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Chroic Back Pain Linked to Bacterial Infection?

edited 06/01/2013 - 6:41 AM in Chronic Pain
I've been reading articles lately like the one below.
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Cliff Notes: 40% of Chronic Back is cause by bacterial infection. Of those 40%, once treated with heavy doses of antibiotics, the success rate is 80%

It seems very promising but I can't seem to find any docs in the Michigan area who are interested in this possible avenue. I've been dealing with chronic back pain over 20 yeras (DOB 5/22/74) and i've tried everything but fusions which I refuse to do.

Has anyone had any experience having their spine check for a bacterial infection? Doctors?

Grasping at straws?,



  • I had a spinal infection that came out of nowhere in Feb of 2006. It was bacterial in nature. I would have to say you are grasping at straws thinking that is your problem. My spinal infection almost killed me causing lasting damage to my spine. I would think you would be sick, have a very high white blood cell count, and be in intense, I mean a 10 on the pain scale, pain.
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    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
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  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 06/01/2013 - 4:30 PM
    my dad died of a spinal infection. it was staph and he became paralyzed. he was very ill and ended up in the hospital if one has a spine infection, one would definitely know as dick said. my dad also had a high temp, 104. so back infections are very dangerous and not to be taken for granted.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • blueeyedgalbblueeyedgal Posts: 3
    edited 06/03/2013 - 6:15 AM
    Unfortunately the URL to the article was removed. It was a very interesting article.

    It is based on (I think) a British study that found 40 to 60 percent of people with chronic back pain had a certain bacteria present in their spinal fluid. It wasn't staph but some other kind. When treated with antibiotics, the pain was greatly relieved.
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