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  1. K

    Wrist To fuse or not to fuse...

    As an update. The severe tendonitis really bothers me. I still haven’t had my thumb fusion because of the corona virus. And rehab exercises for the tendonitis involves flexing the wrist. Ugh!!
  2. K

    Wrist To fuse or not to fuse...

    No, there are no exercises that I. can do. I just deal with it.
  3. K

    Wrist To fuse or not to fuse...

    The best part of my fusions is that I have no more pain in my wrists. I drive with no problem. But I am using tendons and ligaments that are not usually used for certain tasks. So I have pain in my elbow area. I can no longer write legibly and picking things up from the floor is difficult...
  4. K

    Wrist To fuse or not to fuse...

    I had both wrists fused.. one in 2016 and the other in 2017 I think. Happy to share my experience. Merry
  5. K

    Don't want surgery

    I have trashed shoulders and do not want surgery. I have had bilateral knees and then both revised, hip replaced, both wrists fused. CMC arthroplasties (both) and then revised..bilateral carpal tunnel surgery and just recently a lumbar fusion and a spinal stimulator. I am surgeried out. I don't...
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    Affordable Care Act - USA

    I am not doubting you. I am very much against the guy with the yellow hair. I am just saying that hopefully the system can be tweaked so that it works better for all. There are stlll issues that need fixing. I have many pre existing issues. So I know personally about the impact that disolving...
  7. K

    Affordable Care Act - USA

    i think the ACA needs tweaking but not taken away. Hopefully no matter who wins the election, we will have a better syatem.
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    LTKR - 25th November - support really welcome

    @SuperSnapper.. I would never ever touch a NSAID again ever. There are other drugs out there today. I have been on hydromorphone (Dilaudid) for a long time. For me it works.
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    LTKR - 25th November - support really welcome

    I am tagging @Poppet from the hip forum. She too has CKD.
  10. K

    LTKR - 25th November - support really welcome

    I also have CKD but I am under the care of a nephrologist. I believe I have it from my excessive use of NSAIDS before I knew better. I use Dilaudid for pain relief.. No contrast for MRIs.. And I personally keep tabs on my blood work. I recently had surgery and the surgeon ordered meds that...
  11. K

    Knee Infection Revision in Two Days

    I heard from John's wife today and he got through the surgery ok. Definitely infected but no damage to bone and tissues. Thanks everyone for welcoming him. I know he will be back once he can.
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    Knee Infection Revision in Two Days

    @RestAssured @Jamie @Josephine This is a friend of mine. Retiring Tues and going in for surgery Wed. Told him about BS so wanted him to hopefully get some input and help him go into surgery feeling better. Thx Merry
  13. K

    Surprise medical bills

    Technically you only have to get an ABN if the procedure is over $500 for US Medicare. Have had 15 surgeries in last 5 yrs (including 7 joint replacements) and with Original Medicare (not HMO) and a Medigap policy and 6 yrs of PT I have never paid a dime. Please be sure you have that 2nd policy.
  14. K

    obese patient without much hope

    This surgery is expensive. You want to have insurance and you can drop it after the surgery if you need to. To give you an example.. My BTHR was about $8500 just for the surgeon. Medicare approved about $1800 and between Medicare and my secondary I paid $0. The dr had to write off the...
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    obese patient without much hope

    We are so glad that you have found this great family. No, it is not fraud at all. When you turn 65, you have to go on Medicare. But your group health plan could become your secondary. I totally understand the financial difficulties. Be careful when you choose a plan when open enrollment comes...
  16. K

    TKR Need Help and Encouragement, please...

    Oh so sorry to hear you are having issues. Can you see someone else. My goal was to be able to clean behind the toilet.. 90 degrees did not do it. You are entitled to a better life. We all know how pain becomes the center of one's life. Please find another doctor. Your insurance should cover it.
  17. K

    THR Left hip replaced and going to feel terrific

    Thanks Sharon. I try the humor all of the time. Has gotten me through my worst moments. The cartwheels haven't come yet and I am disappointed. But it sucks to still be on opiates (though a low dose) for all of these years. And having severe stenosis in my back doesn't help but I truly dont...
  18. K

    obese patient without much hope

    I totally understand the problems with insurance. You cannot be denied any longer for pre-existing conditions. Does your state have an exchange plan under "Obamacare"? Have you looked into that? Have you looked into Medicaid? I don't usually ask people to private message me, but since we need...
  19. K

    THR Left hip replaced and going to feel terrific

    Thanks Poppet..I think if we knew what was causing the pain it could be fixed. Can you fix old age?
  20. K

    If you live alone...Go to In Patient Rehab or Recovery Home Alone?

    I think I has unusual experiences. I stayed first time in what was known as the Hyatt VI.. in the acute rehab section. The food was wonderful.. Steak.. Perrier water.. I kid you not. Staff wonderful very high end. The second time.. As the Vi didnt have room I stayed at the other high end...

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