View Full Version : Tight painful muscles and distended abdomen

07-04-2013, 10:51 PM
I had T4-L1 fusion 2.5 y ago. Over time I started to have painful tight muscles and now the tightness has reached the abdomen which is now distended. Any insights?

retired Mom
07-04-2013, 10:55 PM
I had surgery in October and have had a distended abdomen since.

07-05-2013, 05:08 PM
My stomach is just as big as before (combo of little baby fat or fat from babies years ago).

However, my bladder must have been repositioned along with other organs. I feel like I have to go every so often (1-2 hrs ) but really have to force the muscles. However, I sometimes forget about it and the bladder is really full (no difference in fullness sensation) but it is like a normal waterfall or the hoover dam - no effort required.

07-05-2013, 06:05 PM
I would go to the doctor for your problem. I'd be really surprised if a distended abdomen 2.5 years post-op could be related to your surgery unless you are still on narcotic pain meds. The tight muscles, from what I've read, go with the territory. I haven't had surgery and I have the same tight muscle problem. I don't think there's any way people with scoliosis can avoid that problem. There are therapies and medications that can help with it. Please see your doctor. I wish you the best.