3 1/2 years ago I tripped over my own feet and landed on my butt.  After that fall I was in a lot of pain in my back and left leg.  My favorite chiropractor did what she could, but it still continued to worsen.  I finally gave in and saw a back surgeon.  He put me through several tortures and we came to the conclusion that fusion of the lower spine was necessary.

Unfortunately, even after the surgery,  over the next year the pain grew worse.  I also was diagnosed with severe anemia, which caused me to be so tired it would take me days to recover from a simple trip to the grocery store.  After several more torturous tests, physical therapy, painful injections and tons of medication, the surgeon realized that one of the screws in the original fusion had moved a milometer or so, causing a halo effect, which meant tons and tons of scar tissue.  Time to go in for a second surgery, this time to remove the screws on the left side as well as any scar tissue.  Once in there he also discovered there was a cyst sitting on the nerve root.

I was cleaned out, stapled up and that night I slept for the first time without extreme pain in the left side.  So where is this post leading us?  I wanted to share those screws with you. I no longer have a screw loose…its been removed :)

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