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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Chronic Pain
I have failed back surgery syndrome and have just fallen apart. Not only do I have the pain, but I have all but lost the use of my right leg. Now, I am having bouts for nausea and bowel problems. Does anyone else have these problems? And what type of doctor do you go to? My NS refuses to talk to me, the pain doctor has no solutions. I'm ready to just cash it all in.


  • Your primary or a gastric doctor could help you with the nausea,with a med like compazine.....
  • Are you currently taking any narcotics for your pain? Their side effects can also be nausea and constipation.
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  • :) something to use that is natural is ginger. :? that is why ginger ale is used for tummy aches. a more direct use such as a tea or in a capsule may help your nausea. check with your local pharmacist to be sure. :-C you can get ginger at a health food store or herb store. good luck in your quest for pain relief. Jenny :)
  • OMG. I ended up in the ER with nausea and constipation, do what you can to get it all going, you will feel better. I have been on zolphram for a month or so for nausea some days worse than others, but the medicine does a number on your insides.... I started with a drink you can buy ask pharmist. and then take prune juice and stool softners everyday. I was soooooooooo sick with this.....
  • I used to get nausea from the meds and my doc actually told me to go to the grocery store and buy a ginger root. Slice a piece and place in between my cheek and gum. It works well. But, if you are having nausea related to the constipation, you need to see a doc asap. I also have these issues from time to time from the opiates. My doc told me to never ever go more than 3 days without a bowel movement. Good luck and keep us posted.
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  • Now to top it off... When I move my bowels, I have difficulty using my leg. I can not get it up or use it to climb stairs. At this point I appreciate it when I am constipated. :S
  • I hate that you are feeling so bad! It stinks to have extra stuff going on when you are already in so much pain... I don't understand why your doctor won't talk to you about the problems you are having. You need to be treated by someone!
    Something that helps me with constipation is eating a bowl of shredded wheat for breakfast each morning. Also, bananas seem to help, IF I eat a couple or more of them. Try keeping the constipation at bay if you can. It's better to suffer through eating something that you don't exactly like than it is to let it get to a bad point.
    Keep trying to get the problem checked out. You know when something is wrong with your body.
  • First sorry what your going through >:D< >:D<
    Nausea yes from pain meds at certain times. I either take perscription phenergan or over the counter anit nausea meds and use heat on my stomach.
    Your bowel problems could be causing your nausea. So you should be on a stool softner. Narcotics and other meds screw up our systems. My belly is always messed up. I take 2 ducolax stool softners every 2 days.

    Now I'm going to pull a few Rons' here since he is on vactaion. :D

    Do you mean by failed back syndrome, as in it did not fuse?
    Or the surgery did not work for your problems you had at the time?

    How come your NS will not address your almost non exsisting use of your leg? That right there is totally a red flag on the NS's part. They are in the wrong.

    Why does the pain managment dr not know what to do?

    Do you have someone to take care of you??

    Is the NS the one that did your surgery and is now writing you off because its failed??

    Are you in therapy for your leg and back????

    I really am sorry for all the questions and mabye you posted them somewhere else. So I aplogize if you have posted it before.

    My back surgery also failed and my orthopedic surgeon did surgery all over in Sept of this year.
    So things can be done.
    I am not totally sure of your situation so I do not want to put words in your mouth.

    When bowels are involved that calls for medical attention. Especially now that you do not have hardly any use of your leg to go.
    So you should be under some type of care of a NS all the time, or a Orthopedic spine specialist A.S.A.P.. Seems like things are worse for you and are getting worse. You don't want both legs going if it can be avoided.

    Let us know more information. Just from personal experience this sounds like your in a serious postion. Your medical care should be top notch at this point.

    So let us know when you can hun Ok??? Deal?? We care about people on here that come in with issues like this...

    Hang in there the best you can.
    Terri O:) O:) O:) O:)
  • Sorry you're having problems with your leg. I would look for another orthopedic surgeon or neuro and get a second opinion. For the nausea if it's caused by constipation I take 2 colace(stool softener) and milk of magnesia.mom also helps nausea. I hope you get some relief soon. take care Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I had an anomally removed at L4 because they thought it might be malignant. Wasn't. Just a piece of calcium.

    Woke up and my right leg was paralized. I went through all kinds of therapy and still can not always use it. Bumber on stairs and I live in a 4 floor Victorian.

    I use very little pain meds, since they give almost no relief. I have had numerous injections, to no avail.

    The diagnosis by the pain management has bee Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. My NS has thrown up his hands and said just go to the PM. He says he can do nothing more, as it seems my body does not accept medicines well. He is now on Medical leave so he is not available. He is number 7 in an attempt to find out what is happening.

    The only relief from pain NS and PM say I can get is through a Spinal Cord Stimulator. BUt I can not tolerate metals or PVC well. So I am scared to put it in.

    Now I have started with the stomach problems. I have gone to a gastroentomologist who says it is from neuropathy. It just seems to be a never ending cycle.

    Before all this began I walked a 13-14 minute mile. Now I can not even trust my legs to hold me up.
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