I had a fusion in 2001 for grade 1-2 spondy and then had reconstructive surgery in 2002 as the screws snapped. The surgeon reinforced the fusion by putting a bar and screw into my left hip and replaced the L4-S1 fusion. This also failed and after years of pain and taking Tramadol i am now on the waiting list for further surgery to have the metal removed as the hardware is causing severe pain on my nerves and i feel like i have daggers going into the outer sides of my thighs all the time. I have hip pain, muscle spasms and tightness along with cramp in my lower back and my left leg is feeling weak, especially noticeable when i climb stairs. My new surgeon cant understand why the last one put the bar into my left hip and the screw is rolling around in the hole. He says i have psuedoarthrosis and wants to just remove the metal and not replace it to see how i get on but the slip is now 3-4 which i believe is 75-100% slip? I am particularly scared of going through this again as i remember the pain from last time and i am very unsure of not having anything in there to stabilise my spine, although the metal isn't doing anything at the moment. Has anyone got any thoughts on my situation, will it slip more, have more pain, things go wrong ect. I am also taking cabergoline to shrink a pituitary tumor and this has an effect on my mental health along with the misery of the back pain. My knees hurt along with my elbows, muscle pain in arms and my feet are really stiff especially in the mornings, don't know if this is related or not.
Sorry if i sound like a hypochondriac