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I have serious back pain a year after spinal fusion. Is this normal?

I have serious back pain a year after spinal fusion. Is this normal?

Failed back: Many people will continue to experience back pain after the surgery. It's called failed back syndrome. You should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more


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Is it normal to suffer from chronic lower back pain after having a spinal fusion 7 years ago?

Is it normal to suffer from chronic lower back pain after having a spinal fusion 7 years ago?

Yes: New problems can develop or you can develop problems over time simple from the body's response to the fusion over time (bone spurs, scar tissue, stenosis, etc). Get it checked out. Probably will need fresh mri. For patients who have had surgery would recommend high field with contrast. ...Read more

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Will spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

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Will  spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

Unlikely: Spine surgery has predictably good outcomes for neurological symptoms (pinched nerves) and symptomatic spinal instability (i.e. Severe fracture/dislocation, severe deformity, tumor, etc.). Spine surgery for neck/back pain without a neurological component is controversial, as outcomes are unpredictable. ...Read more

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Had spinal fusion 3 months ago. When does the back pain stop?

No surgery is great: For back pain. Except in very few pre-operative diagnosis/cases, surgery 4 back pain is not predictable. There are lots of reasons why one can have back pain. Only a few of the causes relate to the motion segments of the lumbar spine. Some relate to gi, gu, vascular causes to name a few. So having back pain & degenerative changes in your back doesn't imply back pain is from those imaging findings. ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe back pain from spinal fusion?

Tough situation: I am sorry you have this pain. There are many options from chronic medication management to spinal cord stimulators. If possible, avoid further surgery. See an experienced pain interventionalist who can give injections around the hardware and this may help with some of the pain and they also may be able to do the stimulator trials. I hope this helps and best of luck. ...Read more

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Is the medtronic cage a useful device to help people with back pain who need a spinal fusion?

Is the medtronic cage a useful device to help people with back pain who need a spinal fusion?

It is not the device: That is necessarily useful. It is making sure the right person is having the correct surgery for the appropriate indications by the "right" surgeon. There are lots of good devices on the market for spinal fusion surgery. The type of device is the least important factor in this scenario. ...Read more

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I am really fed up with this back pain has been going long time the new flare up since dec2012 suppose to have spinal fusion on l5s fractuedl5 help me?

Instability : Prolotherapy of the way to go to get rid of the back pain. Visit www.Proloshot.Com or www.Getporlo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org for a prolotherapy doctor to help you. ...Read more

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Will robaxin (methocarbamol) help chronic back pain due to spinal fusion?

Will robaxin (methocarbamol) help chronic back pain due to spinal fusion?

Robaxin (methocarbamol): is the centrally acting muscle relaxant, relieve acute musculoskeletal pain by reducing muscle contraction and are most effective when used adjunctively to rest and physical medicine. They are often prescribed in combination with other drugs such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen or caffeine. ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion 7 years ago and now I suffer from chronic lower back pain - is this normal?

Not Typically: If you are having severe chronic low back pain it is worth investigating to try and determine the cause. There may be some correctable problem. Alternatively, you may be a candidate for an implanted spinal cord stimulator. This might provide excellent pain relief. ...Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more