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Pain in the back due to anterior and posterior rods fixed - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   How can i help you ?
User :   i have had 2 back fusions both posterir and anterior with rods and screws.i wake up in the morning unable to walk for several hours why is this
Doctor :   where exactly did you have got operation ?
User :   level 3, 4 , 5 and 6
Doctor :   is it in the waist ?
User :   yes, after i have been up for about 3 hours the pain begins to subside
Doctor :   ok, that is due to the temperature difference the rod creates i advise you to warm the area with a hot water bag before you start
Doctor :   the muscles go into temporary stiffening due to spasm
Doctor :   that is why you feel pain , and the pain subsides on moving the muscles and making them warm
User :   i sleep on a heating pad every nght
Doctor :   i do no thing its sufficient
Doctor :   what kind of heating pad are you using ?
User :   a temerrature controoled one that shuts off after awhile
Doctor :   i do no think its sufficient, the more commonest cause for such pains after a surgery is due to what i said
User :   should i have the rods removed from my back?
Doctor :   not*
Doctor :   No,
User :   would a hot shower first thing help?
Doctor :   and that decision would be best made by the orthopedician operated on you
Doctor :   yes, it helps
Doctor :   adding to it warm the area with a hot water bag
Doctor :   When did you undergo the surgery ?
User :   several surgeries from 1995-2005. a recent mri howed that i have narrowing of the spinal cord and they reccomended i get injections in my back does this work?
Doctor :   what injection where you advised ?
User :   cortisone'
Doctor :   yes they do help by minimizing the inflammation around the surgery site and release on the spinal cord
Doctor :   compression
User :   would this be a long term fix or just temporary
Doctor :   most of them are permanent , but depends on the severity of the problem and the age
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