggested I...

    i have just seen a new physician who suggested I have botox in my bladder. I have a SP catheter but due to high pressure and spasms in my bladder I often pee in my pants. He thinks it will help. I...
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    Thanks Dd and GL for your replies, I am also keen...

    Thanks Dd and GL for your replies, I am also keen to know how people weaned off gabapentin. like over what period, and what are the withdrawals like? It's hard to contemplate being in more or worse...
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    changing meds- need help

    I am about to be changed over from 2700mg of Gabapentin a day to another drug called Cymbalta. (can't remember the pharmaceutical name), it's an anti-depressant.
    Like so many other similar drugs...
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    ktv, I have a sp catheter and use a clamping...

    ktv, I have a sp catheter and use a clamping valve too. I release mine like you every 2 hours, and have never had a uti or reflux issue. I leak a tiny bit through my stoma around the catheter, not...
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    Patrick, I'm T7 complete. I can barely fit one...

    Patrick, I'm T7 complete. I can barely fit one finger between the back of my knee and the start of my cushion. What is the significance of that?
    The back of my chair is really bad, it's become so...
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    I love this woman. I devour everything she...

    I love this woman. I devour everything she writes. She makes me laugh and cry, she is my hero and the anti-hero.
    I am only a humble Para but you write for me Melanie, thank you.
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    Thanks Patrick, I thought it was just because I...

    Thanks Patrick, I thought it was just because I failed miserably at Maths in school!
    NW, you startled me!
    I will have to do the measuring tonight. My sitting position puts my middle fingers over...
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    This issue is really confusing for me. to...

    This issue is really confusing for me.
    to explain.... I have been having shoulder problems, a rotator cuff, tear in one of the tendons, and my physiotherapist says that I slouch in my chair and my...
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