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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) El Paso, TX.

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Before and after spine surgery the surgeon and medical staff prepare you for recovery. The recovery process can take a long time and be extremely challenging.

Pain after spine surgery is normal, but how to tell if it�s beyond the typical pain during recovery?

What indicates that the surgery failed?

Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez has dealt with this issue throughout his career and discusses symptoms associated with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS, also known as failed back surgery (FBS) or post-laminectomy syndrome).

 

Back Pain the most common symptom

Chronic back pain is the most common symptom from failed back surgery.

With FBSS, chronic pain in one patient can be very different from pain in another.

People with FBSS can experience a range of different types of pain based on:

  • Spinal disorder
  • Spinal procedure
  • The underlying cause of failed back surgery syndrome

Types of back and neck pain people with failed back surgery may experience. Some may have one or more types.

Chronic pain:

  • Sustained pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks.
  • Chronic pain is the opposite of acute pain, which is short-term�severe pain.
  • Acute pain is expected during spine surgery recovery but should fade during the healing.

Nociceptive pain:

Localized pain that can be dull or sharp.

This is the type of pain patients may experience immediately after surgery

Example: The pain felt around where the incision was made.

When most people think of pain, nociceptive pain is the type.

Neuropathic pain (neuropathy):

Nerve-related pain is caused by damage to the nerves or spinal cord.

Neuropathic pain shoots and moves around, thus affecting large areas of the body.

Examples of this type of pain include:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal sensations (called paresthesia)

Radicular pain (radiculopathy):

A branch of nerve pain (neuropathy) is called radiculopathy, or radicular pain.

Radicular pain radiates from one area to another.

Examples include from the:

  • Low back
  • Down the buttocks
  • Legs
  • Feet

And then starts all over again, or goes in a different order.

Other symptoms:

The original symptoms return:

When the symptoms that put the patient in the surgery room return, then there is a definite possibility of failed back surgery.

New pain presents:

New pain, meaning pain in a different part of the spine or a different type merits a discussion with your doctor.

Mobility Reduced :

It does take time to recover and that process can affect:

  • Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Movement

However, if mobility or limitation is different from what was talked about with the surgeon or develops after recovery, then it should be discussed with your doctor.

Example: A limited range of motion in the neck or low back.

Headaches begin to present:

If headaches were not an original part of your medical history, this may point to a nerve problem.

Nerve Symptoms & Quality of Life

Neuropathic pain/ neuropathy or nerve-related pain is the most complex, debilitating, and difficult-to-treat.

People who experience this type of pain find it lowers their quality of life.

An online survey of 1,000-2000 patients that underwent low back surgery responded and revealed the following:

  1. 94% of respondents reported post-surgery low back pain
  2. 71.1% dull achiness
  3. 69.8% numbness
  4. 43.3% cold sensations
  5. 35.3% paresthesia (eg, burning, tingling, pricking sensations)

A separate study noted that nerve-related pain suffered by people with FBSS is more life-altering than pain caused by joint and nerve disorders.

Patients with FBSS and neuropathic pain go through higher levels of pain and have less quality of life/physical function compared with people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

FBS Symptoms Emergency Treatment

After surgery, it can be difficult to tell whether the pain is within the bounds of normal recovery pain.

At follow-up appointments ask questions about the progress of your recovery and about any concerns.

Pain after surgery is normal, but there are some signs and symptoms that merit emergency attention.

If you experience any of the red flag symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • New weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Electric pain in the lower body
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function

This can be a sign of a spinal nerve disorder called cauda equina syndrome.

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Are Different for Every Patient

  • Every patient goes through a unique surgical experience and if it fails, patients may experience unique symptoms.
  • Because failed back surgery has several possible causes, the symptoms are going to be different for each patient.
  • Before you are discharged and even before you go under, ask your surgeon questions about what to expect during the recovery process.
  • Educating yourself with possible expectations during recovery, you�ll be best positioned to know when things aren�t going as they should.

 

Low Back Pain Management El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

 

Denise suffered an auto accident injury which resulted in back pain. When she realized she could not sit, walk or sleep for lengthy periods of time without having painful symptoms, Denise found chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez at El Paso, TX. Once she received therapy for her automobile accident injuries, Denise experienced relief from her symptoms and she was able to execute her regular tasks once again. Thanks to the education and maintenance Dr. Alex Jimenez supplied, Denise regained her initial health and health.

Back pain is more most common, with roughly nine out of ten adults undergoing it at some time in their lifetime, and five functioning adults developing it annually. Some quote around 95 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lifetime. It is undoubtedly the typical cause of chronic pain since it’s also a substantial contributor to missed work and handicap. In the United States alone, acute cases of lower back pain are the fifth most frequent reason for doctor visits and cause 40% of missed days off work. What’s more, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide.


 

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Aside from the obvious invasiveness of the procedure as well as recovery time and probable physical therapy that would be required as part of your aftercare. Say you have neck or back pain. How will you treat it? Many people will go to a medical doctor who will look at the symptoms, such as pain, and treat it with a prescription or over the counter medications. In some cases, they may recommend surgery to manage the pain or correct the problem.

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T

Welcome-Bienvenido's to our blog. We focus on treating severe spinal disabilities and injuries. We also treat Sciatica, Neck and Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sport Injuries,�Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, health, fitness, and structural conditioning. We use Individualized Diet Plans, Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Adapted Cross-Fit Protocols and the "PUSH System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. If you would like to learn more about a Doctor of Chiropractic who uses advanced progressive techniques to facilitate complete physical health, please connect with me. We a focus on simplicity to help restore mobility and recovery. I'd love to see you. Connect!

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