Failed back surgery syndrome (also called FBSS, or failed back syndrome) is the chronic pain in which a patient suffers in their back or leg that appears following a seemingly successful back surgery. Many patients describe this pain to be severe and never ending, often leading to often with terrible emotional and financial consequences. Statistics show that of the 200,000 back surgeries performed each year, 20 to 40 percent result in different degrees of failed back surgery syndrome. Even with the best surgeons and for the best indications there are many reasons that back surgery may not work.
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These days, it seems that modern medicine is always looking for the quick fix to a medical problem in the form of an injection or pill. Take back pain for example. Everyone from the average weekend warrior to professional athletes are given steroid injections to immediately ease the pain of a back problems but little else is done to alleviate the underlying problem.
There are other problems associated with steroid injections as indicated by the recent outbreak of meningitis across the United States. It is not a small problem with the steroid linked to the meningitis outbreak affecting as many as 13,000 patients in 23 states from Michigan to Florida. Already, over 100 people have been diagnosed with the deadly disease with as many as 12 fatalities.
While the short term efficacy of steroid treatment is not in doubt, there are concerns with some of the manufacturing safeguards. The steroid linked to this meningitis outbreak was produced by a specialty compounding pharmacy. In essence the pharmacy simply combines a powdered form of the steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, with a liquid substrate to create the inject able dose.
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