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    Northwest Women Wheelers Network

    If you live in the Pacific Northwest-you may be interested in joining Northwest Women Wheelers Network. It's a social and support network for women who use wheelchairs for mobility. We have about 80...
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    neck pain improved after cervical fusion

    I had a fusion at C4/5 a couple of years ago because if neck pain and the pain absolutely improved. No problems since then.
  3. Thread: rectal tone

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    I chose a colostomy last September and am very...

    I chose a colostomy last September and am very happy with it. It has made my life so much easier. I am, however, a paraplegic with a low level injury, so I'm not sure you'd have the same experience....
  4. Thread: rectal tone

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    rectal tone

    I, too, have extreme rectal tone, and I ended up choosing to get a colostomy, which was a great decision. It has made my life much easier. I irrigate every other day and I now spend about an hour in...
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    Why avoid prunes?

    Why avoid prunes?
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    I was recently diagnosed with stage one...

    I was recently diagnosed with stage one infiltrating ductal carcinoma. I had surgery to remove a small lesion two days ago, as well as had some lymph nodes removed that will be tested to see if the...
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    I tried Lyrica a couple of years ago, and it was...

    I tried Lyrica a couple of years ago, and it was so disappointing. It helped my nerve pain but it made my legs and feet swell horribly so I had to stop taking it. I take Neurontin (also called...
  8. Ever thought about irrigating?

    Hi Stevie
    I irrigate every other day and never have any stool in my pouch. The irrigation cleans out the colon, sort of like an enema. I don't know how much hand function you have but the process is...
  9. Irrigation works great!

    Hi Shannon
    I am extremely happy with how the irrigation is going. I don't think the consistency is a problem. I never have stool in my pouch because I irrigate every other day. That's the beauty of...
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    Sticky: I have had my pump for three years and it still...

    I have had my pump for three years and it still doesn't work! I've had it replaced once already, been up to the highest does possible, and still I have spasms, most specifically clonus so bad that my...
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    thanks for the irrigation info

    Hey Arndog
    Thanks so much for all the useful info. I pee an awful lot as it is already. It's weird because I irrigate in the morning, yet I have the problem at night after I lie down. I think the...
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    Irrigating with a colostomy

    I am T10/11 incomplete para. After months (and years) of struggling with my bowels I finally had a colostomy, which I'm very happy with. It has simplified my bowel program and given me hours back...
  13. pasty stool

    You know, I don't know if it's a bad thing or not, but it certainly is annoying to me. It's way messier (is that a word?) and it seems like if the stool was formed it would not take so long to come...
  14. bag and dogs

    I have two Labs and an Eskie and none of them seem interested in mine at all. Aren't Labs the best???
  15. irrigation

    Hi Shannon
    My ostomy nurse (who's fantastic, BTW) says it's probably the best for me. I have a problem of going several times a day, which is totally annoying. So I go through bags like crazy. If I...
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    Pacific Northwest Women's Support Group

    The Northwest Women Wheeler's Network is a social and support group consisting of wheeling women from all "walks" of life. Ages range from 20s to 70s. Our group started after an SCI forum on women's...
  17. I am T10/11 incomplete para and just had a...

    I am T10/11 incomplete para and just had a colostomy three weeks ago. I decided on it after struggling for years with bowel issues. I have IBS (even before injury) and ended up spending upwards to...
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    morphine/baclofen pump

    Just thought I'd share my recent experience and see if anyone has had similar. I am t10/11 incomplete with severe neuropathic pain 12 years post. Also severe spasms. I opted for the pump and it was...
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