I will try my best to make a long story short. PLEASE PLEASE any help or insight whatsoever is so helpful. I am freaking out right now.
Car accident a few years ago, lots of treatment, finally last resort of surgery. Neck fusion March 2015, healed great. Back fusion, ALIF, L4-S1 done March 2015. 6 months later, discovered 2 broken screws. I was put on immediate bedrest when this was discovered (risk of spinal cord injury), and they did a revision PLIF, with huge rods and bone grafts on each side of my spine, in October 2015. I have had trouble healing since. Very limited bone growth, continued pain....they were thinking that my SI joints were screwed up and determined I needed 2 SI joint fusions as well. I have had one rhizotomy done so far to help with pain. I was doing relatively well with my recovery, UNTIL THIS WEEKEND. Out of nowhere, I was in excrutiating pain, like the intensity of a Charlie horse - I cannot even shift my weight in bed without screaming and crying. Steroids, pain meds, a joke - not touching it. Went in yesterday and discovered that now ANOTHER screw - a huge one at S1 area, is broken. I have to get an MRI today and discuss options with surgeon on Thursday. I am beyond upset. I don't know if I have the strength to do this all over again.
1) Is my only option surgery? What will they do? ANOTHER PLIF revision?
2) Why in the hell are these screws breaking so much??? I am 150lbs, normally healthy female, non-smoker. Is the hardware faulty? Is my surgeon an idiot? He told me there was a less than 1% chance of what happening to me the 1st go round happening, and 0% chance of it happening with this new crazy big and strong hardware. Well, here I am.