I'm a little concerned today because I have developed a new pain. I am recovering from SI fusion surgery, and I am doing great. My lower back feels better than it has in years and I'm only 3 months out, so I'm super excited about this.
I was recently cleared to start swimming again (with a pull buoy so I don't kick too much) and have started out very slowly (2x a week, 15 minutes max in the pool). I immediately noticed that my right scapula felt funky in the back, and now I'm to the point where I have really bothersome pain all around my right shoulder blade in my upper back. I know I am deconditioned because I had three months off from swimming. Prior to my surgery I was swimming regularly and have never had any upper back troubles.
My symptoms in my low back are on the left, and it was my left SI joint that was fused. I know my lower back is weak on the left side and has been for years from the pain, so I'm wondering if this pain in the upper right is related? I know a lot of the muscles get crossed as they compensate for areas of weakness, so does it make sense that with chronic lower left sided back pain the upper right side would also be problematic?
I guess I'm hoping this is just pain from being deconditioned, but in the back of my mind I can't help but worry that I may be developing some type of chronic upper back thing. It has only been going on a couple of weeks, but I want to make sure I take good care of it. I figure the usual rest and ice (no anti-inflammatories because of the fusion). Anything else I should be doing?
I'm going to ask my PT about it, but I won't be going back until the week after Thanksgiving so I figured in the meantime I could check in with my fellow spineys