LIVING WITH FAILED BACK SYNDROME (FBSS)

FBSS (FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME)IS BEST DESCRIBED AS A SERIES OF COMPLICATIONS COMING FROM SURGERY.

Despite what some may say FBSS is treatable if discovered before it is to bad.

WHAT IS FBSS :

FBSS is a gathering of symptoms regarding back surgery and or spinal surgery.

This occurs when the surgery did not take or there are more issues that were not fixed.

The reason the term syndrome is used vs a specific disease , is because syndrome describes a set of symptoms.

There have been some cases where the surgery itself caused new symptoms , causing pain and discomfort.

POST SURGERY PAIN :

All though it is normal to have pain , bleeding  , swelling , cramping , bruising you still need to listen to your body.

It is very important to monitor yourself and after a certain point the pain has not gone away , then you must return to your doctor , make regular check ups

NERVE PAIN :

Let’s be very clear , that all pain is nerve pain. However there are certain forms of nerve pain.

That will point towards a list of issues.

  1. pinched nerve or nerve root
  2. recurring disc herniation
  3. failed spinal fusion

All these can point to FBSS. Each major nerve displays different issues or symptoms like, severe leg pain , lower back pain also can be an issue.

SPASMS & JOINT LOCKAGE

Something else you will need to look out for is spasms and joint lockage.

These are another bad sign of FBSS. If you are going through any of these signs then you need to consult a physician.

SEVERE WEAKNESS :

As we know the nerves carry signals into the body. The signals are sent from the brain to the lumbar disc.

Disc Herniation can leave you with Limb Paresis or (PARTIAL PARALYSIS or IMMOBILITY IN THE LIMBS)

CHRONIC PAIN :

One of the main reasons people seek surgery is because of the amount of pain they are in.

If the procedure creates new pain or doesn’t release the old pain then you may have FBSS.

TREATING FBSS

Many doctors say that the best way to treat FBSS is not always to return to surgery.

Many suggest that less invasive methods should be tried first like.

  1. weight loss
  2. exercise
  3. physical therapy
  4. different surgeries like adhesiolysis

Ultimately treatment is based of what exact nature of the FBSS is.

Keep in mind that the reason why you have new pain or the pain never went away is because , the surgery never addressed the real issue.

 

Written By :

Raymond Cote

Resource Credit for article :

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: 5 Signs You’re Living With FBSS