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Can a Parkinson's patient have back surgery? I heard it was hard on such patients, but my mom has had bad back pain for two years.

Can a Parkinson's patient have back surgery? I heard it was hard on such patients, but my mom has had bad back pain for two years.

See an orthopode: First, she needs to be examined, have a back x-ray to determine if she even needs back surgery. See an orthopedic surgeon first and have her evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (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


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I have been on amitriptyline 50 mg for about 25 years now. Initially prescribed for back pain after surgery with no sleep. It did help greatly, I stay?

I have been on amitriptyline 50 mg for about 25 years now. Initially prescribed for back pain after surgery with no sleep. It did help greatly, I stay?

Still helping?: If you feel you still need it, it's reasonable to continue it. There's no report of accumulation or dependence (addiction). However, your dose is tiny and after 25 years, I'll bet it isn't doing anything. Have you tried a "drug holiday" (going off it)? ...Read more

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Had low back pain for ten years, over last year it has been constant and gets worse with activities. Time for surgery?

Had low back pain for ten years, over last year it has been constant and gets worse with activities. Time for surgery?

No: Surgery is considered for back pain if you have cauda equina syndrome, which is pain radiating from your back down your leg to your toes, accompanied by numbness, weakness, muscle loss, diminished reflexes and problems controlling urine, or if you have imaging documented spinal instability or compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots (spinal stenosis). Non-radiating back pain doesn't qualify. ...Read more

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Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, I had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, I had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

I'm: I'm sorry you're having trouble getting relief of your pain. Based on your description, you have facet mediated pain most likely from facet arthropathy (arthritis). It sounds as though you have exhausted many of the non-operative options available for your problem. Some other options (you may or may not have tried already) include acupuncture, physical therapy, oral medications, and lumbar traction. None of these methods are a "cure-all" but they may give you enough relief to make the situation tolerable and avoid surgery.

If you fail all of these measures and continue to have pain that interferes with your quality of life you might consider surgery. There are some newer techniques that have not stood the test of time (facet joint replacement) but the gold standard is lumbar fusion. It is reliable surgery in the properly indicated patient. You would need to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with your surgeon, but don't expect 100% relief of pain. If you can accept 75% improvement in your pain condition, that would be a reasonable expectation.

Good luck, hope you find relief. ...Read more

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I have disc protrusion 2 years I dnt have back pain and leg pain now days I feel numbness on hand when I sitting in floor. Do I need surgery?

I have disc protrusion 2 years I dnt have back pain and leg pain now days I feel numbness on hand when I sitting in floor. Do I need surgery?

It depends: The decision to recommend surgery is multifactorial and you would be best served by seeing your physician to start working through the causes of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm having lower back pain. I had surgery on my back 2 years ago for a herniated disk. I tried motrin and Soma (carisoprodol) for pain nothing helps. Any ideas please?

I'm having lower back pain. I had surgery on my back 2 years ago for a herniated disk. I tried motrin and Soma (carisoprodol) for pain nothing helps. Any ideas please?

Instability: Some patients develop instability after discectomy due to loss of disc material and perhaps some pre-existing instability which led to the herniation in the first place. You should see your surgeon and be evaluated. Most of the time physical therapy is all it takes to alleviate these symptoms. If you have pain which radiates to your leg, those might be from a recurrent disc. ...Read more

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CT scan 2 years ago showed large hiatal hernia containing most of my stomach. Have severe chest and back pain at times after eating. Do I need surgery?

CT scan 2 years ago showed large hiatal hernia containing most of my stomach. Have severe chest and back pain at times after eating. Do I need surgery?

Surgery?: You might or might not need surgery. If your surgeon recommends it I would follow his/her advice. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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My father had back surgery years ago and still has back pain sometimes. He had a sliped disc is there anything he can do for it?

Yes: Even though disc surgery is usually successful it does not restore you to a normal back but makes a bad situation better. There is ongoing degenerative changes that occur & are accelerated at the operated disc level which can lead to back pain which is best controlled by regular exercise, weight control & avoiding smoking. Otc medication can help as needed as well as a simple back support ...Read more

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Severe low back pain on/off for years, after open gallbladder surgery it has hurt constantly. Sitting/ are ok. Cannot walk/stand for more than 1min without pain in low back. Leaning over/sitting help?

Severe low back pain on/off for years, after open gallbladder surgery it has hurt constantly. Sitting/ are ok. Cannot walk/stand for more than 1min without pain in low back. Leaning over/sitting help?

Low back pain: The gallbladder surgery is unrelated to the low back pain. The symptoms that you describe are caused by lumbar spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. The narrowing is caused by bulging discs, overgrowth of the ligaments and facet joints. See a neurosurgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do?

I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago I have chronic back pain what can I do?

Talk to surgeon: There are various options for the treatment of chronic back pain, however, you might want to check with your surgeon and get their opinion. ...Read more

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I have lumbar disk hernia for 10 years, which causes back pain and discomfort in left leg, is surgery a first option?

I have lumbar disk hernia for 10 years, which causes back pain and discomfort in left leg, is surgery a first option?

No: Conservative treatment is recommended first, may include pt/anti inflam med/posture & ergonomics. Other options may include medications that target the nerve, ie, gabpentin/lyrica. Epidural steroid injections can be helpful as well esp. For the leg pain. Surgery may be an option if all else fails, and in urgent situations such as progressive leg weakness and/or loss of bowel or bladder control ...Read more

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I'm having back pain a year after scoliosis surgery, is this normal?

Maybe: It is not uncommon to have some persistent pain after a major spinal operation, and maximal improvement can come more than a year postop. A concern, however, would be if the bones do not grow (i.e. Fuse) together, which is usually a goal of scoliosis surgery. For that reason, you should be evaluated by your surgeon to see if this potential complication is occurring. ...Read more

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Since having a two level acdf in october I am having low back pain. I have stenosis in the area. Could this flare up be the result of surgery?

Back pain after surg: The symptoms are probably from less activity with the arthritis acting up. Try some easy core stretches and heat or ice. Medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) can affect your neck fusion so consult your surgeon before taking this class of drug. Discomfort will usually improve as your activity increases. ...Read more

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I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now I have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?

I am two weeks post-op from a gall bladder removal surgery. The surgical pain is gone and now I have gotten terrible back pain. What's wrong?

See your surgeon: back pain after gallbladder surgery make us worry about the pancreas, could be a simple problem from sleeping more and laying on the bad mattress more than usual, but I will check with my surgeon, let them know about how you feel, if you are my patient, I want to know. ...Read more

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How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

How risky is for a 72 year old female have back surgery to align 2 vertrebass out of place are pinching nerves causing severe back pain and leg crams?

Depends: The surgery that you describe in general is a big surgery that sounds like it would involve a fusion and spinal instrumentation. That being said, these are surgeries that are done frequently with good results. The things that make these surgeries risky are concurrent medical issues:heart problems, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis etc. The risk is also decreased with the experience of the surgeon. ...Read more

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I had two herniated disks in my lower back, had surgery on them and I still have back pain but recently when I have bowel movement, my pain escalates.

I had two herniated disks in my lower back, had surgery on them and I still have back pain but recently when I have bowel movement, my pain escalates.

Be seen: There are a number of possible reasons a person might still have problems after a lumbar discectomy. Was it real recent and perhaps you have not fully recovered? It may take 6-8 weeks in some patients for a complete resolution of your symptoms. Either way, I would sure let your surgeon know. It is a pretty successful surgery, hopefully you will be better soon. ...Read more

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I'm a 80 year whit severe low back pain after apsudartrosis that followeherniated disk whit no chances for repeated surgery how treating pain?

Back pain: I understand there are a number of board certified pain management specialists available. They should be able to arrive at solution that will help. ...Read more

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Still neck, shoulder n back pain after 1 year n 26 physio session. What other treatment options except total disc replacement surgery?

Still neck, shoulder n back pain after 1 year n 26 physio session. What other treatment options except total disc replacement surgery?

Large breasts: If you have large breasts this may be contributing to your neck, back and shoulder pains. Seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is there some sort of brace or equipment my 73 year old father can wear or use for hip and back pain besides pills and surgery? We are desperate

Possibly: Depending on the cause of the pain, a back brace may give some temporary relief. In the long term, it may do more harm than good since the abdominal and back muscles will get lazy. There might be some intervention that could be done for the hip pain once the cause of the pain is determined. I doubt if a brace could help the hip. ...Read more

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Neck, shoulder, upper back pain n hand tingling. Physio 1 year. Pain almost daily. 1 doc said disc replacement surgery. 1 said no need. What to do?

See a Pain Doctor: You should see a pain management specialists to manage this chronic pain long term. They will help you decide the best option for you. Check out paindoctor. Com for a list of great pain doctors nationwide. ...Read more

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I am 30 years old and I have had 2 back surgeries by the time I was 18 I had been seeing a doctor in town for 7 years and he up and left he treated me with methadone 40 mg a day and xanax 1 mg 3 times a day for my static nerve damage my low back pain and

I am 30 years old and I have had 2 back surgeries by the time I was 18 I had been seeing a doctor in town for 7 years and he up and left he treated me with methadone 40 mg a day and xanax 1 mg 3 times a day for my static nerve damage my low back pain and

What is the question: We don't know what your question is.Methadone and Xanax is not a treatment most doctors prescribe these days for low back pain due to any cause. You need to see a pain management specialist and may need to be weaned of Methadone and Xanax both highly habit forming drugs. And you will need the appropriate treatment including physical Therapy and other modalities as indicated ...Read more

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I'm left w/severe back pain after several unsuccessful back surgeries. They want to operate again because I'm non-fused at two levels. Would you recommend going though w/it? I'm undecided given previous outcomes.

Back surgery: We can not advice you on line without knowing more information, getting better history of your pain, examination details and reports of your mris and the previous surgical details in other vertebra. But if the other surgeries were unsuccessful and were done for the same reason, I will get a second opinion before going for surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

See a pain doctor: Narcotics are not the best medications for nerve pain. There are many better medications. Spinal cord stimulators are used for pain after back surgeries. See an interventional pain physician and they can help come up with a plan. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more