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harrington rod

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Chronic Pain
I was diagnosed in 5th grade with scoliosis. i wore a boston jacket, then a millwauki(sp?)brace. fusion in 10th grade, rod broke & had again in 11th grade.
currently am 41 years old & suffering from chronic, daily leg pain down the front of left leg.
xrays/mri's show spinal stenosis/disc degeneration in lumbar spine below rod. rod is at T6-L4.
i have done physical therapy, which worked temporarily, pain meds, & yoga.
the pain is chronic, daily, & interfering with my life & family!
about to do P.T. again with meds.
has anyone had a similar experience? today, the Dr. said there is a surgery he could do for the stenosis & he could remove the rod.
any feedback????
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  • I haven't had any surgery yet, but it looks like technology is more advanced now and he could remove the rod and maybe do fusion? Anyways I'm not too familiar with back surgery. but hope you get some pain relief. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i wore corrective braces and shoes on my legs till i was about 12 years old. :''( this allowed me to walk well enough without them but i then ruptured two of my discs when i was 15. ~X( i know how it is to spend your childhood with doctors instead of playmates. :''( i had surgery after this but now face pain without possible surgical intervention. the conservative measures you speak of have helped me in my pain program. <:P good luck to you and try it all to avoid surgery!!!! Jenny :)
  • Beatific VeganBBeatific Vegan Posts: 2
    edited 10/24/2015 - 10:36 AM
    Hi! I am in a veeerrry similar circumstance and am also looking for a doctor to remove my hardware. Did you ever have yours removed?! If so, how are you feeling now compared to before? I hope that somehow you have found relief. I am also curious if you did have the rods removed, would you mind providing the doctor? I have had no luck so far...

    ~Jes
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