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final_spinal
01-16-2007, 10:17 AM
Hello, I am new to this forum. I had a Harrington-Luque procedure from T5-L4 when I was 12 years old. I am now 33. I have begun to do more research on what was done to me and I have a question.

Is a fusion STILL the only way to fix or greatly reduce a major curve?

I also get pretty frequent lower back pain. Is this because of the brunt that my lower disks and muscles take or might there be something wrong with my hardware? I am so sick of pain! I take care of myself and am very active. Funny thing is though, that activities like walking and running hurt more than skiing bumps or mountain biking.

Is there ANY way to get rid of this pain once and for all? Or am I doomed with a life of lower back pain?

I know this is a stupid question but do you think that someday there will be a surgery where they can un-fuse a fusion and give us patients our mobility back? How i would love to do a summersault!

Is there anyone out there in this forum who had early surgery who has lower back pain like me? I need some company.

LindaRacine
01-16-2007, 10:47 AM
Hi...

Yes, the only way to permanently reduce, or even stop the progression of curves, is fusion surgery.

If you do decide to have surgery, be sure to find a surgeon who has a lot of experience in treating patients with prior scoliosis fusions.

Regards,
Linda

final_spinal
01-16-2007, 07:23 PM
Hey Linda,

You must have misread my question. I actually DID have surgery in 1985. My question now is, is there any way to reduce or get rid of my lower back pain that occurs in my lumbar region on either side of my spine. I can tell it is muscular just by the ropie feeling of those muscles. Does anyone else have this pain and what do they do for it?

I pretty much knew there was no other way to fix a fusion but hearing it from someone else gives a sort of comfort so thanks.

LindaRacine
01-16-2007, 09:17 PM
Hey Linda,

You must have misread my question. I actually DID have surgery in 1985.
Nope, I don't think I did. Your original question was:

Is a fusion STILL the only way to fix or greatly reduce a major curve?
And, note that my additional comment addressed finding a specialist who has expertise in treating patients with prior fusions.

If you want a non-surgical solution, you might want to check out the non-surgical forums:

http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=70

--Linda

final_spinal
01-16-2007, 11:08 PM
I guess I misread your reply. Oops! So, do you know of a surgery that can alleviate lower back pain from a fusion? I don't have flat back syndrome thankfully. I wish there was a surgery that could somehow put bionic vertebrae back into my back so i could bend and twist and not have pain. Maybe there will be such a surgery someday.

But in the meantime, my pain is on the right lower side of my back and I can feel that the muscles are tighter than on the left side and when I am active it gets really inflamed.

Any suggestions?

LindaRacine
01-17-2007, 10:54 AM
Hi...

There are artificial discs, although none have been approved for scoliosis or prior fusions.

I am not a medical professional, but I do recommend that you find a specialist who, as I said above, has a lot of experience in treating patients with prior fusions. There is almost always a surgical solution for patients such as yourself. While I think it's a good idea to try non-surgical treatments (injections, physical therapy, etc.), additional surgery isn't always as bad as we might think.

Regards,
Liinda

melissak
02-14-2007, 08:33 PM
I read something in the media recently about stem cell research and treatment for lower back pain.

Although I don't have much more in detail the story said something about research was being done (in the UK i think) and that the stem cells would be injected and then actually grow and repair damaged tissue and may allieviate back pain altogether.

Whether it does or not remains to be seen but I'm definately interested on hearing more about this procedure, and providing it's safe, I'm ready to line up!! I think it was in trial stage on rats and there was an expected release as early as 2010.