9 yrs ago. I had disabling back pain. I went to the Spine Institute in NY.(I was told this was the best place to be). I live in Delaware. I was told that ALIF at T12-L2 would fix me right up. Would be able to be driving wiyhin 2 wks. 9 yrs later I am still in severe pain. My fusion was done rhaums cages, titanium rods + 6-screws. They used my 10th rib for the graph. Pain meds give little releif. I mean a whole laundry list. 160mg oxycotin 3x daily, 15mg Oxyi IR 6x daily, oxyifast for break through pain, zanaflex, muscle relaxer 4x daily, Pamelor. Unable to take anti-inflamatories. Though they have tried same with most nerve drugs. I have had T10-S1 injections over the yrs both sides. Spinal cord stimulator, morphine pump. Nothing works.
My wife beleives that it is the hardware. Because the pain changes with movement. I am onlyup about 6 hrs a day. 1 hr or there then I need to go lay down to regroup. I am scheduled for Ketamin treatments in the beginning of the year. This is a trial. To have my hardware removed they say they have to go in the same way. My incision is on the left side to front. With pain going from my chest, down through the groin, left thigh and leg numb and throbbing all the way down to my foot. I can't wear pants without causing more pain. I wear lose cottin shorts all the time. The incision site is so painful I can't imagine them cutting it open. Will they make me worse. Has anyone had success with hardware removal? Has anyone come out with more pain? I was 36 when I had surgery and have been classified disabled since. On SS disability and try to do as much as I can but I really don't want to except this condition as my quality of life. Anybody else experience this?