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Operation on Spine Has Fail,now What?

I wanted to ask for any advice on failed fusion. I have a long history of back pain, starting back in 1998. I had my first fusion in 2002, fusing L4-L5-S1. Long story,but I had lost all the fluid in the discs and had bone-on-bone.

I wanted to ask for any advice on failed fusion. I have a long history of back pain, starting back in 1998. I had my first fusion in 2002, fusing L4-L5-S1. Long story,but I had lost all the fluid in the discs and had bone-on-bone.

After surgery, I had pain just as bad as I did before. However, being younger, I lived with it for a while, as long as I could stand it, and then had to start the physical therapy, injections, etc…again with a new doctor as we had moved to a different state. I had spinal instability at L3-L4 and it was very severe, so we had to fuse that in 2008. They did an XLIF procedure because they didn’t want to overstress my spine and they thought it would be the best approach. Well, after surgery, I was still having lots of pain. Turns out that my hardware from the first fusion needed to come out. So we took that out in March 2009.

Here’s the weird part. I had to wait one year for the fusion at L3-L4 to take as it wasn’t showing it was fused after 9 months….supposedly, it was only supposed to take 6 months. So we waited, and the doctors assured me that my L3-4 was fused and the hardware removal at L4-L5-S1 could proceed. This is at a different clinic than who did the surgery as we had moved to a different state again…yes, three surgeries all in different states

Well, we removed the hardware at L4-L5-S1, and I’m in worse pain than before the surgery! Turns out the screws at the S1 level were hitting the nerves for 7 years causing significant nerve damage. Well, the clinic I was at wanted to immediately implant an SCS for the nerve pain as they said it would be permanent. I however wanted a second opinionfrom a neuro. and found one. He’s very conservative and we did the same usually process…X-rays, MRI, CT Scan, and then he tells me that my L3-L4 isn’t fused and that it’s too been too long for it to fuse. So I say WHAT???
I can’t believe that the other clinic went ahead with the hardware removal surgery when the other level wasn’t set…or maybe I can believe it as I now feel that they were all about how many procedures can they do on you…I even had to pay for paperwork to be completed…can you believe that??

Anyway, I wanted to see if any of you have a failed fusion and if so, what did your doctor recommend to do? I have thought about magnetic pulsing therapy and ask the neuro. but he said that it’s too long out and it wouldn’t generate bone now. I’m on a super-duper calcium supplement, but I have issues with calcium absorption as I have small intestine damage…which may be one of the reasons why my fusion failed.

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