5 years post op. Am I being paranoid?
I'm 5 years post op now, and some days I even forget I've had surgery, but recently I have been noticing things that worry me. I am fortunate enough to not suffer from any extreme back pain, which is great, and I am super thankful! But I have been noticing my rib hump (due to ribs turning) from before my surgery more and more lately. I'm trying to tell myself I am just being paranoid and nothing has changed, but I definitely have been noticing it more recently. Also, I have been noticing that I have more trouble breathing after I run or take the stairs. It feels like my ribs are getting in the way and they won't expand the way they should be. (Sorry for the bad explanation!) Alongside that I have also been experiencing weird popping sensations as if my ribs are rubbing together or something when I cough or bend the wrong way. I experienced this before my surgery as well but it used to just be if I had a bad coughing fit and it was rare then.
This could all amount to nothing, but I am just wondering if anyone has dealt with anything similar since their surgery and if I should be worried. I could very well be reading into this too much, but it just concerns me that the frequency of all these things has been increasing.
I'm 19 years old, had surgery 5 years ago
3 curves Middle curve - 65 fused to 13 Bottom curve 35- fixed on it's own to 16!
Fused from C7 to L1