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Symptoms of non-fusion and failing hardware ????

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery

I was hoping to hear what symptoms people have had before they are told that they are not fused, or that their hardware is failing.

I am hoping that all is well, but last x-ray taken at 8 weeks post fusion didn't show any fusion at all. That was a long time ago, and hopefully things are now fusing well. :D

I am now at 8 months post fusion. I am having quite a lot of neurological symptoms in my feet and legs and occassional nerve type pain in my buttocks and lower back.

More worrying, over the last month or two, I have been having a slipping/clicking type of pain especially when I am lying on my side and turn over. I have also felt this when sitting in a chair and I cross my leg.

Pain wise, things are not too bad at all; much better than before surgery. I hope that is a good sign that all is well. :-) I trying to remain very optimistic.


  • Hi there,

    I am also recovering from fusion surgery (L4, L5 and S1) and in the last few weeks have also started to hear a clicking in my back when lying on my side, often happens just by inhaling, have you ever experienced this? Thing is, this is happening halfway up my back and not at site of surgery, so I am wondering if it's perhaps as a result of moving to do everyday tasks in a different way than we perhaps used to? Hope that's all it is and am sure you feel same. When is your next post op x-ray due? I hope you gut good news from it, maybe 8weeks was just too early for them to see any fusion happening? I had an x-ray at 6 weeks to check the hardwares all in place and am not due another until end of March now, but I was told that it can take this long for them to see any new bone growth at the site so hopefully you're now well on the way :)

  • Yes, I hope I am well under way in my fusion now. :-)

    I have had lots of clicking in other parts of my spine, which I think may be due to my facets catching, but this doesn't worry me.

    However, this 'slipping and clicking' feeling over my surgery site, does concern me a bit. :S By 8 months after fusion, I'm sure that things shouldn't be moving!

    I don't think I have had the clicking when I inhale that you describe.

    I saw my GP this afternoon, and while I was there I mentioned this slipping/clicking feeling.
    She has referred me for an x-ray. I am quite relieved to have them take a look and make sure all is ok. :-)

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  • Howdy Jellyhall,

    Not sure if this is of help or not, as my issues are cervical vs. lumbar. Like you my first post op x-rays did not show fusion (where as my first fusion did show some at 6 weeks) even starting. I was told not to worry about it. Okay, fast forward around month 5. I started having voice issues (still have them), and a lot of my pre-surgical symptoms were coming back along with symptoms from my prior level! X-rays were done, and according to my NS, still no fusion, but all was good. Okay, then what is this? Me the medically uneducated one in the room - was pointing to an obvious crack in the C6 vertebra. His response, don't worry about it, that's nothing!

    Okay voice still failing, I go see an ENT. I don't show him the x-rays...at first. His findings? "My hardware was now moving, and irritating the vocal cords causing them to swell, and fubaring my voice. I then show him the x-rays, and right away HE sees' the crack! I've had nothing but problems since. I am now back to the neurologist mode. I went to my GP to get blood work done to rule issues out there. And now going to the neuro to get new x-rays and MRI's done to see what is going on now, and what the next step is. I've already been warned a revision is highly likely plus more 'stuff.'

    The main crux of all this Jelly? Your brain, and your body seems to know more than any doctor when something isn't right. I like to say to my hubby, and I'll share it with you. "If in doubt, check it out!" I so hope you find it is just more of your spine adjusting to its new environment from the surgery, but don't be afraid to check to be sure. *HUGZ* to ya!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I don't have much to add here being so new to this recovery but just wanted to say that you are very much appreciated on this forum. You inspire, you cheer on and you lift spirits Jelly. I send you good fusion JUJU. I've read that fusion sometimes doesnt take place for 12 months. Glad your living more pain free these days. Thanks for the time you give of yourself and your contributions to this forum. That goes for you too Aviatrix!

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    First I want to agree with what cgm said. You're a treasure. Brenda too.

    I'm glad you're going to get an x-ray. It'll help just knowing what's going on. I'll keep my fingers crossed for fusion!

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  • Thanks, you guys are so sweet! *HUGZ* Jelly, gonna keep my fingers crossed that all ends up well for you. *HUGZ* :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • You have made me smile :D

    I have had so much help from people on this site in the past, that I am just 'paying it forward' instead of paying it back.

    Believe me, I still get at least as much support from my visits here each day, as I give.

    It is just so helpful to be able to chat with people who 'get it'. Even our wonderful hubbies and family, just can't fully understand what we are going through unless they share our pain.

    "If in doubt, check it out" I love it Brenda!
    I am certainly not going to be disappointed if they tell me that everything is fine! #:S

    Thanks for all the lovely things you have said, spiney friends. You have really lifted MY spirits. :-) >:D< >:D< >:D<

  • I hear ya loud and clear!! Get support, give support, share support! Great people, great extended spiney family!!! *HUGZ* :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • I went to the hospital today and had the x-rays done.

    Now I will have to wait for a couple of weeks to get the results. I am in the UK after all, so that means waiting. Still there was no charge, so I mustn't complain! :-)

  • Jelly,

    So I gather they don't let you have a copy of the CD before you leave? Wow... I will still keep my fingers crossed. And yes, no changes, I would keep that as a positive thing!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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