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Old 22-11-2010, 12:54 PM
Lauren Lauren is offline
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Default Looking for some advice...

Hello all,

I was told at school that I had mild scoliosis and not to worry about it. Nothing was ever followed up or re-checked. I have always looked like I have bad posture, one rib sticks out and my chest is sunken and you can feel that my spine is not straight.

I have just turned 30 and for the last few years my back pain has gotten worse and worse. I can't even do general household cleaning without ending up in a lot of pain. This morning I cleaned the bathroom and had to lie down for a few minutes afterwards as my spine felt so sore.

I have moved to a new area so don't have a family doctor at the moment. If I go to the doctor will they even be able to do anything about the pain/scoliosis? Also, is it normal to be told not to worry about it as a child and then to later develop pain as an adult? It does make me a little angry that I was told it was mild and not to worry about it and then to end up in so much pain now. Perhaps I could have done something when I was younger to help the situation now....I'm not sure.

If you have any advice I would love to hear it.

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Old 22-11-2010, 01:22 PM
rosie rosie is offline
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Default Re: Looking for some advice...

I was told the same and as I have aged my spine has slowly worsend. I know that the curve has to be a certain degree before the doctors will do anything. I guess I have learned how to live with it and found ways to get a little relief when it is extremely painful. I too lie on the floor for relief when it gets to much. I also have an inversion table which I find helps with the muscle spasm. I use too always swing upside down as a kid also.
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Old 24-11-2010, 06:35 PM
Jen Jen is offline
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Funny you should mention that Rosie, only today I was reading how hanging upside down helps some patients, though often only very temporarily.

Lauren, it wouldn't hurt to get a referral to a surgeon specialising in scoliosis. Just to get x-rays and to keep an eye on how your curve progresses. You may already be in the range of surgery, but then again, that may never happen. Good to have a record of progression, if there is progression.
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