View Full Version : i had kyphosis 2 yrs ago and having trouble now

1st June 2006, 10:48 PM
:evil: Hello, im a 30 year old male and i had kyphosis surgery 2 years ago.
I had the surgery at 28. I did it for looks solely becuase i was made fun at the time.
I was 85 degree curved and now im 43, so im told.

This past 4 months has been unbearable. i noticed my left shouder little by little going back kyphoically. i visited my physican and he said eveything is great.
Im seeing my back appearance since the surgery curving a bit more.
I workout with little weights and some cardio. I dont know if this affected my ccurve
i do squats and lunges with light weight to keep my legs stronge.
I dont know if this is affecting my curve, im told not by my the doctor.

I havent gone out in four months and lost my job becuase i was their muse to be made fun of.
im embrassed to tell my family the real reason why i left.
Im a skilled and smart person and after such a radical surgery im in a worst situation then before.

1st June 2006, 11:16 PM
Hello Joemor

First of all welcome to SSO, you have certainly found the right place for support and advice. I'm really sorry to hear that you were bullied out of your job. I know what you mean about bullying specialy in the work environment as you can not get away from it. I have experienced on a number of occasions with colleagues making smart remarks in front o fthe entire office. Its bullying plain and simple and there is no place for it in the workplace.

I'm also sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. Do you take any meds for the pain and did the Dr take any further x rays or measurements when you went to see him. Maybe you could get a second opinion from another specialist if theres one in your area

With regards to the weights I wouldn't think working out with small weights would affect you significantly on the contrary i would of thought it would have strengthened the muscles around the fusion.

You may want to have a word Phil who is a regular on these forums and has some similar concerns about his fusion. His computer is a bit broke at the minute so he doesn't get on as often but you want to send him a PM. We have a number of post op Kyphosis members who i'm sure will reply to this post once they read it.

Where abouts in the world are from

This post is getting rather long and i'm starting to ramble so I hope you stick around and become a part of the community because there is a tremendous amount of support on this site and we are here for you whatever the issues

Take care


2nd June 2006, 09:21 AM
Hi Joemor,

Welcome to sso- glad you've found us. I had kyphosis surgery 8 months ago.

Perhaps you should seek out a second opinion with a different doctor just to set your mind at rest. From experience also sometimes the hardware & bones could be just fine but the cosmetic problems could be muscular. I know this because my shoulders were sitting at a strange angle for a long time post surgery & it took lots of physio to get them into a reasonable position so perhaps a consult with a good physio might also help.

There are lots of us here who have all had our own personal "nightmares" regarding the way we look but one thing is for sure - the people who made fun of you are morons!

Anyway, stick around - everyone here is incredibly supportive & will have lots of advice to offer.



Amazed Jean
2nd June 2006, 10:50 PM
Welcome to the site. First as far as the clods that harassed you... They are asses and will bray like the humble jackass. Everyone here knows that the worst thing I could do to them would be to bite their kneecaps by email. I will if you'd like. For you....trust yourself. If you back isn't where it should be and is giving you pain, get after the doctor or find another one. You might keep a journal of when exactly it hurts and what you were doing to take along to see the doc. Sometimes we have to be a tad more persistant to be heard.

4th June 2006, 11:04 AM
Hi Joe,
Make another appointment with the guy who actually carried out your surgery.Ask him if the fusion is solid, if the hardware is in good shape and if the curve measurements are stable.
Do you feel it's progressed to the point of where it was before surgery?
I'm sorry you've had such a difficult time in the work area, hopefully you'll find a job you actually like where your colleagues will respect you for your talents and capability.

6th June 2006, 05:26 PM
Hey Joe, Welcome to Sso!
You're not the first, nor the last to have been bullied at the workplace. I didn't get a job after an interview because of my curve, and when I was working with the government I had to withstand 3 yrs of witty remarks. I ended up headbutting one of the main offenders out of frustration! It doesn't help in the long run, but on the short term it felt extremely satisfying.
As far as telling your family, I wouldn't do it unless you feel they would understand you completely. Although my family is definitely great, they have no clue about the problems my kyphosis has brought to me.
Over here though you'll be pleased to find a bunch of great people who understand you, for the simple reason that they've been exactly through the same problems you have encountered.
If you live in America, I would seriously consider a legal procedure against the people who brought you such an amount of grief. This is downright bullying and shouldn't be condoned.
The only reason I didn't do so is because in my country everyone knows everyone and they don't give a shit about workers rights. Eventually they will regret it when these episodes will happen to them instead of us.
Last thing, go and get a second opionion from a second specialist, it might save you loads of grief.
Stay strong...