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l4 l5 disck removal

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i had the l4 l5 disc s removed jan of 08 and had screws and 2 rods put in,ever since that i have been in twice as much pain and more pain in different areas of my low back and groin,it got so unbearable that recently my doctor had a ct milogram done and it revealed that the top 2 screws had worn oblong holes into my vertebrae and was moving around causing the increased pain,now my doctor who did the surgery wants to go in from the front and fuse me from the front and not fix what is wrong,but said if this surgery did not solve the problem he would go back in from the back and remove the hardware,is this a normal thing to happen?,i am a casual smoker and my doctor told me this is why the screws came loose,does this sound normal or is he blowing smoke up my ####?all i know is that i tought after 6 yrs of this pain it would finally be done and now it is worse,when does it end,someone please help!!!!!


  • I'm sorry to hear about your surgery not going well... I had my L4/L5 fused about 3 1/2 years ago and am still looking for an answer to the pain as you described as being much worse and in different areas. One year after my surgery they removed the hardware thinking that may be causing the issue. Well no luck, I've been to more pain clinics than I can count an no help yet. I would not allow a surgeon to do anything to my back if I were you without getting a second opinion. All you can do now is hang in there and don't give up, if this was an ortho Dr my second opinion would be from a neurosurgeon. Good Luck, I'll be thinking of you and hope you find the answer your looking for.
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