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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?

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?

Aerobic excercise.: Make sure you sleep well, even if you need a polysomnogram. Aerobic exercixe, meds such as svella, cymbalta, avenlafaxane, lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin, ...Read more

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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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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

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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

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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?

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

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Hello doctors, I need: abdominal workouts but just had full spinal fusion. What do I do?

Hello doctors, I need: abdominal workouts but just had full spinal fusion. What do I do?

Fusion: Speak to your surgeon before doing any exercises.
They may want you do only exercise under the care of a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Which patients should consider spinal fusion?

Which patients should consider spinal fusion?

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

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What can be done to help patients after a spinal fusion?

What can be done to help patients after a spinal fusion?

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

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I want abdominal workouts, but I have full spinal fusion?

I want abdominal workouts, but I have full spinal fusion?

Depends: It varies somewhat and I would not hesitate to consult your surgeon. In general, once a fusion is solidly healed, it is good to do abdominal "core" strengthening exercises to maintain your abdominal muscular tone and can give support to your adjacent discs. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Yes: Any type of material : disc, blood, bone, fat, pus, tumor etc. That compresses a nerve root / roots or the spinal cord can leave a range of symptoms or findings from pain, sensory changes, weakness or paralysis, bowel/bladder dysfunction, balance issues as examples. ...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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Thirty five yo male, broken back, spinal fusion, chronic hepc caused cirrosis, very sick, would I qualify for ssi? Sole provider unable to work

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

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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

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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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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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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?

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

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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?

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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Can spinal fusion hurt more than having your discs removed?

Depends: Spinal fusion is a larger more complex surgery usually indicated for severe back pain. Disc removal (microscopically assisted) is usually done in my practice as an outpatient surgery and usually less painful. It is indicated for leg pain or nerve irritiation (sciatica). ...Read more

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If a cervical spinal fusion been determined to fused properly should the neck hardware be removed?

Usually not unless: The hardware or instrumentation poses or is causing an issue such as displacement or loosening which would be rare with a fusion achieved. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Speak with your OB: For a detailed answer and risk assessment. Keep in mind that it may be very difficult to place a successful epidural or spinal because of the fusion, so your likelihood of general anesthesia for an urgent/emergent C-section is greater. ...Read more

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I fell 2 weeks ago after s spinal Fusion 4 months ago l4-5 and the lower part of my leg is numb.

I fell 2 weeks ago after s spinal Fusion 4 months ago l4-5 and the lower part of my leg is numb.

See your surgeon: You should see your surgeon as the numbness may indicate further nerve compression and you need to have your fusion looked at with an X-ray at least. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time before I can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

What is the recovery time before I can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

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

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more