I recently had an appointment with my neurosurgeon. I showed the new x-rays I had done in a different thread. Apparently my bones aren't going to heal/fuse for some reason. My doctor says they believe it's "genetic". Isn't everything that goes wrong they can't explain genetic?
It just seems that way I suppose.
Anyway, what happens to people like me now? I'm still in a very uncomfortable level of pain, which while it's not crippling is very inhibiting in my life. I'm only 31 years old and I have less mobility than many people in their 70's! The surgeon mentioned something about the possibility of the hardware starting to fail a few years down the road. Anyone know what kind of hardware problems crop up when your spine won't fuse?
Am I looking at more surgeries? My surgeon said, "more surgeries like this in the future are likely to have the same outcome." What is the reality of THAT? And why didn't it heal? Does that mean if I broke my arm it wouldn't heal right? Just SO MANY questions... Some of these I'll be asking when I have my follow-up with my primary physician, but I thought maybe those who share my condition might have some insight.
It's so discouraging... And of course the doctor gives me the "don't give up" and "you have to keep trying even through the pain"... I know he means well, but it's a little different to the person who actually FEELS the pain. So, what next?