Hello again am Cathy from Buffalo I love this site everyone has been so nice and can understand what I am going thru I just would like some more feedback. In 1998 I had a car accident and broke 3 vertebae, I had a spinal fusion and they used bone from my hip they put two rods in. I has pretty good for along time I had pain my doc was great and it was managed I worked lived my life. My mother was ill for 8 years I lived with her and took care of her and the last two years I was with her 24/7 Full time everything and back the last year I was with really started to hurt under my rods it hurt all the time!! My Mom past in Jan and thought not doing so much my back would get better but it got worse, I tried the usually stuff and then had a steroid shot which caused severe muscle spasms and the day after I had it I fell down the stairs so the last 6 weeks have been hell, my doc said our last step is take the rods out and now waiting on my surgery is. ANYWAYS can anyone tell me there experiences with rod removal good or bad. My doc tells me its not as bad as putting them in but I would like to hear from people who have had it done. PLEASE email me at Shefairmom@aol.com. Thank you in advance!!