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Doctor insights on: Exercises To Strengthen The Neck Help Reduce Chronic Pain After Cervical Spinal Fusion

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

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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I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health. Com. ...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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How to deal with the pain after cervical spinal fusion?

Depends: This depends on how recent the surgery was and how bad it is and if it got better after initial surgery. If it is recent then you should have been given pain meds by your surgeon or call for extra meds. If greater than 6 months to a year then see your surgeon to be sure you have fused and make sure you haven't developed additional pathology at other levels. Some pain is not abnormal. ...Read more

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I am having terrible headaches after a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. Related?

Collar: If you are wearing a c collar after surgery, take it off. These often keep the neck in a very uncomfortable position that may cause spasms and headache. Narcotics may also result in muscle tension headaches: Percocet is bad about this. Wean pain meds or try different one (no nsaids as they block bony healing). Some gentle stretching may also help. Discuss with your surgeon if not better. ...Read more

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Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

They can be: Headaches are tricky, sometimes they are primarily caused by cervical spine problems, often times they are exacerbated by them, but it is difficult to predict whether surgery will ever help them, except in the case of an obvious c34 disc and radiculopathy with occipital nerve type pain which is mechanical. ...Read more

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I am having terrible headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion? What should I do

If upper level: Fusions, find an interventional pain dr and discuss the possibility of trying some interventional techniques from trigger points to greater and third occipital nerve blocks which may help greatly with these headaches. Headaches after these surgeries can also be related to cervical paraspinal spasms, so make sure your muscles are not contributing and consider further physical therapy. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How serious is cervical spinal fusion.?

A common procedure: Cervical spinal fusion for a herniated cervical disc is a common procedure done by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. There are certainly risks to the surgery, but in the proper hands the outcomes are excellent. You also need to evaluate the situation and ensure that the symptoms can be treated effectively with the fusion. ...Read more

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I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

No adjustment!: Myelopathy means you have symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord in the neck. Adjustments are absolutely out of the question. A decompression or fusion is the most appropriate treatment to stop progression of symptoms. However, the kind of procedure is dependent on the reason you have myelopathy. You need to see a spine surgeon in order to fully evaluate your problem. ...Read more

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Doctor suggests an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. What is invovled in this?

Disc removed & fuse: The cervical disc is removed from the front thru the neck anteriorly along with any bony ridges compressing nerve tissue & the disc space is filled with a piece of bone from a cadaver or from another area in your body (iliac crest) or with a metal or plastic-like spacer (peek) filled with bone with screws thru these devices holding them in or with or without a plate and screws fitted to the spine ...Read more

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I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will I need surgery again?

I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will I need surgery again?

Possibly: If you are having new pain and symptoms, the adjacent level of your previous fusion may require surgery if you fail appropriate conservative care. ...Read more

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I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?

I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?

Possibly: At your age, the reason why you had the spinal fusion is important as degenerative disease is uncommon without underlying trauma or other arthropathy. Pain in the lumbar region that is due to muscle spasm can transmit/radiate to neck and neck pain can transmit/radiate to the lower back. Need to discuss the discomfort with your physician. ...Read more

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What are the current treatment options for chronic pain from osteoarthritis in cervical spine with decreased range of motion in neck?

Many options: There are various topicals or compounded creams that help with pain and inflammation. There are many oral meds: tylenol, (acetaminophen) weak to strong nsaids, special nsaids like celebrex, steroids, opiate pain relievers, mood medicines like cymbalta. Some supplements might help: quercetin, turmeric, msm, glucosamine chondroitin. Also, injectable steroids or prolotherapy. Physical therapy can help too. ...Read more

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I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. Are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome? I had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. It helped a lot, but was very expensive an

Not Really Anything: That is cheaper, your insurance should cover repeat treatments though. Stem Cell Therapies are available but generally are not covered by insurance so more expensive. Check out Regenexx. Com. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. ...Read more

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I have been in chronic pain managment for 14 yesrs due to severe spinal injury, reconstruction lumbar and 4 hnp cerrvical C6 impinging cord pain worse?

I have been in chronic pain managment for 14 yesrs due to severe spinal injury, reconstruction lumbar and 4 hnp cerrvical C6 impinging cord pain worse?

Talk to your MD: If you are having any worsening pain, numbness, or tingling, or difficulty with bowel/bladder function you should seek urgent medical attention. Talk to your pain doctor about your worsening pain and need for possible further imaging studies; and or review/change of pain medication/ or other modalities. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

Can fibromyalgia manifest after cervical spine surgery? Chronic pain 7 mos. After surgery with no known cause or signs on MRI but mild disc bulges.

It can manifest.: At any time. I live in southeastern wisconsin where fibromyalgia is considered to be endemic. I am shocked at the number of cases that I see. I remember practicing in illinois and rarely seeing anyone with this condition and when I practiced in michigan I can count on one hand the number of fibromyalgia patients that I saw. Now I estimate that I see 2-3 such patients per day. Best wishes. ...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


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more