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nharalamos
11-25-2006, 02:13 PM
Hi All,

I'm just 8 weeks post op and even though I'm still on pain meds (low doses), I can feel the rods in my back. It's not really painful (but that could be due to the meds), but when I stretch in my sleep, I feel them. Is this normal? Is there ever a point where you stop feeling them?

LindaRacine
11-25-2006, 03:01 PM
Hi...

I think many of us felt the implants, especially in the immediate post-op period. Unfortunately, that feeling for a small number of people, never goes away. Hopefully, you're not one of them. :)

Regards,
Linda

nharalamos
11-25-2006, 04:42 PM
Thanks Linda for your reply. I really hope I'm not one of them. I guess, I would be ok as long as they don't make me too uncomfortable.

mattie
11-25-2006, 06:17 PM
Hi, I can feel the bottom of one rod and a couple of screws. I am one year post op. I also hope you are not one of them. It is uncomfortable.
Mattie

dawney
11-26-2006, 07:55 AM
I am almost at the 3 month mark and I am aware of the hardware in my back. I can't feel them to the touch but I can feel them on the inside if that makes any sense.

sweetness514
11-26-2006, 02:31 PM
I felt them a lot of the time in the first year post op. Then for years after having had a hook removed that was very bothersome, I felt some screws and the rods but not painfully more like they were there, on and off for most of the time.

Now it's only a few screws around shoulder blades, that touch a nerve and it causes infammation. With time you won't feel the rods as much or at all, maybe some stiffness is more the word for what the feeling is.

nharalamos
11-27-2006, 09:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies. Luckily, I'm not uncomfortable, I just feel them. I can't wait to see what they will be like after I'm out of the brace.

Nickie

Shari
11-28-2006, 02:46 AM
Hi Nickie,

Your guestion is a good one that is hard to answer. For the first few months after my surgery I felt like i had 2 boards up my back. As time passed the sensation of that got less and less.

I had several trouble spots at first, and all but 1 has gone away. I know in the first 9 months of my recovery, I always had so many questions and thoughts that I kept to myself. It can be so hard too know what is normal and what is not!!!

I think the fact that you are not uncomfortable, is a good sign. You are naturally going to feel them for a little while. You body has just been through a lot and it has to adapt and adjust to it's new "enviroment".

Shari

Cakedec
11-29-2006, 07:56 PM
I am 4 months post-op from posterior surgery T5 to L5. At first I could feel my rods from the very top to the very bottom. But that has gradually been fading away. Now I am not conscious of them except for a couple of times--1. when I roll side to side in bed
2. When I first get up in the morning and my whole body is very stiff and sore for a while until I get moving around.

I think that the feeling started to get a lot better about 3 months as the muscles slow down on the spasming. Now the rods are just like my own backbone!!

Deb
age 47
posterior surgery 7/24/06
for S curve T70,L76
50% correction
DON'T WAIT TO GET STRAIGHT!!

melissak
11-30-2006, 02:20 AM
Hi there,
I'm post-op by 14 years and yes, I still notice the rods.

It's mostly if i'm lying on a hard surface or if i sit against a chair that has spindle things in the wrong places for my body. It's not painful at all, and most of the time I'm not conscious of the rods, although I think that is because I've become accoustomed over time... I just re-position until I am comfortable.

However, if you've read some of my other comments on this forum, I do find it difficult to stay in one position for too long! But this is not from feeling the rods, its more from muscle fatigue and bone stress around the rods.