Continual pain after L4-L5 surgeries...please help me - could it be hardware??
I have had three surgeries so far and am not sure what to do next so I am hoping someone out there might be in a similiar situation and be able to offer some advice or maybe tell me what happened to you. In 2009 I had the first L4-L5 fusion/laminectomy. About three days after that surgery the screws on the right hand side of the hardware broke, 2 months after the right hand side hardware was removed. Needless to say, the back did not fuse. In 2012 I had the exact same surgery with a better doctor; he used larger screws and "cleaned out the area". As of the year later MRI (may 2013) the docotor said it fused. I hope that is actually the case but now the problem is that it still hurts - it does not hurt as bad as it dd, I can walk ok now - but sometimes in the morning, especially, when I first wake up the pain is so bad that I don't even know what to do. I feel like I am a different pesron, I am not fun anymore, I have gained like 50 lbs, my interest "romantically" as gone down so much and I just am not that happy person that I used to be. My pain doctor said maybe it is the hardware. I don't know if it is or not. The time when the pain is most severe is doing any activity where I have to slightly bend, think like cooking, washing dishes, using a copy machine (I am a teacher) as well as any one position for too long. There are days when I don't know what to do because I have and do take pain medication, Percocet, MS Contin and Motrin 800 but it feels like it is not even touching the pain But, I guess, the question is has anybody come across the difference in pain feeling between hardware or just reoccuring consistant pain?