JUJU, I attribute the scoliosis to the TRAM because before I had the TRAM, no one ever said I had scoliosis. Had seen chest x-rays, and they never showed a deviation in the spine. After the TRAM, I had a herniated disc at T-8/T-9, and that is apparently an unusual place for a herniation without a major trauma. On bone scans and x-rays, it looks like someone has tied a string to my spine and pulled it to the right (the side the TRAM is on), right at the spot the muscles attach under the arm. And then it's just a matter of time before the lower back compensates for the upper curve by creating an "S." The TRAM removed the muscles that act as the guide wire for the spine. Without that support...
I don't think this is a common complaint amongst TRAM patients. I think I tend to have lower muscle tone and hypermobile joints. I was very thin at the time of my surgery and I was very tight because of all the abdominal tissue they had to use. I slept sitting up for months afterwards because I couldn't lie down flat. I would say that the majority of people are happy with TRAMs and don't have lingering problems, but I think, for me, it was a poor choice. Hind sight is always 20/20, and I've had 11 years now to come to that conclusion!
JO-ANN...Girl, we may not be growing old gracefully, but by god, we're growing old. And that is better than the alternative...at least at this point in my life!
I've been on Ultrams for years now...is that the same as Ultracette? If you can give me a pain pill instead of an operation, I'll take the pills any day. Somehow I don't think steel rods in my back are a good route for alleviating pain, you know?
As for the other, well, you know we'll all spend the rest of our lives waiting for "the other shoe to drop," so here's to waiting a long time.
Love and hugs...