I broke my back when I was 19 and i didnt know it my doctor said I pulled some muscles. I had fallen off a two story building and landed on my butt on cement. I had to crawl around on my knees for about 2 months. and have put up with the pain all these years. years later I went and had a back xray they asked me when did I break my back. any way im going to have 8 screws and Im not real sure if hes putting in 4 rods or not.the piece thats broke is on my spinal cord . I fell the other day down 8 stairs and ended up against the wall with my recliner on top so I hope he dont find any surprises in there. I went back to my surgeon and he checked xrays says nothings broke other then the one suggested to me to wear a brace now.Im kinda nervous about the surgery. going to be in hospital 3 days he says. i have lots of things wrong with me got diabetes alergys I did a stress test passed it ok. oh bye the way im 59 now . pain doesnt really bother as much as it use to. any way thats what happend to me dont know how its going to be after surgery any body has a clue.