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Posted in: Back pain, Scoliosis, and Surgery.

3yrs post fusion numbness?

Started by Panne on 07/14/2018 12:07am

I had a spinal fusion on August 3rd, 2015, at 16 years old.
It was a posterior thoracic fusion, with 16 screws in place.

Its been just about three years since, and I still have very apparent numbness towards the top of my spine near my shoulderblades. So apparent that my friends can poke my spine for as long as they want and I will not even know they are touching me. At the very spine i can even put an inasane amount of pressure with my finger and feel absolutely nothing. The numbness dissapates the further from my spine you go, and if either shoulderblade is touched, it feels pain like pins and needles. This makes it extremely painful and uncomfortable to lean on hard surfaces such as chairs, and I find i have to wad a sweater or a backpack under my back to slightly relieve the pain (I realize I can just sit scooted up without my back touching the back of the chair, however this is very impractical and tiring for long lectures).

Is this normal? My surgeon did inform me about the numbness immediately post-op, and he said that it is normal for it to last around three years. However, it is unclear to me whether he meant that it fades overtime and is entirely gone after three years, or that only after three years it will start fading. I didnt think to ask back then because I assumed it wouldnt be a problem this long after. My surgeon has since retired as well, so I cannot schedule any appointments with him specifically to ask about it.

Has anyone experienced this? Am I just doomed to have a numb spine forever, or will it eventually return feeling?

Thanks for any help, this has been on my mind for quite some time.

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bringing this back up !