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Hardware Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have a great deal of pain when I lean against objects or push on my fusion hardware at L5-S1. I have been told that it slowly goes away but 9 months out and I still have it. It feels like a hot burning knife at the site and pain down my legs.
2003 L3-L5 Laminectomy
2005 L3-L5 AP FUSION (no cages) bone graft and femur disc
1/2008 L2-L3 AP FUSION (no cages) bone graft and femur disc-removed original hardware
9/2008 L5-S1 AP FUSION (no cages) bone graft and femar disc


  • I'll tell you what my dad would say -

    If it hurts when you push on it - well then, don't push on it! LOL!!

    Actually, I am having almost the same problem -

    I'm about 10 mo. post op and if I push on the screws I get a stabbing pain down my leg and the leg literally melts under me, it just folds like you had a Vulcan grip on it.

    My NS says to consider having the hardware removed. I'm still considering.

    Do you also have a severe constant backache? I think I'm getting mine from the hardware as well - it increases if I've been sitting on hard-backed chairs or if I've done something that increases the rubbing of muscles over screw-heads.
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