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I had a discogram and can it be the hardware?

hisbeauty4asheshhisbeauty4ashes Posts: 182
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Here I am in tears just so undone as my spine health is declining.

I went in for a discogram because I have had increased severe pain in my lumbar spine. I went into my spine specialist telling him I am having so much pain I can not sit, or stand, or walk, or lay down for very long with out horrible pain. I told him I thought it was partial hardware on my left side. The reason I told him that was because the pain was horrible on the left side of my back and it went down my left leg. When I had back surgery before I was having problems with the hardware on my right side so they removed the hardware only on my right side. They left the left side in because they had the Dynamic Stabilization unit placed in my lumbar spine. Anyway my doctor ordered a discogram to see if the pain was coming from the disc above the fusion. Well no pain at all came from the disc's. I was glad in one sense that there was no pain but in another sense I was in tears because I felt like great now I am stuck in this pain from the disc already fused and that there is no hope for me. It was such mixed emotions for me.

Now I sit and wait to see the doctor to hear the words I hate, "sorry we can not help you."

I also have neck and thoracic pain that has also increased. Going in on Monday for a MRI on the T spine.

Has anyone else endured hardware problems? Could that be the problem?



  • Can they remove that hardware or does that have to stay? I don't really know much about hardware.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    It could be the hardware, but in the majority of cases the hardware is permanent. I had a revision in Feb 2010 and I thought new hardware would eliminate a pain on the lower left hand side of my back, but it didn't.

    There is something called a hardware block which I believe is often done by pain management doctors. I've never had one but I think it's sort of test, if they do a certain kind of block via injection or something similar sometimes they can determine if it's hardware.

    I'd expect they'd want to do other testing (MRI, etc) in case it's unrelated to hardware.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I have been living on injections and so far they work to get rid of the pain on the left side. So that is why I think it is the hardware. I guess we will see what the doc says.

  • I have been living on injections and so far they work to get rid of the pain on the left side. So that is why I think it is the hardware. I guess we will see what the doc says.

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