Hi ! I am new here. Real need to share with others as I continue in life with chronic pain, depression from the pain and lack of results from Scoliosis Surgery covers from S-1 in Low Back all the way up to a joint in between my shoulders. I have Pedicle Screws and Rods all the way throughout this area. First Surgery in 9/12, then had Pulmonary Embolism after Surgery ....almost died from that before going on to physical RE-HAB in patient. Three months later, 1/13, I had to have a complete revision Surgery opening up the entire wound.... A Pedicle screw was apparently pressing against a nerve. The next 9 months were terrible as far as pain gradually improving UNTIL .... Feb. 2014....a had a sudden popping sound in my back along with a huge pain surge. After a CT scan w/contrast, it showed that the two rods running the length of my back (DePuy) had broken at Apx.
L 1-L2 on both sides. That was the huge popping sensation. Now my Dr. Suggest going in for a 3rd Surgery to review the situation with a probable solution of placing glue in the area of the Rod breaks inside the new bone growth. I am totally to the point where I can't walk my dog around the block without having to stop... Rest from being doubled up with pain. Along with this introduction, I am 60 years old, divorced, live by myself with my two Bulldogs and am dealing with a tremendous amount of frustration, pain, depression from the whole total life change and inability to work except at home ...my interaction with others has been greatly reduced.
I joined a new Church and am turning this all our to God while I consider the option of a third Surgery from the same highly esteemed and rated Physician.
Please excuse the lengthy introduction. I am hoping to find others with insight and stories of hope for recovery at some level.