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2/10/13 2:38 P

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Hi again, Sarah.....

Get yourself to a doctor who will do good quality MRIs! My C4-7 fusion DIDN'T FUSE. Yes, the pain was debilitating. Finally, with a good MRI they could see where the fusion missed, and I had another surgery, posterior this time, with a longer recovery in the collar, but it worked. At least a 90% improvement in that area, which was great. But I would suggest you don't ignore it any longer; further degeneration at those levels could cause permanent nerve problems and loss of motion.

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2/10/13 3:53 A

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I read the article and it is very interesting. I have been to that website before. I could have spinal fusion if I decided to. But my orthopediac dr and my regular dr both said that it may or may not help me. Thank you for posting

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2/7/13 4:25 A

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I have heard of it, but it isn't actually an accurate description of what it is, as in it isn't actually syndrome but rather the pain wasn't dealt with. A lot of people do suffer this, but don't have a 'name' for it. Below are a couple links which might help you:

www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-
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rgery/failed-back-surgery-syndrome-fR>bss-what-it-and-how-avoid-pain-after
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northamericanspine.com/spine-pain/ba
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Apart from physiotherapy, which undoubtedly you will have tried, it is possible that Therapy will help you - learning how to relax the mind can actually help in a huge way to relax the body which in turn reduces the pain (been there - done that!) Your Dr will be able to refer you to a Therapist if you wish. Acupuncture can also help in this way, as can hypnotherapy.

I hope that you find something that works.
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Have you guys ever heard of failed back surgery syndrome? It is a real thing where so many people that have had back surgery have more pain and suffering and they call it failed back syndrome....
well...that is what I am dealing with....previous surgery at C6-7 (fusion with donor bone) and now my pain level is uncontrollable...I am on very strong meds and now fear what I should do to have a life.
Just wondered if anyone else has this or has heard of this issue...

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