Hi, I'm 17 and just had my spinal fusion done last Tuesday, which was done wonderfully. I have neuromuscular scoliosis and kyphosis which we believe are linked to a neuromuscular disease I had called Charcot Marie Tooth. My kyphosis curve was in the 80 degree range as well as my largest curve from the scoliosis. My doctor used 2 rods and somewhere around 25 screws for the surgery, and I was under for about 10 hours. I woke up from the anesthesia within a half hour of being put into a post-op room, and when my parents arrived to show me before and after x-Rays... Oh my god. That's the most amazing 10 hour transformation I've ever seen, going from 80+ degree curves to a straight spine. So there's my background, now to my questions/concerns.
First off, I was discharged today, and upon entering my car I felt/heard a crack which was followed by pretty huge pain that went away quickly. Is this something I should be immediately concerned about, or should I wait for my 4 week checkup since the pain is gone(mostly).
Next, everytime I get up, or use my left side at all, it feels like I'm being stabbed through the back of my shoulder blade. I asked pt about this in the hospital, but they said it most likely has to do with my muscles being cut and yada yada yada, but that it should get better soon. Should this be a concern or should I just wait until I start outpatient pt?
Last question, but most certainly not least, any tips for pain management? I'm taking Percocet and diazepam whenever applicable, and they most certainly help, but with pain in my mid to lower back being most common, is there anything in particular I should be doing with pillows, or anything else to get rid of this pain? Maybe any particular heating pad strategies?
Thanks for reading, I'm looking forward to your responses, and so far seem to be having a good recovery!