View Full Version : Today's worry

12-05-2007, 07:17 AM
I know, I know, I worry too much -- but still. I've been sitting with pillows ever since surgery and yesterday I experimented with sitting in differennt chairs without a pillow. I no longer have a hump, BUT....I was really surprised that that three or four vertebrae in the spine just above my fusion are quite prominent and stick out enough to be uncomfortable against the back of a chair. It doesn't stick out like kyphosis or anything; it's just prominent. It's also itchy. I'm thin but not skinny. I'm fused T-10 to L-5.

This is very upsetting to me because I was so looking forward to sitting comfortably after this surgery. You all know how uncomfortable it is to sit with a hump and now I have this knobby spine in the middle of my back. Is this normal???

12-05-2007, 07:48 AM
I am almost 10 months post op and my top vertebrae above the fusion kind of stick out. I couldn't lean back against a chair or anything hard without it hurting or uncomfortable but for about the last three 3 months it is much better. I can now lean back comfortable and without the pain. As for the itchiness, I still have it at times and sometimes it so itchy I can't scratch it enough.


12-05-2007, 08:46 AM
Could it be the tops of the rods that you are feeling or the screws? I felt that too until i had my hardware removed a couple of months ago. Now it's gone.

12-05-2007, 10:31 AM
I have that too - I'm going to speak with my surgeon for my 6 month (!) check up next week about it. I'll let you know if I find out anything useful.


12-05-2007, 12:06 PM
chris--check w/ the doctor when you go in this month. I had such a huge hump prior to surgery that to me, all feels so flat now. I still have the upper curve unfused & feel the curve/bump there by touch but does'nt seem to bother me on lying down or sitting. I was so bad before & could'nt sit on any flat back chair or lie down comfortably & now I can so I'm thrilled ....Ly :)

12-05-2007, 02:21 PM
JoAnn -- it's definitely above the fusion and the rods....just three vertebrae that stick out more than the others.

It's reassuring that others of you have felt this too.