Post # 1
Over the past year or so I have been having tale bone and lower back pain and also some hip pain. My doctor sent me for an xray and the results came back that I have Scolosis. I can’t remember exactly what the results said, but I do remember it said I have a 14 degree curve. The pain is not unbearable and honestly it’s more of a discomfort than a pain. My doctor said I was probably born with it, but then when I asked why am I just now feeling pain, he didn’t have any answer. He has refered me to a specialist who I hope to see very soon because I am very worried.
I was wondering if anyone knows if this is something to worry about. Is it possible to have Scoliosis all your life and not have pain until later in life (I’m 32 years old).
One other question I have is if I did something to cause this. Around the time I first started feeling these pains is when I bought a new bed. I also had started a new job where most of the day I am sitting.
Post # 3
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You didn’t do anything to cause it! There are two kinds of scoliosis – the congenital (you’re born with it, its genetic) and neuromuscular scoliosis, where its caused by a secondary condition such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystropohy or polio.
I haven’t heard of someone being diagnosed so late in life, but it is possible, especially if its mild. The only person I know that had it had the corrective surgery where you have metal poles inserted into your back to physically straighten the spine.
I would do some more research on it and see if you can find a specialist. They will be able to tell you more than your family doc.
Post # 4
@amanda1266: My mom has/had scoliosis (the congenital scoliosis. She was diagnosed as a child/teenager, but didn’t wear the brace that helps straighten the spine. So about ten years ago (she was maybe 45) she had to get major back surgery, and then had follow-up surgery a few years later. She had severe scoliosis because it progressively got worse over time. After her surgeries, she grew 3 inches because she was straightened out. Now, she can’t curve her back – it is always straight, but is fine.
Like @eagle said, find a specialist. You will probably have several options. Just remember to wear your brace (if you have one).
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions I might be able to help with!
Post # 5
@amanda1266: I have fairly mild scoliosis, which was diagnosed by a chiropractor when I was fairly young, but probably woulthrough gone unnoticed otherwise. You certainly did not cause it, but it certainly it makes sense that either a new bed or a new work environment that calls for a lot of sitting, maybe in a chair that doesn’t work well for your back, would cause symptoms to flare up.
My impression is that most general practice doctors don’t really deal with scoliosis a lot, so I wouldn’t be too worried that he’s not sure why it flared up. If the specialist is not available soon, you might want to look into seeing a chiropractor. They can’t fix scoliosis, but they are very familiar with all the odd things spines can get up to, and can often get you some relief from that type of discomfort.
Post # 6
I actually have three curves in my spine, the biggest one being 18 degrees. Honestly, I rarely notice anything that can be directly attributed to the scoliosis. After an injury, I started seeing a guy who does Soma bodywork. He noticed the curvature right away, and he said that what he does will release some of the pressure put on my sacrum. Look up soma bodywork!
Post # 7
Anything over 10 degrees iS considered scolisis. But most Drs don’t correct it until around 35! 14 is very mild! Just strengthen your abs and back mm to help avoid pains! (advice from my PT friend to me… W a 15 degree curve!)
Post # 8
I have had a 14degree scoliosis since the age of 17, and I’m 32….. It’s mostly pain that I feel, specially when the weather changes… like rainy days, humid days, my back goes all wonky. I have been seen an Osteopath and that has helped ALOT.
I sit at my job as well and it’s not the best. But what I do do, is get up every 30minutes, strech out your muscles, walk, that does help.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone. My doctor also said that 14 degrees is mild, but it makes me feel better to hear all of you say the same. So I guess I will work on building up ab and back muscles and hope that helps with the discomfort. My biggest fear is of it getting worse.
Post # 10
@couawilou: Just curious, what is an Osteopath? Is that a different type of primary care doctor?
Post # 11
An Osterpath is kind of like a cross between a chiropractor and a medical doctor…There are several chiropractors who have sepcialized in treating scoliosis. They can really help in reducing your pain, I have even seen curvatures reduced with treatment.
I would second the recommendation to find a chiropractor who has experience with scoliosis.
Post # 12
I have scoliosis also but I think it’s mild enough no one cares..? Although I was diagnosed at like 21/22. I have a lot of back pain but I’ve also been pretty hard on my body so I’m unsure if it’s that or the scoliosis.
Post # 13
@amanda1266: what @tobikay: said. For me I don’t like Chiros, went to them when I was younger and he cracked my hip so badly that now I have hip problems because of it. I won’t go back to a Chiro anytime soon. My Osteo is the most gentle person I know, and he has helped me with the spasm I get every once in a while due to weather.
Post # 14
I have a 16 degree curve, and it’s really not a big deal. I was diagnosed young, so they had me do regular x rays (once a year) to make sure that it wasn’t becoming more curved. Mine hasn’t moved at all, and I never had to wear a brace. My specialist said that generally there is no pain associated with scoliosis, but I personally believe that it does cause me to get more knots in my shoulders and stiffness in my lower back if I’m driving/ sitting too much. I second what PP said about stretching often and strengthening your core. Good luck, and try not to worry about it!
Post # 15
Sorry to hear it – that is no fun. I got diagnosed late last year after having pain in my lower back/hip. I saw a physical therapist who taught me lots of stretches to do that strengthen my legs and core, which helps a lot. I do them twice a day and always ice after I work out.
Your specialist should be able to help you and address any concerns you have. Until your appointment, try not to worry too much, and take it easy on yourself!
Post # 16
I have a curve about the same. They won’t be able to do anything without changing your spine without major surgery and it isn’t worth it at this level. The will probably try to put you in physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles and even yourself out.