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03 Dec 2017 2:06 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Anyone Here Have Stange Noisy Spinal Hardware?" to "Anyone Here Have Strange Noisy Spinal Hardware?"

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Cacique Caribe03 Dec 2017 1:15 p.m. PST

As some of you know, my last lumbar fusion surgery was on Nov 20, and I was released on Thanksgiving. My wife has been very methodical with the bandage changes, making sure that they are changed often.

Friday afternoon my wife was running some errands when I got up from the couch and heard (more like felt) this strange crunching-like sound which continues with every footstep I take. I kept it to myself until yesterday morning when I let her know. She immediately paged my surgeon and, following his advice, she took me to the nearest emergency room for x-rays.

Well, according to the hospital radiologist, all the screws, nuts, bolts, rods, etc., are all nice and in place, specially my two brand new 5-inch screws to the pelvis. The ER doctor says that, now that my wound has stopped draining I may be experiencing fluid buildup in the area, which could explain the "bubbling" part of the suctioning sounds. And because I was told to walk as much as possible, the fluid is moving and squeezing back and forth between layers of tissue as I move.

With my luck all the noise will have gone away by the time I get to see my surgeon on Thursday for my formal surgery follow up appointment.

Has that ever happened to any of you guys? Have you even heard of such a thing?

PS. I'm picturing my backbone like some sort of squishy lava lamp now, with giant bubbles moving up and down along all the bones and hardware … but with extremely noisy fluid bubbles.


hocklermp503 Dec 2017 1:46 p.m. PST

Nothing remotely like what you are experiencing but I had my right knee replaced about 10 years ago and I hear it click when I walk or get up or down. The doctor said it was the plastic that takes the place of cartilage. I can hear it but no one else I ask about it can hear it. Passing strange. May you heal well and rapidly but you may hear things no one else does in the years to come.

skinkmasterreturns03 Dec 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

I would send a strongly worded email to Cyberdine Systems.

Grelber03 Dec 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Tape record the sounds. Maybe it will help the surgeon; or, perhaps it can be used as mood enhancing sounds for your next horror game!

Seriously, best wishes, CC. Our prayers and good wishes go with you.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 3:32 p.m. PST

CC, sounds like no fun at all. My wife had spinal fusion 2 years ago. To say the least it was a very long recovery.
Heal quickly and completely.

bsrlee03 Dec 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

I did surprise the Physio on my first visit after a broken leg. The Physio department was in an old wing of the hospital, very 1930's (or modern Russian) with bare walls and terrazzo panels between booths. As she flexed my ankle there was an almighty echoing crack, she looked like she thought she had just ripped my foot off – after just assuring me that there was nothing to worry about.

Cacique Caribe03 Dec 2017 6:37 p.m. PST


Dear God, so what was that crack?


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 7:19 p.m. PST

Dan, forget about sneaking up on anyone anymore.

Cacique Caribe03 Dec 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

Yeah, I think it's going to cramp my style.


attilathepun47 Inactive Member03 Dec 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

No more "Last of the Mohicans," bring on "Next of the Mosqueakin's."

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 2:56 a.m. PST

L5/S1 fusion 4 years ago. Never heard or feel anything like you have described. Best wishes on the recovery!

CorroPredo04 Dec 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

My wife's new hip has started to squeak every so often….I've learned NOT to call her "Squeaky".

Legion 404 Dec 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

When in doubt, take your meds CC !!! evil grin Hope you'll recover quickly !

I just got a new hip and they told me to walk a lot and do the exercises they gave me. Yeah, sometimes it hurts … frown

Hope I don't start squeaking though ! huh?

Interestingly … it appears many of us are becoming cyborgs ! evil grin

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 9:40 a.m. PST

You should contact Tyrell Corporation and see if they can reboot or upgrade your software online. The detection threshold of your synaptic processors is probably set too low, allowing you to hear and feel things you normally wouldn't.

Best wishes!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 5:58 p.m. PST

I'm sure Cyberdyne will have it fixed before the 101 model is released. Meantime, perhaps a little WD40?

Dan--no, not personally, but I knew a gamer who could regularly hear the popping of his knees.

Ah. And I'm scheduled to join the cyborgs before the end of the month--cataracts. But if my replacement lenses squeak, I mean to have words with the ophthalmologist.

Crow Bait04 Dec 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

I had a stint placed in my abdominal aorta. No noises, but it does vibrate every now and then.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 9:32 p.m. PST

Dan, I'm really sorry about how much trouble you're going through. I have arthritis and sciatica in my lower back but nothing remotely close to what you've been and continue to go through. I occasionally hear a crack or pop in my back while I'm doing the stretches and exercises learned at physical therapy but that's it. Prayers for a complete recovery.

Legion 405 Dec 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

You should contact Tyrell Corporation
If you do see if you can get Rachel's new address for me …

Ah. And I'm scheduled to join the cyborgs before the end of the month--cataracts
With the new implanted lens with cataract surgery, that I got in Aug of this year. I got a card for each if I get into an accident or something and need eye surgery.

In July I got hearing aids, then on Sep 01 I got a hip replacement … I'm turning "Borg" ! huh?

Dan just hang in there, it may take a while, may have a few more obstacles on the way to recovery. But look forward to be looking back on this. "The Only easy day was yesterday" … Because it's over.

In the mean time … take your pain meds and do the exercises the Docs told you to do. And yes, all prayers should be welcomed … thumbs up

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