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Thoracic anterior/posterior spinal fusion

JadeJJade Posts: 2
edited 02/04/2016 - 1:28 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all I'm new to this forum and am hoping someone can help me out.I'ma 21 year old female who has had anterior/posterior Thoracic spinal fusion and I am now just over 3 months post op. I have constantly suffered rib pain but I thought it would have gone by now. Whenever I cough , laugh , roll on my left side , sneeze or even just pull something e.g a pillow whilst lying down my ribs really hurt.Has anyone else experienced this ? Is there anything to worry about or am I just worrying to much ?


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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,609
    3 months post op, you are still a babe in arms   recovery from any spinal surgery takes time.  i believe that thoracic situations might be the toughest to deal with.

    take a look at recovery, the most important phase

  • gfishggfish Pittsburgh PAPosts: 239
    What levels did you have done. I had a posterior Thoracic spinal fusion from T4-T-10. And at 3 months out had everything you did. Its a slow, hurting, healing process. Please do what the doctors tells you with the lifting and twisting. Im sure its very little.  As to your worrying. How can you not,  Right. Its everyday.  But its normal to have all the chest and rib pain. Yours more so  than I did. You had it front and back.  Most take 6 months at least.  I guess your Doctor said  you would feel better at 3? Hang in there. Keep your laptop charged, If your like me, I used it a lot sitting in my chair.
    Greg fisher
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