Osteoarthritis back surgery

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Avatar f tn I have osteoarthritis in my back and hips. The physiotherapist has given me exercises to help with the pain. Best thing is to keep active, if you can. Hopefully the ortho will help, and a rheumatologist, like I have seen, will help you cope with the arthritis.
Avatar f tn I have had bilateral hip replacements, knee replacement, shoulder replacement and stenosis for which I have had back surgery for L4-5, S1, laminectomy and spinal fusion. The stenosis is back in my spine. I have been taken off anything with acetaminophen b/c of the kidney damage. I am in terrible pain and need something that I can take that will not cause more kidney damage.
1459410 tn?1285698605 I just found this forum, though I've been a member of the chronic pain forum for months now. I developed osteoarthritis young. I can remember back to my twenties and feeling it on and off, though it was mild. My mom was debilitated by it and on my dad's side, I had two aunts crippled by it. I'm 48 now and have it in my hands, hips, knee, back and ankle. The worst is my hand. I won't go into too much detail as it's a very long story but I think I have the details in my profile.
1378884 tn?1315509445 My guess is you have a low back injury that is irritating the sciatic nerve, which travels down the back of your hip and down your leg. Bone deposits can build up due to altered mechanics in how your walk, sit, stand, etc. after an injury. The old song, "the hip bone's connected to the knee bone" has more than a little truth to it! A foot injury, for example, makes you limp. This puts stress on the adjacent joints, so eventually your knees, hips and back start to hurt, too.
Avatar n tn After having a surgery to fix on particular problem that left me with a whole different problem I went to three other osteo docs. They all advised me to have hip replacement due to osteoarthritis, but I didn't want to do that without trying every other avenue. I recently had a 'live blood analysis' and discovered a tiny organism called 'mycoplasma arthritides' was responsible for my problem. I was told that a trauma like my surgery couild have triggered the organism.
Avatar n tn My Neurosurgeon recommends Orthopedic surgery on my back, using a rod stablized by bolts and nuts. Why is the rod used? He gave me no reason for this recommendation. He said he will perform the neurosurgery for stenosis and an Orthopedic surgeon would perform the rod placement. He said the surgery is about 85% successful. That was a year ago and I have not agreed to the surgery yet. May I have more info on it?
Avatar m tn I have been recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my large toe. I believe it is from repeated trauma to that joints having been climbing a local mountain and upon descending much stress is put on that lead foot. I take glucosamine and that's about it, although I do wear insoles in my running shoes that help a bit. There is swelling that doesn't diminish and pain is intermittent. I'm considering checking into surgery and wonder if anyone has any advice about this. Thanks !
Avatar f tn if I out live the implant-so be it, back to the or for another overhaul..I am in less pain already than prior to surgery....Best of luck in your decision. Not much osteo discusion here, more RA centered.. hope this relates in some way. http://surfacehippy.info/hiptalk/index.php?PHPSESSID=ae5cd1bbf41b155b2775c219bc4f2b9b&topic=1351.
1176578 tn?1263756689 I am a 48 year old female who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis (left knee) nearly 10 years ago. After multiple tries on NSAIDS which made me ill, my orthopaedic surgeon settled on pain management (narcotic) which I have been taking for the past six years. While not an ideal situation, I follow my prescription to the letter, never taking more than prescribed. Over the past year I began to experience joint stiffness in the mornings.
550432 tn?1215136917 I get some back pain in the thoracic spine in the T1-2 area and the T8. The big problem is that I get really bad chest spasm in the center of my chest near the collar bone and below. My Neurologist says the MRI doesn't seem to show any pinched nerves or bone spurs causing the pain. The only way to get some relief is to use the Homedics massager to attempt to align the spine. This used to work well but as time goes on it does less good.
Avatar f tn I've had problems with my knees for the last couple years that got incredibly worse when I moved into a house with a LOT of stairs. Long story short, after arthroscopic surgery on my right knee (the worst of the 2), my surgeon found an incredible amount of damage...all from osteoarthritis. He said he's never seen such damage in someone my age. I was an incredibly active person and was in the military for 8 years. I have sinced had to quit running and many activities I enjoyed.
Avatar f tn I can't sleep more than a few hours with all the pain in back, neck, back of my head and shoulders waking me up. I just wanted to know if anyone over 50 years old had their rods removed and if there was any improvement in the pain at all after the removal and/or if you were glad that you had the rods removed. I want relief DESPERATELY but do not want to spend the rest of my life medicated on drugs only to slightly benefit me with minimum or barely any relief or improvement with the pain.
Avatar m tn Is there any help in sight ? I am 38 yr old male - very active & thought very heathy, 6ft 1 5% bfi & gym 3+ days a week. Chronic neck & hip Osteoarthritis & 24-7 pain breaking me down fast - not able to ignore it any longer & otc meds not helping. Surgery not a $$ option at this time. Neck is spured & chunchy & pretty much killing me - Hip is very narrowed & full of cysts. I guess I am asking... what can I do ?
Avatar m tn Blood work came back negative for possible diagnoses like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RF level was normal). So, the surgeon suggested that since I was having such difficulty with the locking and general pain in my knee that we do an arthroscopy on my right knee. I said yes hoping for relief after all these years.
765802 tn?1263304451 I know I had a problem years earlier with L5S1 with bulging disk.......just didn't want the surgery back then it was 1991 or 92. Anyway I live with most of the back pain today/ It just hard now to get up and walk/ I also fall time to time without warning my ankles just give out. not sure about that either? I had no insurance mostly so that is why I didn't do anything for so long/ When this last time I fell it wasn't because of my ankle giving out.
Avatar n tn At the time my neck and back hurt. The next day it was better and pain was in my elbow. April 7 2005 I had an ulnar nerve transposition to the right arm. Since then my pain is worse. It is now sharp shooting pains in my neck, shoulder, and right arm.(sometimes into my head also.) All on right side. Also my neck pops really loudly now, and my shoulder burns and feels heavy. I had a cervical MRI in Sept 2005. My doctor (work comp) said it was normal but put me in PT.
Avatar m tn I have osteoarthritis in my knees. I was told that I will need knee replacements in the future. A friend of mine who has the same condition had surgery on her knee joint where they scarred the bone. In the healing process the bone along with PT developed a nice smooth surface. She's back dancing 2-3 times a week. Does this procedure sound familar?
Avatar n tn It is very unlikely your father has a back problem due to open heart surgery especially when the doctor states the problem is related backbones. It seems the doctors are basing there opinion on X-rays. The pain is may likely due to spinal degeneration such as osteoarthritis effecting the cartilage and bone tissue of the joint parts, and this kind of deterioration of the backbone may generate neurological pain since the nerves of the joint parts are compressed.
Avatar n tn i have clicking sounds between my shoulder blades every time i bend forward and back, i also have epilepsy which is controlled by drugs which is called lamotragine
Avatar f tn Hello- I have had lower back pain, knee pain, general pain throughout body for several years. My CT scan-MRI from 3 years ago had shown some arthritis in lower back. It seems each morning when I wake up I am very stiff, hard to move, and in pain. I noticed yesterday that now my upper left back around the shoulder area is achy, especially when I move or turn. I am taking Atenalol, Lyrica, Celebrex, Zocar, Zetia, Niaspam, Synthroid and Ativan.
Avatar m tn Also a Chiroprator had slightly ruptured a disk in the middle of my back and I had a developed a bone spur at the surgery area of my lower back. I was a mess. Now I need no surgery. Watch the show Scrubs and see how surgeons really are. It is how they are. The last thing you want is surgery. Then 911 occurred. After 911 I heard of a treatment many of the firefighters under went because of all the toxic materials they not only breathed but was also obsorbed into their skin.
Avatar n tn Hi and welcome to the back pain community. What it means is that the disc between the L5 and S1 vertebrae is bulging and the portion of the disc that is bulging out from underneath the vertebrae is pushing up against the S1 nerve root on the right. With this type of injury, you may experience shooting pain down your right leg and maybe your left leg along with low back pain. I have the same thing going on as you along with complete disc dessication at L5-S1.
Avatar n tn My rheumatologist and everything I have researched, says lupus does not affect the spine. I had MRI and it shows osteoarthritis in lower back. However, this does seem to be a common problem with people who have lupus and I don't know why. As for exercising, I can only suggest walking and light resistance training on days when you have energy and are pain free. The resistance training is such a benefit for our bone density.
Avatar f tn I was just told recently by the place that does my back injections that i am not a candidate for surgery due to "I'm too young".... Well that was mighty nice of them to consider me "too young" especially since i turn 40 this year.. BUT IT does not keep my back from driving me nutz with pain..
Avatar m tn But they havent prescribed any more. I suffer from back and leg pain every second of the day. my girl freinds leaving me because all I do any more is come home from work and lay in bed because of the pain and discomfront. I have cut my hours from work from 60 hours a week to only fourty. The neurosurgeon told me that if I dont get any releif in the next 6 months that a spinal fusion will be optional.
Avatar f tn Well, after a very long absence from the board, I am back. This last year has been VERY difficult. Constant UTI's and Bladder infections since March mean that I have been on way too many Antibiotics!!!
1191770 tn?1267714045 Has your Doctor ever mentioned that acidic foods, like tomatoes and oranges, antagonize your condition? I am new to osteoarthritis, and had LRTI surgery this month. I have had degenerative disc disease in my spine, stemming from a car crash. I want to know more about chemistry of foods and pain. I pray that you will begin to heal.
Avatar m tn The pain level reduced dramatically but I still have to take 2 Vicodines per day due to a pain in a specific point in my back. An MRI and X-Rays showed no additional evident problems. Is there a way for me to further explore the cause of the pain and try to treat it?