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Breathing Problems after Back Surgery

fmazz0126ffmazz0126 Posts: 1
edited 02/20/2015 - 4:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i have a friend who underwent surgery (posterior) on his upper back in april of 2014.
after his surgery, he began to experience a problem breathing, as soon as he was in a prone position-(lying down).
all kinds of tests were done, and it was determined he has anxiety.
is there any connection between back surgery and breathing problems?
prior to his surgery, he had never experienced breathing problems when lying down.

he has also gone for physical therapy, on the advise of his surgeon, but has not seen any improvement at all.
(his motor skills were adversely affected, as a result of his surgery.) he is 71 years old.
he thinks he will never become any better.

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it would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of clue. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start?- was it the result of an accident or trauma?- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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please remember that no one at spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.
everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
as such, no member is permitted to provide
  • - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.


it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways its like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 02/20/15 10:38
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