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Cathy MCCathy M Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Is it normal to feel pain where the hardware is? I can feel pain from the rods and screws in my spine. I will start PT this coming Thursday and am worried already that I will end up with even more pain. Right now as long as I am not moving I am pain free but to move really hurts. The Dr said the PT was to begin to help me wean off of the back brace. Right now even though I hate having to wear the brace I feel better with it on. Does anyone else with hardware feel theirs?



  • Cathy I still have my hardware and haven't had any pain from it. That being said- if I push on my hardware hard, I can feel it (I think). I didn't have a brace, but chose to wear my turtle shell while walking shortly after I started walking or being on my feet for more than 20 minutes (it felt better with it on).

    PT helped me very quickly. Are you still on pain meds & muscle relaxers? What surgery did you have?

    Feel Better,
  • In april I had a L5 S1 fusion with complications. I was not fitted with any brace at all until about 2 months later. I had three surgeries in 3 months.the last one in July to revise the rods and screws that had moved and were pushing m spine forward. I have pain meds that are PRN and use them when it gets unbearable. and I have muscle relaxers too if I need them but I hate taking them because they make me so sleepy. I am hoping that PT will help quickly and I have the same therapist whom I have had for over a year for this back issue.
    This has just been a very hard 5 and a half months. I knew it would be a long road to recovery but not this hard.
  • I am kind of in the same boat. I had my fusion a year ago and I feel my hardware all the time. They have actually recommended I have it removed because supposedly small framed people have less room in there for the hardware and the muscles fight for room. Are you a small framed person? I don't mean skinny necessarily. I am about 30 pounds overweight and they still say I am small framed.
  • ya you could say I am small framed lol.. I am only 4 feet 11 inches in height :) they have already had to fix my hardware once because it was moving, and I just started all of this in April of this year. I start PT tomorrow and am concerned that since I can already feel the hardware move that its going to end up being painful in PT tomorrow. Guess I will have to wait and see.
  • Good luck with your PT! I will be hoping it is pain free!
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