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Doctor insights on: Exercises After Acdf Surgery For A Stiff Back With Lower Back Pain

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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?

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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post surgery?

Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post surgery?

Possibly: There is nothing about a laminectomy that should precipitate facet pain/arthritis. But patietns with spinal stenosis who require laminectomy often have multiple back issues including facet arthritis. There could be scarring after surgery causing some pain but typically you would have some leg pain as well. After completing pt and core exercises, facet pain can easily be tested with an injeciton. ...Read more

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I'm 5'1" & weigh 250 lbs, not over eating, under. Is weight loss surgery a good option? Chronic lower back pain=hard to exercise, weight hurts back

I'm 5'1" & weigh 250 lbs, not over eating, under. Is weight loss surgery a good option? Chronic lower back pain=hard to exercise, weight hurts back

If you are really: 7 years old, you should not be on HealthTap. If you are older, you MUST be overeating to weigh 250 pounds. If you do not have a medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, that can be treated -- you need intensive education in caloric restriction, increased physical activity and weight reduction. ...Read more

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Had lower back surgery 4 yrs ago and im still habing lower back pain.

Back pain: I would recommend that you be reevaluated by your surgeon, if he/ she is not available due to the time elapsed then start with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do at home to help with my lower back pain. I have a herniated disk and I'm getting surgery but until then im suffering :/?

Non-operative: You should try gentle stretching and core strengthening exercises. You can try a hot tub or heating pad but use it sparingly and don't injure yourself by too much heat. Injections can often relieve the sciatic pain by both reducing inflammation of the nerve and also dissolving some of the fat around the nerves which can often yield excellent relief. It all these fail then surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Ok I 33 male work construction I have lower back pain like 4days a week I have really bad pain in back my cause by tmj I think I don't want surgery?

Ok I 33 male work construction I have lower back pain like 4days a week I have really bad pain in back my cause by tmj I think I don't want surgery?

Need xrays: See a doctor. You probably need spine xrays. Surgery is a dramatic treatment. You need an evaluation to start with. Could just be the result of the work you do. ...Read more

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I have tarsal coalition and following that lower back pain. It's hard for me to jog. How do I relive the effects of tarsal coalition without surgery?

I have tarsal coalition and following that lower back pain. It's hard for me to jog. How do I relive the effects of tarsal coalition without surgery?

Foot specialist: I would recommend that you see a foot and ankle orthopaedic specialist. You may have a gait abnormality from the coalition that requires special therapy or an orthotic. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain and the doctor does not want to do surgery. He has also cut my pain meds. What should I do?

I have severe lower back pain and the doctor does not want to do surgery. He has also cut my pain meds. What should I do?

Few steps: First, get all records and find another physician. Second, make sure that you have correct diagnoses. 3d, discuss frankly with a new physician why you want the surgery. Many causes of back pain can be treated conservatively and with physical therapy. Experienced orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can guide you. ...Read more

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I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

If u can put your: Feet flat with your hips at 45degrees and your knees at 90 degrees (or there abouts) it will take pressure off your lower back. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have some lower back pain when coughing or sneezing after microd/hemilaminotomy 3months after surgery? But otherwise there is no pain

Is it normal to have some lower back pain when coughing or sneezing after microd/hemilaminotomy 3months after surgery? But otherwise there is no pain

Back pain after surg: Spine surgery can lead to scar tissue within the spine. Coughing or sneezing causes increased pressure within the spinal canal. A discectomy leads to weakening of the outer disc wall and is prone to recurrent herniation if subjected to increased pressure. If you combine all these factors, it will be easy to understand why coughing or sneezing can cause more pain. If this pain radiates down the leg. ...Read more

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Hi, II have lower back pain before last 4 months. I have done my MRI then dr. Tell methat u have l4l5 and l5s1 pain soo what can do don't want surgery?

Hi, II have lower back pain before last 4 months. I have done my MRI then dr. Tell methat u have l4l5 and l5s1 pain soo what can do don't want surgery?

Medication, epidural: You can try a variety of medications such as oral steroids, non steroidal anti inflammatories, elavil, nuerontin/lyrica or Cymbalta (duloxetine) depending on allergies or medical issues. Epidural steroid injections & other pain management techniques are an option. Time is biggest healer as 90% resolve. Regular exercise, not smoking & weight control play a role with physical therapy an option as well ...Read more

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I have lower back pain really hurts to press on back think it's nerve damage from surgery any advice reduced movement sometimes?

I have lower back pain really hurts to press on back think it's nerve damage from surgery any advice reduced movement sometimes?

What surgery: You forgot to mention what kind of surgery you had it could be important my advise check with your doctors and start with the surgeon ...Read more

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Sacrum n lower back pain doc said may be caused by a double loop cyst at s2 (racepinephrine). Suggested surgery. Why do some cysts cause symptoms but others don't?

Sacrum n lower back pain doc said may be caused by a double loop cyst at s2 (racepinephrine). Suggested surgery. Why do some cysts cause symptoms but others don't?

Not sure what you: Mean by "double loop cyst." he may be referring to a benign incidental finding (usually noted on your lumbar spine mri), which are mostly asymptomatic called tarlov cysts, which are perineurial cysts.

Only on very rare occasions could this be the cause of your symptoms. So go have a spine surgeon evaluate you and give you a better answer after a physical examination and review of your mri. ...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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Lower back pain as if smthing sticking to lower back below belly button dr said May b adhesion after GB surgery is it poss 9 mnths after surgery?

Pain after GB: It is always possible to experience pain after any abdominal surgery that can be attributed to adhesions, even years later. The pain you describe, however, does not seem to fit for adhesions. ...Read more

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Pain management hi, I am completely a nervous wreck. I currently go to a pain doctor because I have severe lower back pain. I am prescribed vicodins. Over thee weekend my back was hurting so bad that I had a few left over percocets from a surgery I had. W

Pain management hi, I am completely a nervous wreck. I currently go to a pain doctor because I have severe lower back pain. I am prescribed vicodins. Over thee weekend my back was hurting so bad that I had a few left over percocets from a surgery I had. W

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment of back pain depends on the cause of the pain. It can be physical therapy, massage, heat pads, medications, injection, surgery. ...
Narcotic medication is not the only treatment. Please discuss with your pain doctor for more treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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