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Re: antinflammitory meds and fusion

Posted By CCF Neurosurgery MD on April 22, 1998 at 15:15:24:

In Reply to: antinflammitory meds and fusion posted by pat on April 21, 1998 at 14:00:21:

I had a 2 level fusion in Jan...am  still in quite a bit of discomfort.
I am concerned about the possibility that the fusion hasn't taken yet.
Is it true that Ibuprofen..or any inti-inflammitory can cause a fusion
problem??  I am very concerned about this since I/ve been on 2400mg a day
since August '97...PLEASE PLEASE give me some peace of mind and tell
me it has nothing to do with it!!  I am really concerned about the
continued burning pain.....thanks

Dear Pat:
Ibuprofen may interfere with this sort of thing but it is not very common so I would look for other reasons why a fusion isn't successful (do you smoke? etc....)
I can't tell you if your fusion worked or not without knowing what exactly was done (where was the fusion and what was it done for etc...) Perhaps your decompression was not adequate.
If you have further questions please write back!

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