Medical Q&As

Spinal surgery - pain relief?

I have had 4 spinal operations; 2 laminectomies, a posterior fusion and an anterior fusion of the spine. I am still in constant pain and have to use a wheelchair most of the time. Do you have any suggestions about what else can be done to help me?

Given the extensive amount of surgery you have already undergone it is very unlikely that further surgery would be considered. Clearly you have suffered a great deal and are experiencing ongoing significant disability. If you have not already done so, an assessment by a specialist in rehabilitative medicine could be very useful. It might also be worth seeing a specialist who deals with chronic pain. You might also consider contacting the Arthritis Foundation of Ireland, which provides advice and information on various appliances, and devices that can be of practical assistance in coping with the tasks of daily living.