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#1 hannibal

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:38 PM

Wondering for those that have screws and rods in there back if they experince any problems in the summer with the hardware heating up? I have almost 0 sensation in my trunk, but can feel heat when it gets extremely bad and this is often delayed. Just wondering if its gonna be a problem.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:43 PM

I can't say it has ever been a problem, they would have to heat up way above body temperature (37ºC) which would make for a really, really hot day and one that you probably wouldn't tolerate being out for an extended period of time in the sun anyway.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

So super villians could have a problem with this then?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:37 PM

Guess I will wait for the summer to kick in and find out.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

no, I've never had a problem and have had them for almost 6 years. Unless you start cooking yourself from the inside out, I don't think this is ever possible.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:09 PM

I wondered the same thing. This will be my first summer with hardware. I am sporting rods and screws in my back, and plates and screws in my pelvis and forearm. I would assume since the cold did not affect it at all this winter, then summer probably won't.
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:20 PM

Titainium isa strong metal with very low density meaning a low electrical and themal conductivity. With a melting point of over 3000 degrees F and tensile strength of up to 63 000psi, If it ever does melt or break I'm gunna assume you've got bigger problems
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:22 PM

^^^^ :)
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:31 AM

heat or cold wont affect stuff in ya back,but something that could is infection.about a year alfter i broke my back i fell down a river bank,as iv throwen myself out of the chair i broke my hip,so plate and screws in that.almost a year after,a massive infection on and in the scar on hip,so off to hospital again they said the infection was in the bone where the screws were.so had too take every thing out of my hip........so i recon if that hapend in my hip wats stoping that from hapening in my back.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:10 AM

The cold actually makes me more aware of my hardware. The rods themselves may not be changing temperature, but it sure feels like it.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:19 AM

All I know is for ME on cold days I feel like crap my legs and back get tight and my back hurts soo much, but on warm days I feel a whole lot better, like it was already said Im more aware of my hardware when its cold.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:39 AM

heat or cold wont affect stuff in ya back,but something that could is infection.about a year alfter i broke my back i fell down a river bank,as iv throwen myself out of the chair i broke my hip,so plate and screws in that.almost a year after,a massive infection on and in the scar on hip,so off to hospital again they said the infection was in the bone where the screws were.so had too take every thing out of my hip........so i recon if that hapend in my hip wats stoping that from hapening in my back.

Thas true. After "somebody" :dry: broke my femer they stuck a rod and a couple of pins in it. About 5 months later my knee swelled up until it split open and a bunch of pus came pouring out. Thas when they decided to remove it. It never really felt right, plus I was stuck inside most of that time anyway, so I can't say much as to how the temp really affected it, but there were a couple of screw heads that stuck out of my knee about 1/8-1/4 inch. :doh: Wonder why I hate that hospital

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

The cold effect my rods in my back more than heat. I've had no problems in the summer, in the winter though :cold:

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:21 AM

still think its in ya heads,about the cold........but ill give it a test this winnter coming and get back too yous about it

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:20 AM

I have almost 0 sensation in my trunk, but can feel heat when it gets extremely bad and this is often delayed. Just wondering if its gonna be a problem.


C5 incomplete with sensation to my toes. Yet I can't distinguish between Hot & Cold below my Belly Button "Naval" At the Skin surface. This causes Me to too often almost over Heat myself "Heat Exhaustion" if im Not Careful. "Heat Stroke if I'm not Super careful" cause No matter how Hot it gets, I never Sweat a drop!

Good Luck. Hope your Summer is Great! :D

still think its in ya heads,about the cold........but ill give it a test this winnter coming and get back too yous about it

Why wait until Winter? Just push into the local grocery store meat freezer for a couple hours! :D
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:05 AM

I have almost 0 sensation in my trunk, but can feel heat when it gets extremely bad and this is often delayed. Just wondering if its gonna be a problem.


C5 incomplete with sensation to my toes. Yet I can't distinguish between Hot & Cold below my Belly Button "Naval" At the Skin surface. This causes Me to too often almost over Heat myself "Heat Exhaustion" if im Not Careful. "Heat Stroke if I'm not Super careful" cause No matter how Hot it gets, I never Sweat a drop!

Good Luck. Hope your Summer is Great! :D

still think its in ya heads,about the cold........but ill give it a test this winnter coming and get back too yous about it

Why wait until Winter? Just push into the local grocery store meat freezer for a couple hours! :D

Better still..bottle shop......LOL

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:13 PM

I got enough titanium in my back to build an SR-71 Blackbird I think. I have had it for almost ten years now, and really I don't remember many problems other than the first few years of my body getting used to the way I was "put" back together by the doctors. After a few years the weird sensations and pains went away, the cold seemed to affect me more, but that may be normal now just like the stiffness of weather changes is my new normal now. The summer heat is hard on me anyway, as I no longer sweat because of my SCI, my body has a hard time regulating body temerature. One of the joys of SCI I suppose, is having to re-learn what signals are left that your body sends to your brain reguarding heat, cold, pain and discomfort. I can tell, when I'm getting overheated outside when I feel a certain way, and I have learned to pay close attention to these feelings and act on them quickly as overheating comes very fast and can be dangerous when it starts.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:56 PM

just an idea,you know how dogs regulate there body temp with there tonges.may be on hot days we could all roll around with out tonges floping out,sucking up the breez.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:26 AM

just an idea,you know how dogs regulate there body temp with there tonges.may be on hot days we could all roll around with out tonges floping out,sucking up the breez.


Yeah, I can see me rolling around with my tongue hanging out and getting arrested for being a perverted cripple! :)
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:50 PM


just an idea,you know how dogs regulate there body temp with there tonges.may be on hot days we could all roll around with out tonges floping out,sucking up the breez.


Yeah, I can see me rolling around with my tongue hanging out and getting arrested for being a perverted cripple! :)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

Naww, I have these rods in my back for 10 yrs now, and knock on wood I never had any problems with them

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:37 AM

I definately suffer more in the cold with the metslwork, and feel better when its warm. But i think its just the effect of muscles/ tendons near the metal getting more tense in the cold and the unbending metal not helping.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

I find that the metalwork in my neck sparks alarmingly when I'm in the microwave oven. I therefore don't spend a lot of time in there and would recommend that others do the same.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

Ok, awesome, thanks everyone for the answers.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:52 PM

If your internal body temp drops enough to allow the metal inside your body to cool down, or heat up if that's the case, you've got some serious issues. Do the fillings in your teeth get hot?



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