Consistent Pain & Problems Years After Surgery, etc.
First of all - I want to warn you that I have one topic in this discussion that might make some of you uneasy, but I have to ask these questions - Who else will I turn to if I can't turn to others who have gone through the same problems that I have?
My background: I am a female, 26 yrs old, no kids, and had a lower spinal fusion surgery when I was 18 for scoliosis (spine was 40 degrees to the left). The dr. went in through my left side, removing my lower floating rib to help fuse my spine. For 3 years or so after the surgery, the left side of my bellybutton was numb, I had trouble lifting my left leg, and I had spasms in my left leg. I constantly have knots in my lower back muscles and chronic pain associated with my lower and upper back. I have size J/K breasts which cause even more strain to all of it.
Question 1: Is it normal to have chronic back pain for close to 10 years following this procedure?
Question 2: Is it normal to have your nerves STILL be growing back at this point in your leg?
Question 3: When I "get off" my left leg's hairs will spike and my nerve endings seem to make my skin feel very painful to the touch. It has gotten a little better over time, but is this normal after so many years)?
Question 4: I don't have as much function with my left leg as is in my right now, again is this normal?
Question 5: Can this surgery have anything to do with changes in your hormones?
Question 6: Do you think insurance will approve to pay for a Breast Reduction seeing that I have undergone Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Question 7: Should I expect to have to have a c-section if I get pregnant with my spinal fusion?
Question 8: Is there a good link to exercises I can do with a lower spinal fusion to loose weight in my middle? I can't do crunches, etc.. so I'm looking for something that will work w/ my range of motion.
Question 9: Is there a place that will help you with your pain management fees / Medication fees? I haven't been able to go to a p.m. dr. because of the cost.
Thank you for taking the time to read/respond to my questions!