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Could I Take Prednisone To Help Heal From Back Surgery
Depends: Steroids, such as prednisone, can be prescribed when back surgery is performed. The most common usage is to minimize nerve pain from swelling, but also to assist in nerve recovery in situations with severe pre-op and/or post-op weakness. If prescribed, it is usually for short-term usage. With long-term use, Prednisone may slow wound healing, raise blood sugars, and delay fusion maturation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more
Depends: This depends on how long & severe the compression was as well as the underlying "health" of the nerve-the age of the person, is diabetes involved, a vitamin deficiency, a prior injury or surgery to that nerve, toxic exposure- all play role in prognosis or ability of the nerve to "heal" over time. For most, pain is usually alleviated once nerve is decompressed, but neurologic recovery is variable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: It depends on how much irritation there was before surgery, how long it was there, and how much of those tissues were manipulated during that procedure. Many will improve quickly (days to weeks), others take months, and some never fully recover. Follow your surgeon's instructions, and ask questions if your recovery is delayed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have just had back surgery to take pressure off my nerves 3 days ago. Is it normal to have muscle pain in your leg while it heals?
Advice as a patient: Experienced this firsthand. Don't despair. It gets better. I'm symptom-free 7+ years later. Even with success, you may still get occasional symptoms. Best advice, maintain normal weight as best you can and stay active. When i got lazy and gained weight, my symptoms started flaring up until i lost it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could the amount of pain pills I take affect how the anesthetics will work for me during back surgery?
I am a very high strung 50 year old women with a history of back surgery and some moderate pain issues in tailbone. I do not take anything for pain except 25 mg of tramadol occasionally and i am actively seeking help from orthopedics, physiatrists and my
Ask your surgeon as: Factors including age, health, physical & mental condition at time of surgery as well as type & extent of surgery. Complications or their absence plays a role. Minimally invasive surgery v open surgery makes a difference as does the case if a revision surgery or if it includes a fusion v decompression. The approach of the surgery through the abdomen, chest, back or combination factors in too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depend: The recovery from spinal surgery depend on the nature of the operation. For discectomy, traditional open vs micro discectomy/microendoscopic (miss) , miss is shorter. Most patient return to full activity within 6 weeks. With a fusion procedure, recovery depend on number of levels involved and how vigorous the rehab program you actively participat in. It may vary anywhere from 12 wks to many month. ...Read more
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