Thursday, October 16, 2008 Kathy, Community Member, asks

Q: Back surgery and MS

In talking to my betaseron nurse today I was telling her about my back killing me and my Dr. and my PT both said that where the pain was has nothing to do with ms that is from my back surgery and having this pain which is getting worse and working down my right leg that I need to demand for a xray( I can't just change Dr cause this is a workmens comp cause } anyways the nurse stated that I am about the 10 person that has found out they have ms after back surgery is there any one out there that had back surgery before you had MS Please please let me know. Also she stated that after Kartina there has been more cases of ms anyone liveing in mississipi or AL or La even FL have MS after Kartina or other big hurrican I would like to know because I really want to look into this.

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Merely Me, Health Guide
10/20/08 4:15pm

Hi Kathy

 

These are some very intriguing questions.  I did just a little bit of research and there do seem to be some links between back surgery and MS or MS-like symptoms.

 

Here is a thread on a news board about this very topic which you can read here. Scroll down to see the comments.

 

And here is a very interesting article written by Lina Talbot about the effects of "failed back surgery" where she states the following: 

 

"In many ways failed back surgery syndrome resembles multiple sclerosis: the conditions have the same range of symptoms of pain and numbness, weakness and spasm in the limbs, and bladder and bowel difficulties. But whereas some neurological units offer specialist expertise in treatment and lifestyle support for people with multiple sclerosis, patients with failed back surgery syndrome are left outside the door. In terms of numbers, there is roughly one person with failed back surgery syndrome for every two with multiple sclerosis."

 

I am not sure about the association of MS to Katrina.  I would be very interested to see what others had to say.

If you come across any more information in your research of these associations please let us know.  And thank you for your question.

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