I had an L5S1 fusion back in June of 2010, it relieved my left sided pain, but I have a ton of pain in my right lower back which radiates down my leg and into my feet.
Coincidentally, the right side is where my hardware is, two screws and a rod.
I've gone to my surgeon multiple times to try and address this issue, but it still won't go away.
I've had epidurals, rounds of oral steroids and at least 3 cortisone shots in that area.. All the injections do, is provide partial relief for about 2-3 days.
At this point, my physician thinks it is "in my head" and that I'm fixating on it and that's why the pain seems so bad.
I feel like my only other option is removing the hardware on the right side. Apparently, there is a large amount of scar tissue where the screws went through the muscle. Cortisone injected in that specific area, reduces the pain significantly.
He agreed to take out the hardware on my right side because I'm already fused.
He doesn't seem to have an opinion either way, whether this will resolve my pain.
Ultimately, I don't feel like he is taking my pain seriously and I can't seem to get any direction from him re: what to do next.
Has anyone here had any experience with hardware removal and did it help?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.