Hi, I'm new to this...I just found this site and would like some advice!
I am 28 and had a fusion of my L4-L5, L5-S1 in Jan 07. I had a severly hurrniated disk and went to the Neurosurgeon and he said that surgery was a MUST :O . My Dr. is wonderful man and is part of the best hospital in south-eastern Wisconsin. The disk was causing the horrible pain that ran down my leg that would almost make my leg give out. I had to stop walking and wait for the pain to stop...it was horrible. I was also not having bowel movements...he was really concerned about that. So I had the surgery and I couldn't believe the difference in just a couple weeks after the surgery. I went in for my 6 week checkup and everything was looking good. I went back in April and I had a broken screw in my tailbone (S1). He said he was going to watch it closely. I went back in Nov. 07 and the other screw in my tailbone was boken. It wasn't bothering me too much...but I could tell that something was wrong. Now I am starting to have more pain. My Dr. STRESSES that I have to excercise...but now even going for a walk is really starting to hurt. I go back to see him on Tuesday for x-rays and a check-up. So my question is this...I trust him but am curious- How often do Dr's replace broken screws. Is it normal for him to leave 2 broken screws? Any input would be appreciated!!