Wow there is a lot to read here. How great to be in the presence of so many like me. I am 23 and I had my first surgery when I was 15. I have recently been experiencing constant lower back pain. Well the rod is broken. I haven't seen a specialist yet because I had no idea that the rod was going to break and that it was why I was having pain. That doctor told me to just leave it in there and try some different medicines to ease the pain. I really don't want to be in constant pain for the rest of what I hope is a long life. I see a specialist next week who hopefully can give me some good news on how to fix this. I basically wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know that I'm glad after 7 years to find a place to talk about this!