I could really use any suggestions or thoughts on hardware removal!
I had spinal fusion L5-S1 a little less than 4 months ago (11-16-09) and am already having problems. Well actually, I haven't had a day of not being in pain. My pain has actually been worse. My NS orginally suggested it might be SI joint pain and sent me for a SI Joint Pain injection to which I got no relief. He then sent me for SI Joint Therapy to which again I got no relief. I saw my NS again today for another post op and he is now thinking my pain might be hardware pain and that I might have fibromyalgia.
He started me on Lyrica and I am having another pain injection in 2 weeks. This time the pain injection will be directly at the screw heads to determine if this is where the pain is coming from. If it turns out to be hardware pain, he said he would recommend taking the hardware out once we see a good/solid fusion.
HELP! Has anyone ever heard of such? If so, what can be done to buy time until the hardware can be removed? I do take ULTRAM for the pain but it doesn't seem to be working that well. And starting Lyrica tomorrow for the Fibro!!