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I was in a bad rollover accident in 2007 and broke my L1-L3 vertebrae. I underwent surgery to fuse these together and had 2 rods w/ screws placed along both sides of my spine. I have always had pain off and on, prominently in the winter, but for a few months now I have been enduring excruciating pain at times, where it brings me to tears and I can't stand up straight to walk. My chiropractor feels my only option is to see if I can get the Rods removed, because my body is forced above and below to take on the extra pressure of movement, and is breaking down.
Has anyone else gone through removal of rods and screws this long after the initial surgery? May 5th was 11 years. I am tired of the pain. I don't like to take medicine, but take handfuls of Aleve, Ibuprofen, aspirin daily to take the edge off, of which they really don't help. I can't sleep, I can't sit, I can't stand...Its truly miserable at this point.I just had exrays done, and there doesn't seem to be anything loose to cause the pain.
I would love to hear from someone who has gone through removal this late in the game. I am fearful of being paralyzed or something going horribly wrong.
I already have numbness in my legs, and shooting pains that come and go, so i know my nerves are being pinched or pressured somehow.
thank you for your help~