Discectomy Pain

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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS): What Is It?

Failed back surgery syndrome (or failed back syndrome) is a general term to describe an unsuccessful back surgery. These patients continue to feel pain after they’ve had a surgical spine procedure and can experience a wide range of symptoms which may include chronic pain in the back, neck, or legs, which could be either dull or sharp, aching, tingling, burning, or radiating. In my case, it was  a buildup of scar tissue around spinal nerve roots which caused a a considerable amount of discomfort around the surgical area.

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7 Famous People With Bad Backs

So…in a moment of self-pity, you googled ‘famous people with bad backs’ and this blog-post popped up.  It’s completely understandable. Many of us want to feel like we’re not the only ones going through this –  and in some strange way, knowing that President John F Kennedy had a horrible spine condition helps us realize that perhaps we can also accomplish great things despite days when we’re hunched over like Quasimodo.

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Total Disc Replacement Surgery

Like many people reading this blog, along with bulging discs and Spinal Stenosis, I have Degenerative Disc Disease.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how this contributes to my overall level of chronic pain, but generally speaking, DDD causes a lot of stiffness and instability.  I wake up with an achey lower back, and spend most of my day trying to minimize the amount of bone on bone (vertebrae – L5/S1) pounding it takes.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy (IDD)

As spine treatment centres pop up in my city, I’ve noticed that many of these facilities (usually run by chiropractors), offer Spinal Decompression Therapy to relieve pressure on herniated or degenerative discs.

The basic premise of SDT involves laying on some sort of traction table, hooked up to a computer with electronic pulses stimulating certain muscle groups.  By taking pressure off the disks, which function like gel cushions between the bones in your spine, the bulging or herniated disks can retract, taking pressure off nerves. With less pressure,  the spine can move more freely increasing the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids which promotes healing.

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7 Pro Athletes That Have Had A Micro-Discectomy

Some professions come with a much higher risk of physical injury and often, the wear and tear endured by top athletes is centered around the spine.  It’s not surprising then that many pros with banged-up spines undergo surgery of some sort – especially Micro-discectomy.  Here are some of the more high profile pro athletes with herniated discs and various other back related injuries.

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Epidural Injections

On the recommendation of a neurologist, I began epidural treatments for back pain in early 2013.  These were injections of Depo Medrol used to reduce swelling, and inflammation in my lower back.  After several treatments that were largely ineffective, I stopped with the injections and looked for other forms of pain relief.

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