I had a spinal fusion of my thoracic spine when I was 15. I am turning 25 next month. The Dr inserted a titanium rod and 4 screws. When I was 19, the rod broke cleanly in half. One day it was fine, the next day, it wasn't. I went back to my Dr that did the surg., as I was having intense pain, and he told me I needed to lose weight. I had recently had a baby. Prior to pregnancy, pain was bad, but I could deal. Prior to pregnancy, rod was not broken. So we assume it happened during or after this point. Anyway, I lost about 70 pounds. I exercise when I can. But my pain is to the point that I can not do anything anymore, it seems. I cannot sit or stand for more than an hour without pain and heaviness in my back. I can't carry my daughter for more than a few minutes. Doing her therapy and caring for her is becoming too much for me, and I feel guilty that my pain is in my mind keeping me from caring for her the way I think I should be. (She is handicapped and is four years old but is more like a 3 month old.) I avoid doing so much because I don't want to hurt anymore than I already do. I went to a few different Dr's but they didn't offer any help. They wouldnt even offer meds to ease pain. They referred me to a pain specialist. I've been waiting to see this doctor for almost one year exactly. I see them tomorrow. In the past, Drs would not offer pain meds because they said they didnt want someone as young as me on them for a long period of time. The dr that did my surgery told me that if I lost weight, I wouldnt hurt anymore, and he wouldnt offer any help either. One doctor wouldnt do pain manangement bc my daughter is handicapped and they thought that if i was on pain meds, they would "make me loopy, and we dont want you like that around your daughter". It's been frustrating. Have you all had to deal with things like this? How did you handle it? I may be having a surgery to remove the hardware. But I hear that this is sometimes pointless, and there's not much promise that it would relieve the pain...
Broken rod in thoracic spine