Help!! L5-S1 pedicule screw fusion op. now one of the screws have broken
Never written on anything like this before so please excuse!
I Had spinal surgery in Sept 2009 to fuse L5-S1 with pedicule screw. " rods and 4 screws were inserted. I had the op due to Siacatic pain for 18 months previous. The op was a success and my pain down my left leg was completely gone.
However, 12 months ago I started to experience terrible back pain (pain was right at the bottom of my spine and I can only describe it as after walking, standing so long it felt like "my back was going to break with the pain!"
My surgeon has x rayed and one of the pedicule screws has now completely snapped. His recommendation is to replace the screws via another op, but this time using bone from my hip. He will after 6 months re examine it and if the screws are holding then fine, if not then he is suggesting another op to go through the abdom0n and place a cage in??)
Anyway, its the pain that I am currently experiencing that is the problem. I can now only stand/walk for 15 mins then having to sit down to relieve the pain. I now have to lie on my back at lunch time to "give it a rest". If i dont follow this then i am constantly in agony. Medication is 10mg Oxycotin twice a day and am currently taking 400mg ibrofen 3 times (as this seems to help a little) I am trying not to take any more oxycotin so that if the pain is relieved then i wont do too much to put pressure on the 3 remaining screws.
My question is to anybody that has had the same symptoms, operations etc I would appreciate how successful the 2nd op was and was the pain as bad as I am feeling, or kust your experience (so I dont feel like the only one!)
Secondly is there anything else that i can do to be mobile, or take prescriptions to aid in the pain relief.
I Am currently not sleeping and sitting here at 04.10 am!
ps Apologies if this post is too long winded!
Thank you xx