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Information about spine surgery to become shorter to reduce muscle tension

Hello, When I was younger I had a period where I grew faster then normal. In this period my legs became really sensitive in so far that I sometimes could not even walk. I asked the doctor back then and I remember he moving my legs. I felt nothing unless he moved my feet upwards so to say, so I laid on my back, my knee towards the ceiling and my foot towards my behind. I remember me screaming out loud because it hurted so much. Although, I never visited the hospital for it. The doctor said from inside so to speak one leg became longer than the other and my grow would adjust that in time. So I waited and it did became way less. Now, years after I can be happy both of my legs are the same length but they still feel really sensitive. The problem is thought that I do not exactly know when in my daily life they become sensitive so going to the doctor with it I have not done, because I can not show it on the spot, at least I can not do that always. About a year ago I frequently went to the gym. The trainers told me the best you can do is train your whole body, so also your legs. So I did but I figured out the hard way that when I trained my legs I could not walk for days or when I did walk I walked like a penguin. I stopped training my legs but even so, I kept the feeling on certain moments. When I do sports at school and I crouch, or crouch run or when I am ice skating or even weirder, sometimes when I tie my shoe laces I can barely reach my shoes because I feel it pulling in my upper legs. Mostly my right leg. In my sleep I sometimes have that I wake up screaming in the middle of the night because I get cramps in my lower legs, but I do not know if those two are related. I never paid attention to it. Actually, I did not even know better then that it can not be fixed and that it is just me and I have bad luck with it till a few weeks ago. Another part of the story is that since two years, I am opening myself up to my female side. Although I am still talking to psychologist right now, I strongly have the feeling I am a girl in a boys body. Knowing that I can be sure surgery will happen anyway and visits to the doctor will happen regularly due changes to be made so to speak which is pretty new for me since I would only go to the doctor if I am bleeding badly or if a bone is sticking out. Luckily that never happened. Anyhow, I am 6.2 feet tall, and the same as with my legs I always felt more like a girl then a boy but I never even saw it as a possibility to change my gender, I avoided surgery or doctors. Just did not find it needed or maybe it was fear, I do not know anymore. My size is something which is a bigger barrier than anything. Of course the whole thought of transition fears me also, even though I do really want it and am tired of living unhappy and fighting depressions every time I have nothing on my mind as study or work. But my size has really been bothering me. So knowing I can not avoid surgery anymore now I looked up which changes are possible to be made as trans-genders. You come across a lot and you see the craziest things done by others. Either they took part of their ribs out, made their eyes seem bigger or what else I saw, but what did draw my attention is that I came on a website or two where they explained about shortening or lengthening your legs. I read that your legs get adjusted because of grow issues and hurting in your legs and with that, I would love to get shorter because it is not just a insecurity, my length is something stressing me day in day out. You stand out even if you do not want to stand out and being a pretty insecure person does not help when you stand out automatically. Now I want to point out that I do not take a step as soon as I see the possibility but I do would like to know a little about it. Do you think it is possible for me to get a surgery to shorten my legs by a little to stop feeling the muscle tense feeling in my upper legs? Also with that to become shorter and finally stop looking down on everybody which is great especially when you are a girl. How high is the risk of it? I read that if it fails, amputation follows and well, I have surgery for my lower jaw in a year (due braces and a misplaced lower jaw) and I know any surgery is dangerous and many can even cause death, but I am not sure if I want to risk amputation but even now when sitting legs crossed I feel a constant tense in my upper legs, I love being sportive, working out and if I already got issues now, I am afraid it will only get worse as I grow older. Aside of getting shorter and from what I read, fixing pain issues, does it still look normal or does it look funny? Or the same with scars, does it causes obvious scars? When talking about possibility s to become shorter anyway.. could you give me information about spine surgery? Again as I said, knowing about what is out there does not mean I automatically do so, but I would love to know some information since it is hard to find online. Thank you in advance. With kind regards, Trish
Asked On : Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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