I am very happy to find a place where others will understand what I'm sure we all go through. I had a fusion L5-S1 back in '93. Was fine after that. Then I got hurt in October 2003. Ended up having another fusion in March of '04. My doctor was actually the head of the Spine Institute in town and the head professor at Baylor University. He did my original fusion. He used a bone morphogenic protein and bone and he packed my back with it. My original fusion held strong thank goodness, but the disc above it was ruptured and pressing on my nerve root. Within a month, all the bone he put in was dissolved. He said it is very rare and I ended up having another fusion five months later. This was the 360 one, through the belly and in my back, removed hip bone and all that.
Make a long story short, I am okay if I live inside my 'box' and if I go outside of it, the pain that hits me is so bad I literally pass out. I consider myself a strong person and really hate for my husband to find me passed out from pain. I work from home now after leaving a job where the boss thought I was making more of my problems than it was, so I quit and quickly found another job working from home.
Yesterday when I got up from my sofa, I felt a very sharp pain in my left buttock and I went right down on the floor. I swear it felt like the screw poking me. It still burns today and I'm not walking too well right now. They did say that they thought I may have a screw loose - I'm not suprised with the past four years! I sure hope it didn't break on me. I'm giving it a few more days and if it's not better soon, I'm heading to the doc. Only thing is my doctor retired. I don't trust another back doc.
Has this happened to any of you? I sure could use ya'alls take on this one.