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Harrington rod moving.

Started by 100000359616054... on 01/14/2016 8:41am

Hi i am a 47 year old female, I was born with Scoliosis, and Spina bifida occulta. I have had a total of 12 surgeries on my back and neck, the latest was March 2015 where i had cervical 5\6 6\7 discs removed and replaced by carbon fiber discs a steel mesh was then enclosed around it and a flat bar and 6 screws over that.It is almost a year now and i am still in chronic pain, I cannot put my head back at all but this only started about 4 months ago as i was able to do so after the surgery up until then, i have had an MRI but they say its fine i dont know where to go from here. I am also having terrible pain where i had a spinal fusion T1 to T7 with a Harrington rod fitted, it is affecting my breathing as it hurts so much to take a deep breath, i have been seeing my orthopedic doc and a Neurosurgeon but they just wont listen to me , it is not showing on an MRI but the rod is in me for 16 years and i know it is moving ,,, has anyone else had this and is it possible to have the rod removed ,,, your sincerely mgt max ....Thanks for listening xxxx

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I'm 55 and had 2 Harrington rods and a lot of other back problems.. My first operation was in 1982..I too have had 12 operations.. Just Monday I went to see a new ortho Dr. He was ( I feel ) the first to be %100 honest with me..I felt my lower rod was moving..after the x-rays he showed me i could see it was a back muscle..He also told me I have flat back syndrome.. Cause I can't stand up straight.. In order to fix it I would have to have spinal reconstruction surgery... If it wasn't for the fact that I smoke and have heart palpations from being hypothyroid.. If I was your age I'd have in done tomorrow.. If you need someone to talk to you can text me at bshabanoff@ gmail.com i have found out thru the years the people who don't understand what you and I have been thru either don't understand or get sick of hearing us complain...hope this helped