Re: Introduction and Questions
Hi Prince! Welcome to SSO
You are doing amazingly well for soneone who is just two weeks post op! Please don't push yourself too hard - it is VERY early days. Walk as much as you feel is enjoyable, but don't push it.
Your body will feel odd for a while as it adjusts to the new position of your spine. Winged scapulae are common post-op; this is often due to weakened muscles and very often can be sorted out as you get stronger - physio can help but it is probably too early to think about physio yet. Most people aren't cleared to have physio for a month or two following surgery. Not everyone needs physio, I didn't have any once I left hospital following any of my fusion surgeries (I've had three over the years). Please note that some people will always have a winged scapula, depending on whether their shoulder blade sits directly over the apex of their thoracic curve - mine does.
That tugging sensation is normal - they've cut through various muscles, which will have weakened them, and scar tissue has formed. Move your arms as much as feels comfortable to stretch things out, but again don't push it. Standing in front of a wall and walking your hands up and down it can help (don't bend down though, only walk down as far as your waist).
Hope this helps! Welcome again
[SIZE="1"]37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.[/SIZE]