Hi! I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 15 in March of 1995, and was told by my orthopedic surgeon that the only option was surgery. Less than a month later, I had my spine fused together and Harrington rods inserted. I recovered fine and everything checked out. About 4 years later, though, I woke up and couldn't move because I was in so much pain. For the next three years I went to several different doctors who just prescribed more pain pills and physical therapy and basically told me that I would just have to live with the pain. I finally saw a doctor that informed me that the rods could be removed without causing any other complications. This was a surprise to me because no other doctor had informed me that the rods were removable...I was under the impression that they were what was keeping me straight, not the fusion (because I was a minor when the first surgery was recommended, I suppose I didn't fully understand what was happening). I had the rods removed in September of 2002, and much of my pain was improved. I am now nearly 35 years old, and have been experiencing severe pain in my back between the shoulder blades. This happened a couple years ago, and I was told that I had developed bursitis in my spine. I was treated with cortisone and steroid injections and this worked well enough that I could go back to my normal activities. I have an appointment in a couple weeks with a scoliosis specialist (my first in over 10 years), but am seeking some pain relief now. Any suggestions for acute pain relief? Thanks!