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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in New Member Introductions
HI everybody. I am 32 and had surgery for scoliosis when I was 15. I have two Harrington rods and had the bone graft from my hip. I was fine until my late twenties. I now have strange pains that come and go. Sometimes they are in my knees, sometimes in my butt. I don't know the details, I am looking in to getting a copy of my medical records. I had my surgery at a Shriner's Clinic in Shreveport. My body is becoming increasingly asymmetrical. I can't get insurance because they exclude my back and they only insurance that would cover my back I cannot afford.
How do you deal with the pain? The left side of my body is so much larger than my right, but this was not that case five years ago. Of course it wasn't symmetrical. Is this a sign of something going wrong with the rods?


  • Welcome to Spine Health. I don't have scoliosis, but I do have issues with asymmetry. Mine was due to denervation of muscles in my neck and subsequent nerve compression into my shoulders. It is not fun and very painful without medication and spinal cord stimulation.

    There are so many things that can cause asymmetry, that without having a doc take a look and do some imaging studies, you would just be guessing.

    I hope you can find a way to get the insurance issue worked out. I'm sure more members will be here soon to offer up ideas based on their own experiences.

    Take care,

  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have had back problems since i was 15 so i know what having surgery in your teen years can mean. perhaps there is a teaching hospitol in your area. i have some information on that if you are interested. good luck with your pain treatment. =D> Jenny :)
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  • I am so sorry to hear of your pain. I have noticed lots of new members here that are having problems with the same type of surgery that you mention. Would you possibly qualify for state health insurance? There mus t be somebody out there that can help! Are you able to get any pain meds? Good luck and I hope that you find relief soon.
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