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Recurring severe pain in upper spine

it has been just over 6 years since I have gotten my spinal fusion. I had pretty bad scoliosis. I recovered really well though and haven’t had much trouble doing anything physical since recovery. However, I have randomly been getting a very sharp and intense pain right around where the fusion begins and it is impossible to ignore. I can’t move or lie down or sneeze without being in severe pain. It’s very isolated and is a very sharp pain. It lasts about a week then goes away. Usually I have only gotten this every few years or so but this year I have gotten it three times and I feel like with every bout of it it continues to worsen. I’m just curious if anyone else has had this happen to them and what they did to manage or to fix it. My X-rays look fine, general doctors at my university clinic are never worried about it when I come in in so much pain. I just do not know what to do. Thanks for listening!



  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,400

    I'm sorry you are having that pain!  can you keep a journal of what you are doing before and when you get the pain?  maybe it's a particular movement or something you are doing.....and if there is something that appears to you that you always do before it happens then talk with your doctor again to try to get to the bottom of it?  It could be that there's something being pinched off and on, and if it's not when they do the imaging they won't see it....

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • is it possible you pulled a muscle cuz when I snez or cough I have a sharp pain where I pulled a muscle. good luck finding out why,hang in there. let us know what you find, I like WWLadys ideal of a record of what your doing

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