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Old 22-01-2013, 05:38 PM
nay1313 nay1313 is offline
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Just after some advice from about 22 I had scoliosis, being young didn't really think anything of it. The last few years I had bad rib pain to the point now I can't wear a bra, I constantly have pain in my lower back my rib cage is sticking out, my ribs hurt etc etc. I went to see a physio in regards to my knee pain he said all the symptoms I'm suffering from are scoliosis... So I have just been to drs, and he pretty much said if the xrays come back that I have a really bad twisted in my back, there isn't much he could do I have to learn to live with it... Just went for xray, the radiologist which I know, said he hasn't since a bad case like this in 15 years, he explained that on one of my xrays that my nerves are getting swashed, he told me to ring my old GP to get older xrays
I'm only 32, what should I do ? I will find out the results tomorrow
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Old 22-01-2013, 08:10 PM
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Hi there, it's really sad that the opinion of the gp is to just live with it . I'd be finding a new gp real fast . Gather all your X-rays , then you need to find a scoliosis specialist . Where are you from .? Let us know how you go . Good luck Kathy .
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Old 22-01-2013, 09:54 PM
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Hi Nay, just read your post and Katherine's reply. yes - find a supportive GP and get a referral to a scoliosis specialist fast. This site has a list of specialists in each state. Do not be afraid to go interstate if you have to. We travelled from perth to melbourne for my daughter's surgery. My daughter had a fusion from T4-t12 in June 2012 and is now back in the pool, swimming 3kms a day, diving in, doing tumble turns and can now breathe better than she has done for at least 2 years. Read through all the positive post surgery stories on this forum - they help so much. There are some awesome people who will give you lots of support who post on this forum - they have been my lifeline.
Take care and good luck
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Old 23-01-2013, 08:20 AM
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Hello Nay

I agree with the other girls who already replied to your post ... get to a scoliosis specialist as soon as you can. Once you find a specialist close to where you are, your GP will give you a referral letter to enable you to make an appointment. It usually takes a few months of waiting, but that is normal and we have all had to go through that part!

It sounds like you need some expert advice in regards to the degree of curvature and your options for treatment or surgery. Most of us here have had surgery and are so very happy with our results.

I was told to 'live with it' too, as many on this forum were also told. It is a sad reality that many GP's are not familiar with scoliosis or they are just plain ignorant to your concerns.

Keep in touch, and don't hesitate to ask away if you have any questions here. There are many who will help you.

Christine xxx
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Old 23-01-2013, 03:40 PM
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Christine's right, lots of GPs aren't terribly familiar with Scoliosis, which is a wee bit worrying considering how common it is! First, as others have said, you need to be evaluated by a scoliosis specialist (surgeon) who will give you an idea of the extent of your curvature and whether there are associated problems. What city are you in? If you mention the city, someone here may be able to private message you with the name of a recommended surgeon. Then you need a referral from your GP. If you have problems with your GP, it shouldn't be too hard to find a GP who can give you a referral. Wishing you the best of luck!
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Old 24-01-2013, 02:01 PM
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Thanks everyone sorry about delay I have 2 girls 1 and 2 years of age...
I know that your not doctors but I did get my report
Heres the spill

THORACIC SPINE
there is an increased kyphosis and mild scoliosis convex to the right
No focal pathology is seen in the vertebral complexes. There is degenerative changes involving the discs and end plates in the mid thoracic region associated with marginal osteophytic lipping.

Lumber spine

This is a slight rotation scoliosis convext to the right
The lumbar lordotic curvature is moderately pronounced. This is no displacement of the vertebrae' All discs are well maintained'
There are degenerative change developing in the facet joints at L4-5 AND LS-S1. The sacrum is normal and the SI Joints are normal.

The doctor advise me that it won't get worse and that i am prone to backpain. So do I folllow this up with someone else ??
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Old 24-01-2013, 08:17 PM
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Hi there, I recommend you follow this up with a referral to see a scoliosis specialist. They will be able to tell you the degree of your curve and where you can go from there. Also find a new gp!!!!! Good luck
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