View Full Version : Something is wrong with me ...

12-21-2010, 11:04 PM
Something's going on .
A couple of weeks ago, I started feeling a pain mid-way up my back on the right side by the spine, radiating around to the front ribs. I thought it was a muscle spasm at first. It mainly hurt at night, really bad, like a stabbing knife, whenever I moved my right arm or tried to turn over. All night long, any time I moved. Had me in tears sometimes. Then I thought it might be nerve pain since it followed the rib cage around. In the morning, it pretty much goes away except with certain movements.

So it's been getting worse, not better. Hurts more at night.
And now I notice my ribs look different on the left side. It's like the 9th or 10th rib is bowing out a lot farther than the ones above or below it. It doesn't hurt, but the corresponding level on the other side sure does when I lie down.

I have an appointment tomorrow morning to see what's going on.
I hope they don't have to re-do the whole darn thing. I hope the rotation isn't coming back.
(Or maybe I should just be hoping that if there IS something wrong, they can fix it.)

Attaching my pre- and post-op xrays, finally.
I guess I'll find out what's changed tomorrow morning.

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12-22-2010, 08:25 AM
Please let us know what happens.


12-22-2010, 09:14 AM
Hi Juliet,

Our curves and fusions are similar. I have also experienced (on and off) a pain in my lower ribs that radiates around to the front of my rib cage. For me, it feels like my muscles and ribs want to go one way (the old way) and my rods want them to go the other way (a twisting sensation). My pain however, is on my previously concave side (left side). Did you spine curve to the right (it appears so in your x-rays)? And your pain is on the right side (your previously convex side)? I wonder if you could have pulled a muscle while reaching your right arm up, maybe even in your sleep.

Also, I have not noticed any change in appearance, so Iíve been hoping that it is just muscles. My pain increases when I walk; does walking bother you at all?

Either way, itís good that you made an appointment to have it checked. I hope everything is fine. Did you try a muscle relaxer to see if that helps with the pain? (I havenít, so I donít practice what I preach .)

12-22-2010, 02:50 PM
I haven't had what you described. Let me know what the doc says. Good luck!

12-22-2010, 11:02 PM
Update! Apparently everything is fine with my hardware. They took an x-ray, and it's all in position, nothing has moved. The P.A. didn't know what was causing the pain, but suspected it is either scar tissue, adhesions, or just a result of the trauma of having nerves and ligaments drastically repositioned from where they were for the last 40 years. I'm being sent to PT for therapy for all of the above, plus strengthening exercises.

The odd appearance of my rib that sticks out farther than the others was due to the fact that I have lost so much weight that my bones are protruding, making it more noticeable. This was obvious on the x-ray, including the fact that - much to my dismay - the weight loss has drastically affected parts of my body that I would rather not have shrunk! :o

I must say I'm SO RELIEVED. Even if it does still hurt ... at least it's all part of the healing process. I can live with that.

12-22-2010, 11:22 PM

Good news.

The strange pains will continue...the good news is that they do reduce in time..a see-saw with constant improvement.

You will enjoy PT. Just take it real slow. You should start to feel better here real soon. Once I was past that 6 week mark, improvement happened quickly.

12-22-2010, 11:55 PM
Juliet - Good to know nothing serious is going on! Happy Holidays!

12-23-2010, 08:27 PM
Thank goodness! I am SO glad everything is ok. Sounds like you need to eat some cheeseburgers, though.....!!!!

12-25-2010, 05:41 PM
LOL! I think the Christmas dinner I just ate was a pretty good start! :D