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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw the ortho surgeon today and he is going to try to clean out what arthritis that he can, repair the rotator cuff and labram and hopefully do all of this arthroscopeably. That is a lot better than replacing the whole shoulder. The only problem is that when I had my knee's scoped it was less than a year before I had to have my knees replaced so I figure that the shoulder will be the same way. I guess we will have to wait and see. Thanks for your prayers. They really mean a lot to me.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
This sounds like it was encouraging. How long until they do the work? Even though there will still be the recovery time hopefully it will be less that if it was replaced. Even if it only buys you time it sounds like it could be worth it. Have a blessed night!

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   Posted 6/22/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations nurse! That is a big relief, I'm sure! I know that it still won't be an easy operation by any means, but at least you get to keep your joint! Hopefully your shoulder will last a lot longer than your knees did! When is the surgical date? I'm still keeping you in my prayers! Best of luck with the surgery! I know you'll do just fine. You're an old pro (unfortunately).


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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
That does sound a bit more encouraging than the total replacement. And like skeye said, hopefully a should lasts longer than a knee.

Wishing all the best for you!


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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Nurse2, I agree this does sound more encouraging. Please let us know when you are having this surgery. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you do get relief. It sure sounds better than a replacement. You'll have all of our support and well wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
YIPPPEEEE that is such a great prognoses. Hopefully when they get in there they won't have to divert from the plan. Theres always that chance which you know from your knee surgery.

But hey at least you can go sleepy sleepy on the table with a smile....

39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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   Posted 6/23/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
That is much better news than what you were expecting. Hopefully, you will be able to get some much needed relief this way and it will last far longer than you expect. Please make sure to keep us advised as to when you will be having surgery. We want to be able to make sure to check in and see how you are progressing.
best wishes to you nurse,
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery date is scheduled for July 1st. Not sure what time yet. As you said, at least I'll get a little sleep for a few hours even if it is when they are cutting into my shoulder. I've had this same surgery in this same arm about 4 yrs. ago and I don't remember how long the recuperation time is but I don't remember any problems post op. I'm telling you what , this fibro makes me look like a total idiot a lot of the time! My memory truly sucks and so does my spelling. I used to be one of those people who other people came to to ask how to spell something and now I struggle everyday on how to spell things. So I'll give everyone a big "Sorry" concerning the spelling that goes on when I write.
The pitting edema is gone and I have lost 7 lbs. in the last 10 days. I hope the other 20 comes off as well from the medicine trial.
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Thank you for the wonderful responses and prayers. You don't know how much they mean to me. To have a place where you can talk about what is going on in your life and with your body and not be judged as a hypochondriac is so wonderful.
I wish all of you a peaceful night full of restful sleep.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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