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Sciatica 8 Years After Scoliosis Correction Op

Hi there, I'm new to this forum but am posting as I was wondering whether anybody might be suffering from the same thing.

Basically I had severe scoliosis ten years ago, and eight years ago had my final operation to correct it. As far as I'm aware, I have one or two harrington rods on my spine, attached with screws. (I'm sorry that I don't have more specific details but with being only twelve at the time, I don't remember exactly everything and I don't have access to my medical records yet.) I have never had one tiny bit of pain since my operation until now.

For a month or two, I noticed that my left leg felt a little stiff. When I sat down, I couldn't full straighten it. It didn't hurt, but it just wouldn't go any further than a certain point. Anyway, one day I woke up with a horrible pain in that same leg. I was away from home at the time, and the one and a half hour journey back in the car was agony.

The doctor diagnosed it as Sciatica - possibly trapped on a slipped disc. I finally got the right painkillers that took a bit of the edge off and began seeing a back specialist physiotherapist. However, I am unable to work as sitting down and standing up cause the worst pain, and that is what my job mainly involves.

I am currently seeing my physiotherapist once a week to 'stretch the nerve out'. This involves him straightening my leg (which is the worst pain I have ever experienced) and for a day afterwards, I often find I can straighten it when sitting, although not without pain. However, the next day it will be back to "normal".

My physiotherapist has been the only person to provide any information to me, as the doctors don't seem to know what to do with me. He thinks that I do not actually have a slipped disc pressing on the nerve, but that the nerve is somehow caught on the metalwork that was used to correct my Scoliosis. I don't know whether this means a screw or something has come loose to rest on the nerve, or whether it has somehow trapped it .

Anyway, I have waited almost four months to see a Spinal Consultant at the hospital, and my appointment is next month. Before I see the consultant, however, I need to have an Xray of some kind, for him to work with. MRI is the best option, and I should find out next week whether or not I can have one (complicated due to metal on my spine) - hopefully I can have one!

Has anybody else had Scoliosis correctional surgery and suffered with Sciatica afterwards?


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