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Old 26-03-2014, 06:00 PM
chloejp chloejp is offline
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Unhappy Pain is getting worse!

Hi everyone,

This is my first post on these forums - funnily enough I joined when I was 15 when I first found out about my scoliosis, but have recently signed up again as I am looking for answers!

I am 22 y.o with an S curve, the biggest being in my lower back at 38 degrees angle. I have had increased lower back pain over the last year and I am at the end of my tether after trying chiro, osteo, physio, myotherapist, yoga.. and nothing has helped!! I also find that neurofen and panadol don't take the pain away, and have recently tried voltaren rapid tablets with no result either.

Have just seen a new surgeon for an opinion this week and I am still left wondering.

He requested better x-rays as the ones from the chiro were not full back.. So I will be getting those and also an MRI so he can check my disc degeneration.

He has said my two options are to try a rehabilitation program... or to have surgery.

I obviously want to try everything non-invasive first so I will be trying rehab before surgery...

Only I am about to go traveling for 4 months so this will all have to wait until I am back!!!

I am going to be doing a lot of walking and sitting on planes.... I would really appreciate if anyone has any suggestions or stories to tell about pain relief!

I am getting desperate Sorry for the long post!!
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Old 31-03-2014, 03:34 PM
nutmeg nutmeg is offline
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Default Re: Pain is getting worse!

Have you tried Alexander technique? (http://www.austat.org.au/ )
If your pain is muscular you might find it very helpful.
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:54 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Default Re: Pain is getting worse!

So sorry to hear that you are in pain. Although you state you have lower back pain, may I ask, is it a sciatica type pain, does it run down your hips, in the front of your leg or the back. Did the surgeon recommend spinal injections for your pain? If you are a candidate for these, they could help you for a while. The other thing I tried was a heat treatment called Formstar (its great for weightloss too!). This machine was initially for muscularskeletal therapy purposes and then they found out during trials that people also lose weight. Also, depending on the nature on the backpain, you could undergo a back strengthening gym programme before you go away. You did not say whether the surgeon you saw specialised in Spinal deformities in cluding Scoliosis.

Regrding the pain meds, previous to this current op, I was taking two Panadol Osteo and 2 Nurofen Zavance at the same time. This seemed to help immensely. Then 2 weeks before surgery, my GP recommended 2 panadol osteo and 1 endone. After coming off the Fentanyl post op last week, the 2 osteo and 1 endone twice daily is all I need for recovery. Check with your GP if this is an option for you. Best wishes, RB
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