Hi guys, I just found this forum.....I wish I had a long time ago, anyway.
As I said, I am exactly one year out from my L5-L6-S1 fusion. I've been having this extremely irritating pain in my lower back, just to the right of my spine for about two months. It feels similar to sciatic pain but it doesn't go down into my leg, it just radiates out to an area about the size of the palm of your hand. I went to see my surgeon Monday, he felt around and said the area I was complaining about was directly above some of the hardware. He recommended an MRI, water therapy, then injections and finally (if everything points to it) hardware removal. He did say that the fusion looked beautiful (x rays), so that was good news.
I guess my question is for those of you that have had hardware pain / had it removed. What does the pain feel like? Is it nerve irritation or more *pain*? What was the removal process like? How are you since the removal?