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Sunday, December 21, 2008 amy, Community Member, asks

Q: Does extreme cold effect Titanium Spinal Cage Pain?

I had a two level 360 degree titanium cage system put into my lower back 5 months ago.  I was finally feeling better and off pain pills, then the extreme cold weather hit.  Does the temperature outside effect the titanium in my back?

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Ann Carter, Community Member
12/22/08 1:19am

As a fellow "titanium person", I would say that HELL YESSSSSS!  Weather has a lot to do with pain and titanium.  I have a 5" plate in my neck and I live in the Chicago area.  It is -2* here and mine hurts like hell.  Back in September I felt MUCH better.  Now, I cannot walk without a cane and I once again have to take pain pills.  When the weather is warm, or even just decent, I can ride a bike, work out, etc, but now I am lucky if I can get out of bed most mornings,..................

ANNIE

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bob5958, Community Member
1/ 1/09 9:39pm

In a word, No. I have a Titanium cage at L4-5 Level and Titanium plates and six screws across the L4-5 and L5-S1 Levels. I've had all of this hardware in place since 1989.

Cold or hot weather doen't have any effect. 

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lardons, Community Member
1/27/09 3:52pm

I had a fusion of  L4 L5 & S1 about 4 years ago with titanium in my back also w/ cages.

 

Cold weather, cold pool water or Ice Packs they tell to put on the back, only make my back go into spams.

 

I use those heat patches on the lower back during Winter (at Walgreens) and it does wonders.  Any kind of cold hurts worse, so you are not alone, I was beginning to think it was only me.

 

Best of Luck to youSmile

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barbershep, Community Member
10/20/11 7:52am

My wife had titanium added to her 4th and 5th rib on her right side after removal of a soft tissue tumor. she complains of cold pain when the temps reach the 40's. We live in DFW and its been a warm year. The past two days she almost cried from the pain and she is a pretty sturdy lady. She didnt complain this much when they cut the tumor out.

 

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Rock, Community Member
9/19/12 2:02am
I've recently had a lumbar fusion and experienced changes in the way I feel when the weather changes. Naturally, I was concerned and asked the doctor about it and he said, without a doubt, the weather can affect the taranium implants, especially the barametric pressures changing. I live in the south so, changes like that occur regularly. The first month wasn't bad because it was so dry but, the first time a nice heavy rain set in for a few days, I was MISERABLE. It gets a little better every time but, it's still there. Reply
DUKE IN DFW, Community Member
11/12/13 11:16am

Yes, very much so, fusion from L4 - S1 with rods and bolts, took out 2 ribs, and fusion at T12-L1, laminectamy in the lower and, postirior and antirior at T12-L1.

Weather changes seem to be worse on T12-L1 and I also live in north DFW area and the weather is always changing, but weather temps between 60-40 is bad only for a few days when I get acclimated it isn't as bad, but below 15 degrees my left leg needs to be pulled along because of nerve response lose.  I am also extremly intalerant to ice packs and always have been the last of my 3 operations was in 1996 and since early 1998 I have been on Oxycontine first 6 months 20 mg a day, then in 1999 went to 30 mg a day with out any changes until late 2012, then went to 40 mg.  This medication taken as directed enabled me to work as an indipendant remodeling contractor doing my own work for the last 12 years, the only other meds I take is Ibuprofen during those weather changes 600 mg and that works great.  I'm now 54 and having some problems with this type of work back t at 54 who wouldn't !  GET UP AND JUST DO IT !

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