Does anyone relate/have advice? Is this the norm?
I am a 34 year old male, I spent 2 years in a Boston Brace before having Spinal Fusion Surgery at age 16. My upper curve of my "S" curve was twisting my ribcage into my heart and lungs so I had the surgery. I have 2 steel rods still attached to my spine and am fused from T1 through L1. No issues on recovery, no major issues over the past 18 years. The only issue I continue to have is that my lower back goes out on me about 3-4 times a year. I feel as I have gotten older the frequency increases. I was told when I got the surgery that the more muscle I built up in my back the better I would be in the long run. I do keep myself active, not as much as I would like, but I'm definitely not stagnate.
I was also told that eventually my discs in my lower back would deteriorate because they are doing the work for the fused thoracic discs. Is there validity to this?
I was also told that I have a chance of ending up in a wheel chair due to this condition. Validity?
My issues with my lower back muscles spasming frequently do concern me, but I still not sure to this day if I was being told things because I was a 16 and being over warned t0 be cautious or if it was legitimate.
My back doctor from 16 years ago no longer practices, what kind of doctor would be better to see? Has anyone seen a chiropractor with spinal fusion?
Thanks in advance :-)