Anyone fuse with a loose screw?

Anyone fuse with a loose screw?

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Terri
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Anyone fuse with a loose screw?

Chris has a loose screw at L5, the lowest end of his L2-5 fusion. The loose screw was identified by CT approximately 4 weeks ago when new pains did not go away with rest and conservative therapy. The OS has instructed him to continue conservative therapy for 2-4 months... go back to wearing back brace, no BLT, walk but do less than he was doing, etc. The PM doc has done 3 caudal epidurals, each giving relief but not lasting.

The pain is wearing Chris down. His lower left back hurts with movement.

Anyone experienced anything similar?

Terri

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I am sorry about this new

I am sorry about this new problem Terri. What does the doctor say? Is the pain associated with the loose screw?

I wish Chris a quick resolution and a chance to continue on with his recovery.

Best wishes to both of you,

Kin

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Terri, as bubblegum said,

Terri, as bubblegum said, have you considered getting another opinion? If Chris does indeed have a loose screw I would be wanting to investigate further if that is indeed causing his pain and if so looking at what to do about resolving that issue. I am no doctor, but as a layman I don't understand how conservative treatment is going to 'tighten' or 'fix' a loose screw.

Keep positive!

Bruce

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loose screws have been my

loose screws have been my fear since i had this fusion done twice. so sorry this is happening.

does he have any fusion in the area?? did u see any starting on the CT? if it is fusing then i think the hardware is not needed after a certain point.

i have read that some people have it removed after so long.

but again everyone is so different. maybe NS is hoping it will fuse completely before furtrher intervention??

keep us posted . . . .would love to know.

i had my c1 c2 fused posterior x2 and i always have this fear that the screws will come loose.

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Screw loose

I have been told that I have a screw loose but that came from the family and not the doctors. Devil

itsalongwalk (not verified)
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Fusion

My money is on the fact the docs are hoping to see a more secure fusion bed. If pain persists they may well remove the offending screw.

That is of course, pure conjecture...but you need to know what their plans are.

I have read they are painful. I know my loose interbody spacer was!
I have a huge suspicion my doc pushed me along more post op months so I was in a better place for the revision operation.

roxy54321 (not verified)
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love it. . . my sister

Laughing :))( Laughing love it. . . my sister told me the same thing . . "u have some screws loose but the ones in your c1 c2 i'll bet are fine"

Terri
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thanks

thanks for the replies. Terri