I have never posted here but have wanted to for so long; I finally did. I had an additional surgery to put more hardware in on May 9, of this year. At my 3 month post-op check-up, my Dr. and I agreed that with my new rods (fused T11-S1), the top of them are sticking up and producing a hump on my back. He said he could clip those and it will fix itself. Okay, no problem. Surgery is scheduled for this Thursday, September 5.
Well, he calls me this past Thursday and tells me he's received my CT scan and has read it; I have a compression fracture at the top of my new rods; below my "old Harrington rods (fused T2-T7 in '86) in the non-hardware area. So, the only area of my spine that doesn't have any hardware is from T8-T11. Apparently it was too much pressure and with being diagnosed with Osteopenia 3 years ago, it has fractured.
Now he's going to have to add more hardware; so basically I'm thinking I'm now going to have hardware all the way down. I guess it's just a little more for me to comprehend right now.
I don't know what exactly I should or should not be doing with a compression fracture and the hardware. I have to admit, once he told me this, I was pretty much numb and only heard bits and pieces.
There's a lot more to my story regarding my May 9 surgery; when it was all said and done, I had went through 11 1/2 hours of surgery, then developed a blood clot in my left lung, then I developed pneumonia and then had to be intubated for a few days.
I spent 3 weeks in the hospital; all of which in ICU and then followed that with 10 days at in-patient rehab for occupational therapy. I have been in physical therapy since before my surgery.
I'm starting to feel this is too much for me to handle; I have a husband a son who saw me the last surgery and he is petrified about this one. I'm trying to remain calm for him and try to get everything out before he gets home from school. My husband has had to take over so much more stuff around the house and since we live in the country, that means he's had to take over the yard work which I used to do and loved.
I apologize for venting so much on my first post; I just had to get it out...