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Can Having Excess Stomach Fat Removed Help A Spinal Fusion Patient In Chronic Pain
Hello what is good for fibromyagia, chronic pain neck, mid back, low back I had surgery 7yrs ago spinal fusion 10 screws & rods Please advise meds?
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
Am I too young for spinal fusion? I'm a 18 yo female I had a laminectomy last year in my lumbar spine l3-s1 to decompress my nerves. Its been a year and im still in excruciating chronic pain my surgeon said I need a spinal fusion but he won't do it cause im
Yes you are young: But discuss this with your surgeon. It may be the only option to stop your pain. ...Read more
After the 1st year after spinal fusion in l 4-5 it started to give me chronic pain in the left buttocks and left leg-then when it started to have debilitating pain in the top of thigh and inner thigh, pain management dr said-thats l3-4. My spine surgeon r
Failed back: It sounds like you are experiencing failed back surgery syndrome. We need more information to be able to discuss the options for your pain. You also can try to get second opinions from other doctors. ...Read more
I have 1cm intra/extra spinal tumor at L4 with 3 nerves that appear to be in tumor. If removed, do most patients have chronic pain after surgery?
Varies: The outcome of resection of a tumor from your spinal column can vary significantly based upon multiple factors. Certainly one of the possible poor outcomes would be to have pain unrelieved or even worsened after surgery. I would discuss the likelihood of this happening directly with your surgeon. ...Read more
Limited: Only a very small subset of patients will benefit from spinal fusion. It is typically people with either instability or a condition that requires destabilization of the spine to fix another condition. This is one of the hardest things to sort out when faced with a patient with back or leg pain - who will fall into this very small category. ...Read more
General: While it depends on what type of spinal fusion you are referring to (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar) and for what condition the fusion was performed (i.E scoliosis, degenerative, trauma, tumor), there are some general treatment options: prescriptive pain medications and muscle relaxants, low impact exercise/ stretching/walking, bracing, etc. Speak with your surgeon regarding his/her preference. ...Read more
Is there anything a patient should NOT do b4 getting a spinal epidural injection (chronic pain) that could make it so the dr couldn't do the procedure?
Depends.: Follow the instructions given beforehand for the procedure. Obviously, don't drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. Other limitations may be given, depending on how immediately it needs to be done. Check with the doc who ordered it or with the doc who is going to do it to be clear on this. In an emergency situation, the requirements are different. ...Read more
Back injury in 1993. Spine fusion l3/l4 in 2004. I'm 55yr old woman. Any new treatments for back pain? Is there anything new to relieve chronic pain?
There is Help: Depending on your neurological exam, mri, and where you are having pain you may be a candidate for additional surgery (hopefully not) or perhaps even intervention such as a spinal cord stimualtor or pain pump. Assuming epidurals and other injections have failed and that your are not a surgical candidate ask your doctor about the pain pump and stimulator options. ...Read more
Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after 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
Thirty five yo male, broken back, spinal fusion, chronic hepc caused cirrosis, very sick, would I qualify for ssi? Sole provider unable to work
See a Doc: Talk to your doctor. If you are as sick as you say, you may qualify but there is a whole process that has to be undertaken. If your doctor thinks that you are disabled from work, he or she can help with this. ...Read more
When can spinal fusion hardware be removed? I am having a ton of arthritic pain and it is 3 years out. I have tried PT Pain Meds Chiropractor!
Now try the surgeon.: You really need to try going back to the surgeon or, if that is not possible, see another. A ton of pain does not seem the normal course, so before you cause damage, have a spinal surgeon evaluate your post operative status. ...Read more
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
I had a spinal fusion in 2009 in 2012 they removed the hardware due to an infection I've been on oxycodone since 2008 and now I can't get a Dr to help?
Back pain: Please contact a licensed addictions hospital or clinic. They will have MD/DO on staff to help you get off your meds. DO NOT do this by yourself. Then search the work of John Sarno, MD, who has a mind-body approach to pain. Also consider clinical hypnosis (www. Asch. Net) or biofeedback. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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
If a cervical spinal fusion been determined to fused properly should the neck hardware be removed?
Post-op 4 weeks spinal fusion, my 2nd fusion: they removed old hardware and added new. Is it normal that my back is swollen 1.5" off my back?
Not realy: Should be a swelling that much, it could a hematoma or other problems. ...Read more
Hello, wondering if there is any history out there of women attempting vbac after 2 c-sections? I have a spinal fusion from l3-s1.
Had spinal fusion, preggo 2yrs after w/ prolonged labor of over 40 hours & pushed 3 hour ending in a c section. Could that have caused my new issues?
Have lengthily spinal fusion, now told osteoporosis, some hardware moving. Spine surgeon wants me on forteo, am concerned, next fusion to base c/spin?
I understand: I understand your concern. Forteo is a good drugs but not without possible serious side effects. Would your doctor consider a biphosphonate? ...Read more
This varies as to: The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation (if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing (not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months but always ideally one can immediately get down by bending at the knees and hips rather than at the waist which is the right way. ...Read more
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
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