I am a 34 year old now retired police officer. In April 07 I was smoked while riding my motorcycle on duty. Because of my 30 foot trajectory and subsequent smack on the asphalt I have had three fusion and disc replacements in C5-6 and L4-L5 L5-S1. I had the neck surgery in June 07 and have had no problems and had my L4-S1 On Oct 22-25 07. I am completely fused but have never been pain free. The pain is so bad I cannot stand it. Meds do not really help much either. I am married to a great wife and have two awesome daughters 5 and 3.
I have had three injections over the last six months, with no relief. All my doctors say I should take out the hardware. I am 5-10 195 but usually and built out to 215. I can feel the hardware and any movements hurt. When I get out of bed in the morning I feel like I am 90 it hurts beyond belief. I try to hide it from the wife because I do not want to be anymore of a burden. If people knew how bad I hurt.
I am scared to go under the knife again as it hurt so much before and I hated the recovery process. I need to be there for my kids and don't want to be laid up.
Thanks for your input!!!