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Back,Neck pain and scoliosis

Started by guit30 on 10/16/2017 3:57pm

I have bad pain in butt, lower back, neck and radiation pain in my hands and arms. I need a cane to walk. I have been on oxycontin or oxycodone for 17 years. The doctor I go to is talking about lowering my pain meds and making me have scoliosis surgery, which I hear is not very successful for older adults. Anyone else having similar issues ?

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Hello, guit30--thanks for your post! We have a few resources we'd like to share with you.

The first is some information about adult scoliosis surgery: ( Spine Surgery for Adult Scoliosis ). If you decide to move forward with treatment, learning as much as you can about the procedure is important, and that link will help.

This second resource also applies if you decide to have spine surgery. It's a helpful list of questions to ask your surgeon before undergoing the procedure: ( Spine Surgery for Adult Scoliosis ).

Finally, we'd like to reinforce that (though there are few exceptions) you get to decide what treatment to pursue. If you feel like your doctor is forcing you into spine surgery, perhaps a second opinion is in order. You can read more about getting a second opinion here: ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right ).

We hope this information helps, and we wish you the best of luck in choosing the path forward for you.


So, what is the path forward for me?Jim