Hi, I am new to this website.
I'm twenty-one years old, and I have both scoliosis and cystic fibrosis. When I underwent a corrective spinal fusion procedure in January 2007, I had a thoracic curve of past 70º (I can't remember the exact measurement; it's been a long time). My surgeon managed to correct my curve to 35º (I have two rods and about eight pedicle screws in total), and I made a very quick recovery, especially considering my bad lungs (yay CF!).
Anyway, in the past year (maybe year a and a half) I have been experiencing tightness and twinges of pain in my back. I experience tightness and twinges on the left side of my back (the side without the rib protrusion).
Also extremely worrying to me is the placement of my screws. I'm a very thin person, and I always had a bit of visible screw protrusion from my back (as in, I could visibly see bumps where some of my screws were). But lately, a few of them have started to protrude more and more. Now, I can see almost all of them visibly. At first I thought I'd just lost weight, but I currently weigh more than I've ever weighed in my life, and certainly more than I weighed when I first received surgery.
I guess I'm posting to this forum because I'm kind of terrified! I have no idea what is happening, and I can't get ahold of my original surgeon because he relocated from Calgary (where my surgery was performed) to Halifax.
Does anyone here have an idea of what this could be? Obviously I need to consult an orthopedic surgeon/doctor, and I'm still waiting on an appointment to see one in May. I'm just really nervous, and I can't help but think that whatever is happening to me will require MORE corrective surgery. I naively thought, when I underwent surgery and 2007, that I'd be done with scoliosis for good. I'm realizing now that this is not the case, and it sucks.