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Scoliosis @ 26??
May 29, 2003
I'm 26 years old and recently I've been diagnosed with mild Scoliosis. I never had this problem before, and I always go to my annual exams. I don't have certain symptoms like uneven shoulders and hips. But I do have a certain spot on my back that is painful and has only been bothering me for six months now. The only way they noticed that I had Scoliosis is by an X-ray. They are going to do an MRI soon but two doctors have already informed me it's Scoliosis. Does anyone know anything about this? Why did I get it now and not when I was a child? I'm so confused! [img][/img]

Do some internet searches under the topic of scoliosis and you will find a lot of info. Scoliosis can be inherited, congenital OR idiopathic (which menas it shows up for no reason) If you don't have uneven shoulders or hips it's probably not a very severe curve and they will give you exercises to do. Even with my curve being quite severe I lived with it just fine until I was 40. The best thing for you to do is gather as much information as possible before you next see your doc for this, and take a list of questions to ask him.

aj in Oregon

~ 48 year old female; currently self-employed as an artist/designer/woodcrafter.
~ Previously worked in the restaurant biz for 27 years (not so good for someone with a bad back!)
~ Hereditary and congenital scoliosis, but it never caused any problems until I was 40+ years old.
~ 76 degree curvature had increased 2 degrees in two years 1999-2001; indicating surgery was necessary.
~ Surgery in March of 2001.
~ Fusion and insturmentation of C7 - T9.
~ Fourth rib removed; 5th and 6th rib cut back halfway; removed ribs were morselized and used for the grafting, plus additional bone harvested from hip.
~ After tthe hardware was attached, spine was straigntened 20+ degrees.
~ 2 weeks in the hospital.
~ Brace worn for five months. Bone growth stimulator device also worn several hours per day.
~ PT 5 mos. after surgery caused increased pain.
~ Follow-up surgery to remove hardware scheduled for Feb. 2002.
~ Round 2 of PT 2 mos. after hardware removal.
~ Medically released to return to full activity in July 2002.
~ Increased pain upon returning to regular work schedule.
~ Round 3 of PT in April/May 2003; continually increasing pain.

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