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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about bone spurs in the back? Mom's been having so much pain lately. It's hard for her to walk. She's been actually using a walker and a cane lately. She's been having pain due to flat feet and a knee that is scheduled to be replaced this winter. She also has some arthritis in her back. But this debilitating pain that has made it difficult for to even walk came on so suddenly. She's seen her MD for cortisone injections but got no relief. She's been doing massage therapy and seeing a chiropractor too. Finally yesterday the chiro. took an x-ray and she's got a bunch of bone spurs in her spine. So he sent her back to the Orthopedic Surgeon. Seems to me I remember hearing someone once say if you need to have any type of surgery on spine or neck, to always see a neurosurgeon instead of an orthopedic surgeon. Any info or insight would be appreciated. There is tons of info on the web but I always prefer to get advice from those who have experience.

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No advice or experience, but do want to say your sweet Mom is in my thoughts and prayers! You are such a good daughter Crystal. Big hugs. xoxo
 

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Oh Crystal, I am so sorry to hear that your Mom is in pain......bone spurs, I have heard are very painful. It seems like I have heard that too but I can't remember who said it. Let me tell you to have a bad knee and pain in your back is horrrible. I live with it everyday but mine is my spine and knee. I hope she gets some relief soon!! Please tell her we are thinking about her and wish her the best!:wub:
 

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Crystal - your poor mom.It sounds so painful. I don't know much about bone spurs. Do know a friend of a friend who had horrible ones on her toes and literally couldn't walk. She had the surgery and is globe trotting now. Hope you can find the right specialist. Send you mom our love.:hugging:
 

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Crystal, I don't know anything about bone spurs but I'm sorry to hear your mom is having so much trouble. I hope she gets everything straightened out soon. Things have been ruff for both your parents and I hope life gets back to normal for both of them with no more health issues.
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I'd go to an acupuncturist....honestly that type of treatment is great for any and all types of pain..and it actually works. jmo. Good luck!
 

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Crystal, I am so sorry your mom is in so much pain. I had bone spurs in my heels and for some reason it comes and goes. I'm sorry I have no advice or input but I just wanted to say I will pray for your mom. I know how difficult it is to see your mom in pain. I would think a neurologist would be a good place to start.
 

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pain is such a terrible thing,:bysmilie: you just want to stay in bed, my heart breaks for your mom. I will remember her in my prayers Crystal
 

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I had a laminectomey done at C5-6 by a neurosurgeon almost 10 years ago. He botched it, and to this day I have no feelings in my thumb and pointer fingers. A few years later I had 4 level cervical fusion with a ton of titanium and cadaver bone done by a wonderful Ortho surgeon.

To me a Neuro is fine for nerves, I want an Ortho for my bones. I have some oesteophytes at C2, they hurt like heck for a few months, but have pretty much stopped. Suggest getting your mom into a pain management doc, they can do wonders.
 

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I had a laminectomey done at C5-6 by a neurosurgeon almost 10 years ago. He botched it, and to this day I have no feelings in my thumb and pointer fingers. A few years later I had 4 level cervical fusion with a ton of titanium and cadaver bone done by a wonderful Ortho surgeon.

To me a Neuro is fine for nerves, I want an Ortho for my bones. I have some oesteophytes at C2, they hurt like heck for a few months, but have pretty much stopped. Suggest getting your mom into a pain management doc, they can do wonders.
Thanks Barb!

So perhaps the excruciating pain that is making it even difficult for mom to move her one leg correctly could ease up after a bit?

She's going to see the Orthoped who will be doing her knee replacement so we'll see what he says. But did not even think of a pain management dr. Thank you!

Botched back surgeries you hear about so often that we are all really fearful of going that route if she doesn't have to. I'm sorry your first one was not successful. Glad you found some relief!
 

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Crystal, I am so sorry your mom is in so much pain. I had bone spurs in my heels and for some reason it comes and goes. I'm sorry I have no advice or input but I just wanted to say I will pray for your mom. I know how difficult it is to see your mom in pain. I would think a neurologist would be a good place to start.
Me too, it comes and goes. I bought Orthaheel slippers from FootSmart and it helped.
 

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I have tried acupuncture and chiropractors. After going to a chiropractor for back pain I ended up with peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Tried acupuncture for that with no result.
 

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Don't be surprised if the knee Ortho won't do a spine. They specialize in one area, but would recommend somebody for the spine. And that's good! If he does one area really well, that's my guy. Spines are a whole lot more tricky to deal with.

My PM doc got me a TENS, some light pain meds and told me to rest it as much as I could. That was over a year ago, I get a twinge now and then that's about it no surgery
 

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Oh Crystal, I am so sorry to hear this. My Mom didn't have bone spurs, but did have
spinal stenosis, and boy that was very painful too. They tried the injections, but after awhile they started not to work, so she had an outpatient procedure, to create additional space. It's common as we get older. Sorry, this probably has nothing to do with your Mom's situation, just know you both are in my prayers.
 
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