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Hardware out ...10% of the time...

saltzworksssaltzworks Posts: 1,031
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well, it looks like I might have to have my hardware out this fall.

I've pretty much had a constant backache since my surgery. I figured it was what I was supposed to feel, I'd had back surgery for heavens sake! I never thought I'd heal and be at a zero pain level ever again. I expected that.

But,there may be hope!

My NS's Physician's Assistant says that in 10% of the cases the hardware needs to come out. He had warned me last February that I should consider it. Now I have a NS appointment coming up in August to confirm it.

Just FYI -

Symptoms that make us suspect that it is the hardware and that the removal will actually benefit me and not be a useless surgery:

You can push on my back and feel the screws - it is DEEPLY painful to the touch and it affects my legs when you do it.

I feel the grinding of muscles in my back when I do my PT exercises, particularly the recumbant bike, leg presses, anything where my back is against hard plastic as I move my legs.

I feel like I have to hold the side muslces in my back so that they don't move when I walk. I can't touch the center of the spine, anywhere near the scar, that's too painful.

The asst. gave me Valtoren Gel - an anti-inflammatory, I think - and it has reduced the overall pain. It has allowed me to feel the exact points of the worst pain though - which is right over the screws.

So.. we shall see what we see when we see (I'll update after the next apt.)



  • Wow Saltz, 10% sounds high for hardware removal.

    Sorry you are needing to get yours out. That doesn't sound fun at all. Hopefully it will help you. keep up your good attitude!

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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