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  • Hi Linda,

    I see that you figured this out already. I just thought I would share that I was told not to take any NSAIDS until my fusion was solid. After about 8 months post-op, I was cleared to take Motrin or other NSAIDS. My understanding is that it does interfere with the fusion process.

    I'm so happy that it helped you, though. That may be useful later on.

    Take Care,
  • Thanks for your note. It turned out to be a good thing that I didn't know about NSAIDs adverse effect on fusion until I'd had a chance to try ibuprofen. Taking it even one day was enough to confirm that at least I haven't done any great harm to my back (or the ibuprofen would not have relieved the pain). Am not sure what IS going on in there but at least some of my worry has gone and I can talk to the PA today and get his input on why I'm hurting like this. Up early every morning for the better part of 4 hours. :/

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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