As some of you know I saw my surgeon yesterday and they did xrays and he said I am completely fused. Why am I hurting so much? Can hardware really make a person hurt so bad? I was up half the night last night because I couldn't find a comfortable position to lay in, and I know that not sleeping isn't helping. What would you guys do? Should I get a second opinion? or just go thru with getting a caudal injection and wait and see?
Thanks for your thoughts. i know it is my right to get a second opinion but I feel guilty doing it. Plus I am pretty sure my doc is the only spine specialist in town. So should I get an ortho or a neuro surgeon's opinion?
I am having my hardware out soon. I am fused at L/4-L/5 and L/5-S1. I was told at three months that I was fused. At about the same time I started having severe pain in my lower back, legs, and through the abdoman area. The cat-scan showed that I was only partially fused at one level. So I waited until one year after the surgery and had another x-ray which showed that it was fused. The surgeon suggested taking the hardware out as it can cause pain or a type of reaction in some people. The insurance company sent me to pain management for 10 weeks with no results and classified my surgery as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". I was then sent to a Neurosurgeon for a second opinion. He also says the hardware could be causing the pain and is in favor of taking it out. I am hoping this is causing the pain and it will be over. I also have scar tissue on the nerves near the pedicle screws. The surgeon has pushed on the screws and rods in my back and pushing does cause a reaction of horrible pain and spasms.
Chris that sounds exactly like what is going on with me. I swear I've felt the hardware since day one and at first it just felt weird now it is excruciating. I guess that I would feel better if my doc would get an mri or cat scan to confirm this. there is a place on my right hip that hurts like crazy and if I touch it or lay on it for long it feels like something is broken in that area and I would love to know what is causing it. well if surgeon wont do it I know my PM doc will if I ask her to. She is a really good doc who actually listens.
Is the hip that hurts the one they took the bone graft from? They claim that the donor site can became painful and hurt up until over a year or more. My hip has never hurt. The surgeon tried a new method of harvesting and it was sucessful in that it doesn't hurt.
I can clearly remember my hip bone harvest site as being very painfull, it hurt longer and more then the sugery site on my back. The good news is when that pain does stop you don't feel it again, at least I haven't and my fusion was about 10 years ago.
1984 Tri level Laminectomy L3-L4, L4-L5,L5-S1
1993 Bi level Laminectomy L3-L4, L4-L5, Discectomy
1997 Fusion w/hardware L2-S1