Is it possible that I'm allergic to the pedicle screws/hardware in my back? Have any of you ever heard of this? I now have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I broke my back years ago. Have had Herrington rods, now two sets of pedicle screws, had a failed fusion, bone taken from both hips. I've had multiple bladder infections, accidents, pneumonia several times, pleurisy twice, fatigue, weakness, muscles loss, severe thigh cramps, sciatica on both sides, my toes go numb on left foot, am having difficulty holding my arms up, joint pain and swelling in fingers. And more. I've had 4 back surgeries to date. My last one was 8 yrs ago. That surgeon left a pedicle screw visibly sticking out of my back.
Has anyone else had their hardware removed? Finding a surgeon to take on my last surgery was extremely hard. The last op was so painful I swore I'd never do it again. Never say never I guess.