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  1. Try posting this on eBay. This is really a chair...

    Try posting this on eBay. This is really a chair designed for the frail elderly population and not for active people with SCI/D. You are much more likely to find a buyer there.

    (KLD)
  2. You do know that in much of the Southern USA it...

    You do know that in much of the Southern USA it gets pretty cold in the winter, right?

    Just a few suggestions:
    Drive the Natchez Trace from Tennessee to Natchez, MS. Many historic places to...
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    This type of brace is called a KAFO (Knee, ankle,...

    This type of brace is called a KAFO (Knee, ankle, foot orthosis). They really need to be custom made by a good orthotist to fit properly. Have you asked your physician to order them and submit to...
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    Where was the cancer originally? what is your...

    Where was the cancer originally?
    what is your level of spinal cord injury?
    pbr
  5. Thread: Bowel regime

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    Metamucil works to hold water in the stool and...

    Metamucil works to hold water in the stool and keep it soft, as well as increase the bulk of the stool, stimulating more peristalsis. Combined with a good bowel care regimen, it should not cause any...
  6. Thread: hemorroid ?

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    That would be up to the colorectal surgeon...

    That would be up to the colorectal surgeon treating you. The least invasive procedure is best if possible (banding or injections) but not all hemorrhoids, especially internal ones, can be handled...
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    You should get an annual screening (at least an...

    You should get an annual screening (at least an ultrasound) of your kidneys, ureters, and bladder, looking for stones, hydronephrosis, and other complications that can often be totally silent as far...
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    Sadly, we lost a lot of women members to a few...

    Sadly, we lost a lot of women members to a few male members who were very sexist in their remarks, and which Wise was reluctant to ban. By the time they were banned, many woman had left. This was a...
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    NoDecafPlz was a very active member, but...

    NoDecafPlz was a very active member, but unfortunately has not visited here since 2016.

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    Kidney stones don't cause bladder spasms, but...

    Kidney stones don't cause bladder spasms, but they can seed bacteria over and over into the urine, causing UTIs, which can cause bladder spasm. Stones hide bacteria and protect them from antibiotics...
  11. Thread: hemorroid ?

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    Yes, hemorrhoids are common in people with SCI,...

    Yes, hemorrhoids are common in people with SCI, for several reasons, including:


    Sitting most of the time when out of bed (truck drivers get them too)
    Chronic constipation (hard stool)...
  12. Thread: sp tube?

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    Are you maintaining a closed system? Do you...

    Are you maintaining a closed system?

    Do you clean the catheter outside the stoma when washing the stoma area daily? Do you use an antibacterial soap for this?

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    So sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. ...

    So sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis.

    Will you be having surgery? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Immunotherapy?

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    No. Have you been screened for kidney stones?...

    No.

    Have you been screened for kidney stones?

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  15. Thread: Bowel regime

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    Metamucil is not a laxatives. It should be taken...

    Metamucil is not a laxatives. It should be taken daily.

    Why do you need a neurologist? A good physiatrist who specializes in SCI/D would seem more appropriate for your needs.

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    Most experts in kyphoplasty are orthopedic spinal...

    Most experts in kyphoplasty are orthopedic spinal surgeons, not interventional radiologists. Find one through you closest university hospital or trauma center.

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  17. Impossible to tell from just a photo. Shingles...

    Impossible to tell from just a photo. Shingles will follow a nerve path. You need to get a swab or scrapping of the area by a physician to get a more definite diagnosis. Meanwhile don't let anyone...
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    Vancomycin installation really is indicated for...

    Vancomycin installation really is indicated for prevention of UTI & colonization, not for treatment of UTIs or eradication of colonization. It doesn't manage symptoms such as burning, spasm, etc...
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    In my experience, surgical revision is usually...

    In my experience, surgical revision is usually required eventually. Urethral dilators used for a Mitrofanoff may indeed damage the continence mechanism of the conduit.
    I would recommend a second...
  20. Thread: Bowel regime

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    No more than one change per week. Why do you...

    No more than one change per week.

    Why do you think Metamucil will cause accidents?

    It takes15-30 min. for the gastrocolic reflex to kick in after drinking a hot liquid or eating food.

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    Bard flip-flow or Hollister vinyl bag (as above)....

    Bard flip-flow or Hollister vinyl bag (as above).

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    Are you using the standard twist valve on your...

    Are you using the standard twist valve on your Urocare bag or the add-on flip valve?

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    You would have to pay for this unless you have...

    You would have to pay for this unless you have long-term care insurance or a private insurance that covers respite care, and few facilities would consider this for a stay of less than 1-2 weeks....
  24. Thread: Bowel regime

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    No, obstructive megacolon is not diagnosed with a...

    No, obstructive megacolon is not diagnosed with a colonoscopy.

    You should have better bowel care results doing it 30 after a meal that includes some fat or hot liquid.

    A GI specialist is best...
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    If you use a straight catheter with a funnel end,...

    If you use a straight catheter with a funnel end, you can attach any drainage bag to it easily. You don't need a prescription to buy a drainage bag. Try Amazon.

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