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theizzard
07-24-2010, 07:01 PM
Hi everyone,
I think that something has happened with a screw or rod on my right side in the thoracic region. It's been about 4 days and to say it's painful would be an understatement. certain movements just about kill me. do you know if a loose or moved screw would show up on an xray and if they show up on xrays, would anyone other than my surgeon be able to see a problem? I have a final that I am working on that has to be turned in on Tuesday so I can't do anything until after it's turned in. It's making it next to impossible to do much of anything but I have to get this final finished. It hurts unbelievably and is definitely worse if I move or lift my right arm.
avis

LindaRacine
07-24-2010, 07:10 PM
Hi Avis...

Sorry about the problem.

While most broken rods or pulled out screws are relatively easy to spot if you know what you're looking for, it's not always possible.

Are you asking because you're thinking of going to the ER?

--Linda

Back-out
07-24-2010, 09:58 PM
Hi everyone,
I think that something has happened with a screw or rod on my right side in the thoracic region. It's been about 4 days and to say it's painful would be an understatement. certain movements just about kill me. do you know if a loose or moved screw would show up on an xray and if they show up on xrays, would anyone other than my surgeon be able to see a problem? I have a final that I am working on that has to be turned in on Tuesday so I can't do anything until after it's turned in. It's making it next to impossible to do much of anything but I have to get this final finished. It hurts unbelievably and is definitely worse if I move or lift my right arm.
avis

How awful to have this happen when you're trying to finish up a project requiring concentration and with a deadline! Any chance you could at least get an extension until you iron out this problem? Maybe the teacher could give you a later take home. Not sure, but if you don't encounter proper flexibility from the instructor (if you want to ask, that is) maybe the ADA could help . That's the Americans with Disabilities Association.

Much sympathy and admiration to you for taking on this responsibility with so much healing still on-going! Hope you get it squared away very soon!! This is certainly one of those things where strong pain killers are no solution, as they do a number on concentration too.

theizzard
07-24-2010, 10:24 PM
Hi,
Yes Linda I have been thinking of the ER because I thought maybe it's a lung or something else. It's not getting any better at all and is probably a little worse. It's times like these I really wish my doctor was not a 5 hour train ride away.
avis

JenniferG
07-24-2010, 10:56 PM
Oh dear Avis. It sounds very painful and I feel it should be checked out. I'm so sorry this has happened at this stage.

Confusedmom
07-25-2010, 11:11 PM
Avis,

Did you go to the ER? Please let us know how you're doing! Hope you are feeling better.

Evelyn

titaniumed
07-26-2010, 12:40 AM
Avis

Lets hope this is a soft tissue injury... I had one at 23 months post that felt like a soldering iron, in one spot. The pain lasted 14 days, then quit suddenly. I did it clipping my toenails.

Its hard to say if the local hospitals radiologist would spot a screw issue. If so, you might have them forward the info to Dr Rand, maybe save a train trip...

Good luck
Ed

CHRIS WBS
07-26-2010, 12:13 PM
Avis,

A couple of months ago I was experiencing severe pain from what I thought was hardware related. It was painful to take a deep breath as I could feel something pushing in my thoracic area. When I spoke to my surgeon, he did not suspect the hardware but asked me to come in for x-rays. I had a chest and spine x-ray taken and both looked fine. I was given a prescription for an anti-inflammatory. My symptoms subsided after several days of taking the meds. I would never have thought that inflammation around the implants could be so painful. Iíve not had any such occurrences since then. Last week I received a call from my surgeonís office following up on me. I hope your source of pain is just something minor.

loves to skate
07-26-2010, 04:40 PM
Hi Avis,

I'm so sorry to hear about your new pain. I hope it is exactly the same as Ed's and Chris's and will go away with an anti-inflammatory. I'm in North Carolina now and hope I don't have to go back to Boston except for my annual check-up.
Keep us posted on the outcome.
Sally

Linda W
07-26-2010, 10:21 PM
Hi Avis,

I haven't been on the Forum for a dog's age, but I am glad that I popped on tonight. So sorry to hear that you are in pain. Ed and Chris both make valid points. I, too, had a soft tissue issue about two years ago that put me in such pain that I could not think straight or find a comfortable place to put myself. Fortunately, I did not have to prepare for a final like you do. Lots of anti inflammatory drugs and pain meds finally did it for me, but it took a couple of weeks to resolve.

If you decide that you need to be seen by Dr. Rand and have difficulty scheduling a time to see him, I have my three-year check up with him scheduled for this Thursday, July 29th -- radiographs at 2:30 and Dr. Rand at 3:30 and would be happy to have you take those appointments. Let me know so we can square it with NEBH and the powers that be. Good luck on completing your final for tomorrow. Wishing you a good night's sleep and sending you a hug.

Take care,
Linda

theizzard
07-27-2010, 05:12 AM
Linda you are the absolute cat's meow. Thank you for your offer but I think it will be ok. I emailed Dr. Rand last night and not that the pain and feeling has gone, but I feel some improvement this morning. I had never thought it could be just an inflammation but it sure has that feel to it, especially the past day or so. I was thinking it feels like there are hot spots especially when leaning back. I think that I will survive the back. I hope I survive school. I shall keep you all posted.
avis:D

Shari
07-27-2010, 11:17 PM
Avis, Hugs from me also. Is there any way that you could get a xray where you live and have it faxed to Dr. Rand??? Seems to important not knowing.

I honestly can't even imagine how you are able to concentrate on anything!!!

All my best,
Shari

P.S. Linda W., What a very kind and thoughtful person you really must be.
You are one of the reasons, this forum is so important to many of us. I believe in Angels, and I bet you have more than one with you!!!
Shari

JenniferG
07-28-2010, 03:12 AM
Yes Linda, it was lovely to read your generous offer! Very heartwarming.

theizzard
07-28-2010, 06:31 AM
Dr. Rand wants me to get an x-ray and have the disk sent to him for his review. He said it could possibly be inflammation, which I wouldn't have thought of before reading what some of you guys had said. My guess is inflammation. this morning I am going to see what the potters wheel does to my back!!
thanks,
avis.:D

dolores a
07-28-2010, 06:45 AM
Hi Avis, hope your pain is easing up a bit and the x-ray shows just inflamation like the surgeon said. Like Ed said, I have some issues when I shave my legs or try to clip my toenails, I always feel like I overextended something in my back. Also, hope you did well on your final.