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Broken Pedicle Screw

Hello Everyone,

This is my first posting on this site. Two weeks I would not have believed that I was the one saying this but here goes...

In August, I had my knee replaced and two weeks later, I could not move the opposite leg because of excruciating pain in my hip. When the orthopedic doctor that I saw for the hip pain, x-rayed my back, she found a broken pedicle screw from my L4-L5 and L5-S1 fusion surgery. It is her theory that the screw was pressing on a nerve causing the hip pain.

I was in shock when she told me about the screw. Then today I found out that I have to have a Myelogram next Monday. I can barely process one thing then they hit me with something else. I have horrible migraines and the Myelogram scares me to death. Can I ask for a blood patch for the injection before I get off the CT table???



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  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 489
    Hi Tiny Dancer!

    Sorry to hear of your pain, and your X-ray report.... I can only imagine. Since the hip pain didn't start till after your knee replacement, was it a result of how your body was maneuvered during the surgery? Scary! I can see how that may happen, but you'd think precautions would have been made to prevent that.

    Many years ago, in my late thirties, I had to have a laparoscopy, and the back pain following was excruciating. I had had some previous lower back pain months prior, possibly inflamation from throwing hay bales at that time. I wasn't in bad back sorts at the time of having the surgery, but I also wasn't informed of how my back may be compromised during the procedure.

    About the myelogram, if it's possible I would surely ask for the blood patch. I also get migraines, but mostly because I had a myelogram before, and ended up having to have a blood patch almost a week later....not a fun time!

    I've been thinking of having a medical bracelet made with my fusion info on it. I'm also hypoglycemic , so I probably should.

    Hope all goes well for you!
  • Sheri,

    Your right ,I think. During the surgery one leg was up and one leg was down. Then the screw started working toward the nerve because of it. I was in that position for 4 hours. They probably didn't even notice the scars on my back to try and protect it.

    I think that I will poll members to see how many got headaches after a Myelogram. The nurse today tried to tell me that it's rare but I don't think so.
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