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Immune system after removing tumor from spinal cord

I got surgery to remove a painful tumor on my lumbar spine on January and since then I have been getting real ill. I have gotten the flu over 8 times since my surgery. Is this normal? It always starts with a sore throat. What do you guys recommend I should do?


  • Just wanted to say I'm sorry you are experiencing this. I think it is somewhat normal to assume after surgery (especially any major surgery) that your body is put under stress and more likely to get sick. That still doesn't mean you should ignore it. I'd certainly give the surgical nurse a call in the AM and discuss it with her/him. They might want to you to try certain vitamins or even antibiotics/other medications, or they might want you to go see your PCP, but either way I think it would be best to give them a call. I hope your surgeon was able to successfully remove all of the tumor. Best of luck to you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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