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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,208
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Scoliosis
Hello everyone,
My name is Jessica, and I have been dealing with back pain for as long as I remember. Anyways, due to Scoliosis, my back doctor did a spinal fusion in 2003 of 13 disks with the implantation of 3 rods and endless screws. Anyways, i have under when 2 other back surgeries cause I kept having severe upper back pain. I had a piece of hardware removed in 04 and an infection removed in 05. I went off feeling great. I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Unfortunately, after my pregnancy, my upper back started to hurt again. It felt as though I was continuously being stabbed in my lung and muscle under my shoulder blade. Anyhow, that brings me to me question. My new back doctor had determined that I have a broken rod due to improper fusion and he wants to remove the hardware and refuse the two disks that did not fuse. I was wondering if anyone had been though something like this. I have no idea what to expect and I am starting to get anxious. I would leave it as is, but it is getting to the point that I am unable to hold my 15 month old son due to the pain it causes. So if anyone can give me advise that would be great. Thanks for your time.


  • Hi Jess,
    Thats horrible you can't hold your baby anymore. I have scoliosis too with 3 harrington rods. I did not know they could break. I used to always have pain under my sholder blade and still do, it comes and goes, nothing like yours. I was told it was just a wire. Maybe your doctors should use better equipment. Are you see the very best doctor in your area? If you are anywhere near Virginia I could share my doctor with you. I haven't actually seen himm yet but I have done a lot of research and he looks great and I have talked to people who were very pleased and people who wanted him but he old takes complex cases. I guess old scoliosis and degenerative disc, bulging disc, narrowing and nerve compression makes me complex. Yippee! Does he want to put another rod in there? Plus I would like to know how was your recovery after your disc surgery. I think I might be headed that way but it is scary to think how they will get around in there with all the metal I already have.
    Peace be with you....Melissa
  • Jessica,

    I had my scoliosis surgery 21 years ago because my spine was poking into my heart and we thought I was having a heart attack. We found out instead that I had a 78/84 curvature in my spine.

    I've had 2 surgeries since and am looking at another one in a few weeks. I didn't think that they could break, but I also didn't realize I would have degenerative bone disease or arthritis - or more surgery. If I understood him right, he is going to replace them all and add some more. My rods already span from my neck into my tailbone, so I can't imagine where he will "ADD".

    Nevertheless, know that God will walk through it with both of us, and we WILL come out on the other side! I will be praying for you until I see that you are fully recovered!! If you feel like you need to talk, feel free to email me anytime @ pg091808@yahoo.com!!
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