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4/4/12 10:46 A

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Hi Jade and welcome to the team!

I don't have a problem specifically with pain from cold, but the winter weather, snow and ice always cause me discomfort.

Hope the move to Fla helps!

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4/4/12 12:09 A

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It sounds to me like pain due to the cold is much more common than what my doctor is telling me. Is there anything that you do that helps the pain?


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4/4/12 12:04 A

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Welcome to the team!

I totally understand what you both have said about the cold. These Oklahoma winters make me absolutely miserable.


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4/3/12 12:11 P

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Thanks for replying Kimberly. I intend to do the same and move from Virginia to Florida! :-)

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4/3/12 11:47 A

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Welcome Jade,
I do not know how cold effects most people, but since mt first surgery at 14, cold makes my life miserable. Even showers I hate, unless I can heat up the bathroom space for half an hour and I won't get into my pool in FL until it is at least 89 degrees and even then I feel cold if I don't keep moving. Cold is why I had to get out of Virginia. The winters would cause me to walk much slower, keeping me in the cold and making it much worse.
I saw you posted about filing for disablity and I have no knowledge of that because I never did. I just always lived off my parents.


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4/3/12 9:52 A

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Hi all-I had a lumbar fusion L5-S1 in 2005 due to a workers comp injury. I went through 5 months of PT and had one prednisone injection. I had nerve damage prior to the surgery, and I would say that the surgery was a success, as the nerve damage disappeared. A residual result of this surgery is that I am extremely sensitive to cold, whether it is due to cold weather in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. This causes my low back pain level to reach sometimes a 9 and I have decreased range of motion as well.

In 2009, I had a cervical fusion, C4-C5, C5-6 and C6-7, with the incision being on the left side of the front of my neck. In February 2012, I had a refusion of C4-5, with the incision being center, back of my neck. I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Prognosis is not promising, as the doc says that this will continue to affect parts of my spine and that I will continually get worse. In cold weather and air conditioning, I have the same problem with sensitivity and pain.

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