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Had Surgery Last Week.

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I just thought I would post this. I mentioned in a couple posts in the last few weeks, that I was going to have to have more spinal cord surgery to remove a tumor recurrence. I actually had to have two small tumors removed from my lower back about six inches apart. I was told there would be a chance of motor deficiet and paralysis, due to the fact that they had already cut me once in the same spot. Well I had my surgery Tuesady the 19 at Duke University Medical Center and everthing went great. I had to lay flat on my back until this past Saturday. When they let me up to start my walking and such, I ended up walking a measuured 1/2 around the Nueroscience floor the frist day. I was relaesed Sunday after walking around 3/4 Sunday. I knew I was going to be fine because I was in good shape, but I suprised everyone including my self. I still have to doue some radation therapy even though the tumors were considerd benign but I feel great, not having to use pain killers and I should be ready to hit the water once spring arives. Sorry fo the long post but I am really excited and fornuante that everything went so well.

Big T

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Thanks Preach4bass,

I feel great, I had great doctors and lots of prayers. I did so well I almost felt bad, because I was up walking after a major surgery and the floor I was on, housed pateints who had strokes, back and neck surgery etc. Some could even walk on their own. Not trying to brag or minimize own surgery, but I was not half as bad off as some of the other patients. It hepld that I was in good physical shape before the surgery.

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Great to hear your doing good.

I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted 2 weeks ago..I was out of the hospital the same day and never touched the pain pills they gave me(had trouble kicking them a while back).

I did PT all the way up until surgery and I think that made a huge difference in my recovery and the pain..

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 You've got a right to be excited ;D and glad you're doing so well 8-)...

                                As Ever,

                                 skillet

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That's great news.  Sounds like your strong and healthy.  And good choice by staying away from those pain pills as long as possible.  Thos things can be VERY addicting so be careful.  Peace....

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T.,

You remind me of a guy in our Church.  He got struck by lightening about two years ago and has still not recovered from the shock (stroke-like symptoms).  He's out of work, so when he's having a good day (healthwise) I take him visiting in the hospital with me.  Every time we leave he talks about how you can always find someone who's worse off than you.  He amazes me.  This guy's life has been turned completely upside down, and he's more worried about others than himself.  Anyway, like I said, you reminded me of him with your statements above.

You never know how your injury/illness can be used to help someone else out.

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Glad to hear everything went well.  What section of the spine was the procedure performed on?  While you recover, you can definitley get your fishing fix on the forum.

I'm awaiting spinal cord surgery myself.  I originally injured it about a year ago.  I ruptured the base of my spine internally, therefore it's leaking spinal cord fluid through a large tear.  There is a herniation at L5-S1 as well.  As I get closer to my procedure I'll PM you with some questions if that's ok.

Spring will be here soon.  Then you can make-up for some lost time on the water.   :)  Take care.

-Shaun

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Big T., glad things went, and, are going well.  Will keep you in my prayers that your recovery continues well.

Take care,

Eddie

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Great news!

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Glad to hear everything is going well. Good luck.

Falcon

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Great to hear your doing okay!  You definitely found yourself on the operating table of one of the premier medical facilities in the country!  

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Big T,

Wonderful news.

So glad all is well.

Now, get back on the water and do some fishing.

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Thanks Guys for all the support. There is definately a great bunch of people on here. One thing that I have found that has helped me during both sugeries is a positive attitude. I believe a positive attitude is over half of the battle.

T.

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OUTSTANDING news!!! Super glad to hear that things went well for you and that you'll be able to pursue your fishing passion SOON!!

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Great to hear your doing good.

I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted 2 weeks ago..I was out of the hospital the same day and never touched the pain pills they gave me(had trouble kicking them a while back).

I did PT all the way up until surgery and I think that made a huge difference in my recovery and the pain..

 My wife has one of those works very well for her.

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ba7ss3in,

I may have too take you up on that. I noticed that I have you on my buddy list, you are located in Wilmington right.

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