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babyboomer16
06-25-2010, 09:21 PM
Hey, I am due to have scoliosis surgery the 1st of July. I am having rods and screws put in from my pelvic bone to T8. And ofcourse it will be fused. And I was fused from L3/4 L4/5 in 2006. Anyway, the past eight months I have had terrible gas pain and it is unbearable and inbarassing as heck. I might add though that last Sept. I underwent a "revised" gastronectomy , I had done to remove an ulcer in 2003.(it had to be corrected.)So that probably or may have something to do with the gas. But I just have a feeling my spine may have something to do with it also , as it is pushing my insides around. I would appreciate some input on this and see if anyone has had this problem or would know anything about it. It sounds reasonable that it could be my spine pushing on my digestive system and causing problems. I am hoping it is resolved with the surgery. Also, I would appreciate all prayers , as I am so very scared about this whole thing. Bless all of you that have and still are suffering with scoliosis. boomer

rohrer01
06-25-2010, 09:49 PM
Sorry I can't answer your question as I have not yet had surgery. I wanted to tell you how nice your post was. I, too, have digestive issues. I have the worst stomach pain. I'm ready to go to the doctor for it. I am wondering if the scoli is partially what's causing this, too.

JenniferG
06-26-2010, 01:12 AM
"It sounds reasonable that it could be my spine pushing on my digestive system and causing problems."

It definitely sounds possible. To me, it stands to reason that being stretched out again would take some pressure off various organs.

I never had the digestive problems pre-op but since surgery, I do occasionally get indigestion which I'd never had in my life before. Not sure what the reason for that is. It happened the first time while I was still in hospital. I never realised how painful indigestion can be.

Confusedmom
06-27-2010, 09:20 PM
My doctor told me that severe lumbar curves can cause problems with the gastrointestinal system. As someone on this site said: "When the spine curves, it takes the organs with it." Hope it's that and the surgery fixes it! We'll be thinking of you; please post after the surgery to let us know how it went!

Evelyn

Back-out
06-27-2010, 09:46 PM
My doctor told me that severe lumbar curves can cause problems with the gastrointestinal system. As someone on this site said: "When the spine curves, it takes the organs with it." Hope it's that and the surgery fixes it! We'll be thinking of you; please post after the surgery to let us know how it went!

Evelyn
Hmm. Didn't know that.

One surgeon I saw asked about my appetite, indicating that my stomach was being somewhat compressed by my scoliosis and that it couldn[t hold as much. One brother who is about to have a gastric bypass was jealous when he heard that - well, within reason. :p

Now that I think about it, I must admit my appetite is NOT what it used to be. However, between being more sedentary and valiantly forging ahead with recreational eating, I don't seem to be wasting away! :rolleyes:

jenparker
06-27-2010, 09:52 PM
My GI doctor just laughed when I asked him (pre-surgery) if my scoliosis could be contributing to my GERD, esophageal ulcer, mild gastroparesis, etc. So, I didn't expect much to change after surgery.

But it did!!!! My surgery was in January 2010. I do not take Prilosec anymore or Pepcid AC. I am careful not to carelessly eat a spicy meal before bed or drink soda, chocolate, etc--but I feel like a new person! My stomach acts like it should.

So, no matter what the GI doctor said, my personal opinion is now that everything is STRAIGHT--my esophagus works like it should and so does my stomach. Hopefully it stays this way.

Jennifer