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Cervical Spine Surgery Side Effects
No difference: Epidural injections can be done to relieve pain and inflammation from a number of spinal conditions; risks are the same. Tenderness at the injection site is common but doesn't last long. More serious problems such as bleeding, infection, or nerve damage are very rare but possible; these injections should only be done by trained physicians. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?
Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questionable at best...What is being treated? I don't believe you should be trying this. ...Read more
Disagree with Rx: First, not clear to me if you possess a VNS device, but removal can increase sz frequency. Furthermore, you are taking too many seizure meds, as after the first two, the benefit of the third is NO MORE than 3-4% improvement at best and the 4th is clearly egregious. You are best served by either surgery or the VNS unit, and you need to see an epilepsy specialist to get some direction here. ...Read more
Disagree with Rx: Why hasn't the stimulator been replaced, as the newer versions have better batteries and are far smaller? Usually cough occurs when VNS settings too aggressively set, not when removed. Removal may result in increased seizures, and maybe your cough is part of a partial seizure. Have you discussed this with your neurologist?? ...Read more
When cervical facet joint has inflammation, can interlaminar cervical epidural block have effect on facrt joint?
What can cause my husband's left leg numbness after cervical spine surgery and lumbar spinal injections?
Leg numbness: The location of numbness is important to document and also the type of cervical surgery. If he had posterior surgery, the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can be compressed due to the prone position and numbness can occur along the lateral thigh. Nerve injury is a potential for any spinal injection but extremely rare. ...Read more
What are the long term outcomes of posterior cervical foramenectomy and ACDF For cervical RADICULOPATHY from foraminal/spinal stenosis C4 thru C7?
ACDF outcomes: Even a surgeon can not answer that question. Long term can be pain relief all the way to more pain. I would say if you haven't found a good interventional pain specialist to consult with prior do so now and see what other options there are besides surgery. This is if it is just for pain, if you are having any neurological deficits surgery might be your option. ...Read more
Many ....: Depending on the medication injected.... Pain, redness, infection and if steroids are used.... Hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar) and even depression of your immune function... Hopefully, the number one effect will be the satisfactory treatment of your pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?
Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"Facet enlargement in the lower lumbar spine and multilevel degen disc narrowing.There is foraminal stenosis, greatest on the r side @ L4-L5" Meaning?
These findings are: all part of the spectrum of degenerative arthritis. The facets are small joints between the posterior parts of successive vertebral bodies. Foraminal stenosis means that the opening(foramen) that the nerve root exits the spinal canal through is narrowed, usually by degenerative disease, and may be pinching the nerve root, in your case the right L4 nerve root exiting the L4-L5 foramen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid complications: The main benefit of removing a diseased gallbladder is avoiding the life threatening complications of pancreatitis and liver obstruction. The potential side effects is increased frequency of bowel movements and very occasionally a patient will develop bile diarrhea. A bile binder, like cholestyramine/questran, can be used to treat. Laprascopic gallbladder removal is a safe, effective procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heavy neck pain continuous & on 03.03.2012 cervical laminectomy (c6-7) with disectomy.Mri 08-04-2013central and left paracentral disc herniation c6-7?
Neurosugery : In situations where there was a laminectomy and continued pain with new MRI findings you need to see a neurosurgeon. The doctor will confirm by exam and maybe nerve testing that your symptoms correlate to new MRI findings and then may recommend fusion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?
Depends: Please alert the chiropractor to your herniated discs. Gentle chiropractic may not cause additional damage. In presence of neural signs or symptoms (tingling), robust neck manipulation is not advised (can cause nerve damage). Who advised chiropractic over seeing a spine specialist for this? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinched lumbar nerves. Any negative side effects to long term mechanized traction to relieve pinch nerve?
No, not Realy: As long as mechanical stretch gives you productive hours in your day, it is a good technique. If you forgo stretch of your legs, conditioning and strengthening exercise you will not achieve full recovery. When you know you have bad discs, avoid prolonged sitting, driving, and jarring sports which lead to chronic facet problems (arthritis) in the back. Inversion techniques / yoga mimic traction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
? 's the safest, non addictive pain med 4 pinchd nerves, bulgng discs in cervical spine.w/ pain, numbness n arms & hands? I also take Zoloft (sertraline) &zanflex
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