View Full Version : More of a kyphosis hump??

31st May 2008, 12:31 PM
Guys I know this sounds stupid and I have been fused but... remembering my pre-op Xray it said I have a 17* kyphosis.

-It's been harder for me to sit up straight... probably impossible and if I do so then I have breething difficulty.

-I can feel it, it's really curved. =(

I just hope I am going mad and I dont have more of a kyphosis hump.

Is it possible for this to happen even though I'm fused T11-L3??

Thankoo, Lyss xx

31st May 2008, 01:18 PM
Hi Lyssie

I'm in the same situation as you as my fusion for kyphoscoliosis was on virtually the same vertebrea. When I had the fusion I didnt have a hump when I was standing up straight so the fusion was just to correct the defect rather than to correct any hump since mine was congenital. I've noticed in the last year that a hump is developing above the fusion. I must admit that the hump only bothers me on days when other things are getting me down and most of the time its just not on my mind.

I found that physio helped with the shape. Excercises that built up the muscles in my lower back I found especially useful as it allows me to stand a little straighter and disguise my hump a little.

It might be an idea to mention it to your specialist as they can maybe compare the shape of your spine to how it was after your fusion. I told myself that I'd quite happily live with a hump if I dont have any pain but I think I will mention it to my specialist if it gets any more noticable. I just keep reminding myself that my back is usually the last thing people would notice about me so while its on my mind, other people have told me that they dont really notice it.


31st May 2008, 02:25 PM
Thanks Gareth, yeah I will mention it to Mr Lam as it does bother me and I do get a lot of pain and all because of the position and pain in my back, I can't sleep properly. I am speaking to Mr Lam's secretary on Monday as I am due to have some facet joint injections BELOW my fusion. I really hope this helps as I am in a lot of pain below my fusion as well =( Well the main pain is in the lumbar spine so yeah...


1st June 2008, 09:28 PM
I had correction for kyphosis in 2005. Having just had my yearly review over the last 2 and a bit years the unfussed section above my instrumentation has progressed by over 10 degrees. This is always a fear but it can settle down, agree as well about as long as no pain!

I've already been given the option for further corrective surgery in a few years if it continues to progress.

Paranoia has been a demon for me to :) Good luck!

Been trying to log in for ages, now figure out why I cant. Been a while since I've been about!

2nd June 2008, 03:03 PM
Hello Phil

Sorry here about the slippage

But its good to hear from you all the same.


2nd June 2008, 03:20 PM
Hi Lyssie

I had an appointment with my GP today and mentioned about my hump. I told him that since I had surgery in January and dont have any pain now, I'm unsure about how to keep a check on whether my hump is getting worse without having to make a new appointment with my surgeon since I'd prefer to not have to go for a while. Anyway he suggested that I get someone to take a photo of my back from the side so that in future I can compare the shape to how it is now. Seems like a good idea for both of us. Since my hump looks worse to me when I'm stressed out or unhappy, it sounds like a good way to have an unbiased record :)


2nd June 2008, 03:35 PM
That is a good idea!

I know it probably sounds as though I am being rather paranoid but the hump is deffinetly more prominent than it used to be not too long ago! What worries me is that it could get worse as I get older.
Like I said, as I try to sit/stand up straight, it hurts and restricts my breathing, which is rather uncomfortable.

Lyssie =D

2nd June 2008, 09:08 PM
I don't think your paranoid lyssie

Kyphosis are by there very nature are a prominant feature of the sufferer and as such we constantly check for the most minutist of increases in curvature.

Gareth - They seem like words of wisdom from your Gp. How are you feeling in yourself now your a few months post surgery.

3rd June 2008, 02:05 AM
No you're not paranoid Lyssie. I look at my back almost every day in the mirror. Partly because I dont find my hump very attractive but mostly because I cant stand the thought of having to go through another fusion in a few years time.

Mark, everything is fine for me thanx. Still havent been able to find work despite having applied for over 50 jobs now. I seem to get the same response everytime - 'sorry but we're looking for someone who is already doing a similar job'. Doesnt seem to matter that I couldnt possible have been working due to the need for surgery. I didnt think it would be this difficult considering the disability discrimination act but nevermind, something will come along. The main thing is I still havent had any pain since the surgery :)

9th June 2008, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the replies. I have been looking at my back in the mirror lately, I hate looking in the mirror, haha! I just feel that there is more of a prominent curve where my kyphosis already was. I'm also leaning forward more slightly. Seeing Mr Lam on the 16th for the injections so I'll tell him what I think and he can check it out for me, well he's gonna be seeing my back anyway HAHA!

thanks again,
lyssie xx

Unregistered GillyG
9th June 2008, 10:50 PM
Hi Lyssie :)

It could be that you are leaning forward more if you are in pain as the body tends to react by tensing muscle groups causing a change in posture. I think I've pulled a muscle in my shoulder/upper back moving my sewing machine around :o and I can't stand up straight properly at all at the moment :(

Hope the appointment goes well next Monday :)

Gilly xx

9th June 2008, 11:03 PM
Thanks Gilly, yuhuh, it could be that because I know I tense a lot when I am in pain and I have been in a lot of pain lately. And it's hot weather *fans self*... awww I remember sewing my top in school, but no one liked me so it got stolen and messed up my GCSE grade... HAHA! lol funny times.
Thanks again xx