Hello everyone, I am hoping to reach somebody who has any experience with or knowledge of spinal fixation/fusion.
In broke my back in March 2011 from a fall from height, and had surgery to stabilise and fix my L2 - L5 vertebrae. Having lived with the screws in my back for a few years now and dealt with increasing pain, I have undergone X_rays and CAT scans of my spine which showed no problems with the apparatus, and multiple courses of physiotherapy. As my reviews caused doctors no concern, they could not suggest any action. Physiotherapy has made no difference to the pain, even through greatly strengthening my core, and my pain is spreading around my pelvis and down my legs. When the pain sets in really badly, which seems to happen after sitting or walking for more than 5 minutes at a time, I am forced to lie on my back for a few days until it settles down. I am therefore looking at my only remaining option, and am looking into getting the metal work removed in the future.
I am however aware of the risks associated with their removal, and am looking to gather as much information as possible surrounding this type of condition, to help me make a decision on whether or not to go ahead with the surgery or to seek some other option.
Please let me know if you have any experience with a spinal fixation and/or spinal metal work removal - I am hoping to know of other stories from people in a similar position - what they've done and how it went, so I can make a more informed decision about my own future. I would be so grateful to know other people's experiences.
Many thanks in advance for any help.