This week I am 12 YEARS post my scoliosis surgery – which I just can’t believe.
I decided to make a scoliosis pain vlog over on YouTube, to show what my back pain is like now, 12 years post my surgery.
I actually found it really interesting and what I discovered was, that whilst I actually get pain most days, it’s usually bearable and luckily low enough not to stop me from doing things.
Most of the time I would say my back pain is around 2/10, and it is usually in my lower back.
I think I’ve lived with scoliosis for so long that I’m just used to the pain now and hardly notice it. Maybe if someone without scoliosis had a day in my life, they would find the pain worse – who knows! I do think I have a relatively high pain threshold.
Scoliosis pain – triggers
There are certain activities that will ‘trigger’ my pain to be worse and go up to a 5/6 out of 10, and these activities usually involve bending.
So these would be things like cleaning, gardening, packing for a trip, getting ready for going out etc. It’s the everyday activities like this that will trigger my pain, and I usually have to sit down for a bit after doing these things. Surprisingly, there are things that don’t trigger pain as much as I thought they would, for example activities like running and hiking I’m fine with.
Nowadays, having scoliosis does affect my life, but I guess I’ve had a fused spine for 12 years now, so I’ve learnt to adapt! I do everything I did before my surgery, but some things I need to do slightly differently.
If you are interested in watching an average week in the life of somebody with spinal fusion for scoliosis, then you can check out my video below.
Let me know in the comments if you can relate or if you have similar/different experiences with your scoliosis pain post spinal fusion surgery.
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.