I had 360 L4-S1 ALIF done in January 2007. I've had flare ups over the years and get quite a few injections yearly in facet joints and cortisone to calm the flare ups down.
Last weekend, I slept on a cot for two nights while camping with boy scouts. I started having considerable pain during the night both nights. This last week has been horrible. I can stand for only brief periods, I have pain down into my right thigh and can tell you exactly when my meds are wearing off. Bending hurts, sitting hurts, standing hurts...you get the picture.
In the past, after a couple days, I'd feel better after a flare-up. This time is different. My sleep has suffered greatly because I can't get comfortable. There have been a couple nights I've gotten up and tried laying in my recliner and on the couch. For the first time since my original rehab, I missed time from work this week because of the pain I'm having.
I've never had an issue with hardware before and have no idea what it feels like. I may be grasping at straws, but for those whom have had damaged rods or screws, what were your symptoms? I don't know if I've got something structural going on or muscular. Either way, I'm really uncomfortable.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2