I had a spinal fusion to correct Kyphosis about 17 years ago. Within the past 6 months or so, I've noticed that the hardware at the very top of my spin (just below my neck) seems to be protruding -- it looks like a bump and my neck and the area around the hardware hurts quite a bit. I've been ill for several months which has left me nearly bed-ridden, so I'm certain my muscles have atrophied. Has anyone experienced hardware showing and causing pain? What did your doctor say? (I'm uninsured right now so can't get to the doc.)
Thanks very much for any insight! This is really scary for me.