I have had eight spinal surgeries at different levels over the past nine years. I had some screws that came loose last year, the doctor said that is what was causing my pain. I also felt and could also hear this popping sensation in the same area the screws were loose. He went in and took out all the titanium that the doctor in 2007 had put in and replaced it with metal rods. I was doing very well but I still had that popping sensation as if something was moving. Well, about four months ago This awful leg pain started. I went and had a CT done, he tells me just the other day that the cage they used to fuse S1 with in 2007 has collapsed and is lodged into the spinal canal and is pressing on the spinal cord. He said this surgery will be very difficult because he is not sure he can get the cage out , going through the back. He said he's got to take out everything he put in last year and redo it. Bone grafts as well. I am in severe pain. Can barely walk, what is considered an emergency? What do they go by? I'm not trying to be negative or anything but I would rather be dead than deal with this pain another day. Seriously. The pain management acts like my pain is no big deal. I am just sick and tired of dealing with it all.
Thank you for letting me vent.