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Forum: The Big File 04-21-2010, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,221
Posted By 2cool4U
Neither helps me

Sitting in one place with good posture seems to work for me. However, standing in one place is just as bad as sitting in one place after a few hours for me. If I walk around and stretch, I feel...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-09-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,639
Posted By 2cool4U
A couple of answers

Chris,

I can confidently address a couple of your questions. Hopefully others will chime in on things, too. The Mckenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and treatment (MDT) has been well-tested...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-09-2010, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,808
Posted By 2cool4U
"A portion of the inferior articular facet of L5...

"A portion of the inferior articular facet of L5 was removed."

I think that's key here. ADR requires sacrificing of the anterior longitudinal ligament, thus slightly worsening the support...
Forum: The Big File 03-08-2010, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,161
Posted By 2cool4U
Short term versus long term

Guys, the problem with the concept of a brace is that it promotes weakening of the muscles necessary to support the low back. With decreased muscle strength eventually comes more pain, and it...
Forum: New Member Introductions 03-08-2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,808
Posted By 2cool4U
Not an absolute contraindication to ADR

Nerve compression can complicate the ADR surgery, but it does not prevent the attempt. My disk was pushing the left S1 nerve root around, although I only had S1 symptoms for a few weeks after the...
Forum: The Big File 03-03-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,129
Posted By 2cool4U
A good precautionary lesson

Jack, also sorry to hijack. Feel free to move this post to wherever is appropriate.

Harrison, I did look into the dysregulation stuff. It appears that these cases are a minority of vitamin D...
Forum: The Big File 03-02-2010, 12:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,129
Posted By 2cool4U
Not much risk of Vit D overdose

Current thinking on vitamin D replacement suggests that very high doses are easily tolerated. The risk of overdose is minimal. I was also taught that it is lumped in with the fat-soluble vitamins. ...
Forum: The Big File 02-28-2010, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,129
Posted By 2cool4U
Do $$ affect treatment choice?

I had another thought on this topic. IF those surgeon fees are typical for fusion and my expenses are typical for single level ADR, where is the incentive for a surgeon to go to the trouble of...
Forum: The Big File 02-25-2010, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,129
Posted By 2cool4U
Yes, thanks

Maybe because I was just so hopeful for recovery that I didn't care and probably because most of my ADR was covered except for my relatively high deductible as part of our self-insured HSA, but I...
Forum: The Big File 02-24-2010, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,129
Posted By 2cool4U
Fee versus payment

Jack,

Hope you're doing well. I was wondering about the surgeon's actual reimbursement. The fee for my ADR was north of $10K, but insurance only paid him around $2K. I called his billing office...
Forum: Insurance Hell 11-23-2009, 01:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,971
Posted By 2cool4U
Hmmm

Medicare rates are lower than private insurers in my region, often by a substantial amount. Medicaid rates are even lower still, less than half Medicare for many imaging studies. Beyond that,...
Forum: The Big File 11-10-2009, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,646
Posted By 2cool4U
Wink Keeping it civil, I hope

Jack,

Thanks for the fat-soluble vitamin advice. It's especially true for vit. A, which can cause liver failure if taken in high doses. As the saying goes about the other vitamins, Americans...
Forum: The Big File 11-10-2009, 10:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,646
Posted By 2cool4U
Well, its your money, but...

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Ironically, a [/SIZE][/FONT]homeopathic remedy from France (http://www.oscillo.com/about-oscillo/default.html) has been selling like hotcakes to help people ward off the...
Forum: The Big File 11-10-2009, 10:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,646
Posted By 2cool4U
Let the science guide the decision-making

Simple, really. Let me get this out of the way. The H1N1 vaccine is in no way different from the seasonal vaccine that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives over the years. If the H1N1 strain had...
Forum: The Big File 11-10-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,646
Posted By 2cool4U
The placebo effect

I'm guessing that this won't be the most popular thread on here, but this topic comes up frequently in medical care. I think everyone who goes through multiple treatments for back pain should be...
Forum: The Big File 10-23-2009, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,244
Posted By 2cool4U
Don't be surprised if that isn't possible. There...

Don't be surprised if that isn't possible. There is not an acceptable, proven grading system for facet disease. I'm not great at providing links, but try searching for facet grading systems on here...
Forum: The Big File 10-22-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,244
Posted By 2cool4U
Total cost

After insurance negotiations with the hospital, the total cost for my single level L5-S1 Charite ADR was $50K+, including everything. I stayed 3 nights. Put this price in the "midwest" geographic...
Forum: Insurance Hell 10-18-2009, 11:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,518
Posted By 2cool4U
Except your employer may have no other option

Unfortunate situation. However, how does an employee "run like the wind from self-funded plans?" It's not like an employee typically has several options of health care plans to choose from. And...
Forum: The Big File 10-11-2009, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,598
Posted By 2cool4U
Another possible cause

Maddie and ans,

I'm hesitant to post this, but with variable locations of pain and frustrating other symptoms, you should at least consider the idea of fibromyalgia or the other related chronic...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10-08-2009, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,098
Posted By 2cool4U
Leg weakness

Candee,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. There are many things that can be said, and I'm sure you've read a lot of them here.

About your leg weakness: That can be a significant...
Forum: The Big File 10-08-2009, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,563
Posted By 2cool4U
Post-op drives

Yeah, those 3 hr. post-op drives are a killer :). Sleep problems can be tough to face after this surgery. I would be up every 3-4 hrs with leg pain, so I'd go to the treadmill and do 10-15 mins at...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-05-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,785
Posted By 2cool4U
Activities

I can only give you my experience here. I was discharged on Thursday morning after surgery on Monday morning. We had a 3 hr. drive home which bothered me quite a bit b/c of bumpy roads. However,...
Forum: New Member Introductions 09-03-2009, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,785
Posted By 2cool4U
Back to work

Dale,

I also spend a lot of time sitting at work, although I can stand for long periods and still get my job done if I need to (height adjustable desks). I was back to work day 22, but I was...
Forum: Insurance Hell 08-30-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,518
Posted By 2cool4U
Greedy doctors, indeed.

Excellent article. Last time I checked, physician incomes accounted for about 14% of the total health care spending. That's right, 14%. The rest? Hospitals, insurance companies, home-health care...
Forum: The Big File 08-20-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,758
Posted By 2cool4U
No one?

Anyone? Anyone?

Bueller?

-tc-
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