Si joints and the screws that make them painful.

Posted by agentorange @agentorange, Jan 30 1:03am

I have had a almost complete back fusion, then the bottom screw in s1 failed had to go in for a 2nd time to fix the surgeon took out the bottom section and two screws and replaced them with this contraption, the two long screws were screwed through the si joints and for the past two years my pain has been constant and unbearable most of the day. Question is have anyone had anything similar done? Thanks in advance.

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@agentorange My sister had to go and have the screws taken out that were just like yours. We both have terrible backs and she's 20 years younger. I've had 3 back surgeries and have rods and screws in the lower back. My last surgery was to have a cage put in at the top of the rods. I was scheduled to have the screws put in my right SI Joint. I went to the pre-op on a Thursday for the Monday surgery. I ended up canceling the surgery on Friday. I told them I wasn't going to do it until I can no longer walk. I've never regretted that decision. And that was 6 years ago. I'm still walking but have pain after I walk any short distance. And standing more than five minutes causes me pain. But I just try to take it easy and limit what I do and how I do it. Most of my gardening is limited. I've made numerous trips to the chiropractor to have the SI joint put back in when it slips. I just deal with it.

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Thank you for your post. My surgeon is working on taking the screws out maybe. For the past 3 yrs I have been unable to stand,walk due to the compression that my torso puts on my waist like you I take it very easy but my quality of life has been taken from me so I'm in for a fight now to get my life back I've been over prescribed opioids to the point that my mind is in a fog but I'm weening off now and getting clear headed. Again thank you for your reply.

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Hello @agentorange. I'd like to invite @jmweissler and @zorrospouse to this discussion as well as they have both talked about having hardware removed from a spinal surgery as well in this discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hardware-removal/. @agentorange, how is your pain while you are weening off of the pain meds?

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Hi, thanks for the post. Invite anyone needing to know about hardware, my pain level is of course getting worse without taking Percocet all day but I think that my mind and other things are happier. I do believe that my Dr. Might be hiding a mistake made, just a feeling though. I'm going to be doing some research and more scans before another surgery I don't know if I can get through another 15 hr surgery that would be the third one.

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Also I have been prescribed Zoloft for depression, which is kind of an oxymoronic solution due to the fact that I am depressed from being in pain every second. But it does help with the nerve pain I have in my lower extremities.

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