Possible neck fusion after scoliosis surgery......
It's been a long time since I've checked in here but I'm back looking for input! I'm 2 years post op from my surgery and was fused from L5-T2. While much of pre-surgery pain is gone I have new pain that is located above my fusion. I'm sure many of you can relate to this. The past 6 years I've had a significant amount of trouble with my neck. Recent MRI results show that I have two herniated discs and 1 bulging discs, spinal spenosis starting and arthritis. This results in extremely bad tension headaches that closely resemble migraines and neck pain. My pain is very poorly manage with the doctors not wanting to medicate with narcotics any longer. While I understand their reasons and agree with most of them I have requested that I have something stronger than Tramadol on hand for those bad days that pop up and they continually refuse. I have three boys, my youngest is three now and taking care of him definitely worsens the pain that I have. I'm wondering if I am looking at more surgery in the future and how that surgery may be inpacted by my first surgery and even if it would be worth it. Tired of being in pain but trying to make the best of things
Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Nice and straight now!!!!!