I'm a 25 yo male. I herniated my L4-L5 disc in February 2008 after years of lesser back pain. I had an XLIF procedure done in June 2010 (3.5 months ago) on L4-L5 - they went in through my left side. At the 3 month mark post-surgery, I had an xray taken to chart the progress of my fusion (no signs yet of fusion). What I discovered, instead, was that my spine is now CURVED towards the right! This is an entirely new development. I had an xray taken at the 7 week mark post-surgery, and there was no curve. My primary care doctor confirmed today before even seeing the xray that "something is going on (with my back)" and my spine is definitely curved. I then showed him the x-ray which confirmed his assessment. I have no idea what is going on and why this would be happening. I am hoping to see a neurosurgeon this Friday. I live in the DC area and will be going to one of the more renowned university hospitals here.
-No history of scoliosis in my family and no issues with any kind of curvature prior.
-I am having severe pain in my upper back area (where the scoliosis is) after waking from sleep. I usually wake up in agony between 5-9am. After moving around for 30-45 minutes it goes away and I can barely feel anything else throughout the day until the next morning when I wake up in agony again. This has been going on for 4 weeks but has gotten worse in the last week.
-My upper right buttocks has been spasming off/on since surgery (more noticeable in the last month) and my primary care noted today that the right side of my back is very tense. He commented that he doesn't know if it is tense because of the scoliosis, or if it being tense is potentially causing the scoliosis. And if so, if I'm able to ease the tenseness and spasming, will the scoliosis go away?
1. Has anyone else developed scoliosis (or unnatural curvature) following a fusion surgery? If so, did you learn why it happened. What did you do to fix it (I realize I may get a lot of varying responses with this particular question)?
2. Does anyone have any knowledge as to what about a fusion surgery may have caused this?
3. Any thoughts on if this is potentially being caused by my tenseness/spasming and if I get those to go away, my scoliosis will as well?
THANK YOU FOR ANY GUIDANCE YOU CAN PROVIDE
*Disclaimer: I understand that there is a chance that this is completely unrelated to my fusion and perhaps I will have to treat this as a completely separate issue and work to heal this newfound curvature in my back. I'm reading as much as I can beginning today on what scoliosis is, treatment, etc - but what I'm really looking for from the forum in this post is if/how/why scoliosis is connected to a fusion and what to do about it.