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Is It A Good Idea To Do A Detox Diet Before Back Surgery
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
I have pcod, endo, & just had back surgery 1mth ago. I had a baby 9mths ago, haven't had my period for 5. Had b.W. 1mth ago, not prego. Any ideas?
Given lasix (furosemide) for edema following a back surgery on April 1st, it did nothing at all. All labs, ultrasound and MRI are clean. Any ideas? I must get rid of the 27 lbs of water, it really hurts.
Edema: If your swelling from edema is in your legs you should 1: Take your bath or shower at bedtime. 2: Purchase a wedge pillow from Binson's or other similar store. 3: Sleep with your legs on the pillow. 4: Put on support stockings before your feet leave your legs. Your weight should go down soon. ...Read more
55 yr. Old male had back surgery on 1/15/13. Left hospital feeling ok but now have some level of numbness from head to toe. Any idea what it could be?
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I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet.I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?
Medically Sound: One cannot generalize for every patient and their own particular situation. In general, if a patient has been adequately decompressed, as you have been with 4 surgeries, and still has residual or continuing neuropathic pain they would be considered an excellent candidate for SCS at first assessment. Further spinal surgeries have not been seen to help and may in fact worsen your situation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I've recently been told I have schmorls nodes, my surgeon says he can't touch it for fear of shattering the lumbar, any ideas i ve had 3 back surgeries through about 10 years. I live in constant pain, and had a discogram that showed shmorls nodes in the l
Schmorl's : Schmorl's nodes are disk herniation into the vertebral bone and may suggest end plate weakness and the possibly of fracture or movement of the cage/bone graft into the bone after surgery. The best way to determine bone strength is through dexa scan. These tests are commonly done to determine if patients have osteoporosis. They provide good information to help determine if the bone is too weak for instrumentation in people suspected of having weak bone. I would recommend discussing this test with your spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
I've had 2 back surgeries- a microdiscectomy at L5/S1 & L4/L5. I've got scar tissue & am still in pain. I use TENS, inversion, PT, Neurontin, Norco, Cymbalta, and am trying injections. Any new ideas/tx for me to try? I'm only 23 & I feel like I'm 80.
Adhesiolysis: Cassara 1st NO more surgeries on your back . FInd an Anesthesiologist in your area who will do a minimal risk type of epidural injection BUT without steroids . This injection is called lysis of adhesions or Adhesiolysis with a medicine called "Hyaluronidase". This injection will break up the scar tissue that has entrapped the nerves in your back. It must be performed with physical therapy ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Walk: Walking is a good choice for most people. If that is not possible for whatever reason, other options are cycling (stationary or outside if you are able), swimming, water aerobics. These exercises are good for general fitness, relief stress, and build up stamina. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardio: For weight loss you'll need to do something that burns calories. Water aerobics classes are run by the arthritis foundation. Stationary bike, elliptical, walking. A lot depends on how long ago was the back surgery. You might consider a few sessions of physical therapy prescribed to make an exercise plan together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had back surgery 1 year ago and since being on medication I have no taste buds. Losing weight because food does not taste good. What can I do?
Taste disturbance: Medications can alter taste (or primarily smell) via effects on the neurologic pathway, by drying out the mouth, or unknown mechanisms. Common meds include several antibiotics (aminoglycosides in particular), migraine meds, muscle relaxers, tricyclics, CNS stimulants, antihypertensives, antiarrhythmics, statins, diuretics, antihistamine, NSAIDS and more. Discuss alternatives with your doc. ...Read more
I'm having a fusion done in my back, is this a good procedure to have, I have already had to back surgery, & the l2-3 are herniated again.
Depends: Herniated discs are common in the area of prior surgery. If you have instability, fusion usually helps. Pain relief is difficult to predict in the second surgery. Your doctor can improve your chances of improvement with making sure you are ready for surgery with optimizing your health, blood sugar, vitamin d, and, of course, no smoking. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to get rid of pus on a small incision? My daughter had back surgery and has two small incisions on her back. One has dried and looks good while the other one has a little pus on it. How do we clean it?
Ask : Ask your spine surgeon, if very superficial, open it and use pack and or dressing changes and it will heal, but the scars won't match. ...Read more
I had a back surgery and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?
Constipation: There are several options. I usually tell my pts to take a bottle of magnesium citrate to help initially. Then start a daily regimen of Miralax (polyethylene glycol). Also increase your fluids and fiber in your diet. If you drink the magnesium citrate and don't have a bowel movement you need to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
39 year old male. Chronic pain from 5 back surgeries, CTD, DDD, Lortab, now Percocet. Now addicted to latter. Do I tell PCP for detox help? Will doctor help me manage my pain? Will he understand and help find appr RX?
Varies : It varies a lot based upon the type of surgery you had. Some surgeries have very little recovery at all, even as low as a few days. Others, such as fusions, may take even up to 6 months to fully recover. If it gets beyond that, you may need some more testing to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
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