I have been taking Gabapentin for about 6 weeks, take 600 mgms daily... my question is bout back surgery... I hear/read a lot about people who have had this surgery and are worse off than ever... any input would really be appreciated.
I understand where you are coming from. I have a LOT of back issues that cause a lot of problems. It has been a problem for 4 years but only chronic for 3 1/2. Some doctors will try to rush you into surgery, but if they do, try and get a second opinion. If you are young, like me, surgery definitely isn't the best options without trying some alternative treatments like acupuncture and therapies. Doctors usually want to see a patient try other available options, so I'm sure continuing any pain medication wouldn't be a problem. Please let me know if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer them!
AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS! Surgery should be the absolute LAST resort. Depending on what part of your back, so many other procedures can be done first. I've lived with DDD @ the L-5-6 for many years. My surgeon knew I did not want this fusion unless necassary. But in the meantime, I had Radio Frequency Thermocoagulation injections done that lasted quite a while. But then I was involved in an accident and shattered my L-1 and cracked the L-2. Surgery was a must My spinal cord was compressed 80% from bone fragments. I HAD to have surgery. My back will never be the same. I also need more surgery to adjust/remove some of the hardware causing major issues. Not only do you risk the surgery not working, you're looking at MONTHS of rehab, possible nerve damage, and the odds are not with you. More people than not are disatisfied with the outcome and are dependant on opiates to control pain.
My husband also had 3 serious neck injuries (including a fractured neck) is 3 months post op from his 3rd surgery. However, this last surgery was very successful. He has never felt better. Although he lost range of motion, his pain and headaches are gone! SoI guess it all depends on the level of pai you are in, procedures you have tried, and the area of spine you have trouble with. Please exhaust ALL procedures before considering surgery. My very best wishes. chris
I have some of the same symptoms you mentioned. I started out with Gabapentin since 2001 for neuropathy, then my djd/ddd conditioned worsened and a lumbar rod had to be inserted. That was 5 years ago and the surgeon who did the surgery says nothing wrong with the rod according to x-rays but my pain in my hip and back has worsened to the point that I am on the Fentanyl patch until I get another consult. Two doctors have already 'suggested' that the screw or the rod may have come loose and not I no choice except for a consult. I had the radio frequency done 2x, the Voltaren gel helps bring my pain down a little but there is still constant pain and I want a qualified doctor to give me the truth about what is going on if I have
to search the entire country. I can feel the pain on the screw when I touch it and I won't even talk about the pain from the rod, but a second, third or forth opinion doesn't hurt. I have been to physical therapy 11 times now with no relief been on all the pain meds, but they don't work on the nerves that are compressed. I would research your condition, give the Gabapentin a little bit longer to work or ask you doctor if increasing the Gabapentin would help. Check with an orthopedic doctor but one who specializes in the spine and DO YOU RESEARCH before jumping into surgery. There are no guarantees. Education to your health is the key and don't always take a docs word. Do some research on the doc and make informed decisions so you have loaded ammunition when you talk with 'the professional'.
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