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Old 18-08-2013, 04:19 PM
emma emma is offline
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Default Please give me guidance. I want a fusion

Hi there, this is my first post but i really want some opinions and would love if someone who has a similar story to me to share their experience

I turned 19 years old in April this year and my back gives me so much pain that im suffering depression from it and in severe pain from it.

I was diagnosed with scoliosis and scheuermanns disease after collapsing in grade 6 from back pain at age 10. Got an x-ray and then got sent to a hospital to go to a surgeon and orthapedics. They said i needed a full milwauke brace that goes also around my neck.

I wore that for about 12 months and went to the hospital all together for about 4 or so years, got constant x-rays/MRIs and they decided not to give me surgery as they said it might not even take away the oain and im too young. I got sent to the pain management clinic for a year.

So im 19 now, i have tried swimming, osteo, prescription pain pills like tramadol etc, physio, remedial massage, gave up all sports, etc and i still have constant pain.

My back hurts so much that it burns and goes numb. My legs now go numb and get pins and needles from my torso down. I cant walk for more than 40 mins as my right side starts to stop working, and bad pain in my legs and obviously back. I struggle to breath if i force myself in a more upright position and i can feel my ribs have caved in because of the curve and therefore my stooped over look. I get headaches and shoulder/neck aches. It is all so constant and i just feel like a 80 year old woman.

When i turned 17 i couldnt keep going to the same specialist, havent been there for about 2 years so got recently transferred to an adult one. Appointment in a month+

I just want some hope or guidance as im really getting worried about myself and my future

Thank you for taking the time to read this