Hello all, This is my first post to this group and I have to see if anyone out there has any helpful ideas, advice, words of wisdom. October 2013 I had Lumbar Fusion of L-2 through L-5 with bone grafting for 2 herniated discs, disc degeneration, and mild arthritis. I have tried physical therapy (or physical torture as I lovingly call it) TENS unit, Heat, Ice, multiple muscle relaxers, pain meds,as well as Arthiritis medications. I am still haveing a lot of back pain, leg weakness, and shooting pains. I recently had a new MRI and the Nurologist suggested if I am still having so much pain that my options were either A) we can go in and remove all hardware from my back. or
I am just going to have to live with the pain. I thought he was crazy to suggest removing everything he just put in. When I asked if this was normal he said no only about 2% of patients have it removed and it may not help with the pain at all. Plus my spine could compress again and we would have to do the surgery a 3rd time and put it all back in!!!!!! I am just at a complete loss for what to do at this point and as icing on the cake I now also have a tumor on my T6 that they are telling me they believe it is nothing more then an atypical Hemangioma and I should just not worry about it. I have made an appointment at xxxx Clinic for a second opinion but just didnt want to waste anyones time if they are going to tell me the same thing. Any helpful advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.