I am at wits end right now. I had a C4-7 fusion two years ago Jan 16th 2012. It wasn't too fun, because I teach school and I had to take 6 weeks off of school. Anyways, my neck has been hurting me again and I am having all the neuro pins and needles stuff going on in my head again, so I made an appointment with my neurosurgeon. His nurse called a couple of weeks ago and cancelled on me because the neurosurgeon wanted a longer Christmas vacation. So I went to my regular doctor and asked for a neck x-ray because I just wasn't feeling right. To make a long story short, I have a broken screw on C7!!! The head is coming out toward my esophagus.
I called the nurse and she said the neurosurgeon was out of town but would look at the x rays. They scheduled an MRI for Dec. 31st. Good thing, because I met my out of pocket this year because I had two knee replacements this last summer. I am a basket case! I don't want another surgery!!! I am afraid the screw is going to come out all of the way and hit into my esophagus in the meantime!
The nurse asked me if I had fallen or was active. I have never fallen these last two years and have been very careful because of my knees. Do you think it is a faulty screw? Is my doctor at fault? He is suppose to be a good surgeon. How does a titanium screw break? I don't know if I can live through another surgery!!! Help!!!