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Lower back pain

LeahgraceberryLLeahgraceberry Posts: 1
edited 07/13/2015 - 8:08 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I'm new to spine-health so I apologize in advance if I happen to say or do anything against the norms of this site. I also am sorry if this post is lengthy, I'll try to keep it down to just the facts.
I'm a girl and I have scoliosis. I discovered that when I was 11; I'm now 16. In March of 2014, I had spinal fusion surgery to correct it. They bolted two titanium rods into the lower-mid part of my spine. I bounced back from the surgery really really well.
(The only complication with the surgery was that the surgeon had trouble bolting the rods to my spine because my spine was so strong! I'm a milk freak.)
But, recently my back has been killing me. I'll get a super sharp, yet achy pain in my lower back. It happens when I stand/walk and then go to sit down. The same pain happens also when I sit and then stand up. The pain surpasses a 10 and I can't help but cry. It's as if transitioning makes it worse. I'm confused and slightly worried. So I'm wondering if anyone has an idea on what could be happening? Some advice on how to help/manage it, maybe? My mom is supposed to call my back doctor soon to get an appointment with him, but the pain is so bad, it's hard to wait. Thank you for your time!


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  • All you can do at this point is see your doctor. From a logical basis it would seem that when a section of the vertebral column is fixed the vertebrae that sit close to the fusion respond differently than normal therefore wear and tear issues are also not the norm. I have seen a change in the way consumers choose back surgeons from the usual orthopedic to the neurosurgeon. Your initial problem imo is better suited to be repaired by the neurosurgeon. Maybe you had a neurosurgeon. Do you have pain medication to take the edge off your current pain levels? Lidocaine patches, Neuronton,etc.
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  • Hi. Has your Mum got you your appointment yet? I know it's frustrating (& painful) but until you get some diagnostics we would just be guessing what's going on. When you had your surgery did they tell you about all the little conservative things you can do to help manage your pain? I like ice/heat, hot Epsom salt (magnesium) baths to relax my muscles & reduce inflammation, aromatherapy massage oils & OTC creams massaged in the area can help a bit.
    Have you looked at a Dermatome Map? It shows what parts of your body effected by the different areas of your spine.

    You know that you're going to be having an appointment soon. I like to fill a note book with concerns & questions for the specialist. I'd note all the things that trigger your pain, make it worse, better. Any range of movement issues you're having. The kind of things you've written here are great! The more specific information that your surgeon has the better he can diagnose what's going on. I find that going to an appointment & waiting around, standing up & down can make my pain flare & that makes it hard for me to concentrate & focus. It's frustrating when I get home with more questions than answers. Making a list of questions & writing the answers down while you're there is very useful.

    I hope ou see your surgeon soon & he can recommend some procedures, pain management tools etc that will stop your pain. Fingers crossed its nothing too serious. Let us know how you get on. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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