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    Like Tetracyclone said, you would probably...

    Like Tetracyclone said, you would probably respond really well to targeted physical therapy / exercise. Focus on building and strengthening your weakened muscles and improving your coordination /...
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    I'll be there and speaking in one of the panel...

    I'll be there and speaking in one of the panel discussions.
  3. Based on my experience in the DME world, that's...

    Based on my experience in the DME world, that's exactly how it works. Of course, the insurance company isn't likely to pay the full amount, but, because of how convoluted the insurance industry is,...
  4. I would bet Rshadd has private insurance. They...

    I would bet Rshadd has private insurance. They have their own rules about allowable amounts and what the co-pay applies to. If it is actually Medicare or a Medicaid plan, then yeah, might be a ripoff.
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    As far as I know, you can continue on with the...

    As far as I know, you can continue on with the ExPD program outside of the clinical trial for a monthly fee.

    Do you think the pressure sore had anything to do with your participating in the rowing...
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    Nothing to add about Denver, but, just curious,...

    Nothing to add about Denver, but, just curious, have you tried the ExPD program at Spaulding? https://spauldingrehab.org/conditions-services/exercise-disabilities
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    The running joke about surgeons is that the only...

    The running joke about surgeons is that the only outcome they track is mortality. So as long as you didn't die on their table, "the operation was a success!"
  8. She lost funding specifically because she wasn't...

    She lost funding specifically because she wasn't reporting negative results -- she only reported positive results....
  9. We ship 2x4 oval Valutrodes with the MyoCycle....

    We ship 2x4 oval Valutrodes with the MyoCycle. RTI also uses Axelgaard electrodes, though you might be using the PALS line. We offer a subscription service for electrodes for FES-cycling that's about...
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    Sorry, I should have emphasized the something. ...

    Sorry, I should have emphasized the something.



    This is all true, and it boils down to the risks vs. the benefits. Is the risk of the surgery and months training until you see any results...
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    I agree wholeheartedly that something is better...

    I agree wholeheartedly that something is better than nothing. That said, I'm not sure this is the something you're looking for yet.

    There is some controversy surrounding Harkema's research, so I...
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    Even if the placement were the same, the...

    Even if the placement were the same, the stimulation output by pain stimulators is designed to block nerve signals. The kind of stimulation you want needs to activate nerves, not block them. So, at...
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    I totally understand and would probably do the...

    I totally understand and would probably do the same if I were in your position. Just be sure to factor the risks into your decision making process. I know a bit about stimulation and can try to...
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    Researchers are doing what they can. Ultimately,...

    Researchers are doing what they can. Ultimately, it's not their responsibility to bring this technology to market. It's the responsibility of the company that will be selling the stimulators.
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    We're based in Gainesville, FL. Been here for 13...

    We're based in Gainesville, FL. Been here for 13 years now and it continues to grow on me. I know a few people in wheelchairs here, but not many, so I can't really say if it's ideal or not. There is...
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    If you're working with a DME supplier, they...

    If you're working with a DME supplier, they should know what to do and be able to guide you. If I were you, I would call the customer service number on the back of your Aetna insurance card and get a...
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    I just went on a Royal Caribbean cruise from...

    I just went on a Royal Caribbean cruise from Tampa to Cozumel. I'm not in a wheelchair, but I saw quite a few wheelchair users enjoying themselves on the cruise. Seems like a great accessible...
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    I subscribe to the idea that the more plants you...

    I subscribe to the idea that the more plants you eat, the better your health will be (up to a point of diminishing returns), so the majority of my diet is made up of whole plant foods. I do eat...
  19. Provided your abdominal muscles are still...

    Provided your abdominal muscles are still innervated (doesn't require that you have feeling), the muscles will contract when electrically stimulated. Repeated contractions can strengthen and grow...
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    That makes a lot of sense. Probably trying to...

    That makes a lot of sense. Probably trying to prevent transfer of "superbug" bacteria outside hospitals.
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    Thanks for sharing. I think I'll attend.

    Thanks for sharing. I think I'll attend.
  22. Thread: FES Bike

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    I strongly recommend reading Sam Maddox's First...

    I strongly recommend reading Sam Maddox's First 90 Days book (https://scifirst90days.com/). It has a section on exercise and talks about FES bikes. Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation also talks...
  23. Just to clarify so everyone understands what's...

    Just to clarify so everyone understands what's going on here.

    The subject had an SCI, T6 ASIA B, "with no motor function in the lower extremities and no sensation below the injury level except...
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    If it's not the cabling, then it's something...

    If it's not the cabling, then it's something internal to the stimulator. That could mean any number of dozens of components may have failed. You'd need a handy electrical engineer to diagnose and...
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    In case you weren't aware, here is what RTI says...

    In case you weren't aware, here is what RTI says to people who purchase a used RT300:

    In response to your inquiry about purchasing an RT300 privately, first I want to make you aware that RTI,...
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