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I have had three surgeries on my back and the last one was a fusion at the L5 S1 region in 2008. When the fusion was done, the doctor found my S1 nerve was "damaged and the prior surgeon probably chronically damaged the nerve". Anyway, I recently fell and was having severe burning in my right thigh (which I never had before) so I went to my regular doctor. they did an xray and found one of the screws in the fusion was "broken". I went to the surgeon who did ny fusion and he said the bone was fused and he was not going to do anything about the screw unless the other one broke. He said I may have herniated a disk at the L3 region which was causing my thigh pain, but said to wait another few weeks to see if it settled down before he would order more tests. I am concerned that I have a broken scew in my back - what limitations do I have with a broken screw in my back? Has anyone had this and not had surgery?