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Hello, I am a 58 year old female. I’ve had scoliosis as a child, never had treatment until I was an adult. I’ve had back pain for about 20 years, which had progressed.
About seven years ago, I notice the hump on my left upper back was becoming worst, also my right hip was sticking out more than ever, and my back pain was increasing. It showed in almost everything I wore. I went to a neurosurgeon who felt I should try more conservative treatments before surgery. At that time my curve was 31 degrees. I had various injections, physical therapy, medications over the years. My back condition had become much worse by 12/2017. When I went back to the neurosurgeon with new X-rays and MRIs, my curve was now 67 degrees, and I was also having leg weakness. I should’ve gone back years sooner.
Moving forward, I had surgery 5/21/18, spinal fusion from T4-pelvis. I have started physical therapy 2weeks now. Since the surgery, I’ve notice both shoulders are very rounded and my neck now sticks out forward. I look almost hunched over shoulders and neck. In PT, they are showing me exercises to help pull my shoulders back and to tuck my neck back. It feels as if there is a big, heavy rod laying across my shoulders, and pushing my neck/ head forward. Also, I find the right side of my abdomen protrudes out now. I do not have any problem with my bowels, I even had a CT Scan with and without contrast done, which was normal.
My surgeon said all my X-rays look good and that I am healing very well. I didn’t worry about any of this too much for the first 3 months. I thought this was just part of the healing process, and that everything would return to normal position. It is now a little over 4 months, and it’s still the same. I am very happy my upper back hump, back/leg pain, and most of my leg weakness are gone, but what happened to my shoulders and neck??
Has anyone experienced this?