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?
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.
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 !
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.