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Posted in: Back pain, and Chronic pain.


Started by boaz on 05/15/2017 7:34pm

I have had a L4, L5, S1 fusion in 2007 with great success, until a year ago. Severe and chronic pain had become a daily way of life and I was tired of dealing with it, I was ready to give up on everything, including life... seriously. I refused all the pain medication that my doctor wanted to give me because it would buzz my brain but do nothing for the pain, it was still there. After seeking advice and going through every different kind of therapy from many different sources, I found a young doctor who told me that the only thing he could do for me to possibly give me release and satisfaction was to remove my hardware in my back. He stated that there was a 50/50 chance of getting extremely better or staying the same with the pain. I gave in and agreed to go through with the removal of the hardware (screws, bars, and nuts) I had nothing else to lose. This doctor actually saved my life, seriously!! Immediately after recovery in the hospital I had felt a better difference. Now on my 6th week of recovering from my hardware removal, I feel incredible. I don't limp, hobble, lean, slouch, grunt, cry, or complain about any pain, beacause there is none. The only pain I experienced after this fantastic surgery were the muscles growing back together from the two minor incisions thay had made to do the removal. Excellent recovery, successful surgery and my happiness that I had lost is back. I will not give up now because I was given a second chance on life. If you have any questions or you might be needing some sort of advice, please ask. I RECOMMEND SPINAL HARDWARE REMOVAL 100%,... YES!!!

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I also had a fusion at L4 L5, S1 in 2006 and two years ago started experiencing more pain. I have been told that the joints disintegrate around the fusion since they cannot move as well. I take Tramadol and Gabapentin to be able to carry on my life but the different pain locations down my leg, groin, and numbness is hard to take. Injections were tried for 1 1/2 years but temporary fixes at best. I have been told by UCSF Spine Center that a Spinal Cord Stimulation Device implantation is my best course for relief of pain. There is a 70% chance of success but I have heard of complications of infections.
Any feedback of someone who has had this implantation with remote control would be appreciated.


Hi, boaz--thanks for sharing your good news! We love hearing when our Community members benefit from a treatment. We wish you continued success in your recovery and beyond!