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Hi TIGO:

I read your post about removing your hardware due to being thin. Wow...I think this is part of my problem too. The rods/screws whatever they put in there stick out so far they look like golfballs. They told me also I was too thin. I said why do they make one size fits all!!!! What do they do for little kids? It is ridiculous sometimes. I have to put ice on it just to get the swelling down and I don't even know why it's swelling in the first place. I haven't banged it or leaned on it. I also get this really sharp pinch/pain near them when I twist slightly and then it will hurt for days. I am sooo frustrated and the drs really don't even address this problem. I have a lot of pain in other places on my back so they are looking for non fusion also. I am 9 months post op and the same as before surgery. I should get results from my mylegram next week. But I believe the hardware is some of the problem.

Can you tell me about the removal and why/how they knew this should be done. What was the surgery like? I had 4 more vertebra fused along w/cages in Feb and surgery was 10 hrs. They went in front and back. How difficult was the removal and what was recovery like? How are you now? (What was your original issue?)

Sorry I am rambling, but I have not met anyone who had metal removed because of the thinness...thanks for the help...Jo H.

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1979: Fell from scaffold onto gymnasium floor. Decompression Laminectomy L1-L3 w/Spinal Fusion and Harrington Rods Insertion.
1992: Harrington rod breakage and dislodging. Removal and refitted with smaller hardware and re fused.
2001: Pain Again. MRI inconclusive due to hardware
2001: Diskogram shows bulging and DDD at L4-S1 due to domino effect
2002 Feb: 10 hr. surgery. 360 fusion and hardware extended with "connector" to S1. 3 Titanium cages placed anteriorally. Fused from L1-S1.
2002 Sept: Pain worse than before surgery.
2002 Oct: EMG shows damage to L5 and S1
2002 Oct: CT Myelogram ordered.

Meds:
Duragesic Patch 50 mg
Morphine Sulf 15mg for bt pain
Wellbutrin
Relafen
Nitrofurantoin for UTI prevention
Ambien

Believing God will heal me!