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    The pop that was heard around the world

    Hi guys,

    I am 14 months post-op T8-sacrum/left pelvic fixation and have overall been doing quite well. I work at an active, demanding job, and I swim laps and work out in the gym regularly. I have had minimal back pain, aches and pains that are easily controlled with tylenol and advil. I did have some pain on and off for the last few weeks in my lower back, nothing too out of the ordinary.

    Two days ago (Tuesday) I was at work, feeling fine, and I was leaning over just a little to put an EKG electrode on a patient. I felt and heard the loudest pop you have ever heard coming from my lower back/right side, followed by severe pain. The other staff in the room all heard the pop, as did the patient. Apparently after I left the room the patient asked if a circuit breaker for the room had blown, the pop was that loud.

    I was taken to the ER where I had lumbar x-rays that cleared the hardware. My husband came and took me home with my new percocet prescription. I was told to rest and use ice. I called my surgeon's office yesterday and talked to the PA, who was able to review the digital x-rays. She thought the x-rays looked ok and thought it could have been my SI joint popping. I do not have an iliac screw on the right, so that seemed like a reasonable possibility. Then she called back later, and my surgeon wants me to come in Tuesday for an additional full-spine x-ray as well as a bone scan to check for subtle or concealed fractures.

    I am starting to have a decrease in pain although it is still pretty significant when I move. I am hoping that all will settle down and everything is clear. This whole episode was pretty unexpected and scary.
    Last edited by leahdragonfly; 08-15-2015 at 05:02 PM.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Oh my Gayle, that must have been so scary for you. Can't believe it made such a noise that it sounded like a breaker blowing. Tuesday is not far off. I hope everything turns out to be okay and take it easy until then.
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

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    Hi Gayle...

    I've seen several x-rays of people whose screw or rod breaks were almost invisible on X-ray, so wouldn't rule that out yet. Hope whatever it is, the fix is simple.

    --Linda
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    Thaks Elisa and Linda.

    Linda, curious if the broken hardware was not really apparent x-ray, how was it detected? My first suspicion was certainly a hardware break due to the loud noise followed by pain.

    Thanks,

    Gayle
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    In at least one case I know of, it was detected in the OR. I think that in others, it was seen in CTs or other imaging.
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    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
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    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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    Gayle,
    I hope that whatever made the popping noise is minor. Who would think that after 14 months that something could go wrong?
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
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    Hey Gayle, hope things turn out OK. What a terrible time of year for things to take a painful turn (not that there's any good time). I'm sure your family will take good care of you while you are figuring this out. Chris
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    Gayle, so sorry to hear this. Keep your hopes up that it is nothing.

    My horse's neck pops are very loud and that is soft tissue. Just sayin'. :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Thanks ladies! I am trying hard not to worry too much--I definitely hurt less today than yesterday which I take as a good sign. I went to the gym and sat in the hot tub, which didn't exactly help but sure felt nice.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Gayle,
    It sure sounds like a good sign that you hurt less. Hopefully, tomorrow will be less pain than today.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Hi Leah---Read my post on old rods, I was walking and I felt a pop, and I said it was LOUD, but I was alone when it happened. When DR. X-RAY me they compared it to the one from 2 mo. before and they magnified them side by side and you could see the crack. god luck Lu

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    Gayle hope you continue feeling better.

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    Gayle,
    I hope your pop was nothing serious. My body pops all of the time, especially my low back and my hip. Usually there is little or no pain involved, but it sure can be scary at times.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
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    Gayle,
    I felt a similar "pop" or "crack" 2 weeks ago when my rod broke. It was loud and I heard and felt it. No pain involved though, until a week later...
    I certainly hope your hardware is intact. It's good that you are getting a full set of xrays done. I keep reading posts about rods breaking, is there a
    full moon out or something?
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    Gayle

    I sure hope this is nothing....be sure to let us know what your surgeon thinks.

    There have been 3 posters reporting either rod breakage or loud noises this week. Its been a bad week. Maybe all posties should just call in sick and take a week off, and stop this trend. (smiley face)

    I donít pop anymore at all. I quit soda when I passed my kidney stone.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

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